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Red leather pants. Redheaded Tim Minchin says he was born to wear them. His legs got their big break in season six of the American TV dramedy Californication, starring David Duchovny as an oversexed, alcoholic author. Minchin plays rock’n’roll maniac Atticus Fetch, and Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones his bodyguard. Minchin reckons he and Jones are two musicians pretending to be actors. In Minchin’s case, that’s understating the expanding shapes of his talent.

In the wilds of a Los Angeles house party in one episode, five bare-breasted model types lie languidly around a bed, one blonde blowing dope smoke into the ginger rock god’s mouth.

Were Gina Rinehart producing a telemovie of her self-published hardcover 2012 autohagiography, Northern Australia and Then Some, it might begin in 1909, when her father is born to pastoralists on the remote Mulga Downs station. Lang Hancock is destined to make “great sacrifices for this country”, exploring the Pilbara “with only snakes for companions”.

A cartoon from The West Australian reprinted in the book indulges a fantasy that Brad Pitt would play her father, with Gina directing the apocryphal Lang – the Mini-series.

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