AFTER playing various cops on television and film, actor Aaron Pederson relished being the bad guy for once.
Pederson, from Wildside, Water Rats, Mystery Road and Goldstone, steps on to the other side of the law in Damien Power’s Killing Ground as German who, along with his mate Chook (Aaron Glenane), terrorises a family of campers on the banks of a remote river.
Pederson said while he did not feel pigeon-holed as a cop, it was “refreshing” to explore a darker side of humanity.
“I’ve played cops all my life. I don’t care because for me it’s still a career,” he said.
“It’s not like I’m not working on my craft. There’s a lot of different dimensions to coppers, so I don’t feel stagnant or that I might get locked into one stereotype.
“As an actor you want to utilise all of the elements of yourself and not just yourself but all dimensions of a human being.
“I believe we have a million dimensions, there’s a lot to us. We come from a long line of ancestors, all of us do, and I always believe there are small bits of everybody from the past that’s in you.”
Pederson said he was taken by the non-linear style of the script.
“I’m a true believer in story. I loved Damian’s story, I found it really interesting. It was written the same way it’s been cut, in a non-linear sense,” he said.
“I got engrossed in the characters when I was reading it.
“You read a lot of scripts and because of the non-linear approach to it, it captured me because I had not seen anything done like that in Australia.
“It was creative because he gives a sense of emotionally connecting with the characters quite early on.
“Then when the worlds collide, it’s a tragedy but it’s a triumph too in a lot of ways for particular characters in the film.”
Killing Ground is released August 24.