It’s the hotly anticipated miniseries depicting the life of one of Australia’s most controversial businessmen, Alan Bond.
And actor Ben Mingay has opened up about the disgraced tycoon he plays in Channel 9’s forthcoming House of Bond.
‘He is the absolute larger than life character, full of bravado and charisma. He is the guy that made stuff happen,’ Ben told The Daily Telegraph about the businessman who was a poster boy of the 1980s, before his spectacular fall from grace.
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‘It doesn’t pull any punches’: Ben Mingay spoke with The Daily Telegraph about his new miniseries, House of Bond, in which he plays controversial tycoon Alan Bond
Ben revealed to the publication that the two-part series will portray Bond in a nuanced light.
‘It doesn’t pull any punches. It is all there, the good, the bad and the ugly,’ Ben explained.
‘I think everyone comes away not saying Bondy is a bastard or Bondy is awesome but looking at the story and the journey and they can make their own call on his personality’, the actor added.
Highly anticipated: Rachael Taylor returns to Australian TV screens, playing Bond’s wife Diana Bliss
Perth-based Bond originally made his fortune in property development, before he famously helped bankroll Australia’s 1983 winning of the America’s Cup.
However, the businessman- who was once name Australian of the Year- declared bankruptcy in 1992 with debts reportedly totaling a staggering $1.8 billion.
The tycoon also served four years in prison after using a controlling interest in a company to siphon off over a billion dollars into how own Bond Company.
Nuanced portrayal: Ben believes the two-part series will provide a complex picture of one of Australia’s most famous figures
Focused: The Newcastle-born told said he ‘stopped going to the gym and started enjoying long walks to the buffet’ to prepare for the part
Ben appears in the series opposite A-list Rachael Taylor, who plays Bond’s second wife, Diana Bliss.
Last year, Rachel took to Instagram to share a snap of her and Ben on set, with the caption ‘Can’t wait to be back on Aussie TV!”
Meanwhile Newcastle-born Ben revealed that he put on 10kg to play Bond.
Controversy: Despite Ben’s commitment to the portrayal, many fans who have viewed the movie’s promotional videos online are saying he looks nothing like Alan Bond
Talking to the Herald Sun, he stated that he ‘stopped going to the gym and started enjoying long walks to the buffet’ to prepare for the part.
‘Luckily I have the ability to engage my double chin at any time so the only other thing I had to concentrate on was looking shorter than I actually am,’ he added.
Despite his commitment to the portrayal, many fans who have viewed the movie’s promotional videos online are saying he looks nothing like the late entrepreneur.
Twitter user @ackpack wrote: ‘House Of Bond looks ridiculous because they cast someone who doesn’t look like Alan Bond in any way.’
And @ryanfish_20 tweeted: ‘Channel 9’s Alan Bond looks nothing like Alan Bond.’
Discussion: Twitter user @ackpack wrote: ‘House Of Bond looks ridiculous because they cast someone who doesn’t look like Alan Bond in any way’
Commentary: @ryanfish_20 tweeted: ‘Channel 9’s Alan Bond looks nothing like Alan Bond’
House Of Bond airs 9pm on Monday, April 24 on Channel Nine.