Juggling a new relationship, parental responsibilities, friendship and a sick brother while earning a living would be difficult for anyone but it's particularly difficult when you're a hitman. Ray Shoesmith "takes care of people" - collecting debts, relieving them of drugs and guns, and often taking care of them on a permanent basis. Ray demands respect and does not tolerate anyone who doesn't live up to his very strong and very clear code of ethics.
Ray is dedicated to Brittany and to his older brother Bruce, who is experiencing the gradual reduction in mobility and coordination due to a motor neuron disease. Ray often visits Bruce, giving firm but unforced support. The last thing that Bruce wants is pity. Bruce was in a similar line of business to his little brother before his career was cut short, so part of his struggle is learning to accept not just the physical limitations, but the restrictions on being an active participant in the outside world.
Nicholas Cassim, who portrays Bruce, says: “I imagine that Bruce’s life was similar to his brother’s, on the wrong side of the law, but without the same level of intelligence and proficiency as Ray. Although Bruce is an older brother, I see him as being in a sense the younger brother, in that when they did ‘jobs’ together, Bruce wouldn’t have been as wily as Ray. Bruce was probably without much ambition in the world that they operated in, but I think they’re very close in that Australian male way of not being over demonstrative emotionally. They’re extremely loyal to each other.”
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