Your new movie Mac
Isn't Gay - in a few words, what is it about?
is a story about a man who has no idea who he is. He's
visiting his therapist to talk through it. He has some sexual tendencies
that other people define as gay, in reality it’s something even
broader than that.
did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Joshua
Jordan can we find in Mac?
probably more of me in Mac then I’d like to admit. I'm a human ball of
insecurities, so Mac and I have that in common. Plus my wife tells me I
tend to overshare, which Mac does very well.
To put the last question
somewhat onto its head, to what extent could you identify with the inner
conflict Mac is going through?
feel for Mac. I was in my mid thirties when I finally started to find
myself. I know the feeling of not being where you’re “supposed” to
be. I’ve never dreamt of rubbing lotion all over the boy wonder, like
Mac. But I do know exactly how it feels when your day-to-day actions
conflict with who your brain knows you are or can be. I believe Mac will
eventually find his place in the world, just like I did. Hopefully that
will bring him some mental peace, and a little more self control.
How did you become
involved with the project in the first place?
was lucky enough to find director Willy Adkins' post on a casting website. I actually
applied for the role of the Therapist, but Willy saw my selftape and
asked me to read for Mac. I guess something about this face screams
"sexually confused". Once I met North Roberts, who plays the Doc, I
knew Willy made the right choice.
you tell us about Mac
Isn't Gay's director Willy Adkins [Willy
Adkins interview - click here], and what was your collaboration
loved working with Willy. He knew exactly what he wanted from the day he
started planning the film, and he helped me see it as well. Before we
met the first time, Willy sent me a video of Eddie Deezen playing a
character named Eugene. It was brilliant, and really helped me set the
tone for Mac. On set, Willy was always super patient, kind, and helpful,
all while keeping us on track. I hope I get the chance to work with him
again and will forever be grateful to Willy Adkins for the chance
he took on a new actor.
To what extent could you identify with Mac
Isn't Gay's brand of humour, and being a comedian yourself, how
much of the comedy was actually in the script, how much did you improvise?
As a fan of comedy I think there can be a funny side to nearly everything.
I do think when you’re dealing with topics such as sexuality and
personal identity you need to be extra careful, and respectful. Our film
was lucky. We had the brilliant writing of Jason Allen, the direction of
Willy, and I really think the score was on point. It was done by Ashsha
Kin. His music gave the film a nice light feel.
five percent of what you saw in the movie was on script. Written by the
ultra hilarious Jason Allen. We improvised a little in the beginning, I
believe most of it made the blooper reel. It didn't take Willy long to
realize if he kept letting North and I go, we would extend the shoot for
days. After that, we behaved… for the most part. We also were able to
improv the scenes with the administrative assistants Colin and Elise. I
still feel so bad, they had to put up with me saying and doing some
highly inappropriate things that day. They were awesome!
few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
much everyone on set was either sick, getting sick, or getting over
being sick. We were all struggling. Willy was the worst. The guy could
hardly walk. And yet, all I remember was everyone laughing the entire
day. It was great, everyone was so nice. If I wasn't sick, it would have
been perfect. Stupid ginger immune system.
future projects you'd like to share?
currently writing a short comedy series. It's the first thing I've
written specifically for myself to act in. So I'm super excited about
my plan is to keep grinding and keep growing as an actor. I’ve learned
so much from the process of filming this movie, I look forward to
applying it in future projects.
As far as I know,
you've started out as a comedian - so what can you tell us about that
aspect of your career, and your style of comedy as such?
wish I could call myself a comedian, but I can't. I have way too much
respect for comedians to take that title. Not yet at least. I did the
open mic thing for a while, and got a few sets here and there.
Comedians, real comedians, work their asses off. They are in the clubs
every night, all night, no matter what. They hustle. It’s a tough life
to live. For now, I've found that if I want to give acting the justice
it deserves, I really need to focus everything I have on it. But standup
will always be my first love and something I will return to when I’m
ready to give it the respect it deserves and requires to make it.
to my information, Mac
Isn't Gay is your first movie - so what caused you to try your
hand at acting, and how would you describe yourself as an actor?
I had some health issues a few years back. Nothing life threatening, but
enough of a problem to make me re-evaluate my life. I've been an
entrepreneur my entire life, I've been successful in a corporate
environment, but none of that made me feel good about me. None of that
second thing that happened… my wife. I've never in my life met
someone who can make you feel more capable of doing anything. She fully
supports and encourages me chasing my dream of being an actor. She's the
most amazing person I've ever met. She's the reason I feel brave enough
to do the things I do now. One day she'll figure out she's too good for
me. However until that day, I just keep loving her, and she for some
reason keeps loving me back. What a sucker.
comedians, whoever else who inspire you?
first, and only, acting coach Ralph Scott. This man is absolutely
amazing. He's as big as a tree, but you never feel small around him.
He's kind, supportive, and a hell of an acting coach in my opinion.
We've had some long lunch talks and his advice has been invaluable. He's
of course, the big guys… Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey, Seinfeld, Will Ferrel,
Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Jim Gaffigan, John Mulaney, Ricky
Gervais, Brian Regan, Ryan Reynolds - just to name a few.
I'm feeling down. I'll always reach for a Jim Carrey classic. Dumb and
Dumber never gets old to me.
... and of course, films you really deplore?
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I really try to give all movies a shot. So much hard work and creativity
goes into each one that I try to find something I like. The
cinematography, a specific actor, or the music. That being said, what
the fuck were they thinking when they made the Human Centipede movie?
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
appreciate the interview, stay safe!
for the interview!