Kim Fortune plays rex Oliver, the debonair heart-throb of the Salon, and a few other places around the Motel. While
his tongue remains firmly embedded in his cheek as far as his own identification with the part is concerned, he knows that
'Sexy Rexy' is just the sort of image the smooth scissors wielder is trying to put over to his clients. "I can well
believe that that nickname indicates just the sort of person he is," says Kim. "He really starts putting up the Salon's
turnover because all the women - both young and old - who come to him for hairdressing get more than just the styling.
He's already worked in Birmingham for a while, in one of the top salons there, and he's decided to set himself up as a big
fish in a rather smaller pond. He's working for Vera now, and as well as just doing hair, he's selling charm and atmosphere
as well. All the things you'd expect from a first class salon."
As Crossroads viewers will have seen by now, Rex Oliver's charm and atmosphere aren't by any means restricted
to the Salon at Crossroads. He's quite willing, and certainly capable of spreading his personality wherever he reckons
it will do him a little good. He makes a pretty definite pass at Vera herself, but she's a little too wordly-wise to
fall for the junior Lothario's line. But there are other ladies, and other lines. 'Sexy Rexy' can afford to offer
his charms elsewhere.
Kim is well aware that Rex, unlike another young man who has recently joined the Motel - Jeff Gilbert, played by
Julian Barnes - may have charm, but hasn't the most acceptable of personalities. We talked to him right at the outset
of his Crossroads career, and he was wondering just how people would take to the new character. "I mean, there
are all these faithful Crossroads viewers who have been watching their favourite stars for years now and in
walks this conceited young guy who wants to take over the place. They may find him attractive, I hope they do, but on
the other hand they might go right against him. It's all got a lot to do with the way that I play it, I suppose."
Hair To Fortune ... continued