Cliff Curtis recently admitted to the Herald that he wasn’t happy about having to play the character of the despicable Uncle Bully in the film Once Were Warriors.
“The piece of advice my kuia gave me was there are always jobs on the marae that no one wants to do – like cleaning toilets, which I did. But they have to be done so you do the best job that you can and people will not remember what you were doing, but how well you did it,” he says.
Uncle Bully was one of his first major screen parts and is a role Curtis is still teased about 20 years later. But Uncle Bully probably allowed people to forget this Tip Top stunner he starred in in 1990, four years before Once Were Warriors.