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An Interview with Tom Nowicki, Star of Legend of the Red Reaper

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2013

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Your new movie Legend of the Red Reaper - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?


Love, destiny, and demons. I play Adonis, a 500- year-old warrior king, whose beloved and headstrong daughter, Aella, is humanity's annointed saviour, the Red Reaper. She's fated, like Moses, to lead her people to the promised land but not able to enter it, which is terrible for her because she is in love with the Prince.


What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much of Tom Nowicki can we find in Adonis?


Well, all the hair is mine…I think I was lucky, preparing to play Adonis, that this kind of fantasy-epic is NOT something I read or watch a lot of, so I wasn't starting with any legendary kingly performances in my head. I had recently been playing a bunch of fathers in various productions whose "kingdoms" were in trouble, and who had to turn to difficult offspring for any hope of salvation. Proof was one, and a brilliant play by Dennis Lehane, Coronado, was another. And I imagine blood is blood, even when its loaded with supernatural properties. So it was kind of a matter of establishing the familial bonds, and then letting them get ripped apart…


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


My agent called with an audition, and I went.


What can you tell us about Legend of the Red Reaper's creator/director/star Tara Cardinal [Tara Cardinal interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?


Huh…the Judge has placed a gag order on all of us until the trial is over, so… HAH! Just messing with you. Tara has more energy and spirit than about fifty women on Adderall, and a truly liberating understanding of the creative process. She can, also, you may have noticed, take hit after hit after hit and keep bouncing back, ever stronger. I wanted to drink her blood.


Do talk about the actual shoot for a bit if you may!


Indie/guerilla/ren-faire on acid, with alot of slight of hand in there with it because there was SO little money, and a few grizzled pros grabbing hold of the wheel to keep it going where it needed to go. Communal living, eating, drinking---I have to say I have rarely seen as much pure commitment from a cast and crew, everyone reaching way deep to make this film live. At first, it was a little awkward for me, I'm accustomed to a more structured environment, even in experimental theatre, but it became intoxicating. Even  Irv Goodnoff, my old buddy and the DP who godfathered the whole picture, who could be as cranky an old bastard as you could get, fell in love with them. Long nights hacking demons limb from limb felt like being little kids playing knights and dragons or something.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


A pilot for AMC/USA called Line of Sight, directed by Jonathan Demme, produced and written by Blake Masters, with some help from a bunch of very cool people from Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and Burn Notice. Very very cool gritty sci-fi story which I can't reveal but have very high hopes for. And, on the sentimental side, a sequel to Dolphin Tale, wherein I reprise my role as evil softee Phillip Hordern/Richard Branson (Note to animal lovers: we're not cutting any more parts off that poor dolphin, she's safe, don't worry…)


What got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


Did it to get extra credit in English class in  high school; one audition and it was all over. My high school had an outstanding theatre program, headed by the incomparable Anne Derflinger. From there, I studied at Yale, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC, and with other groups.


What can you tell us about your filmwork so far, and your career highlights?


Yikes…my favorite work so often seems to happen in films and tv shows that hardly anyone gets to see…I did the pilot for a TV-version of LA Confidential for Fox, where I played Capt Dudley Smith (the role James Cromwell played in the film). The script was derived much more closely from the novels (by James Elroy) which are very dark and complex and evil, and where it turns out in the end that Smith isn't just a minion of the Devil but IS the Devil himself. It made the top three on every critic's list for what to watch in the coming season (2001) but never made it past the pilot…

I loved working on The Cape, which was a great little series about the space program made for MTM and which lasted a season. We shot it at Cape Kennedy, and I played a Russian cosmonaut, Major Andrei Mikoyan, who was assigned to NASA to help build the space station. Everytime Mikoyan showed up, something Russian would go horribly wrong in space and we'd have to race up there to fix it. There were some really smart, deep, and heartfelt episodes, tho, which were taken from the "credible rumours" portions of NASA history, which I'm really proud of. And it was great to get to play around all the real stuff.


When it comes to acting, you've pretty much done it all, big productions, small productions, television, theatre, and even a spot of wrestling. So how do these different acting experiences compare, and where do you feel at home the most?


Not to seem like I'm taking the easy way out, but I don't compare them. I'm totally in love with all four, including the wrestling, which you do for the most passionate audience you'll ever have.


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


I think I'm a character-leading man, and I'm a pretty traditional Stanislavsky actor, with a pretty good appetite for make-believe and play.


Actors (or indeed actresses) who inspire you?


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Your favourite movies?


Dog Day Afternoon, Bang the Drum Slowly, Across the Universe, Dr Strangelove, The Man Who Knew Too Little, Slap Shot, The Verdict… again, there's so many


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


Nope, no way…


Your website, Facebook, whatever else?


Not really out in the social media. If anyone has a good word, they can leave it at IMDb, or send it to my agent at


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


No sir, just thanks for asking me to do this. Hope you all enjoy Legend of the Red Reaper!


Thanks for the interview!


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