January 27, 2023

Guy Pearce joked about the Neighbors ‘finale’, following the news that the Australian soap has been revived.

Pearce reprized his role as Mike Young in July for what was originally the show’s final episode, but Amazon Freevee announced last month that they would reboot the soap.

A tribute to the soap was aired at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards ceremony, with Pearce quipping about the show’s quick resurrection.

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“It’s hard to watch, don’t you think? Knowing that we will never see another episode again,” he joked (via RadioTimes). “A painful reminder that the things we love can be snatched away, never to return…unless Amazon steps in to save the day and make our finale look like a rather expensive exercise.”

He also remembered a story a colleague saw Neighbors returned Margot Robbie sent producers a bottle of champagne, joking that the actress would ask to have it back: “I don’t want to say [it was a] waste of time. But I’m sure Margot will be happy,” he said.

Pearce, who made his soap opera debut in 1986 before leaving in 1989, recently spoke about the events of the finale, which saw Mike move in with Jane Harris and his daughter Sam.

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“I accidentally committed for another four years, I just call my US agent and tell him to forget about all that other work,” he joked, before adding that the plot developments finally gave him “real closure” . ”

While Pearce is unlikely to return in next year’s reboot, Freevee has announced that Stefan Dennis, Alan Fletcher, Jackie Woodburne, and Ryan Moloney will all reprise their roles; no other casting decisions have been revealed.

Neighbors returns in the second half of 2023 with new episodes streaming for free on Amazon Freevee in the UK and US. Network 10 retains the first-run rights in Australia for the new series.

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