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Title

Professional, 90s attitude

Source

The Evening Post

Date

1 March 1999

Author(s)

Staff Writer CLIFTON DANIEL

Professional, 90s Attitude

IN SHORT What: CI5: The New Professionals.

Where: TV3.

When: 8.30pm, Tuesday.

WHEN the call came to put his 90s spin on action legends Bodie and Doyle, British actor Colin Wells didn't hesitate for a second before signing up for CI5: The New Professionals.

Wells, who plays suave agent Sam Curtis, has been an fan of the famous 70s crime-fighting duo since he was a teenager.

"When I was growing up, every car or pair of jeans worn by them became instantly fashionable," says Wells.

"If you saw Bodie wearing a jacket one day, you'd run out the next day to buy it."

His sidekick, Canadian-born Kal Weber, who plays agent Chris Keel, confesses to not having quite the same point of reference going into his biggest career break.

"It's kind of surreal to be in this role," he says. "When I got offered the part, friends from drama school kept on about how I didn't even know what The Professionals was because I'd grown up in Canada. They'd always wanted to be a Professional, and here I was getting the part."

Wells and Weber, however, do share at least a couple of things in common: they're both getting a big kick out of working with Edward Woodward, a noted thespian and star of the small and big screen, who plays their boss. And the "boys' toys" they work with makes for some exhilarating action sequences.

"We've had some amazing moments," says Weber, "cars blowing up, guys flying everywhere, and at one point Colin and I had these Uzis in our hands for the first time, as we stood in his hillside with the sun beating down shooting at these bad guys. We both looked at each other afterwards and said `this is just great'." *

(Copyright 1999)

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