Aussie actors on surviving and thriving in India
Stars of new Australian flick Save Your Legs, Stephen Curry & Damon Gameau, share their experiences of shooting in India, including the memorable day that Curry required a nappy.PT2M34S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2eho4 620 349 February 15, 2013
HE SPENT years losing and gaining weight while waiting to play jockey Damien Oliver in horse-racing drama The Cup, but while making the cricketing comedy Save Your Legs! in India Stephen Curry took the whole suffering-for-your-art thing to new heights - by shooting a scene in which he dives for the crease while suffering a severe bout of Delhi belly that threatened to make a mess of his whites.
''You know you're living when you're wearing a nappy to work,'' the Melbourne-based actor says. ''These are the serendipitous moments that India throws up.''
Save Your Legs! is a fictional retelling of a shambolic end-of-season trip taken by the real-life amateur suburban team the Abbotsford Anglers in 2001 (the adventure was first captured by Angler Boyd Hicklin, who also directs this version, in a 2005 documentary of the same name).
Taking guard: Stephen Curry and Damon Gameau star in Save Your Legs! Photo: Simon Schluter
Curry may have the perfect moniker for shooting on the subcontinent, but it was no safeguard against incontinence. ''It's one of those things,'' he says. ''If it's going to get you it's going to get you.''
''And it's fair to say it did get you,'' chips in his co-star Damon Gameau. ''It got all of us.''
Gameau, who played Greg Chappell in Howzat! (in which Legs writer and co-star Brendan Cowell appeared as Rod Marsh), had challenges of his own, including playing a character based on one of the film's producers, Nick Batzias. ''There were constant notes,'' he says. ''Especially if I wasn't being cavalier enough.''
War stories aside, Save Your Legs! is a warm-hearted, self-deprecating comedy about sport, mateship and the reluctant acceptance that all boys must eventually become men, if only because responsibility has left them little choice.
''I found out my wife was pregnant with my first child while we were in India,'' says Curry. ''It was a life-imitating-art kind of thing, where you sit there going, 'Wow, this is brilliant, I'm going to be a dad', and then, 'I'm going to have to get rid of my Xbox now, aren't I?' You just start to notice each side of the coin.''
Given their experience playing sporting characters, I wonder what their thoughts might be on the current spate of scandals engulfing the real thing.
''I think it's fantastic,'' says Gameau. ''Hopefully we can get a lesson from it and then move forward with integrity.''
''That's right,'' adds Curry. ''Most of these grassroots clubs are using performance-hindering drugs, so they could probably teach some of these guys a lesson.''
Save Your Legs! opens on February 28.