Stephen Curry Talks 10's New Comedy And His Awkward Misuse Of Millennial Slang
He's arrogant, he's antagonising and he's angry -- he's Mr Black.
Ahead of the hilarious new comedy 'Mr Black' premiering on Tuesday on 10, we spoke to Stephen Curry, who plays the titular character of Mr Black, a disgruntled old-school sports journo who is forced to move in with his daughter Angela (Sophie Wright) due to his ailing health.
He soon meets Angela’s sensitive boyfriend Fin (Nick Russell), who he immediately takes a disliking to and makes it his mission to break up the pair, even if it’s the last thing he does. But he soon discovers that Fin won’t go down without a fight.
"Unfortunately for Mr Black, his daughter has hooked up a man of the name of Fin, and while he might be the nicest guy in the history of time, he just doesn't fit into the Mr Black mould of what a man should be, so, of course, Mr Black sets about destroying the relationship for an entire series," Curry told 10 daily.
While the show examines the tenuous relationship between Gen X-ers and millennials -- something that absolutely rings true in today's society -- in stark contrast to his character, Curry believes that it's the younger generation who have a much tougher time in comparison to their older counterparts.
"Millenials have copped it so hard and so unfairly, it's ridiculous!" Curry said. "I think Mr Black is actually a good mirror for this because everything that bothers the internet about millennials is what bothers him about millennials."
"He's ignored the fact that Fin is a loyal, good, hardworking, trustworthy, genuine human being who loves his daughter to no end, but all he's picked up on is the fact that he can't fix a car and he likes avocado cupcakes!"
And as for whether Curry himself ever finds himself baffled by the youth of today?
"You know what? It's not what bothers me. It's that I don't understand a lot of little words and I wish I did," Curry explained. "It got the point where my niece, who is 14, I was trying to be cool and she said, 'Alright Steve, say some cool words then.'"
"I'm like, well, I don't know... What about 'dude'? and she went, 'Ew!' so I said, 'Oh, here you go. Here's something that I learned the other day!' -- thinking it was really innocent."
He continued, "We're good friends and uncle and niece, so we should Netflix and chill sometime... and, of course, she was horrified! So then she told me to Google what it means, so I looked it up and, oh my God, I've felt extremely guilty ever since!" he added.
This eight-part series is created by multi-award-winning writer, actor and producer Adam Zwar (Wilfred, Agony) and also stars Nadine Garner (The Doctor Blake Mysteries) and Paul Denny (Lowdown).
Mr. Black premieres on 10 and 10 play on Tuesday, 7 May at 8.30pm.