Aussie Actor Cast As Notorious Murderer Twice

You know you've made it in Hollywood when two of Tinseltown's top directors are clamouring for your services.

That's what happened to Adelaide actor Damon Herriman who had both Quentin Tarantino and David Fincher on the phone.

The only catch? They both wanted him to play evil killer Charles Manson.

"If it means getting to work with Quentin Tarantino and David Fincher I will play anything! I just love playing great roles. Ultimately, as freaky as he was, and as horrible the things are that he did, as an actor it's an awesome opportunity," said Herriman.

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Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino has rounded up an all-star cast for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" which is set around the time of the murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others by Manson's "family".

Herriman joins Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in the movie.

"I've actually finished shooting, I finished three weeks ago. It was maybe the most fun I have ever had in my career. It was like actor Disneyland from the script, to the dialogue, to just being on that set. There's an indescribable magic to it."

His second turn as Manson is in the Netflix serial killer series "Mindhunter". "In Mindhunter it's a different period of Manson's life. It's 1980 and he's already in jail. In the movie, it's 1969 so they are very different."

Angela Bishop caught up with Herriman at the Heath Ledger Scholarship event in Los Angeles. Image: Angela Bishop

It's not Herriman's first turn at playing a criminal. He played the notorious Lindbergh baby kidnapper in Clint Eastwood's "J.Edgar" and will soon be seen in "The Nightingale" which won the special jury prize at the Venice Film Festival.

ten daily caught up with the 48-year-old actor at the Heath Ledger Scholarship event in Los Angeles.

When asked to give some advice to young actors seeking their big break in Hollywood, Herriman said: "They don't need that much advice from me if they win the Heath Ledger scholarship, because the prize is so good.

"They get everything they would ever need. Keep grounded, keep your feet on the ground, remember a lot of this stuff is just luck and timing. You've got to be able to act obviously but just appreciate this incredible opportunity you've been given and enjoy the ride."