Fitzy Says Playing Phar Lap In Drunk History Was The 'Role Of A Lifetime'
If there are two things Aussie are good at, they're a) telling a good yarn and b) knocking back a coupla cold brews.
The pilot episode will air during Ten's Pilot Week and features Stephen Curry and Rhys Darby reciting infamous 'Strayan stories while completely sozzled. It's v fun telly, watching celebs getting tanked...but there is one aspect of the pilot that has everyone talking...Ryan 'Fitzy' Fitzgerald playing the role of Phar Lap. Yep, you read that correctly, the renowned radio host donned an impressive prosthetic horse head for the episode and it is truly dank.
When asked how he felt about landing the role of the legendary horse, Fitzy told us this was, "the role of a lifetime" and he just had to take it. In fact he likened it to Martin Scorsese ringing up Robert DeNiro to let him know he had been cast in GoodFellas. Sure, kinda the same thing, Fitz!
And when you see his portrayal of Phar Lap you'll truly be left speechless.
The attention is really in the detail with over two hours in the makeup chair to plaster on the prosthetic horse face which is just truly terrifying. When asked if he went full method to prepare for the role he said he "didn't get into the character that much" but admitted he should have gone and hung out with champion thoroughbred, Winx.
By the end of the episode, as bizarre as it may seem, you really start to think Fitzy is a horse. In particular there is a track racing scene that cannot be unseen. Please, try and not wet your pants with laughter. So much so, we're struggling to understand how they managed to shoot anything without errupting in lols?!
Fitzy says that he'd love the season to get picked up and if it does we can look forward to something special.
"I'd love to put my hand up and knock off a few beers and tell a story. Why not?!" he said.
As for what yarn he'd like to tell? The possibilities are endless but don't be surprised if it's another horse-related *tail*. The guy sure has a knack for it.
The Drunk History pilot will air on Ten Monday 20th August at 9:30pm.