|Corey Page - Dead Man On Campus
|by Chris Parry
So how does a kid from Tasmania crack Hollywood? Luck plays a huge part, as does a good agent. So when Corey Page left TV series Heartbreak High and hit the US he packed his swag with both. "My contract on Heartbreak High had just ended and so I thought 'what the hell' and just went."
"Right away I was cast in this soap opera [The City] and when it was axed, I heard about Dead Man On Campus. So I put myself on tape and rushed it off to LA and a few days later was signing contracts. I was really, really very lucky. That was the last throw of the dice before going home," says Page on the phone from LA.
In Dead Man On Campus, his debut feature, Page plays a creepy suicidal gothic who sings show-tunes when nobody is looking.
"The first thing I had to do was a scene where Matt is doing a song'n'dance routine in this bathroom. I'd never worked on film before and I'm in front of this huge film crew singing Cabaret into a hairbrush. I was so fucking nervous, man". But when his character switched from Liza Minnelli to Kurt Cobain, the transition was smooth. "I think both roles are a bit of me. I think every actor has a bit of Liza Minnelli deep down if you look hard enough."
But the suicide potential wasn't only on screen. Being MTV's first major film production outside of Beavis And Butthead, and with the director, writers and majority of the cast being big screen debutants, you could be forgiven for thinking the producers had razors on wrists at the ready. "Actually, it was pretty mellow. I think the producers were tense, but that's their problem. I didn't feel any stress, nor I think did anyone else on set. It was a fun place to be. I had an absolute blast."
That mellow approach took the film to a respectable $16 million at the American box office, despite some mixed reviews. Says Page "some hated it, some loved it, and some were in the middle. I think the film has to be judged for what it is - a teenage college comedy, not Spielberg."
So is being a former soap star a burden on a film career? "Well, when they suddenly wrote this part for me in The City, I was calling people back home and saying 'should I do this stuff?', but it was a foot in the door. A good start to a career."
Corey's next feature, Mascara, an indie starring Ione Skye, Amanda De Cadenet and Nick Jones hits the theatres shortly. ---Chris Parry
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originally posted: 05/07/99 09:34:20
last updated: 06/01/99 03:08:25