David Silesi is an
unconventional lawyer. Ambitious, and hot-headed, he's
a man with a passion for winning and he's not afraid to bend the
rules to get a result..
He is the central
character in STREET LEGAL and was specifically created with
actor, Jay Laga'aia, in mind.
David is a showman and loves the
‘performance’ of the courtroom. Never one to bury his head in
a legal tome, he relies on his common touch to win over juries –
he can be charming, persuasive and quick on his feet. If he’s a
hero, it’s almost an accident, a consequence of following his
This impulsive nature also
governs David’s love life – and caused a major rift with
colleague and ex-lover, Joni Collins. David still loves Joni but
has lost her to his nemesis Kees Van Dam. The one thing he hasn't
lost is hope. If Joni shows the slightest bit of weakness,
David will pounce.
He still loves her, but he can bide his time now. David and Joni
have become friends. I suppose the sobering aspect of it is that
both of them have matured and they appreciate each other. From
David’s point of view, he knows that she is still the one he
loves. He still admires her and every day he still does things
purely so that she can see that he is changing and becoming more
of a mature person. He’s still the same crazy drop kick, but
she understands him a lot more now. I think that’s because she’s
walked the walk and she’s been burned couple of times and she
understands that if you don’t stick your neck out you’re
just going to be forever like a turtle in your shell."
Another of David’s passions is
the Jailbar, his 44 Ford pickup. He likes to drive it, he loves to
race it but he wouldn’t know one end of a spanner from the
other. When David's about to get into trouble, you can be
sure his Jailbar makes sure he gets into it quickly.
Kees Van Dam
“ From the beginning
everything David did was initiated emotionally and then he would turn
around to the rest of the troops and go ‘save me’. But now David’s
been able to use his
brains and go ‘alright, how can we deal with the situation?’
because it’s a reflection on
the company which is now his and Joni’s. And nine times out of ten
it’s about making sure that his partner is mentally sound, because
it doesn’t matter what he thinks of her husband, she’s going
through trials and tribulations.
As well he is trying
to find money to keep the firm afloat, which he didn’t have to worry
about before, and so it is interesting because he now speaks with a
voice of authority".
Jay Laga'aia on how his character has developed