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Underbelly enemies join forces

ACTORS Rodger Corser and Callan Mulvey played sworn enemies in crime drama Underbelly - one a drug trafficking criminal, the other a detective hell bent on putting him behind bars.

But they play loyal colleagues in the new police rescue series Rush.

Four days into filming the Channel 10 drama in Melbourne, Corser has shifted from portraying a detective moving up the ranks to top dog Senior Sergeant Lawson Blake.

It has been a case of life imitating art for Corser, whose career has gathered momentum since Underbelly.

"It was great to be part of that process (Underbelly). Some of my shows haven't been as well received ... so I was blessed to get the gig," Corser said.

"For everyone who was involved in it, it has heightened our profiles."

This is Corser's fourth role as a law enforcer, having starred in Stingers and Water Rats.

In Rush, Mulvey will play Brendan Joshua - a role he welcomed after being out of work for six months.

"I was unemployed after Underbelly ... it's great to be able to pay the rent for the next few months," he said.

He underwent gruelling physical and weaponry training for the roles and said that if the Underbelly producers knocked on his door he would definitely consider reprising the character of Mark Moran, who was killed off in the show.

"It was unreal and a dream role," he said.

"Depending on the script, I wouldn't say, 'No' to having a look at (reprising) it."

By Erin McWhirter
May 22, 2008
The Daily Telegraph