IGOR Sas is channelling his inner bad boy.
With a menacing moustache and hook for a hand, iconic scoundrel Captain Hook requires a good dose of wickedness.
Luckily, the Perth actor – who performs the role in Prompt Corner pantomime Peter Pan and Wendy – loves to play a villain.
“It’s great fun being bad and not that much fun being good,” Sas said.
“In real life you have to be good, most people – unless you’re a psychopath – have a natural filter; a barrier from going over to the dark side.
“So when you have the opportunity to play someone who is bad you can express yourself in a way you can’t normally in everyday life.
“It’s like eating a lot of chocolate or ice cream – you can just go to town without the guilt because you’ve been asked to do it.”
As sinister as Peter Pan’s archenemy may be, Sas reminded us that he also had a human side.
“Hook is frightened of dying and he’s very angry with Peter Pan for having his hand cut off,” he said.
“He’s only nasty in a very childlike way: it’s a storybook nastiness.”
Well known locally for a full and lengthy career in showbiz, the affable actor began his career in nightclubs as a teenager.
He and his friend performed as a singing duo and made good money on Friday and Saturday nights appearing after the comedian and before the stripper.
“Seeing my first stripper as a 17-year-old was an eye opener,” Sas said.
Since then he has enjoyed most success in children’s television shows such as Ship to Shore, Lockie Leonard, Wormwood and Parallax.
He recently finished filming Blue Dog, prequel to hit Aussie movie Red Dog, in Karratha, in which he played a flying doctor.
“It’s a fantastic script and I think it’s going to be better than Red Dog,” Sas said.
“It’s more of a family show and still has that iconic Aussie laconic attitude.”
Sas always wanted to be an entertainer but his parents pushed him into university.
He began studying agricultural science then moved onto architecture, which led him to a prosperous path in designing schools.
“While I was doing that I was offered to do a professional amateur show at the (former) Hole in The Wall Theatre and I took time off work to do it and then after that I didn’t go back to work,” Sas said.
“That was a big mistake because I’ve been poor ever since.”
What: Peter Pan and Wendy
Where: Leederville Town Hall, West Leederville
When: July 7 to 9
Tickets: www.trybooking.com and www.ticketmaster.com.au