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An Interview with Rob Archer, Krampus of A Christmas Horror Story

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December 2015

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Your new movie A Christmas Horror Story - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?

 

As you know I portray the character, folklore, legend Krampus. In the folklore of Krampus, he punishes the naughty and that's exactly what he does in A Christmas Horror Story as he weaves into a couple of the stories you will see in the film, unlike any other.

 

What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how do you even prepare for playing a role like the Krampus? And how much fun was it to play him of course?

 

I can't take all the credit for brining Krampus to life. It was Scott in special FX and wardrobe that really made him look amazing. On my part was a LOT of time in the gym and the research behind the character and legend. It was then adding my creative touches with his motions/movements, body language and demeanor. I would have to say it was an all around team effort. As for fun... I couldn't say it was "fun" to play him. It was a LOT of incredibly hard work. Film days were 18.5 hrs - 22 hrs long. I was at 4-5% bodyfat with very low energy and shooting outside in minus 20-25°C weather. I wanted bring everything I could to the character and I took the filming very seriously. It was a very demanding role to play and I can't wait to start on the sequel.

 

A Christmas Horror Story finds you under heavy makeup and prosthetics - in what way did that influence your performance?

 


I've worked with prosthetics and heavy makeup quite a bit in my career. I'm quite comfortable in it and I like it as it allows to 100% look like a creature, it allows you to be more creative when brining what- or whomever you're playing to life.

 

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

 

I had recieved a phone call from stunt coordinator Paul Rapovski, whom was involved in the project. He had discussed the film and the character with me... To be honest, he had me at "You'd be playing Krampus, a bad guy" - when I looked up/googled Krampus, I was incredible excited to have a chance to portray this iconic legend and adding my twist to it. There's no way I was going to pass this up.

 

With A Christmas Horror Story being a Christmas movie of sorts - your personal thoughts about the holidays?

 

Christmas for me, is remembering what it was like when we were kids. I'm 40 now, I'm an old man, but when I look at my Xmas tree, I like remembering the innocence of childhood. Writing Santa a wishlist, picking out what you want for Xmas, hot chocolate, building forts in the snow. I guess for me it's about the memories. These days, I enjoy seeing old friends and catching up, enjoying turkey dinners but you can bet that I will be doing cardio Dec 25th morning J

 

What can you tell us about your directors, and what was your collaboration with them like?

 

My episodes were directed by Steve Hoban and Grant Harvey. It was my first film working with either of them. I liked them from the day we met at the studio, we were going over the the outfit/wardrobe for Krampus. They were very pleased with the body I brought Krampus physically as well what I came up with for his motions/movements. On set and under the crazy cold shoot conditions, they were both great to work with and I look very forward to future projects with both.

 

What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

Well, I've already given away in previous answers on here on how cold it was. A lot of people thought my scenes were shot in a studio and as nice as that would have been, it was outside in the cold. Any outdoor scenese you see with Krampus, it's minus 20-25°C degrees. I should have bought stocks in a hot chocolate company for that shoot (lol).

 

Based on your experience in A Christmas Horror Story - could you ever be persuaded to play the Krampus again? And/or other future projects you'd like to share?

 

To be honest with you, I think I'm more excited to get started on part 2 than anyone else is. I loved portraying Krampus and I feel like a little kid before Xmas anxious for the time to come again J

 

From what I know, you actually entered the filmworld doing stunts - so what can you tell us about that aspect of your career, and your training as a stuntman?

 

I actually entered the film world starting out with commercials and then landed a principle acting role as "Buzz" in Bulletproof Monk. It was after Bulletproof Monk I became deeply involved in stunts. I loved the stunt side of filming. The fight scenes and all the action that's involved. I had always been athletic growing up. At that point I just wanted to be filming, and if doing stunts was going to get me there, then so be it.

 

How did your transition to actor happen, actually?

 

After years and years of stunting for film and TV, I needed more, I wanted to be more involved with the shows/film. I wanted to be able to create a character, create a personality and bring it to life. I started landing small roles with a few lines here and there. The more I did, the more I wanted. I love being creative, being able to bring a character to the screen with personality/emotion and make people love or hate him.

 

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

 

As an actor I know I will always be an action/horror guy. I'm dying to shoot some action movies with some of the big names out there right now, it's just getting the exposure to show them I exist. I'm recieving a lot of auditions with much much larger dialogue and love it. Bringing a character to life is amazing, you get opportunity to create. When bringing a character to life, I think of a backstory to him, who is he, where does he come from etc. Then I think of how the audience/viewers will percieve him, identify with him. I always want to be memorable with what I do.

 

Actors (and indeed actresses) who inspire you?

 

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I can't say that there is any one actor that inspires me. I've worked on a quite a few big productions, with big name actors and actresses. I've always believed in paying attention and watching my peers work, watch their acting chops and learning from them. People I really enjoy are: Jack Nicholson, Christian Bale, John Malkovich.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

I have so many for all the different categories, but since we're discussing horror, let's go with those ones: The Blair Witch Project, The Devils Rejects and Stir of Echos.

 

Your website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rob.archer3

Instagram: Big_Robbie_Archer

Twitter: BigInkdArcher

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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