Your new movie Killer Rack - in a few words, what is it
about, and what can you tell us about your character?
Killer Rack is
a screwball horror comedy. Betty Downer (newcomer Jessica Zwolack)
thinks her life will improve when she gets
breast implants from Dr. Cate Thulu (Debbie Rochon [Debbie
Rochon interview - click here]). Her new assets
attract attention, but Betty soon discovers her new boobs are man-eating, Lovecraftian monsters hell-bent on world domination - and only
she can stop them.
I play Gearz, who with his buddy
Tickbite are a couple of 80s throwback metalheads who have been cat
calling women on the same street corner for the past 20 years. A kind of
Jay and Silent Bob duo if you will.
did you prepare for your role, and how much of Tim O'Hearn can we find in
Since I have played
drums in various bands since the early 80s I though back to that time
in my life. So it is or was a past Tim
After I got cast in the role the big joke with me
was "Who is acting?"
How did you get involved with the project
in the first place?
I had worked with director Greg Lamberson [Greg
Lamberson interview - click here] in his last 3 or 4 films and he was familiar with
my background playing in metal bands so he approached me about this role.
You're also one of the executive
producers of Killer Rack - so how did you end up on the producer
side of things as well, and what were the challenges there?
being offered the Gearz role and reading the script it was a no brainer
for me to want to become an executive producer on this film.
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
was a lot of fun for me to basically play something that is literally part
of me. Since comedy/horror elements are a large part of the film it was a set with lots of
joking around and fun but at the same time
very serious about what we were there to accomplish. Gearz and Tickbite
are usually a favorite among people who have seen the film. *throws up
can you tell us about your director Greg Lamberson [Greg
Lamberson interview - click here], and what was your collaboration
Greg knows what he wants and
has a knack for getting exactly what he is looking for out of you and is
open to any ideas you bring. Since I have worked with Greg in the past we
collaborate well. There is actually a line I improvised in the film.
You're also in Greg Lamberson's upcoming Johnny
Gruesome - so do talk about that one for a bit!
Tim, MichaelO'Hear, Greg Lamberson
Gruesome, scripted in 1984 and an award-winning novelization published in
2006. The teen horror zombie revenge flick concerns a murdered
teenager, Johnny Grissom, who returns from the grave as a supernatural
creature craving vengeance against those who conspired against him. I
play a gravedigger in one of the first scenes you see Johnny as a
supernatural creature. Needless to say Greg is very excited about
this project, his largest one to date.
of Greg Lamberson, you have worked with the man time and again - so do
talk about your past experiences, and how did you two first meet even?
was first introduced to Greg by an actor friend of mine at Fan Expo in
Toronto where Greg had a table for Medallion Publishing. Not to long
after meeting, Greg contacted me about playing the main character in a
movie he was writing the script for Scaremonger which he never
got funding for, and like Johnny Gruesome made into a novel available on
Amazon. Hey, maybe like Johnny Gruesome it will be made into a movie, only I can't
wait 30 years, lol.
upcoming movie of yours is The Dummy 2 - so what can you tell us about
that one, your character, and your approach to that role?
The Dummy 2
follows 1995's The Dummy by Dante Falconi. I play the creepy
"Man in Trenchcoat" who supplies the dummy to the kids in the
film. With my long hair, and being 6'2" I usually get cast as the
creep or killer. I'm pretty creepy if I do say so.
What got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any
formal training on the subject?
I was always fascinated with horror movies even at a young age.
Never received any formal training until recently I just finished an 8
week acting workshop. I have always just referenced all the horror
movies I have watched and kind of act them out with my own little twist.
I'm hoping the formal training will help me get to the next level of my
What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Killer Rack
and The Dummy 2?
In 2007 I was in SFX wizard Marcus Koch's 100 Tears [Marcus
Koch interview - click here]. Since then I have
played "creepy phone guy" in the anthology Dead Ink, in
Dry Bones the role of "Mikey", in The Legend of Six
Fingers the title role of the Bigfoot type creature "Six
Fingers", in the horror short Death House I play a Leatherface type
killer. I play the kingpin's muscle "Guido" in Dick
Johnson and Tommy Gun Vs the Cannibal Cop, I'm the creepy guy
"Brick" in Angel of Reckoning. 2013 I won Best
Western NY Actor at Buffalo Dreams Film Fesitval for my portrayal of a
retired hit man Marvin in a student short film Rhythm in which Mick Thomas
also walked away with Best Student Film. I also have appeared
on network TV on Tru TV's Fatal Attractions and ID Channel's Deadly
Affairs, in one as a creepy guy who owned over 200 snakes and the other a
heroin addict murder accomplice. See the running theme here, lol!
How would you describe yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to life?
I try to apply real life events to my characters 'emotions such as if my
character is really angry, I will go off away from everyone and get my self
all worked up before we shoot the scene. If its something I have never
experienced I will imagine myself in that situation. For instance in The Dummy 2
I delivered my dialogue in a way that would creep me out if someone
were to act that way toward me. After shooting one of the scenes one of the
actors said I totally creeped him out! Success!
Actors (and of course actresses) who inspire you?
Lately I have really gotten into Jake Gyllenhaal movies. He has
been doing some really out there "thinker" movies.
Movies that you watch and say to yourself WTF did I just watch and have
to view at least a few times. He really gets into character both
mentally and physically. For instance for Nightcrawler he
lost so much weight he looked sickly, then for Southpaw he trained,
worked out and was jacked. I'm also inspired by character
actor Bill Moseley and of course the late great Dennis Hopper. For an
actress I have always loved watching Karen Black through the years.
Your favourite movies?
The Crow is one of my favorite revenge movies. Hence my
nickname "Crow". It is so sad that Brandon Lee lost his
life making the film. I think he would have went on to do some
big things. Guillermo del
Toro's Pan's Labyrinth is a masterpiece of
fantasy story telling. Peter Jackson's gore fest Dead Alive is
one of my favorite horror films.
... and of course, films you really deplore?
I really can't stand all the shaky camera films, I don't see the
attraction, it's like watching a bad home movie. Or the Paranormal
Activity films that feel like you are watching a cheap reality TV show
shot with security cameras.
Your website, Facebook, whatever else?
Feel free to contact me/follow me to find out the latest news on my
Killer Rack page: https://www.facebook.com/KillerRack
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Hot off the press - You can now pre-order Killer Rack through
Amazon.com release date of Dec 13 2016. Just in time for
some great stocking stuffers!!
I just came off the set of a short film Kill Martin Scratch, a
bloody action comedy in which I play the big rough Russian mobster Chernobog.
Mick Thomas and I are in post production of a thriller/drama short
film No One Has to Know in which I play a "creepy" homeless man. There's that word again, lol. Facebook page with
We are also in pre-production for our new epic horror short Pumpkin Bitch! Nothing more needs said on that one.
The name says it
I can't give any details yet but 2017 has already started to get busy for
Thanks for the interview!
Thank you for talking to me!