Your new movie The Dooms Chapel Horror
- in a few words, what
is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?
The Dooms Chapel Horror
is a story about a small little town, and Kyle
Cole, the boy the town spurned. When he returns, he sets off a horrible
chain of events that results in death. My character, Samuel, grew up in
the town with Kyle. Samuel has been part of a cult, based in the outskirts
of town, since he was a child. Samuel and Kyle are the opposite of
friendly to one another.
did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much of
yourself can we find in Samuel?
Well Samuel is a very
sadistic dude... I don't see much of myself in him other than our shared
temper. Samuel is pretty well pissed off all of the time. Everyone knows
what it's like to be extremely angry. The trick was just staying in that
headspace for long periods of time.
How did you get hooked up
with the project in the first place, and to what extent could you identify
with the film's horror theme?
I had already been in two
Chris Bower productions [Christopher
Bower interview - click here] and one John Holt film. Chris and I had just
finished a feature when they started developing The Dooms Chapel Horror. I was lucky
to have been a part of their team in the past, so I was excited to work
with them again. I think all of us love good scary flicks. So it was a lot
of fun to make one with people that wanted to get it right.
What can you tell us about
your director John Holt, and what was your collaboration like?
Holt is the man. He is a very technical guy, a perfectionist. He knows the
shot he wants and will fight tooth and nail to get it. He is such a kind
and level-headed director. He doesn't hold your hand and lead you along.
He makes sure that you are in the proper space and gives you the freedom
to role with it. I had a lot of fun with John on this, he was always there
to amp me up when I wasn't feeling depraved enough.
talk about the shoot as such for a bit, and the on-set atmosphere!
shoot was great, it was shot in my area. So I got to be home every night
which is nice. I have two little ones and it is very hard to be away from
them. So many people from the community helped and volunteered time and
resources to make the film possible.
future projects you'd like to share?
I am currently
producing a film with writer and director Bethany Brooke Anderson called
Burning Kentucky. It is story about life in Appalachia. Shooting will wrap
at the end of winter. We have employed over 30 locals and counting and
have received overwhelming support from the local community as well as
online. Look for its release later next year and you can stay updated on
the project at the Burning Kentucky Facebook page.
What got you into
acting to begin with, and did you receive any formal education on the
I have wanted to make movies since I was a little
one. My mom and dad have always been very supportive of my career choice,
I wouldn't be able to do it without their help. In 2002 I was accepted to
The American Musical and Dramatic Arts Academy, in New York. Though I
didn't really start making movies professionally until about six years
What can you tell us about your filmwork prior
to The Dooms Chapel Horror?
The first feature I was
in was a great feature shot in the midwest. It was a zombie western called
Revelation Trail. That is where I met Chris and got my second gig. I have
been in 5 features and as many shorts.
How would you
describe yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to bring your
characters to life?
I'm a method actor. I really like to
live the life of my character as much as possible. It's a lot of fun to
transform everything about yourself for a project.
Actors (and indeed actresses) who
Annette Bening, Michelle Williams, Daniel Day
Lewis, DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling.
Your favourite movies?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
a huge Lord of the Rings-dork. I loved Blue Valentine,
Tarantino movies, and anything weird.
and of course, films you really deplore?
Movies about high
school. Dance movies. All reality television.
Facebook, whatever else?