Former Timaru man lands leading role in remake of show
Former Timaru man Josh Thomson has landed his first role as a cop in the re-make of a show he enjoyed as a kid.
Thomson will play Detective McMurray in Terry Teo, based on the 1980s New Zealand comic book Terry & The Gunrunners, and the 1985 TV series of the same name.
"I remember seeing it a couple of times when I was little, I remember being quite a fan of the comics," Thomson said.
"I do remember them having massive shoes and quite sort of cartoon-ee clothes."
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As a child, Thomson said the show inspired him to have a go at skateboarding, but he was "quite bad at it".
As the role was his first as a police officer, he had spent a bit of time brushing up on his police skills.
"It was really fun, I had to study up on police tactics ... and work on trying to do stuff relatively right. We kind of do a few forced entries and ... a little bit of pistol work."
He got to do a bit of "crazy driving" as well.
"Growing up, being a child, you tend to play cops and robbers, and to actually play one was really fun, chasing round doing chases and stuff like that."
The series, set in modern day, was filmed around Auckland.
"I think that's what makes it look amazing ... it was filmed out at docks, warehouses, just all over Auckland ... it really feels like a sort of 80s action movie."
Thomson said the fast paced comedy featured himself and an awkward teenager in the lead roles.
"It's like an adventure series sort of murder-mystery."
He believed it would appeal to everybody.
"It's for teenagers and anyone who remembers Terry Teo. There's nothing like it on New Zealand TV."
Thomson had been into acting since primary school.
"[I] always enjoyed it, did plays at Timaru Boys' High."
He left Timaru for Otago University in 1999, and from there went to Auckland to pursue stand up comedy which lead to acting.
The TV series would be available on TVNZ's OnDemand from Tuesday, July 12.