Monday, September 1, 2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Facinelli generously took the time recently to talk about filming ‘The Damned’ over the phone from Los Angeles. Among other things, the actor discussed how he was drawn to star in the movie not only because he had never appeared in the horror genre before, and is always looking to try new experiences as an actor, but he also feels Garcia’s directorial work has a passionate, talented and collaborative vision; how he embraced shooting the horror film independently on location in Columbia, as it allowed him the opportunity to be more creative with his portrayal of David in an environment where the genre’s fans truly embraced the story; and how releasing smaller films like ‘The Damned’ On Demand is a positive decision, as the platform allows the independent projects to be seen by a wider audience.
ShockYa (SY): You play David Reynolds in the new horror thriller film, ‘The Damned.’ What was it about the character of David, and the script overall, that convinced you to take on the role?
Peter Facinelli (PF): Well, I hadn't really done horror before, and as an actor, I like to try different things. I have done action, drama and comedy, but this was my first foray into horror. I also enjoyed the script-I thought it was well done, and it had an interesting story. I liked that it had to do with a family whose lives are at stake.
I also liked that there are parts of this movie that took place in a foreign country, and there’s a little bit of Spanish in the story. I have never done a movie that mixed Spanish and English in the way this one does. That was one of the intriguing qualities that made it a little different. I had a good time making it.
SY: Speaking of the fact that the movie is set in another country-Columbia-what was the experience of shooting there on location, particularly since it was filmed independently?
PF: I've done indies before, so I knew what I was getting into. People always ask me, “What’s the difference between an indie and studio film?” I say, “On indies, there are less people doing the work, so that means more work per person.” You also don’t necessarily have the money to spend while you’re the set, so you have to get creative sometimes. There are times you get to be more creative, because you’re on a tightened budget.
As far as working in Columbia, I thought the crew was great. I studied Spanish in high school, and it all started coming back to me. It was a lot of fun being able to use some of that Spanish. The whole crew spoke Spanish, so I had to speak Spanish to get by with them. The director spoke English, so he would help translate. Even if I wanted a cup of coffee, I’d have to speak Spanish. (laughs) It came back quick.
SY: Sophia Myles plays David’s new fiancée, Lauren, who accompanied him to pick up his daughter, Jill, in Medellin, Columbia. How did you build your relationship with Sophia as you were preparing to shoot the movie?
PF: I think whenever you’re in a foreign country, and you’re all stuck together, you form a bond. We all stayed at this little hotel in the middle of nowhere. We would all meet for dinner and eat together. At that hotel, there was a woman who would cook for us, so it was very family oriented. The director, writer and the actors would get together every night and eat together. We would go over the script and talk about the scenes. So we formed that family bond right away.
SY: Nathalia Ramos played David’s daughter, Jill, in ‘The Damned.’ How was your working relationship with her on the set, as well?
PF: She was so sweet, and we really got along. She kind of reminded me of my daughter, so I was very protective of her. We would have fun, and do work-outs and go to lunch together. I still see her sometimes here in L.A. She’s sweet, and a good actress, too.
SY: The mystery film was directed by Victor Garcia, who has previously helmed such horror films as ‘Hellraiser: Revelations,’ ‘Mirrors 2′ and ‘Return to House on Haunted Hill.’ What was your experience of working with Victor on the film like, since he has experience in the genre?
PF: Well, Victor was fantastic. He has such a specific vision, and he’s so passionate, it’s infectious. I love working with people who have that passion, because it then makes you excited, as well. One of the biggest reasons I signed onto the film was because I saw one of his shorts, and I thought he was talented. He’s so collaborative, and is one of the nicest directors I've worked with. Every morning, he was excited to go to work, and that’s how I am.
For the resat of the interview go here
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Aren't you guys going back to the Toronto Film Festival this year, with Still Alice?
WESTMORELAND: Yeah, we’re so excited. All you ever hope for is that the movie is going to connect. You put it out there and you want it to be something that people are going to take into their minds and into their hearts. That’s the greatest thing, when you see an audience responding and when people come up to you afterwards. When you feel that feeling in the room, that’s a great feeling. With any film, you never know what’s going to happen, but we’re very excited to go there and find out.
What made you want to tell that story, and what was it like to work with that cast of actors, which includes Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart?
WESTMORELAND: We've been extremely lucky, with both films, to have amazing actors respond to the material. In both cases, when you writing, sometimes the ideal people come into mind. Who better to play Errol Flynn, in that period in his life, than Kevin Kline. Who better to play the mom than Susan Sarandon. Dakota Fanning was a dream Beverly. We’re pinching ourselves a little bit that we managed to get such amazing connection between the script and these actors. It’s the same with Still Alice. Working with Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart was a fantastic experience. These people have incredible skills and talents, and they bring them to the story that you’ve written and make it come alive in this wonderful way. That’s why we’re in the business
GLATZER: We are spoiled now.
WESTMORELAND: Great actors bring in so many gifts. Your job, as director, is to be good at casting. If you cast it right, then it’s just pure pleasure. If you have the right D.P., you’re getting along with your cinematographer and it looks great, then it’s pure pleasure. It’s when you make the wrong decisions initially and you end up with the wrong people that it’s hard.