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An Interview with Chandler Maness, Actor

by Mike Haberfelner

September 2009

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First of all, why don't you introduce yourself to those of us who don't already know you?

 

I'm Chandler Maness. I'm from Washington, D.C. The rest is is self-explanatory.

 

A few words about your upcoming Orgy of Blood?

 

If the title appeals to you, the movie will deliver what you're looking for.

 

What can you tell us about the Final Girl-movies, which you are working on presently I think?

 

Its a project unlike any I've ever seen or been a part of. Its creative visionary filmmaking... really a bold idea. I'm excited about getting down to work, as I get to play several characters. Plus I love the producers, and I've already worked with Elissa [Elissa Dowling interview - click here], Devanny [Devanny Pinn interview - click here], Creep [Creep Creepersin interview - click here], Domi [Domiziano Arcangeli interview - click here], and Nikki so it should be a great working environment as well. Don't worry, there's still lots of blood.

 

All above films are directed by Creep Creepersin [Creep Creepersin interview - click here]. What can you tell us about the man?

 

Creep's awesome. Once the industry realizes how fast and efficient this guy is, he'll be working nonstop making the powers that be lots of money. He expects certain things from his actors, and shoots at rapid-fire pace. He writes most of his projects so he thinks on his feet and adapts the script if we run into any issues during production. I would work for him anytime. Unlike studio projects I've worked on, and major factor for Creep is the attitude and willingness of his actors to do whatever it takes to get the shot. Thats great for me, because I loathe having to work with divas, and it's also fun because I know I have to be ready to roll 100% of the time. I like the challenge. His wife's pretty cool too, I guess ;)

 

How did you first come into contact with Creep Creepersin?

 

I auditioned for Orgy of Blood, same as everyone else. I booked the role, so we got to work together... and when he realized he could tolerate me, well, it was the beginning of a beautiful relationship. He brings me flowers.

 

A few words about your upcoming Box of Shadows?

 

An interesting experience. I had a supporting part, but everyone involved was really talented. My favorite on set moment was when I literally scared the living crap out of director, Mauro Borrelli. I was hiding underneath a car in the parking lot on set in my Reaper costume and leapt out on him in front of the whole crew... and he screamed like you wouldn't believe. There is nothing more gratifying then scaring the director on a horror film... in front of lots of people. The film itself is has a supernatural storyline, but its also mixed with real-world themes like drug-addiction and obsession. I think it'll do well.

 

What can you tell us about your webseries Don't be Evil?

 

A friend of mine Tyler Johnson is a brilliant writer-director... and he's only 21! The typical film-school dropout, he writes like 10 scripts a week. Basically he got a bunch of buddies and a HVX-200 and shot this series about a guy named Steve (played by me) who was an sports agent and gets nailed by a car. He ends up being sent back to earth as a guardian angel, but he's still the fast-talking asshole he was while he was alive. Hilarity ensues... yadda yadda.

 

You also were in the short The Devil's Matchmaker?

 

Yes. These questions aren't open-ended you know. We won best comedic short at the 2009 Dances with Films festival in LA.

 


You also had an uncredited role in the Walt Disney-production Race to Witch Mountain. What can you tell us about this experience as opposed to acting in inependent films as you usually do?

 

I've never watched such a waste of money before my eyes. It's very routine... and no one's there for the passion. Everyone's making ridiculous amounts of money for doing very little, and I feel like that's just not a good work format. I learned a lot... that I like indie movies. I get some input. I like to get my hands dirty... not get treated like a number.

 

Any filmwork I have left out you would like to talk about?

 


There was my stint as Cody on the webseries 2/8 life. You can check it out on HULU or at facebook.com/28life. I got to play a self-obsessed reality TV star in this biting comedy. It makes fun of a lot of pop culture stuff that drives me insane, plus I got to be an exagerrated version of what people expect me to be. That's fun. Also, I just shot another feature that's revolutionary and really gonna blow some people's minds. Elissa Dowling [Elissa Dowling interview - click here] plays the lead, and our mutual friend Ramzi is directing. I'm pretty sure I can't say more than that.

 

Any future projects?

 

No, my career is over. Just kidding... I hope. I'm doing Corporate Cutthroat Massacre with Creepersin Films, and I'm the lead in an indie drama shooting early spring in Ethiopia called The Coffee Merchant. I'm also in the running for a part in the new Mike Mendes (Gravedancers) film.

 

A few words about The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, the show that first brought you to the (small) screen?

 

This will haunt me forever. I had just gotten to LA and was desperate. Theatre diplomas didn't do anything for me, so I auditioned for this everything. Somehow they ended up booking me on the show, one of 9 people out of over 4,000. I had never modeled before and kind of was tongue-in-cheek about the whole thing. Laughing at the show, myself for auditioning, the whole thing. I guess that's why they chose me. But, somehow in this ass-backwards town it opened doors for me. Also, for what it's worth Janice is fucking cooler than anyone in America knows. She's an actor too, really. She's whip smart, sarcastic, and sort of humble... believe it or not.

 

What do you prefer, acting or modeling, and why?

 

No offense, but thats' a stupid question. No, I take that back. I was just insulted because I hate modeling. It's boring, vapid, and talentless. But it pays well. Acting gets my goat... living as someone else is awesome even if for just a short period of time. It's truly controlling your mind and body, and I can't liken it to any other thing on this earth. The writing process, the filmmaking process, and the character creation process are just the most interesting things to me. Studying people, their motivations, their interactions with others... it's all enjoyable. So basically, its not even really work in the classic context. It's doing what I love for a living. I'm blessed.

 

How did you get into acting in the first place?

 

My dad was a Colonel in the Army, so our family moved every two years. As most people know, socializing when you're growing up can be brutal. Each and every place in the world has different customs, and different things are socially acceptable and cool. So I basically had to become someone else every time I moved to have friends and not be an outcast. I failed for the most part. So between learning how to change traits in myself, and developing a sense of I'll show them all, there was really only one place to go. The theater. I double-majored in theatre and history at the College of Charleston, and moved out to LA as soon as I graduated. Bam.

 

Did you ever take acting classes?

 

Yes, lots of them... and I don't think I'll ever stop. I always learn something new, or at least get reinvigorated for what I love to do.

 

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Actors (or indeed actresses) who inspire you?

 

I have several categories... young actors whose work I admire: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James McAvoy, Ben Foster, Michael Pitt, I've never seen Ben Foster in a movie he didn't steal, well, except for X3, but he didn't really have the chance. Joseph-Gordon Levitt's performance in The Lookout will blow your mind. Older actors whose work I admire: Edward Norton, Steve Buscemi, Eric Bana, Jean Reno, Robert Downey Jr, Val Kilmer, and whoever played Col. Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds. Holy shit... that guy stole that movie hands down. Classics: Gregory Peck, Marlon Brando, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, William Hurt, and of course De Niro and Pacino. You can't beat Raging Bull and Dog Day Afternoon for new school realism films that still hold up. To make sure I don't leave the ladies out, I think Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton are tearing it up right now.

 

You're originally from the Netherlands. What made you move to LA?

 

There was a lot of places in between those two... Germany, France, Detroit, Washington DC, Charleston, S.C. But ultimately I moved here to pursue my career as an actor... and I don't necessarily mind the weather.

 

Your website, MySpace, whatever else?

 

www.imdb.com/name/nm2976887/

www.facebook.com/thechandler

www.myspace.com/chandlermaness

 

Your favourite films?

 

So many. I already mentioned Dog Day Afternoon and Raging Bull. I'm dropping quotations now... On The Waterfront, The Godfather II, Gomorrah, Hunger, Brick, District 9 (yes, I know it's too soon, but still), Gremlins, Scarface, Legend, Labyrinth (I would give anything to be in a fantasy film), Clash of the Titans, The Descent, The Lost Boys, Heat, There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, Pan's Labyrinth, Man Bites Dog, 500 Days of Summer, Three Kings, Enter the Dragon, Reservoir Dogs, Sin City, 400 Blows. I could go on for a irritatingly long time.

 

Films you really deplored?

 

Anything Dane Cook is in. I like the guy, but come on.

 

Anything else you are dying to mention and I've simply forgotten to ask?

 

Not particularly... I'm a closeted Jason Statham movie fan. I can't help it.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

You got it chief.

 

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