Actor Sam Johnson says the Seven miniseries Molly doesn’t go far enough in exploring the personal life of its central character Ian ‘Molly‘ Meldrum.
“I’ll tell you something I probably shouldn’t,” he told Jon Faine on ABC Radio.
“There’s a scene where I kiss a bloke … and I thought the sexuality could have been explored more. In the show generally.
“Molly actually cut the kissing scene with the bloke.
“As we kiss it cuts out,” he said.
Meldrum, who is a consulting producer on the Mushroom Pictures drama, is recovering from an injury in Thailand where he reportedly went to avoid the attention of the miniseries.
“I said, ‘Molly, why would you cut that out’, and he said, ‘I thought it was gratuitous’,” Johnson said.
“I wanted the kiss in, I wanted it to be in there, it wasn’t gratuitous at all.
“It’s a part of his life, and it was a part that we needed to show whether people like it or not — I mean it’s 2016 for Christ’s sake.
“Molly‘s very protective of his image. He doesn’t want to be seen to be a smoker and he’s been chain smoking since he was 10,” Johnson said.
“I don’t think he wants to be seen as either gay or hetero, either, I think he’s just pro-human.”
“It’s weird. I’m still wrapping my head around it, as you can see.”
Molly premieres 8:30pm Sunday February 7 on Seven.