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Todd strikes gold with Hollywood role

Author: By Belinda-Jane Davis
Date: 24/02/2008
Words: 478
Source: SHD
          Publication: Sun Herald
Section: Hunter Extra
Page: 1
AS IF a recurrent role in top soapy Home And Away isn't enough, Medowie-bred actor Todd Lasance, 23, is enjoying time on the big screen.

The former Wirreanda Public School and St Phillip's Christian College pupil had always dreamed of seeing his name in the credits.

After landing the role of a wild frat boy in the US film Fool's Gold this vision finally became a reality. Shot around Port Douglas in Queensland last year, the comedy-adventure starring Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Ray Winstone and Donald Sutherland opened in Australia on February 7.

With a change of hair colour, a supply of beer and an American accent, Lasance became a drunken rich kid powering over the ocean on a speedboat worth $750,000.

"The director wanted us to be rowdy, drunken teenagers so I had to do a bit of research," said Lasance.

"We were rich kids on a speedboat who came across Matthew in the water and we were pouring beer on our heads and just being crazy."

He said it was "surreal" to meet and work with McConaughey and Hudson. "They are really down to earth people and Matthew's so natural and brilliant at what he does.

"He gave us tips, chatted, talked about working out, food, diet - everything and you learn so much from them."

While he described Hudson as a bit shy at first, Lasance found that after a dinner outing with the cast he was having a conversation with her about her mum Goldie Hawn and her partner Kurt Russell.

His friends and family are still in awe of his newly-found fame with an appearance on television screens as Aden Jefferies in Home And Away on most week nights.

His mum, Jan, said the family had a 7pm routine of gathering in front of the television to watch him.

"When we see him we all laugh because he plays the bad boy and we know him as Todd," she said. "He's just so different to his character."

While remaining tight-lipped about plot lines he did reveal watching Home And Away was a new ritual.

"I didn't really watch it growing up, but I sort of knew the characters," he said. "But when I got the role I watched it religiously and did research on the net."

Describing acting and living in Sydney as "living in another realm" it is clear the beachlover enjoys getting the best of both worlds.

"The limos and the parties are such a rush but it's good to come home to Newcastle and chill out."

Although his role on Home And Away means he is home for dinner only on weekends, the family always sits down and eats together.

His brother Chad said he and his whole family were proud of Todd's achievements.

"It's the start of something great," he said. "We all feel in our hearts that he will definitely make it."

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