Your new movie Harvey
the Great - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your
character in it?
If James Bond mated with the
Pink Panther movies, it would be Harvey
the Great, and I play the Goldfinger character, although in my case itís
a gold mask.
What did you draw upon to bring your
character to life, and how much of Richard Wayne can we find in John Smith?
wish there were more Richard Wayne in John Smith! The luxury of
acting in a parody, and playing a villain, is I get to play a veneer.
Itís a very attractive veneer and a lot simpler and more polished
than I have ever been in life.
did you get involved with the project in the first place?
acted in Jesseís film Polypore, and he asked me if Iíd be interested
in participating in Harvey
what extent can you identify with Harvey
the Great's brand of humour?
quite deadpan with a very goofy center.
What can you tell
us about your director Jesse Barack [Jesse
Barack interview - click here], and what was your collaboration
Jesse is a delight to work with. Heís
professional, kind, charming, respectful of actors, and most importantly
his work has a finish that looks so much higher-budget than it really is.
Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set
Guys this age have a bad reputation for being
lazy, snarky, and entitled, so Iím always so impressed by how polite and
hardworking the entire crew is. Everybodyís there to do a job and
Any future projects you'd like to share?
just graduated from Boston Conservatory with an MFA in Musical Theatre,
and I relocated to NYC a month ago, so stay tuned!
got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal
training on the subject?
I started acting, and studying
acting, in college, then put it away for a while. I returned to it
in my late twenties, from embarrassingly amateurish to increasingly
professional until I returned to school a few years ago to get a graduate
degree in performing.
What can you tell us about your
filmwork prior to Harvey
Iíve worked mostly onstage, but have
done a few small independent and student films. I look forward to
photo by Max Wagenblass
movies, you're also doing lots of theatre - so what can you tell us about
Richard Wayne, the stage actor, and how does performing on stage compare
to acting in front of a camera?
Itís like the difference
between performing surgery and playing basketball.
You're also a singer,
right? So do talk about that aspect of your career for a bit, and about
your preferred musical styles and influences?
graduate degree is in musical theatre. Singing is even more central
to who I am than acting, although itís sometimes described as acting
with music. I like any genre that tells a story or expresses
character through intelligent lyrics and well-crafted melody.
would you describe yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to life?
Acting, like singing, is
simple, but impossible to master. Technique is used to embody the
physical and emotional life of a character so fully that the actor can
live spontaneously as that character and make the words that are written
on paper feel improvised.
Actors (and indeed
actresses) who inspire you?
In no particular order Ian
McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris,
Helena Bonham Carter, and Meryl Streep. I like actors who are
intelligent, versatile, transformative, and a little bit crazy.
Your favourite movies?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
Sound of Music, The Lord of the Rings, Chariots of Fire, and
the Sun. Those four movies tell you all there is to know about me.
and of course, films you really deplore?
Iím not being
coy when I say I never publicly criticize the work of other artists.
Buy me a Manhattan, and weíll talk.
Facebook, whatever else?
everywhere, including my website: www.actingtall.com
Anything else you're dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Can anyone get
me tickets to Hamilton?