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Cricket film another leg-up for Castle star's acting career

Stephen Curry (centre) stars as Teddy in the new film, Save Your Legs, the story of a local cricket team's tour of India.
Stephen Curry (centre) stars as Teddy in the new film, Save Your Legs, the story of a local cricket team's tour of India. Contributed

STEPHEN Curry hits a six in the new heart-warming comedy Save Your Legs.

The 36-year-old, who received his start in films in the quintessential Aussie film, The Castle, takes you on an odyssey from the suburbs to the sub-continent in pursuit of a lifelong dream.

For those of you who aren't mad cricket fans, the title of the film, save your legs, is an expression that means "Great shot, there is no need to run on this one. So save your legs, you bloody legend!"

The film directed by Boyd Hicklin is based on real events, chronicled in the documentary by the same name.

"(We) tried to make a film that appeals to (everyone) not just cricket fans," he said.

Hicklin concurred when he said Save Your Legs was a film for anyone who had ever had a dream, for anyone who'd ever been afraid of growing up or for anyone who'd ever had a dream about being afraid of growing up.

Curry plays Edward "Teddy" Brown, the president of D-grade cricket team the Abbotsford Anglers, who finds himself on a cricket tour of India.

Curry said filming abroad was an intense but enjoyable experience.

"I had never been to India before," he said.

"I did as much research as possible (before travelling there). It was incredible, and unrelenting.

"You have to go there and let it overtake you. Do what it does best. Fill every sense with wonder and disbelief."

Curry said that after a one-week shoot in Melbourne, the film's cast and key crew travelled to India for the bulk of filming.

Shoots took place in Varanasi, Kolkata and Mumbai over five weeks.

Save Your Legs is being compared to Aussie favourites The Castle, Kenny, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Curry said he could only hope Save Your Legs was received as well as the film that kickstarted his acting career.

"(I am) certainly very fortunate," he said. "(The Castle) has effectively given me a career.

"After 17 years, people still like to quote it and watch it on TV. It is dear to (people's) hearts."

The actor said throughout his career he had tried to do a broad range of projects, but did not have a preference for whether he was involved in a TV series, film or sketch show.

"I prefer to be working," he said.

"It depends on the script. If it has a heart and appeals to you as performer and human being; that's what most actors look for."

Save Your Legs opens in cinemas on February 28.

 

Save Your Legs

Stars

Stephen Curry, Brendan Cowell, Damon Gameau, David Lyons and Brenton Thwaites.

Director

Boyd Hicklin

Rating

M

Reviewer's last word

The film is an inspirational journey from the heart of Australia to the soul of India.

An uplifting adventure filled with comedy, cricket and Bollywood music.

Topics:  cricket, entertainment, film, movies, save your legs, stephen curry


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