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An Interview with Bryant Sohl, S.O.V.-Era Actor

by Mike Haberfelner

April 2020

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Back in the early to mid-1990s, you've been in a handful of shot-on-video movies - so how did you get in touch with that scene in the first place, and how did you get cast?

 

My lifelong friend Chip (Phil) Herman [Phil Herman interview - click here] started writing scripts and really got me into the scene. Chip would write the scripts with us in mind, I know he would think of us as characters when writing them! He would let us read the script and ask if we could play the characters! It really started out as kids just having fun and fooling around when VHS cameras were just coming out!

 

Did you always want to be an actor, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

I never had any formal training and really never pursued it!

 

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

 

I tried to be a well rounded actor who could play numerous roles! I tried to use personal experiences and use those emotions to bring my characters to life!

 

Now could you talk about each of your movies, and your respective roles:

Stab?

 

Jason Stab Slaughter! Wow thatís an early one! That was fun, I tried to combine evil and comedy! We had a great time making that!

 

with Phil Herman in Jacker

Wrong Side of Town?

 

I was a gangmember Rex in that one! I really donít remember much from that movie, I have to watch it again!

 

Burglar from Hell?

 

Frank the Tank!!!! My favorite! What can I say, I tried to change as Frank kept decaying but still be Frank!

 

Jacker?

 

Detective Floyd - I remember telling Chip I want to do something different, Iím always the bad guy or maniac! Lol, it was fun.

 

So what was a typical shoot on these movies like?

 

A bunch of friends having fun and having a few drinks when we were done.

 

Do talk about some of the directors you've worked with for a bit!

 

Basically Chip was the one that made it all possible! He wrote the scripts and directed the movies! He allowed us to adlib and create as long as it went along with script!

 

From what I know, you haven't made a movie since Jacker - why is that, and what did you do in the meantime?

 

with Debbie D in Burglar from Hell

Everything, I was in the Marine Corps reserve so I was activated a few times! It was tough to continue acting when I was picking up rank - I got out as a Gunnery Sgt! Coached HS football, worked, got married started a family, it was just a lot going on and acting sort of fell to the side! I also was playing semi pro football!

 

Does it at all itch you to get back into the acting game, and/or any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Iím really thinking about it Chip and I have discussed it!

 

Actors (and indeed actresses) who inspire you?

 

Tough one, I love all the greats: De Niro, Pesci, Walken, Brando and many others from that time! Iím really a big fan of Edward Norton now, I think he can play any role, he is so versatile!

 

Your favourite movies?

 

The Godfather, Full Metal Jacket, Goodfellas, A Time to Kill, Life, Caddyshack, Good Will Hunting, A Few Good Men, Halloween (the original) and many more!

 

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

 

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Wow, tough to say, I usually wonít go to see a movie that Iím not interested in, wonít continue watching them, but Iíd have to say Halloween: Season of the Witch, Signs and the latest Predator movie The Predator.

 

Your website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

Facebook: Bryant Sohl - but my son has the same name so make sure itís me, lol!

 

Anyting else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

I really appreciate the attention our old movies have received - if I would have known then what Iím seeing now I would have probably pursued a career in acting!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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