Your new movie Mute
- in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your
character in it?
Mute is a short film adapted from a Stephen King short story. We got permission
to adapt it into a script through the Dollar Baby Program.
is about a travelling salesman, Monette, who tells his grim story to both
a priest and a deaf, mute hitchhiker, seeking absolution. Monette has let
life slip him by and finds out the hard way that there is a cost involved
in living a disconnected life.
What did you draw upon to bring your
character to life, and how much Andrew Bee can we find in Monette?
role is very personal for me because I went through a great deal of trauma
as a child and have been fighting for my life my whole life. The one thing
I could never do was let my life just happen, and being able to live
through Monette for a while was a wonderful opposite to how I have lived
in my life.
did you get involved with the project in the first place, and how did you
end up executive producer of the movie as well?
Kyle Dunbar, the film's director, called me and said he had the rights to a Stephen King Dollar Baby script
and asked me if I was interested. He had written the character with me in
mind. Kyle and I have a really good collaborative relationship and I have
been a lifelong fan of Stephen King, so I said yes immediately.
really believe in Mute, so I told Kyle that I would executive produce the project,
was happy for the support.
can you tell us about Mute's
director Kyle Dunbar, and what was your collaboration like?
and I have the same darkness in us so we have a great understanding of
each other. I like his vision and how he kept Mute
story based and used
simple filming techniques.
what I know, Mute
isn't the first movie you've done with Kyle Dunbar - so what can you tell
us about your previous collaborations, and how did the two of you first
met when Kyle was still in film school, and we have done several shorts
together. We both love the horror genre.
Back to Mute
- what were the challenges of bringing the movie to the screen from a
producer's point of view?
main thing with the Dollar Baby Program is that we cannot make money or
show more than two minutes publicly online of Mute. So we decided to enter
as many film festivals and get as much press as possible.
What can you tell us about the
shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
is so easy to work with that the atmosphere on set is very relaxed and
easy. There is no drama on his sets.
projects you'd like to share?
working on a couple of short films that are very, very dark and not
politically correct. In the time we are living in now, with Twitter and
Instagram arbitrarily canceling accounts they deem inappropriate, as an
artist, I won’t give in to the fear of offending someone. I spend a lot
of time on social media, out of necessity, and when I see how terrified
people are of saying anything “wrong” and the disclaimers that they
put in their posts, I feel very sad that this is where we are in society.
What got you into acting
in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the
I was six years old my father took me to see the original Planet of the
Apes. As terrified as I was, that was the moment I knew what I wanted.
Unfortunately, due to my childhood trauma, I was simply unable to start my
dream until I was forty-six. Because of that, my goal was to say yes to
virtually every project that I could and as a result, I have had enormous
experience. It almost was like I had to catch up.
time I book a role, I can’t wait to feel who the character is.
have trained with many coaches, casting directors and directors.
What can you tell us about your filmwork prior
have had a lot of experience doing independent features and shorts, and
done some television.
would you describe yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to life?
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always tell me how easy I am to work with on set. I think that’s because
my fundamental desire is to entertain people. No matter what role I play I
want them to feel something after watching me. I really love playing
characters who are riddled with angst and pain and using my eyes to reveal
the vulnerability of an otherwise powerful man.
keep everything simple, so as an actor, I feel who I believe the character
is and leave it at that.
Actors (and indeed
actresses) who inspire you?
Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Gal Gadot, Margot Robbie, and
Natalie Portman. Dwayne Johnston is, for me, an incredibly intelligent
entertainer. He gets that this is a business and I have great respect for
Your favourite movies?
Saturday Night Fever, Avatar, Cast Away, Deadpool,
Roma, and The Irishman.
and of course, films you really deplore?
don’t process from that place. Even before I started acting I always
understood that they are just movies, so I have never hated any specific
one that badly. I always have a quote from Steven Spielberg in the back of
my mind that no matter what it is, it must be entertaining.
social media, whatever else?
Anything else you're dying
to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
very much appreciate this interview, thank you!
for the interview!