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An Interview with Jack Tracksler, Star of Polypore

by Mike Haberfelner

August 2013

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

 

I play Dr. Berry Tomten a Scottish Doctor who is involved in developing a new drug for the Rein Corporation. Things run afoul and I am forced to hide out with another Doctor Jégado. We are constantly moving about the world to hide from the “cleaners” from the Rein Corp.

 

What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and seriously, how much of yourself is in Doctor Tomten?

 

There is not much of me in Tomten, aside from the Scottish Accent. Both of my parents were born in Scotland, I have two kilts and play at playing the bagpipes.

 

How did you get involved with the project in the first place?

 

I honestly don’t remember how director Jesse Barack [Jesse Barack interview - click here] and I met, but assume it was through one of the casting sites. It was fortuitous as I met Marshall Berenson [Marshall Berenson interview - click here], who plays Jégado. We had lots of fun on set and have become good friends as a result. He had the hard part as he was required to speak in a number of different languages – French, Turkish, Japanese, English! I just had to worry about doing a Scottish accent!

 


To what extent can you identify with the film's message and underlying conspiracy theory?

 

I have a history of never really understanding a film’s message. In Polypore, a large corporation gets its hands on a drug that can change the world and begins to take advantage of that. It is not good for things like that to happen. Polypore, I think, explores that.

 

Do talk about your collaboration with Polypore's director Jesse Barack [Jesse Barack interview - click here] for a bit!

 

Jesse was great to work for. He guided us to create a character that fit into the story and was comfortable with each of our interpretations of our character.

 

What can you tell us about the actual shoot and the on-set atmosphere?

 

The shoot took place throughout the world over many months. There are many folks in the film that I know from other projects, however, none of us were aware of each other’s participation as the scenes were very segmented. Marshall and I were pretty much always in scenes together, but rarely saw the rest of the cast or their scenes as they were being shot. Actually, a number of scenes were shot in our home. A rather bloody murder took place and to this day there is still blood on the ceiling in one room. We keep it there as a reminder of Polypore! If someone asks “Is that blood on the ceiling?” we respond “Yes.”

 

Considering the subject matter, the atmosphere on set was always loose and fun. There is a scene where Jégado and I are sitting on a couch with a Turkish escort and discussing payment. When I read the script I thought, “oh, a Turkish escort”, as we were traveling around the world trying to hide from “the cleaners”, I thought the escort was a tour guide or such. Christine Hunt plays the escort. She was wearing street clothes while we rehearsed the scene. Then changed into her costume for the scene. When I saw here wearing a pink nightgown and fishnet stockings, suddenly realized that there might be a different guided tour!

 

Any future projects you'd like to talk about?

 

At the moment, the only thing I have in the works is a small film where I play a carnival magician. I make wonderful things disappear and light 20 dollar bills on fire. Lots of fun

 

What got you into acting in the first place, and what can you tell us about your training as an actor?

 

Well, I was planning to prepare for my “retirement job” and thought that I would take a shot a voice over work. I went in search of an agent, only to find there were none in the Boston area. So, signed on with Boston Casting and New England Actor. They produced the first projects I ever did. No formal training, just BS. Amazingly, I got the first three parts for which I auditioned – two featured extras and one featured part. So, into acting I went!

 

Do talk about your filmwork prior to Polypore for a bit!

 

I did a student film for an Emerson College student. I was an old guy who slipped on a banana! Did my own stunts! That was followed by The A Plate where I played an old guy in a nursing home who partakes of laced brownies. That was a big deal, got a credit (my first) and actually got to sit in makeup with the stars. And since then I’ve been in over 20 films, even got paid for a few. Some major ones and some not so major. It is fun, but so far, I have not quit my day job. There are bills to pay.

 

Besides making movies, you've also done quite a bit of work as a voice actor. Now how does that compare to performing in front of a camera, and which do you prefer, actually?

 

Voice over work is very interesting. And can be fun. I have a studio in my home and have been heard throughout the US, UK, Germany and New Zealand. Amazing for someone who lives in Maine! I have done two audio books, and many children’s books. I am fortunate to be liked by two publishing companies and some studios in Boston. Thanks to Cybersounds and Soup2Nuts, kids all over can hear me. I am also doing some product descriptions for a company in Connecticut. It is, however, acting and not always exciting. There’s a world of difference between being the voice of The Man with the Yellow Hat and describing proper techniques for performing a dental examination! Hey, we can’t all be Don La Fontaine. I like working in front of the camera and in front of the microphone. I guess it’s just the ham in me.

 

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

 

As a friend once said to me “nobody plays you like you do”. I’m not sure that’s good or bad. But it is what I bring to the dance.

 

Actors (or indeed actresses) who inspire you?

 

Orson Wells, what a set of pipes!

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Don’t laugh, but as a sailor I like anything that has to do with the water. I have rather odd tastes. Number 1 favorite – Wind and number 2 would be Silverado. I told you I was weird.

 

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

 

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I don’t like to be scared and blood and gore are of no interest to me although I would love to do a zombie film! And, I have killed a few people on the screen.

 

Your website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

I have a very unattended website www.jtracksler.com. However, more of my stuff – voice over and films is at www.neactor.com/profile/jacktracksler. I also have a very small listing on IMDb, very small!

 

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

 

Who knows? For someone who acts in films, I rarely go to the movies. My wife, Joyce, writes novels and I’d like to play the character she wrote about me some day. She calls her books Romance Mysteries. I call them Chick Flick Beach Reads. She spins a good yarn and LOTS of people get killed.

 

Oh, also if you know anyone who needs a Santa. Don’t lose my number!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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