SKSM: Could you start with telling me a bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Ryan Barton: My name is Ryan C. Barton and I’m an actor located in Toronto.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Cain rose up Dollar Baby film?
Ryan Barton: It’s sort of a long story. My friend Dylan Colton (who is also in the film) actually connected me with Jesse Marshall, the director, after he saw the script and thought that I’d be a good fit for the lead. So I contacted Jesse and the rest is history.
SKSM: What do you think it is in the story that attracts people so much?
Ryan Barton: I suppose what attracts people to the story is that it’s, ironically, very unattractive. Gun violence and mental illness are very ugly subjects, and with this story you’re able to examine them from a safe distance.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Ryan Barton: I did have to audition! There’s not too much of a story there, I just sent in a self-tape and thankfully Jesse liked it!
SKSM: You worked with Jesse James Marshall on this film, how was that?
Ryan Barton: It was great! Jesse is a very talented director and it was an absolute blast getting to work with him on this. I think he’s definitely going places.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Ryan Barton: There was one thing. So in the film my character has a sniper rifle, and originally the rifle had a set of legs that you pulled down and it made the most satisfying and badass click. So we did a rehearsal a few times, but when it came time to shoot, I pulled the legs down, but instead of there being that badass click, I just broke the legs clean off. Needless to say I was very embarrassed!
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Ryan Barton: I still talk to Jesse sometimes. We’ve talked about doing another project together, which I’d love to do.
SKSM: What are you working nowadays?
Ryan Barton: Unfortunately not too much. I have my fingers in a few different scripts that I’m trying to write, but other than that and my day jobs, nothing.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Ryan Barton: I’m a huge fan! I’ve been reading his books and short stories since I was about twelve. He’s an amazing author. I actually just saw IT the other night and it completely blew me away.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Ryan Barton: I’m actually only 4-foot-5. The budget for digitally altering my height in the film was astronomical.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything else you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Ryan Barton: No problem, thank you the opportunity! As for fans, I can’t imagine I have any at this point, other than maybe my parents!
SKSM: Do you like something to add?
Ryan Barton: Just that I can’t wait to hear what people think of the film!