Professional, 90s Attitude
SHORT What: CI5: The New Professionals.
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
Wells, who plays suave agent Sam Curtis,
has been an fan of the famous 70s crime-fighting
duo since he was a teenager.
I was growing up, every car or pair of
jeans worn by them became instantly fashionable,"
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
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
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'." *