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Date: 04/02/2003
Words: 412
          Publication: The Age
Section: The Culture
Page: 5
Hailing from South Australia, Brett Hicks-Maitland, 24, is making waves in his adopted home town of Sydney. Brett left Adelaide for Sydney five years ago to study at NIDA. He graduated in 2000 and nabbed a role as a police officer in the Aussie retro gangster flick Dirty Deeds. Brett has had several theatre and television roles and has landed himself a full-time gig on Channel 7's Home and Away. While he auditioned for a semi-regular spot, producers were so impressed by his performance that they offered him a longer term stint as Dylan.

What is your favourite black and white movie?

Any Charlie Chaplin film.

If you could play any character in movie history, who would it be?

James Bond

What is the best stage-to-film adaptation youve ever seen?

12 Angry Men.

What's the naughtiest thing you've ever done in a movie theatre?

Faked a heart attack at full volume during Toys.

If you weren't an actor, what would you be?

As obvious and boring as it seems, I would be a director.

What would you like to do in a film that you havent done before?

Be the nasty bad guy that people can't help but love.

What is the best way to kill time on a movie set?

Sleep, read, find out interesting things about interesting people.

Who do you think should stop making movies?

Gwyneth Paltrow!

If you were sent to a desert island with a DVD player, TV and power, what movie would you take?

A home movie of my family and friends so I wouldn't forget why they sent me there in the first place.

Most frightening moment on set?

Sam Neill grabbing me by my coat and shaking me in the first rehearsal of my scene in Dirty Deeds. It scared the crap out of me because it wasn't scripted and I was so nervous, the last thing I was expecting was improvisation.

When was the last time you cried at the movies?

During the wonderful film Iris. Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent - brilliant. Oh, no, hang on. Zoolander, too funny.

Who has been your favourite co-star?

Has to be Sam Neill. So much presence.

Your career highlight so far?

Doing theatre in education. One of the kids watching was so involved, he got up on stage and shook my hand while I was crying, introduced himself and told me everything would be alright.

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