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.
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.
Christmas Horror Story finds you under heavy makeup and prosthetics -
in what way did that influence your performance?
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.
did you get involved with the project in the first place?
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
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?
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
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
can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
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).
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?
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
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
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,
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
How would you describe
yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to bring your characters
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.
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
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