SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Evan Carver: My name is Evan Carver and I’m an actor. I had the good fortune of playing the character Gerard Lumley in “Into the Night.”
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Evan Carver: I knew that I wanted to “be in the movies” ever since I was a little boy. I reenacted and impersonated everything that I saw. In my mind, I basically was Indiana Jones.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Into The Night Dollar Baby film?
Evan Carver: I knew Walter from a previous project and he contacted me about “Into the Night” and said something like “Hey man, I have a role for you in a film based on a Stephen King story, we roll camera in two weeks. You in?” I was literally sitting in the hospital with a cast on my leg from ankle surgery I had the week before when I got that message from Walter, but it was a no-brainer. Hell yeah I was in!
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Evan Carver: Well I had never heard of King’s story “One for the Road” before Walter reached out so naturally the first thing that attracted me was that it was Stephen King. Then I read Walter’s screenplay and loved it. I loved that it was a period piece, I loved that the stakes were high for Lumley and of course I was intrigued as to how they were going to pull off a blizzard in So Cal in March.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Evan Carver: I did not have to audition for this part, no. I knew Walter from a previous project that we worked on in 2015. Fortunately we became friends on set that day and exchanged info. And the rest is history.
SKSM: You worked with Walter Perez on this film, how was that?
Evan Carver: Working with Walter was great! He’s a talented director as well as a super nice guy. He had such a clear vision for this project and articulated exactly what he wanted, but without inhibiting my creativity. He gave me a lot of freedom, which was really exciting. Walter’s knowledge of cinema is so vast you could spend hours listening to him talk about films (and I have).
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Evan Carver: My first day on set and everybody’s first day shooting up at Big Bear was…interesting? I guess we can laugh about it now. Everybody got lost trying to find the meet-up location. And cell phone service is almost non-existent on the mountain so everyone’s GPS wasn’t working and you couldn’t call anyone to figure out where you were supposed to be. I was mortified that I was 2 hours late to set on my first day! So you can imagine my relief when I got there and discovered that everyone was having the same problem and I wasn’t actually the last one to find the location.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Evan Carver: I keep up with some of the cast and crew on social media. Or the occasional group text with Walter, Russ and Adrian – they’re always good for a laugh. I had a great time working with and getting to know them.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Evan Carver: I have a few projects coming up this fall. I’ll be acting in two short films and a web series. Also, my girlfriend and I are currently developing a short.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Evan Carver: Yeah I am a big fan of Stephen King. I actually binge read the entire Dark Tower series last year in like two months.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Evan Carver: I taught English in Thailand and lived there for 6 months. And I recently got to re-visit and take care of elephants at a sanctuary there!
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Evan Carver: Thanks, Oscar. If any of you get the chance to see “Into the Night” I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for reading!