James Coleman on playing himself

Posted on 1 March 2011

Bigger Better Faster Stronger host James Coleman trained as an actor and appeared in the acclaimed film Stickmen, but has mainly made his name as a broadcaster on radio and television. He hosted TV3’s morning show Sunrise, and blended his actor and broadcaster roles in the TV satire The Jaquie Brown Diairies. In this ScreenTalk interview, Coleman talks about:
  • The pleasure of pimping household appliances on Bigger Better Faster Stronger
  • Why the show appeals to both men and women
  • Unnerving his co-hosts on Sunrise with his ad-libbing
  • His reasons for leaving the show
  • The strange experience of playing ‘himself’ on The Jaquie Brown Diaries
  • Playing a gay man in the short film Thinking About Sleep
  • Learning how to act without much dialogue
  • How the feature Stickmen was a big step up for him
  • Why stylistically the film feels dated now
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.


comedy, satire, NZ television, radio, talkback, sunrise, breakfast TV

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