|Bio:||Blame it on Elvis.|
It was the lusty gyrations of The King in Jailhouse Rock that inspired nine-year-old Paul Joseph Mercurio to dance. His mother, Jean, responded with her usual supportive posture and enrolled Paul in a local ballet school.
From there (with a short surfing break) it was on to John Curtin College of the Arts, a scholarship at the West Australian Ballet Company, and finally leaving his home in Perth for the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne.
He was the odd man out in Melbourne. Not completely lonely as he had family there, he nonetheless wasn't part of the crowd in school. "They have a particular way of being, and I think my idea was broader." He said of the experience.
His greatest loneliness came with his greatest opportunity thus far: an offer from the prestigious Sydney Dance Company. With no money to visit home for the holidays, alone in a strange city, Paul formed a family of prostitutes and junkies at a cafe in Darlinghurst--later to serve as the inspiration for his dance Cafe.
Time and hard work later, Paul became something of a star with the SDC, getting plum parts from the troupe's brilliant director, Graeme Murphy, as well as doing more of his own choreography.
1992 put a most remarkable wrench in the works. Paul was asked to contribute choreography for the debut work of an Australian director, Baz Luhrmann. Baz, an old friend, offered him the lead in the phenomenal Strictly Ballroom. Under Luhrmann's direction, Paul's intensity took over the screen and made him an overnight icon of sensuality.
Recent years have found Paul still busy making locally-produced movies, with the occasional trip to Los Angeles. In addition, he's spread his talent to once again include the stage--but this time he's acting, not dancing.
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Disclaimer: This journal has been created for a character in the RPG establishment. Nothing is meant to be implied about the real Paul Mercurio. This is fiction. Absolutely no truth to it whatsoever. Made it all up.
In other words, it's all just utter bullshit ;)
|Interests:||5: acting, baz luhrmann, craig pearce, dancing, strictly ballroom|
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