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An Interview with Bryan Wilson, Star of Chopping Block

by Mike Haberfelner

August 2016

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Your new movie Chopping Block - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?


In short, our director Joshua Hull [Joshua Hull interview - click here] put it best to me when he first conjured this idea up as "It's Horrible Bosses meets Friday the 13th". My character Will is a not too bright nerd and even less ambiguously gay office worker that has a passion for L.A.R.P.I.N.G. and saying uncomfortable sexual innuendos in conversation. Like Josh also likes to put it, he type-cast me.


What did you draw upon to bring the character to life, and how much Bryan Wilson can we find in Will the nerd?


Being a card carrying nerd myself that tends to use objectionable language I just had to look at me trying to find my place socially as a kid in school. I have actually never LARP'd unless you count sexy role playing time. And lastly, and I know this hurts Michael Malone [Michael Malone interview - click here], Raymond Kester and Josh the most but unlike Will, I am straight in real life.


How did you get involved with Chopping Block to begin with - and how did you end up on the production side of things as well?


I met Josh through a former film and TV partner at a horror convention and we hit it off. We kept talking and we both wanted to work together and the stars finally aligned and Josh called me to tell me he cast me as Will. As far as putting on the "producer" hat I had produced other films, TV shows and commercials and offered to do whatever was needed as we needed it. Like trying to find the right masks for us five bumbling to wear for the kidnapping I thankfully found the masks we ended up using in the film so in real life "Will did get the masks". My producer role expanded greatly after the shoot to get the film "distribution-ready" as we needed a trailer, and I had a pretty clear idea what I wanted to do with it and ran it past Josh and he said have at it so I cut it with help from our sound engineer Joe Gaudin. After we got picked up by LC Films I did the closed captioning (I had to type the word buttholes several times), and the Blu-ray/DVD artwork, extra features and the revised poster for the upcoming (August 30th) Blu-ray/DVD release.


What can you tell us about your director Joshua Hull [Joshua Hull interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?


Josh literally craps great ideas. Seriously, he will text or call me with an idea for a film and I am always blown away at how fertile his mind is. And Josh gives us actors yards of room to work a scene and allows us to just be in the moment and see where things take us. We'd do two takes and then on the third take anything went and a lot of those third takes did make it in the final cut which shows the trust Josh had in us and the easy environment that Josh created for everyone.


Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!


I know it sounds cliché when you hear about a production where the cast and crew really bonded but that is what happened. I hit it off with Michael Malone [Michael Malone interview - click here] immediately and I had always wanted to work with Raymond Kester and we along with some other cast and crew would hang out after we wrapped for the day and would run the next days scenes and just hang out. And when it was over there was this combo platter of pride and sadness and we all literally could not wait to all work together again.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


Yes! Co-star Raymond Kester and I began working on several ideas immediately after we wrapped and we ended finishing a comedy script together that we plan to shoot in 2017. I also collaborated with Shay Dickerhoff (co-star from Resurrection) and we also are finishing a comedy script that will involve Raymond and hopefully a few other Chopping Block alumni. And Raymond, Shay and I are also working on a few TV projects together.


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


As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be an entertainer. My first acting role was as the coveted Sir Mathematics in a 4th grade play. I did some improv, stage combat and acting training at St. Pete Little Theatre, Kestral Theatre and then named Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Chopping Block?


I got a small last minute part in National Lampoon's RoboDoc as a reporter and got to do an improvised scene with Alan Thicke that was surreal. I then got cast as a homicidal reverend (again with the type casting!) in Resurrection and recently got cast as Dr. F in Pitfire of Hell (also starring Raymond Kester) in a throwback scene with Shay Dickerhoff as my monster.


How would you describe yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?


I feel I am natural and reactionary comic actor. I feel at my best and most inspired around others. I have always liked physical comedy and I am drawn to characters that have those attributes. I also use my improv training that helps "be" in the moment. It's fun finding your character's voice and building everything else around that. Ideally I see myself as a character actor moving forward so I can really try weird and challenging roles.


Besides acting you're also a musician, right? So do talk about your music for a bit!


Growing up my mom had the most wicked cool record collection and I would got through these after school and I stumbled on her Beatles' records and I was never the same. I started playing guitar at 14 or so and started playing solo in pubs and bars until I auditioned for The British Invasion show at Disney's EPCOT. What I didn't know was that they also had a touring cast that toured and that is where I started as John Lennon on what I affectionately call my Sh*tting My Pants Across America Tour 2001. I was on the road for about a year and a half before I settled at Disney doing five shows a day six to seven (8) days a week. During that time I met Dave Mikeal and he became my producer for my debut album I Laugh At Things I Shouldn't. We recorded that over a four month period in and around my manic work schedule and it was an amazing experience and it got some decent reviews internationally and a few of the tracks are in a few films and TV projects. I also recently scored the audio drama productions In The Beginning and A Christmas Carol with actor Daniel Roebuck among others. And lastly I am finally tracking the tunes for my next album.


Actors, musicians, whoever else who inspire you?


Actors: Christoph Waltz, John Ritter, Johnny Depp, Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, all of Monty Python, anything from Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg.

Musicians: The Beatles, Queen, The Who, Johnny Cash, The Beach Boys, U2, Weird Al Yankovic. So many more really.

Whoever else: My wife Claire that supports me no matter what, my mom always inspired me to be anything I wanted, my best friend growing up Char-lee (her and my mom would be over the moon if they were here to see what I've done) and my current and incredible circle of friends.


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So many. Star Wars (4-7), Blade Runner, anything Tim Burton, anything Edgar Wright, anything Kubrick, anything Monty Python, Creepshow, Trick 'r' Treat.


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


Yentl. Simply terrifying.


Your website, Facebook, whatever else?, and you can stalk me online via Facebook, Twitter, etc. from there.


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


I really, really love chocolate milkshakes made the old fashioned way with vanilla ice cream and Hershey's chocolate syrup.


Thanks for the interview!


You are most welcome!

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