Kiwi funnyman Rhys Darby, who played the hapless band manager and consulate attache Murray in Flight of the Conchords, has been spotted filming with the Modern Family team on Sydney’s streets.
Darby was seen with Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who play Cam and Mitch respectively, around Woolloomooloo and the city as production began on the Australian special on Wednesday.
He’s believed to be playing a TV talk-show host Fergus, a character who is friends with Cam and Mitch. It’s the role that earlier this week Kyle Sandilands claimed he had turned down due to laziness and lack of interest in acting.
Fergus acts as Cam and Mitch’s informal tour guide while the family are on holiday in Australia.
The casting call for the role describes a ‘‘narcissistic character’’ who used to be mates with the couple while living in the US. Producers were seeking an actor ‘‘with amazing comedy chops’’.
Darby, whose credits include Yes Man, The Boat That Rocked and Arthur Christmas, most recently appeared in NZ vampire horror-comedy What We Do In the Shadows, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It also starred and was written by the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, in a collaboration with Boy writer-director Taika Waititi.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, Nolan Gould, who plays Luke, tweeted a picture of himself diving with sharks at Manly Sea Life while Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Lily), Rico Rodriguez (Manny) Sarah Hyland (Haley) and Ariel Winter (Alex) visited Sydney Sea Life Aquarium. Ed O’Neill was spotted having lunch at China Doll in Woolloomooloo after filming there in the morning.
Filming will run until February 28 and include two days at Hayman Island and the Whitsundays next week.