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An Interview with Jason Croot, Director of Le Fear II: Le Sequel

by Mike Haberfelner

November 2014

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Your new movie Le Fear II: Le Sequel - in a few words, what is it about?


The movie is  following a hapless director Carlos Revalos on is plight to make his biggest film to date a horror noir,but  things don't go his way and the film ends up being a chaotic farcical comedy.


What convinced you to shoot a sequel to the first Le Fear, and how do the two movies compare?


Le Fear 1 was my directorial debut, I came up with the idea to film about a film whilst walking to the supermarket, 3 weeks later the film was in the can. Le Fear II: Le Sequel had more pre production and budget, I can't really compare other than I'm fond of Le Fear 1, it was very wham bam in the can , Le Fear II: Le Sequel is more like a long term passionate relationship.


Where did the idea with the Nollywood filmcrew come from, and did you do any research on the subject?


Great question, not everyone is aware of the Nollywood cinema of Nigeria and how it is the 3rd biggest film industry in the world behind Hollywood and Bollywood. I became interested in 2007, I watched around 50 films and was fascinated by their style. At the same time I was working with 3 Nigerians, so I guess this was my research. The films I bought mainly were purchased in a butchers shop in London, I found that very funny, you could also buy phone cards there too, that's were my product placement idea came from.


Jason as Chafarafa

To what extent do you, as a director, actually identify with Carlos Revalos of your movie? And being an actor as well, did you never feel tempted to play him yourself? And speaking of, what can you tell us about your character in the movie?


I can relate to Carlos on one level, but the actor Kyri Saphiris takes the character and runs with it, nearly every review we have had loves Carlos, one reviewer said you can't kill him off in Le Fear 4: Who Killed Carlos Revalos. I never thought about playing Carlos, I'm very happy to play cameo roles. I admire actor/directors that can play the lead and do it well, Vincent Gallo in Buffalo 66 springs to mind, but I'm not great at multitasking. My character Chafarafa is a highly strung French script writer - I took a gamble because I don't speak French so I rode on the back of Hadrien Mekki, the only real French actor in the film who plays the character Jacques. Chafarafa is a guy who doesn't hang around long which I was glad about, I wanted to focus more on the directing.


How would you describe your directorial approach to your subject at hand?


Unorthodox, I'm not sure many if any do it my way, I gave the actors their characters 2 months before the filming, I wrote the scenes and plot without dialogue and we improvised it 100% during the scenes. I may hold up cue cards to alter the scene in a different direction, for example I may write kiss him to one actor without the other knowing, a method which brings up some magical scenes. I love improvisation and I was very fortunate to have some excellent actors to direct, we started at 7A.M. and finished at 11P.M., long but very productive days.


Do talk about Le Fear II: Le Sequel's brand of humour for a bit!


Le Fear 1 was shot over 2 days for £2000, for Le Fear II: Le Sequel we had a bigger budget [undisclosed] over 6 days, Le Fear III: Le Cannes and Le Fear IV: Who Killed Carlos Revalos are in pre-production, we cannot compete with any big budget sequels, but I'd be happy to make lots more like Carry On, a British set of comedy films. Brand haha, well maybe if enough people watch them we can start something? But we have to find our audience! Le Fear won't be for everyone, not the masses, but if you like films within films and crazy off-the-wall B-movies then maybe we can start something, let's see!


What can you tell us about your cast, and why exactly these people?


I had worked with most of the actors before either as a director or acting alongside them, I needed a strong cast and actors who I trusted to deliver, and in my opinion they did, I was very happy to see them gel and I have laughed so much during filming and watching the rough cuts my hat is off to all of the cast, they were great!!! A pleasure to work with and direct.


A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


It was fun, tough and a real experience, we worked long and hard to achieve. The atmosphere was very good yes there was a few stressful moments but all in all it went smooth but I had a dedicated crew and 2 excellent supportive producers in Julian Lamoral-Roberts and Steve McAleavy.


The $64-question of course, when and where will the film be released onto the general public?


We don't have a official release date as such if all goes to plan April 2015 but we can't confirm that yet.


Will there ever be a third Le Fear? And any other future projects you'd like to share?


Le Fear III: Le Cannes and Le Fear IV: Who killed Carlos Revalos are in pre-production, like all films they are never made until they're made,and if all goes to plan they will be. I have what I think is a great idea for a feature, maybe we will shoot it between Le Fear 3 and Le Fear 4. It's a comedy that's all I can say right now.


You actually entered the filmworld as an actor - so what drew you to acting to begin with, and did you receive any formal education on the subject?


I started quite late, 27 years old, I was on a TV game show in front of 15 million viewers, I made a dating show into a comedy. I found my wanting, I went to college, University and drama school.


What made you pick up producing, writing and directing eventually?


I guess I didn't pick producing it just happened. Writing ... well, to my on admission, I'm not the best at writing screenplays, I do feel comfortable creating characters, narrative, plot and scenes without dialogue.Directing I chose because I wanted something more than just acting, I find it rewarding and love directing new talent.


What can you tell us about your filmwork (in whatever position) prior to Le Fear II: Le Sequel?


I started 15 years ago acting, I made a journey hit a point and found myself working on the other side of the camera, I love acting but I have a new passion in directing. Prior to Le Fear II: Le Sequel I have many highs and lows, but hey 'C'est la Vie'.


How would you describe yourself as an actor and as a director?


I would say as an actor I'm passionate and driven, as director I'm hungry and determined.


Actors, filmmakers, whoever else who inspire you?


My family and friends.


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I will sit and watch any film, as bad as I may think it is I will give it a go. I'm not a big musical fan.


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@actorjaycroot is my Twitter, @lefear2lesequel the film's Twitter, the film's Facebook, our IMDb is


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


I think you have covered all, I would like to thank you for the interview. Oh yes we would people to watch Le Fear II: Le Sequel and get in touch with us ;]


Thanks for the interview!


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