To rmc...that's PAUL Mercurio.
PAUL Mercurio was the lead dancer in that film.....a Baz Luhrmann directed terrific film by the way that should be remade by the way because the soundtrack was not up to par.
The use of midi and electronik as opposed to actual musicians in the soundtrack infuriated me and I think, robbed the film of a bigger impact especially during certain scenes like the finale.
Imagine the final paso doble sequence but without the tinny eletronik music but instead, a full blown orchestra. It would have blown everybodies' minds.
Trivia associated with that film:
Paul Mercurio is the son of Gus Mercurio......a perennial Australian TV character "heavy" who came to Australia from America by way of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics where he was a boxing judge and decided to stay.
Gus was also one of the creators of the Australian Boxing Hall Of Fame to which he was inducted in 2008 due to services relative to boxing, training and judging.
As a kid growing up in Australia, I remember that in every Australian show I watched, his pug nose and squinty eyes were always there as the villain. But even as a kid, I could tell it was acting......Gus never frightened me in the slightest.
I thought his portrayal in "The Man From Snowy River" (1982) was just perfect.....the secretive other guy that had a history, just don't ask about it. But knew of Jim's dad and would muster with Jim when called upon. That's what mates are all about.
But this was about Paul Mercurio, Gus's son.
To that I will say Paul's acting sucks.
But his dancing is energetic, artistic, skilled, flamboyant, expressive and stunning.
There is no doubt that "Strictly Ballroom" (1992) was as good as it was because of Paul Mercurio.
I just wish they'd backed off of the computer midi's and let real artists play the soundtrack.