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An Interview with Marshall Berenson, Star of Polypore

by Mike Haberfelner

October 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?

 

Polypore is about one man’s search for the meaning of his life in a world increasingly inhabited by dangerous, inhuman corporate entities that blindly pursue profit over people’s rights and lives.

The character I play Dr. Jacques Jégado is a brilliant scientist who knows too much. He has become a twisted hedonist due to the Godless nature of what he has discovered and the relentless pursuit by the Rein Corp.

 

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

 

Generally once I know the character I am portraying he will come to life on his own. With Jégado it seemed he was pushing the boundaries almost daring life to collapse on him, which eventually it does, not that I have ever done anything like that in my life…

 


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

 

A casting post and video audition

 

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

 

How do you define identify?

As an actor I identify with my character’s needs. As a human I am much more pragmatic so the message, however you wish to define it, and the conspiracy theory are things I choose not to partake in on a personal level, life is too short.

 

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

 

Jesse is a terrific young talent. We had a great artistic connection on and off set. He allows an actor the room to explore the character’s true self while encouraging risk taking.

 

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

 

The vibe on the set/shoot was loose and fluid with a great deal of creative freedom allowed for the actors. I had the great pleasure of working with the highly talented actors Jack Tracksler [Jack Tracksler interview - click here] who portrayed Jégado’s research partner Dr. Berry Tomten, and the lovely Christine Hunt who portrays Turkish escort. Jack and I had a great time playing off each other and Christine and I have a dialogue in Turkish that was challenging and great fun to learn and execute.

 

Any future projects you'd like to talk about?

 

I am finishing post production on my inaugural film, a short entitled Pie that will be released in fall 2013 and submitted to film festivals around the country and the world.

 

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

 

Acting is a second, or rather, third career for me as I started my adult life as a professional musician, then owned and operated a floral and event design business with my wife for close to 20 years. At the end of 2008 we sold off the business and in early 2009 sort of stumbled into acting by taking an acting class on a lark. Apparently it stuck.

As an actor I am always learning whether on a set, in a class or in real life I try to use whatever life throws at me. From a technical view point I’ve trained with most of the top people in Boston.

 

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

 

Prior to Polypore I had very little practical film acting experience. Jesse gave me a terrific opportunity with this role and I greatly appreciate it.

 

Besides low budget indies like Polypore, you have also worked on a few big budget studio pictures like Ted and Grown Ups 2 - so how do small and large film productions compare to one another?

 

It’s a matter of scale (obviously). Big studio films are big in so many ways from the technical kit to the size of crews to the number of actors and background performers. And especially the food, craft services and meals are very serious things on a big set. Low budget indies tend to be much more petite in every way, from the tech kit to the crew to the number of performers. And pizza, always pizza.

 

Besides movies, you've also done quite a bit of theatre - where are the main differences between performing on stage and acting in front of a camera, and which do you prefer, actually?

 

Film acting, which I prefer, is much smaller in size in that the camera reveals the smallest details of a character and the actor performance. The lens focuses energy so the smallest details are often the most profound. Stage performance lends itself to being bigger. While subtle performances are beautiful the actor still needs to connect to the people in the last row of the audience and that takes some projection. That projection will overwhelm the audience through the focused eye of the lens and camera.

 

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

 

I try not to describe myself as an actor. I am just a vessel for the characters who appears through me.

 

Actors (or indeed actresses) who inspire you?

 

So many. How much space do you have here.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Same as above.

 

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

 

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Your website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

www.marshallberenson.com

 

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

 

I think that’s enough for now, don’t you? Thanks for asking.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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