Australian actor Guy Pearce returns on August 1 for the iconic soap opera Neighbors finale to reprise his role as Mike Young.
Guy, 54, played troubled Mike from 1986 to 1989, and is now poised to make a comeback on the show after 33 years. metro.co.uk reports.
The star’s character arcs explored the implications of domestic violence, student-teacher relationships, and coping with the loss of loved ones.
‘Like coming home’: Australian actor Guy Pearce, 54, returns for the iconic soap opera Neighbors on August 1 to reprise his role as Mike Young
The actor describes the experience of being back on set as ‘coming home’.
Speak with metro.co.ukGuy said: ‘It’s very exciting and surreal to be back on set at the same time, but it feels like coming home.
‘This is where it all started professionally for me. I’ve been asked to come back over the years and wondered if it was the right choice, but once I knew the show was over, I knew I had to do it.”
He added that “there’s nothing quite like being here all together again,” even though he’s had the chance to catch up with other cast members.
Throwback: Guy played troubled Mike from 1986 to 1989, and is now poised to make a comeback on the show after 33 years, Metro.co.uk reports
On set: Guy also took to Twitter to share some selfies while filming the hit series, writing: ‘So great to be back with the gang!’
Cheers: The star beamed as he posed with iconic Neighbors star Harold Bishop, played by Ian Smith
Neighbors executive producer Jason Herbison also said Guy’s return was “gripping.”
He said: ‘I can’t wait to finally answer the question for viewers – who is Mike Young today?’
Guy also took to Twitter to share some selfies while filming the hit series.
He wrote: ‘So great to be back with the gang! And also working with my dear friend Henrietta Graham.’
Guy is in a relationship with Dutch actress Carice van Houten and the couple welcomed their son Monte in 2016.
Action: Guy also beamed along with Peter O’Brien who plays Shane Ramsay and first appeared on the show’s first episode, broadcast in 1985
Group photo: The actors couldn’t hold back their smiles as they filmed the Australian hit series (photo from left to right – Guy, Stefan Dennis, Annie Jones)
Together: Guy is in a relationship with Dutch actress Carice van Houten and the couple welcomed their son Monte in 2016
After Neighbors, he also found success with the character Jack Irish and starred in such blockbusters as The King’s Speech, Iron Man 3 and The Hurt Locker.
It comes just as Kylie Minogue, who is also returning for the finale, has revealed that she enjoyed reminiscing when she filmed scenes with her ex-boyfriend Jason Donovan.
The pop singer, 54, rose to fame on the Australian soap as Charlene Robinson in the 1980s and along with Jason, 54, who played Scott Robinson, they became the show’s golden couple.
Kylie revealed to The Australian: “I wanted to be reminded that I was that 19-year-old again when I would get in my Datsun and send it to Vermont South or the Network Ten studios in Nunawading.”
“It was really sweet to be with Jason and think, ‘Wow, we’re still here.'”
The finale of the long-running soap will air on the same day in Australia and the UK, where the show airs on 10 Peach and Channel 5 respectively.
The Australian broadcaster confirmed last month that the series was being discontinued after an incredible 37 years on the air. The last episode will be filmed in Melbourne in June.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Guy said: “It’s very exciting and surreal to be back on set at the same time, but it feels like coming home. Pictured in 2019
Channel 10 and production company Fremantle previously told MailOnline: “It is with sadness that, after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes airing, we confirm that Neighbors will cease production in the summer.
‘After the loss of an important temporary employment partner’ [Channel 5] in the UK, and despite a search for alternative funding, we currently have no choice but to put the show to rest. Everyone at Neighbors has been overwhelmed with the love and support of the public since the news came out.
The show has brought a sunny slice of Australia into the homes of millions of viewers around the world and launched the careers of dozens of household names along the way.
Farewell, Ramsay Street: The finale of the Australian soap Neighbors (cast photo) will be broadcast on Monday 1 August. The episode will air on the same day in Australia and the UK
“But as this chapter of Ramsay Street draws to a close, we promise to do everything we can to give the show the farewell it deserves.”
Stars, including Kylie, who rose to fame as Charlene Robinson in Neighbors before embarking on a successful music career, have mourned the loss of the show that helped launch their career.
The little pop star tweeted: “I will be forever grateful for the experience and the friends I’ve made at Neighbours.
‘It was really sweet to be with Jason again’: Kylie Minogue has revealed that she ‘felt 19 again’ while filming the finale of Neighbors with former co-star Donovan. Pictured earlier this month
“We had no idea how big the show was going to get and how passionately the viewers would take it to heart. Pure love! I can still hear Madge yelling… CHARLENE!!!!’
Channel 10 also said in a statement that scrapping the show was a “tough decision”.
“Today, Fremantle confirmed that Neighbors will stop production in June, after nearly 37 years and nearly 9,000 episodes,” a network spokesperson said.
“This difficult decision came after the search for an alternative British broadcasting partner was unsuccessful.”
Sweet: The pop singer, 54, rose to fame on Australian soap as Charlene Robinson in the 1980s and along with Jason, 54, who played Scott Robinson, they became the golden couple
“A much-loved fixture on our program schedule for over 35 years, it has been a staple of Australian television drama and Australian cultural exports,” the representative added.
Ramsay Street, Erinsborough, is a cul-de-sac recognized around the world and is home to Scott and Charlene, Des and Daphne, Dr Karl and Susan, Dee and Toadie, Aaron and David and many, many more neighbours.
“Network 10 would like to thank the cast, crew, the entire production team and Fremantle for bringing the perfect blend of soap and sunshine to audiences in Australia and around the world.”
Many Hollywood stars, including Margot Robbie and Chris Hemsworth, began their careers on the show, which premiered in Australia in March 1985.
Familiar Face: Many Hollywood stars, including Margot Robbie (center) and Chris Hemsworth, began their careers on the show, which premiered in Australia in March 1985.