Jonathan LaPaglia plays underworld figure Anthony Perish in the upcoming Underbelly: Badness. Source: AdelaideNow JONATHAN LaPaglia didn't hesitate when offered the chance to come back to Australia to take on a juicy new role. The former Adelaide actor’s star turn on acclaimed ABC miniseries The Slap last year earned rave reviews and now he’s playing the lead role in the fifth instalment of Channel 9′s crime drama Underbelly."I loved working here on The Slap and I’m having the same experience on this one," he says. "These two roles are so different and I feel so lucky to be able to do that, back to back."Set from 2001 to 2011, Underbelly: Badness tells the story of feared underworld figure Anthony Perish, played by Jonathan, and how NSW police brought him and his associates to justice.The former emergency-room doctor turned Hollywood actor says he was "blown away" with the positive response to The Slap. And the former Rostrevor College boy hasn’t ruled out bringing his wife, Ursula Brooks, and their daughter Tilly, 7, back Down Under permanently."I’ve been in the US for 18 years now, so it’s a long time and … we could definitely come back here some time in the future."