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The Wisdom: Rodger Corser

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The Doctor Doctor star muses on collecting good reds, moustachioed cricketers and the importance of Holden Caulfield.

The best advice I ever got was… to keep your bat and pad close together.

The best advice I ever gave was… get a taxi.

A wise man knows… to listen more and talk less and to consider everyone’s opinions.

But you announce you’re a fool by… shooting from the hip too often. The loudest people usually have the least to say.

What really makes me laugh is… getting together with mates and sharing old war stories – sporting stories, tall tales from school or times you were out on the town as a younger fellow. That’s the stuff that makes me laugh.

But the unfunniest things are… death and taxes.

When I was a kid I wanted to be… I had no idea. I was a late bloomer. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I knew what I didn’t want to do – which was a lot of things. I never started out wanting to be an actor.

I got where I am by… learning to embrace whatever comes around the corner.

If I could tweet my teen self a 140-character message it’d be… Study music harder. I only ever learned enough guitar chords to impress girls.

As a kid my heroes were… any fast bowler with a huge moustache, like Dennis Lillee, and 1960s’ guitar heroes, like Clapton and Hendrix. Not that I could ever play or bowl like them.

If a song were to play whenever I walked into a joint it’d be… Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who. Not for the lyrical content but because it’s just so anthemic. I was lucky enough to do it in a show with a full band. Doing that huge scream with reverb turned right up was incredible. I saw KISS once and they use it as the song they turn up to 11 before they come on.

Elect me your leader and I’d… be hopeless. So don’t! I’m much better when people hand me the lines.

Australia would be a better place if… we remembered the fair go for all. Certain politicians who like to say Australia’s about a fair go seem to have actually forgotten it.

One thing I can never have enough of is… red wine. In the wine racks, I’m talking about.

Success is… contentment. If you’re happy with where you’re at, I think you’ve made it.

Failure can teach you… everything. Falling down teaches you how to get back up again and do it right.

When in doubt I… fake it ’til I make it.

At the end of a hard day… I get into the cellar. And, as an actor, I crave more hard days of work – and for them to be less far apart.

The book that’s really stuck with me is… The Catcher In The Rye. It was associated with a girl who gave it to me. Then I found out all the crazed killers use it as inspiration.

The best place to be is… at home.

At parties I’m… usually found in the kitchen.

The morning after it’s a case of… cleaning up the bottles. It’s because I’m the one throwing the party – which is what you do when you have four kids. So I’m in the kitchen cooking the night before and then the morning after it’s me cleaning up because no-one else will…

Twenty years from now… I hope to be content.

Looking at the stars I think… how small we are. It’s a cliché but it’s true.

Top of my bucket list is… skydiving. Except I’m afraid of heights. I should do it to get over it. But I never will.