“For the cast, it’s about sharing the screen with some extremely important stories based on truth. We have to respect that – you can’t hide it in the background,” says Mulvany. “It has to be truthful because it’s ultimately a very serious and important story, but you have to love and hate the characters. It’s a delicious mystery of a show, but we all work so well together, on and off the screen.”
The headline name in this lineup is Al Pacino, who did Hunter his first episodic television work in a half-century Hollywood film career. Pacino returns in season two, albeit in limited circumstances due to events in season one.
Mulvany didn’t get as many opportunities to discuss Shakespeare’s subject with her colleague Richard III obsessive. “He wanted to see all the pictures of the production,” she says. “Who played this role? Who played this role? How would you play it? He’s a theater animal. A joy for this theater animal.
“Al said, ‘What’s your thing? What’s your thing with Richard?’ And I said, ‘Well, I have his disability.’ And he said, ‘Oh, that’s smart.’ It was the best reaction I’ve ever had when I told someone I played Richard III.”
Mulvany was just three years old growing up in Western Australia when she was diagnosed with kidney cancer, leading to a childhood marred by chemotherapy and hospitalization, resulting in irreparable organ and vertebral damage and ongoing chronic pain.
She has campaigned extensively as an advocate for the disabled and has spoken openly about sometimes having to walk with her silver, skull-topped cane, which she calls Yorick. It now appears in the second season of Hunter.
“David is really fascinated by how we interact with our characters and how we can convey our authentic selves to them,” says Mulvany. “He wanted to bring Yorick to the screen to portray a disability and make a fashion statement for Harriet. I asked if I could add “threatening” to hold it up [another character’s] Ass on the script, and David said, “I love it! Do it!’ It’s a rare gift from an artist to let another artist pepper what’s already there with themselves.”
Hunter ends with the current season, but Mulvany, who also starred in one of the biggest box office films of 2022, Baz Luhrmanns elvisShe has no shortage of opportunities for theater and screen, writing and acting. The youthful struggle to stay afloat or establish himself is over and now Mulvany is playing the long game.
“I’ve reached the age where I can walk, ‘I don’t want that.’ There are certain things I would like to do, but I don’t have the time and I have to take care of my body,” says Mulvany. “I live with a disability and I need to take really good care of myself so I can continue performing, writing and creating for the rest of my days.”
Hunter Season 2 will be available on Amazon Prime starting Friday, January 13th.
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https://www.smh.com.au/culture/tv-and-radio/kate-mulvany-takes-another-wild-ride-in-season-two-of-hunters-20230102-p5c9tu.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_culture Kate Mulvany takes another wild ride in Hunters season two