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An Interview with Ben Wasden, Writer, Director, Star of Man of Action

by Mike Haberfelner

September 2015

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Your new movie Man of Action - in a few words, what is it about?


It's about an ex-military man who wants to kill his arch-nemesis Skullface.


What were your sources of inspiration when dreaming up Man of Action?


I work at a store, and I was on the toy aisle one night and noticed these toy guns. I had seen them before, but didn't realize that they had sound effects. So I started playing around with them and I instantly got the idea for Man of Action from that. And of course, I was parodying movies like Rambo and The Terminator. Troma was also an inspiration.


Was Man of Action ever planned to be a(n even remotely) bigger film than it is (like including a cast and crew), or was it intended to be a one-man showcase from the get-go?


It was always just intended to be a one-man show. I've been making YouTube videos for years, and I've always worked alone. I'm a bit of a loner, so it works for me. However, I have asked one of my family members a couple of times if she would work with me, but she said "no".


So what a strain was it to play all the characters of your movie, and who could you identify with the most, who did you enjoy to play the most?


It was a bit of a strain, because I had to change costumes and clothes quite often. I remember a couple of times while I was making the movie, I had to reshoot because I was wearing the wrong clothes for the character I was playing. Editing the movie was probably the hardest part. And I could probably identify with Chad McIntosh the most, because he was the most sane character I played lol. And he's such a badass, which I'm not really, but I wish I were.


Do talk about your directorial approach to your story at hand for a bit, and how limiting (but maybe also liberating) was the fact that you filled all positions on both sides of the camera yourself?


My approach was to just make a funny, weird, entertaining movie. I don't know that it was limiting, but it was liberating playing all of those characters. I got to show that I could play many different types of characters in one movie. And I don't know if there has ever been a movie made before mine, where every character was played by the same actor.


What can you tell us about the shoot as such?


I shot it in 8 days. All of the shooting took place in my home in Alabama.


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of your movie so far?


The reception has been positive so far. I shared the movie on Facebook, and some of my friends that watched it said they liked it.


Will there ever be a Man of Action 2 - and any (other) future projects you'd like to share?


There will be a Man Of Action 2 on down the line, but it might be a while because there are other projects I want to work on first. My next film will be a horror-comedy called Nightmare Sleepover. I plan on making that at the end of this year or early next year. And it will be in the same style as Man of Action, with me playing all of the characters.


What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal education on the subject?


I've been a movie buff since a young age, so there's always been part of me that wanted to act and be in show business. I just didn't know how to get into it, living in a small town in Alabama. YouTube has given the chance to entertain people, without having to relocate. And no, I have not received any education. I've just seen an awful lot of movies.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Man of Action?


I've done a few short films, with Gay Outta Compton (a parody of sorts of Straight Outta Compton) being my most recent one.


How would you describe yourself as an actor, writer, director?


I'd describe myself as someone who wants to be as original and unique as possible, and maybe someone who wants to make his audience say "WTF did I just watch"? Lol!


Filmmakers, actors, writers, whoever else who inspire you?


John Waters, Lloyd Kaufman, Divine, Debbie Rochon [Debbie Rochon interview - click here], Leslie Nielsen.


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... and of course, films you really deplore?


The Human Centipede 2.


Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?


Everyone can see my movie Man of Action as well as my other videos on my YouTube channel at


Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


Can't think of anything.


Thanks for the interview!




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