Neighbours’ Ryan & Alan: ‘Russell Crowe wanted to come back but we said no!’

The Australian series will celebrate 30 years on screen next week, and Alan, who plays Dr Karl Kennedy, and Ryan, who plays Toadie, spoke to What’s On TV about their returning former co-stars who will be making guest appearances.
Ryan said of Gladiator star Russell, who appeared in four episodes in 1987: “Russell Crowe’s coming back as a gladiator.”
Alan added: “He wanted to – we rejected him and said, ‘No, sorry, you can’t’.”
The actor who has starred as Dr Karl for more than 20 years, went on: “Erinsborough is overtaken by a massive event, which is a reason to bring everybody back. I worked primarily with Harold (Ian Smith) and Madge (Anne Charleston), and with Delta Goodrem (who played Nina Tucker), which was lovely.”
He added: “Paul Keane (Des Clarke) was in the dressing room, amazing to see him. Andrew Williams (Guy Carpenter), Gary Files, an old mate of mine, played Tom Ramsay. What would happen is they didn’t tell us they were going to be there, we’d just walk into the green room and go, ‘What the…?’.”
Alan also teased that Karl would be getting involved in another musical storyline with singer Delta: “There is some music, I can’t promise you a duet. The one thing that you can be sure of is that any opportunity to sing, Karl will take it up. He is instrumental in getting Nina Tucker to sing.”

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