Hard to believe this handsome face is hiding behind the Chopper alter ego actor Aaron Jeffery personified. Pic source: Twitter Aaron Jeffery
Hunky actor Aaron Jeffery looks near unrecognisable in his latest role as the colourful late criminal Mark ‘Chopper’ Read.
The Australian-New Zealand Logie winner actor ditched his classic good looks to undergo a complete transformation to take on the highly coveted role.
Jeffery, 46, packed on the pounds, including a substantial belly, complete with painted-on tattoos, for the upcoming Nine mini-series Underbelly Files: Chopper.
Previously seen in Wentworth and McLeod’s Daughters, usually playing one of the romantic leads, Jeffery appears to have taken his turn as the underworld enforcer seriously.
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The role was previously immortalised on the big screen by Eric Bana in the acclaimed 2000 film Chopper.
But Channel Nine’s heads of drama released a statement about Jeffery’s turn as Chopper with a promise that Jeffery would inject a new side to the infamous criminal. “This is Chopper as you’ve never seen him before. And who better to portray this larger-than-life criminal than multiple Logie and AACTA-award winner Aaron Jeffrey?” the statement said.
The real Chopper was one of Australia’s most best-known criminals. He was able to use his notoriety to his advantage by writing a series of best-selling books about his often darkly comical exploits, including one called How to Shoot Friends and Influence People. He claimed to have spent just 13 months out of prison – where he learned to read and write – between the ages of 20 and 38, and published his first book in 1991.