Kerry O’Brien — class act

We have been so lucky to have had one of the best, brightest and most versatile TV current affairs interviewers here in Oz on our very own commercial-free (thank God!) ABC. Last night was a special tribute to his 7.30 Report 1995-2010. His last interview was with Geoffrey Rush.

…KERRY O’BRIEN: Now I’m allowed to ask this question because I’m a head of you in these stakes. Have you got any sense of age catching up? Because even if memory starts playing nasty tricks and your body begins to let you down in other ways, perhaps you’re one of the lucky ones to be in a business where aging can actually have the same impact as it does on a good wine. What do you think?

GEOFFREY RUSH: I s’pose it’s more noticeable on this because I’d done it 18 – the last time I did this play was 18 years ago. But I remember even then when I was 40, I still had to have a 50-minute nap before the show. I’m quite fit. I’m lucky. People – someone the other day said, “Oh, you must go to the gym every day and get ready for this role?,” and I said, “No, no, no; doing the role is like going to the gym.” If I go into the gym and did the role, I’d fall down in a heap. I’m lucky. I think I’m naturally quite fit. I notice a few little extra aches and pains here and there, but you learn how to pace, you know. I have a little meditative sleep before every show and try not to let my life socially get too out of hand.

KERRY O’BRIEN: Geoffrey Rush, thanks very much for talking with us.

GEOFFREY RUSH: Thanks, Kerry.

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