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KIT: "Michael is quick to acknowledge that he is physically very different to Rodney Hide. 'When
they asked me to play the part, I made
a joke because it was like the filmmakers
thought "Let’s find the
person that looks the least like Rodney
Hide and cast them",' he laughs". Read
Michael's complete interview here.
Paul Davis talks about the decision
to cast Michael as Rodney Hide: "We
chose Michael Hurst because we wanted
a really good actor who could bring
the right level of energy and a superb
performance to the role." Read
the full description of casting Michael here.
SUNDAY STAR-TIMES (30 Septemer 2007): "Hide, now Act leader, was delighted, then dismayed, when he learnt he was to be immortalised on film by Hurst: 'I thought, that's good because everyone will think I'm hot because Michael Hurst plays me. Then I turned up on the set and he was in a blobby suit.'"
THE CHRISTCHURCH PRESS: "Rodney Hide . . . is the real scene-stealer, played by an unrecognisable, padded and balded Michael Hurst. Needless to say, while Hurst carries off the role with aplomb, it's not a good look for him. . . . the lead acting triptych of Thomson, Smith and Hurst anchors the film with first-rate performances."
LUMIERE READER: "The piece of casting that everyone will talk about is Michael Hurst as Rodney Hide . . . this great actor settles in to the role and nails Hide’s mannerisms."