The appeal of transforming himself into intriguing characters drew Jason Montgomery into acting.
And it doesn’t get much more intriguing than his role as Decker — Anthony Perish’s ‘‘Mr Fix It’’ in Channel Nine’s series Underbelly: Badness.
Montgomery, who moved to The Hills four years ago, said he loved sinking his teeth into a character with so many motivations.
As Perish's right-hand man, Decker's role includes kidnappings, contract killings, debt collection and intimidation.
"You've got to love playing a bad guy," Montgomery said.
"He is a man of split personality — his ability to change from cold-blooded killer to devoted family man is a disturbing trait.
"This character was undoubtedly the best I've ever been able to work on — he's just so intriguing with so many different facets to his character — and that's what I love about acting.
"It's better than an office job."
Montgomery — who lives in Baulkham Hills with his wife Emily and young family Ivy, 5, and Baxter, 3 — has had several television and theatre roles since graduating from NIDA in 1995.
His television rap sheet includes Wild Boys, Wildside, All Saints and The Strip and his stage performances include The Merchant of Venice with the Bell Shakespeare Company and the Life of Galileo with the Sydney Theatre Company.
"Back in the day I was a bit of a triple threat but not any more," Montgomery said.
"You never discount anything as an actor; you take the work when you can get it and that would be anything for me.
"But TV is what I really enjoy."
Montgomery said while he was mindful of not wanting to uproot his young family and move them around the world, acting had many possibilities.
"Acting is my passion — that's what I'll do for the rest of my life. I'm open to anything . . . never say never."
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Through his business Trivia Master Australia Jason will host a fundraising appeal for the Garay family from Baulkham Hills whose daughter Tabitha was killed and her sister Madalyn critically injured in a car accident in July.
Details: September 22, Castle Hill RSL Club, 77 Castle Street, Castle Hill, tickets are $30 and include a night of trivia and a platter of food.
To buy tickets: www.stickytickets.com.au/8975.