You and Ryan have become good friends since the production, and everyone that I know who's met him has said he is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. But, what is it like to work with him during the making of a movie?
The same. He's a great guy on and off set and what ya see is what ya get. Some directors will be real “buddy buddy” with you before the shoot and when you get to set, all of a sudden they pull a “Jekyll and Hyde” on you, but not Ryan. He has always been very easy going and open to input or concerns and that is very important for a good director/actor relationship but if I approach him with some bullshit, he lets me know and I respect that.
The much anticipated "Hanger" is due out shortly. Tell us about the movie and your character in it?
Hmmm, let me see. Well "Hanger" is definitely something different and if "Gutterballs" rubbed people the wrong way then Hanger is going to scar them badly! This movie is so crazy and the stuff Ryan pulls off is just farking nutz!
It's the story of a prostitute named “Rose” (Debbie Rochon) who gets pregnant and her pimp decides to take matters into his own hands so to speak. Well, the aborted fetus is thrown in a dumpster only to be rescued by an old bum who raises the boy even though he is horribly disfigured due to the botched abortion. When he reaches his 18th birthday he gets involved with “The John” (played by me) a former client of “Rose” who wants to get the pimp also, so they team up for a little revenge Plotdigger style!
“The John” is an retired Navy man, doesn't take shit off anybody and has no problem with “taking out the trash”.
As you mentioned, everyone's favorite Scream Queen Debbie Rochon has a role in "Hanger", did you get to do any scenes with her?
Yeah we did and let me say, Debbie is such a down to earth lady, a real class act! She was so much fun to work with and that always reads well for the scene. Besides being extremely talented she is really an awesome person to just hang out with.
Was working on "Hanger" different than "Gutterballs"?
I had to sit in make-up for about 45 minutes every night for "GB", but for "Hanger" it was almost two hours and we only had one location for "GB".
We went from the nice "bowling alley to this little motel in Surrey BC that was home to multiple psych patients, prostitutes and some other unsavory types. Needless to say it was not a five star motel but it was a critical element to the film and you really want that type of location to help sell what a fucked up world the characters live in. "GB" was all interior but we filmed "Hanger" in the middle of winter, mostly at night and a lot of exterior scenes so we all froze our kibbles 'n bits off!
You also just finished wrapping up on another Nicholson movie, "Star Vehicle". Anything you want to tell us about that?
I'll give you the short synopsis:
“Star Vehicle" tells the tale of a frustrated Teamster driver Don Cardini (played by me), abused by spoiled stars and arrogant students, who becomes a ticking time-bomb of revenge. As Don goes on the rampage, his favorite scream queen finds herself up for a new role in the greatest gore-fest of all — real life.”
I think that "Star Vehicle" is really going to make a lot of people happy. I really wanted to write more here but I think you'll just have to watch it.
From your characters in "Gutterballs", "Hanger", and "Star Vehicle", which has been your favorite?
The Janitor, without a doubt, I loved playing that guy.
Given the chance, who would you absolutely love to work with, whether it be director, actor/actress, or other? Your dream job if you will.
Man that's tough, there are so many great actors and directors doing some incredible stuff right now but as far as directors go I'd love to work with David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino, Milos Forman, Martin Scorsese, The Coen brothers, Rob Reiner and Guillermo del Toro. I think it would be really fun to do voice work on one Tim Burton's animated projects, his films are a favorite around the house.
Okay, here's the deal, I don't think its a fair question because it's driving me crazy trying to figure out the best way to answer. There are a ton of actors I respect but hell man, they might be huge jerks and then I'll have to e-mail you to change my list right? Ha ha ha! Seriously though I want to work with anyone as long as they are serious about what they are doing but have fun doing it, if that makes any sense.
There is nothing I'd rather be doing so, regardless of who's attached, every time I do a project, it's my dream job.
Do you have any desire to go from being in front of the camera to behind it?
Sure, why not? I have a couple scripts I'm working on and someday I'd love to direct them but for now I love the side I'm on. I doubt I would ever switch permanently, if I ever were to direct, it's just way too much fun acting!
Well that about wraps up the questions. Anything else you would like to say or any final thoughts you have?
I just want to say thank you to Film Bizarro for being so supportive of our films and letting me hang out for a bit, it was fun. It's really cool that there are sites like this out there helping spread the word about the indie film scene and all the cool stuff being done.