Your upcoming movie Brian the Blessed - in a few words,
what's it going to be about, and what can you tell us about your character
It's going to be a horror film with a twisted love story at
the heart of it. My character is very interesting. He is at first glance
quite childlike but there are things going on under the surface.
What will you draw upon to bring your character
to life, and how much of yourself will we be able to find in Brian? And
speaking of, would you consider yourself at all a religious person?
always important to find as much of yourself in the character as possible.
At the end of the day you have to first convince yourself that you are the
character and then convince the audience! An actor who I will be taking a
lot of inspiration from is Brad Dourif. The character feels very similar
to a lot of the roles he used to play in the 70s/80s.
attracted you to the project in the first place, and to what extent can
you identify with Brian the Blessed's dark theme?
script and Raine McCormack's passion for the project attracted me to it [Raine
McCormack interview - click here]. I love the
dark theme. Most of my favourite films are very very dark.
can you tell us about your director Raine McCormack, and what's your
collaboration like? And how did you two first hook up?
met online through the producer. I think we are on the same wavelength for
sure. Raine is one of those guys who gets things done. His enthusiasm
definitely rubs off on the people round him, which is very important when
you are making a low budget feature!
far as I know, Brian the Blessed is still in its fundraising
stages. Care to talk about the fundraiser for a bit?
is an IndieGoGo campaign which is going pretty well and I think Raine has
other interested parties too. Best ask him about that!
future projects beyond Brian the Blessed?
I have 4
films that I've been involved in all coming out in either 2014 or 2015.
And I am about to start filming a sitcom in Malaysia. Should be
got you into acting in the first place?
I can't even
remember now! I was in every school play from aged 8 onwards. It was just
something I loved doing.
Can you still
remember your first time in front of a film or TV camera, and what was
that experience like?
I was lucky as I was part of a live
comedy sketch show and we decided to add some filmed elements to be
projected on to a screen on stage so we kind of got to spend a fair bit of
time learning as we did it. It was a big help.
Though I'm sure you've long gotten
tired of talking about it by now ... if I don't at least ask, I'm sure to
get tarred and feathered by my readers - so could you talk about The
Office for a bit?
Well it was a great opportunity and a
lot of fun to be involved with. I am constantly amazed by how popular it
Any other past movies and TV-shows
of yours you'd like to talk about?
I prefer to look to the
How would you
describe yourself as an actor?
I guess I kind of have a
Actors (or indeed
actresses) who inspire you?
So so many! Since I mentioned
Brad Dourif earlier I will name some great character actors - Robert
Duvall, Bruce Campbell, Elias Koteas, Jefrey Combs, Sissy Spacek, Michael
Rooker, Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener.
Your favourite movies?
For a Dream, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Kill List,
Jesus of Montreal and loads more.
and of course, films you really deplore?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
I have a real issue with all these 'found footage' films. I think 95% of
them are utter garbage and I think it's lazy filmmaking. I totally lay
the blame for it at the feet of The Blair Witch Project, which I thought
was terrible. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest!
movie's website, Facebook, IndieGoGo, whatever else?
else you are dying to mention and I've merely forgotten to ask?
you have been very thorough. Well done!
for the interview!