Constantinos Kilias, famous for playing Farouk in The Castle, appointed as magistrate
He may be best known for his role in the legal battle from The Castle, but now the actor famous for his character Farouk in the cult Australian film has been appointed as a magistrate in Victoria.
According to a report in the Herald Sun, Constantinos Kilias, who played Darryl Kerrigan’s neighbour Farouk in the film, was appointed to the bench after an almost 30 year career as a barrister.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my father and late mother for their Olympian support throughout my life.”
He was one of three new appointments, along with Alanna Duffy and Timothy Hoare, made by Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula.
“These three new magistrates bring decades of collective experience to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and I congratulate them on their appointments,” Mr Pakula said.
It is understood that Mr Kilian is respected in legal circles for his “fair manner” and “sharp mind” — in stark contrast to his character in the 1997 film, where his character’s method of dealing with a dispute was for “my friend come to your house, put bomb under your car and blow you to f***ing sky”.
In addition to a legal career which saw him appearing regularly in the Supreme, County and Magistrates’ courts and coronial inquests, Mr Kilias has also acted in local TV and films including Blue Heelers, The Wog Boy, SeaChange and Fat Tony & Co.