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He played in Ali Cocks’ Dollar Baby Vinton’s Lot as Tim Grunwald.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Sam Christie: I work as a documentary filmmaker, generally making socially engaged films. I’ve recently returned from Kosovo where I was making a doc and spent time in Iraqi Kurdistan in 2016 making a couple of films over there. Prior to that I worked for the environmental organisation the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth. Basically my world is generally non fiction and the last thing I thought I’d do is act in a film. My website is here if you want to know more: https://www.drsamchristie.com/

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Sam Christie: I have acting in the family, but as far as I was concerned I wanted to play music and make films. I was attracted to non-fiction. So in answer to this, I never thought I’d act really

SKSM: How did you become involved in Vinton’s Lot Dollar Baby film?

Sam Christie: Jamie Dearden, a friend of mine, secured the Dollar Baby shortly after I moved back to Wales. He thought I would make a good Tim. I wasn’t so sure, but I admire people who get things done, especially against the odds, so I agreed to be a part of it.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Sam Christie: This story is no easy story to tell filmically. Even as a fiction film virgin I could see this one would be hard to make. The story, however, like much of Stephen King’s stuff is multi-layered. He’s got some serious stuff going on in this. One of the things that I think attracted Jamie was the fact that he could show off the wonderful landscape we have here in Wales in the film. I also think that he was attracted to the intelligence of the dialogue. I mean, to adapt a script, you need something to get your teeth into.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Sam Christie: I have a horrible feeling that Jamie had me in mind all along. I still don’t know why, haha. I didn’t have to audition though as he seemed clear he could see me as an evil property shyster.

SKSM: You worked with Ali Cocks on this film, how was that?

Sam Christie: Ali is great. Now I’m not just being sycophantic here. She organised so much, made something happen with next to no money and then, when I couldn’t imagine we’d reach the finish line, collated and edited the footage. What she managed to do was find a film in what we had shot. For much of the production phase I wasn’t sure we even had a film. I’m seriously grateful to her and will work with her again in a shot.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Sam Christie: Well when we were shooting the nasty scene where I’m yelling and pointing a gun at her after every take I’d be apologising and then straight back into character to do it again. It’s weird playing a part like this. I’d say I wasn’t a psychopath but you can never know for sure. I’m pretty sure Jamie was convinced I was – after filming he might have changed his mind J

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Sam Christie: Yes. I see Ali and Jamie a lot and as for the rest of them, yes they’re a great bunch of people and I’d like to do something with them again. To be honest I’d like to see what this crew could do with a budget.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Sam Christie: I’m working on a film about Coleg Harlech, a second chance higher education college in Wales that is being sold off cheaply. It’s a complex documentary that’s been really tough to make, but I’m trying to point out that we need, more than ever, to have education and culture at the core of our societies across the world. If you want to know more, have a look at an article I wrote about the film here   https://www.planetmagazine.org.uk/planet-extra/requiem-coleg-harlech

And more importantly, if you want to make the world a better place (and you’re rich), buy the place and turn it back to what it once was

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Sam Christie: Big time. He’s a legend. What I like about Stephen King is the subtext. He’s a genius at telling an engaging story that lightly conceals a wider meaning. My love of The Shining endures and the book is so different from the film. In SK’s book the difference from the film comes out most noticably in the crazy boiler scene in my opinion. Reading his words I was in the boiler room.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Sam Christie: I wear my heart on my sleeve. I think that people know more or less all there is to know and what they don’t will stay there thanks very much.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Sam Christie: It a great idea to do this. So basically anyone, from the expereinced to the poor enthusiast can have a go at adapting this iconic writer’s work.

 

 

She is the woman behind Vinton’s Lot Dollar Baby Film.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Ali Cocks: I run my own Aerial fitness company in Aberystwyth and guest lecture on a theatre module in Aberystwyth University. I have a long history in theatre making and performance mainly one woman shows. But have appeared in a few feature films and TV productions… this is because I’m very old ha ha!

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become a filmmaker?

Ali Cocks: I have made a couple of documentries and one other fiction film in the last 10 years. I have always been involved in film theatre TV and performance, one way or another!

SKSM: When did you make Vinton’s Lot? Can you tell me a little about the production? How much did it cost? How long did it take to film it?

Ali Cocks: We made Vinton’s Lot over the Summer of 2019 and I have just finished the edit. We had no budget at all. My X boyfriend who is a very sucessful actor provided the money to buy the so needed Porto loo and fortunately I have friends in very beautiful locations who allowed us to film in and around their homes. There’s a scene involving me being soaked in human excrement within the toilet. We made this pooh mixture from porrige, cocoa, soup and earth. It was cold and unpleasent on my skin! But I survived!

SKSM: How come you picked A very tight place to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?

Ali Cocks: J D Dearden choose the story and I think he made a great choise as it is deliciously dark and quite funny.

SKSM: How did you find out that King sold the movie rights to some of his stories for just $1? Was it just a wild guess or did you know it before you sent him the check?

Ali Cocks: J D Dearden can answer this better than I.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when you made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Ali Cocks: Many! But one that comes to mind is that in one scene myself and the other leading actor Sam Christie  had to act out him jabbing me with his rifle. We are both very polite people and after the nastiness of that scene he was very concerned and polite he may have hurt me. My reaction was equally polite and he hadn’t… Such a lovely out take as we go from being fictionally horrible people to actually delightful in 1 second. I think this shows how British we are!

SKSM: How does it feel that all the King fans out there can’t see your movie? Do you think that will change in the future? Maybe a internet/dvd release would be possible?

Ali Cocks: Yes that is indeed a shame. Hopefully it will change, afterall theres a great deal of time and commitment involved in film and it would be good to get public reaction.

SKSM: What “good or bad” reviews have you received on your film?

Ali Cocks: We are not at that stage yet.

SKSM: Do you plan to screen the movie at a particular festival?

Ali Cocks: We should do that!

SKSM: Are you a Stephen King fan? If so, which are your favorite works and adaptations?

Ali Cocks: I am actually. As a young person I read a lot of his books. Misery is amazing.

SKSM: Did you have any personal contact with King during the making of the movie? Has he seen it (and if so, what did he think about it)?

Ali Cocks: Not yet it only got posted yesterday!

SKSM: Do you have any plans for making more movies based on Stephen King’s stories? If you could pick -at least- one story to shoot, which one would it be and why?

Ali Cocks: I haven’t thought about it really but I certainly wouldnt refuse…

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Ali Cocks: Having only just finished this film I am catching up with the rest of my life! When I have the time I will think of a new project… I would like to work with Sam Christie again he is a great actor.

SKSM: What one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Ali Cocks: I had my car blown up by Scotland yard on the Strand in London in 2001 they thought there was a bomb in it but it was just my stereo speaker!

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Ali Cocks: Vinton’s Lot is worth a watch! Believe me.

SKSM: Would you like to add anything else?

Ali Cocks: Anything is possible in this life and lack of money doesnt have to be an issue. Imagination is everything! And possibly better equiptment than what we had ! 😀😀

 

He played in Will Patrick Roberts‘ Dollar Baby Morning Deliveries as Spike Milligan.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Landon Sweeney: I’m Landon, 38 named after the actor Michael Landon, my day today job is that of a town ranger assisting the police. I also act as much as possible in the free time I have, along with the film work I appear in many plays and musicals in the local area.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Landon Sweeney: I took part in a school musical many years ago (half a sixpence) and had the bug ever since, acting is so much fun and each new part is something different.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Morning Deliveries Dollar Baby film?

Landon Sweeney: I saw a message online asking for actors, as a big Stephen King fan I knew I had to be in it so offered my services, had no idea I’d end up on the poster and the lead part that was a happy bonus.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Landon Sweeney: Everyone of a certain age remembers the local milkman, we all had one back in the day. To think that this innocent person maybe killing locals off has a very dark twist and is a fabulous story.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Landon Sweeney: I sent a video in of me saying some of the words and was offered the part.

SKSM: You worked with Will Patrick Roberts on this film, how was that?

Landon Sweeney: He is very keen, very open to listening to ideas and has his own focus and vision of how he wants the film to be. And a very kind and friendly person to boot.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Landon Sweeney: When out filming in the early hours of the morning Will was stopped by the police and questioned as to what he was up to sneaking around ally ways at that time of the morning, had to explain he was filming a killer milkman

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Landon Sweeney: Yes a lot of the actors in the film were people I recommended so work regularly with them

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Landon Sweeney: Currently in the final stages of rehearsing the stage play of the TV classic Allo Allo, I’ll be playing the part of Rene at theatr Colwyn starting on November 14th. Tickets available at theatrcolwyn.co.uk

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Landon Sweeney: Yes love all his stuff and the film Stand By Me based on The Body is my all time favourite film.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Landon Sweeney: I’ve never watched the sound of music.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Landon Sweeney: If you enjoyed it feel free to send me a message to say hi 🙂

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Landon Sweeney: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me, good luck and have a fabulous rest of 2019 and beyond.

 

 

He played in Alexander Jones’ Dollar Baby Stationary Bike as Richard.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Kwesi Davies: Hello, my name is Kwesi Debi Davies, I am a proud and blessed husband, father, son, brother, cousin, teacher, coach, actor and many other things at different times… it never ends!

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Kwesi Davies: When I was younger. I immediately felt at home on stage. As a child in school, I remember feeling really happy and comfortable whenever drama lessons happened. I wanted to perform for my peers, teachers and adults around. I loved it. That’s when I thought acting was for me.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Stationary Bike Dollar Baby film?

Kwesi Davies: Well it was quite nice in its simplicity. The director Alexander Haydn Jones -who was absolutely fantastic to work with and is a really top man- contacted me and said he wanted me to be part of the project and it went from there.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Kwesi Davies: For me there is a lot, the idea of love, real connection to someone that you want to be with, with all your heart and means the world to you. Loss and then final a new beginning, with optimism and possibilities.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Kwesi Davies: Well it wasn’t written for me I had to audition but I didn’t have the same negative feelings associated with other auditions. I think that’s because of Alexander and his team.

SKSM: You worked with Alexander Jones on this film, how was that?

Kwesi Davies: Amazing as I said earlier, working with him, his team and my costar Lily Streames was great. Alexander really encourages you and is positive with you. As an actor that is so important and refreshing.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Kwesi Davies: Well, I remember having to take lots of care in the house that we were filming in…

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Kwesi Davies: I still follow Alexander and Katie Ward on social media. I’m interested in what they do.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Kwesi Davies: For now, I’ve given acting a rest. Getting married and becoming a father has made me think about things differently and I wanted more stability for myself and my family so I’ve been teaching and coaching. But I’ll always love acting.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Kwesi Davies: Yes… it’s scary, I try not to watch too much scary stuff, but sometimes I can’t help it.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Kwesi Davies: I’ve had to recover from major illness in my twenties to establish myself as I am now and it wasn’t easy.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Kwesi Davies: Thank you and I hope you enjoy it. Amongst all the work, my favourite bit was taking the bike down the road for the final shot and all the positivity associated with that.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Kwesi Davies: Yes, it wasn’t my bike! 🤣 😃

 

She played in Alexander Jones’ Dollar Baby Stationary Bike as Richard’s wife.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Lily Streames: I am a London based Actress. I do a range of different kinds of work which always keeps things interesting, in the past year I have worked on various screen projects as well as theatre and I am currently in Spain rehearsing for four plays which will tour Europe for the next 8 months. Recently I have turned my hand to other areas of the industry having directed a show in the summer. I also own a theatre company and am currently writing and producing a couple of shows too. It is always fun to expand skills sets.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actress?

Lily Streames: I knew I wanted to become an actress from a very early age. I always felt at home in the theatre and being dramatic was definitely one of my natural talents!

SKSM: How did you become involved in Stationary Bike Dollar Baby film?

Lily Streames: I saw a post online by the film’s producer Katie with the casting breakdown and so I wrote to them asking for an audition. I sent off a tape and the rest is history.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Lily Streames: Stephen King’s work has enticed film makers for decades. There is something about his work that is totally relatable. It taps into our deepest fears and realises them in a way that feels as if it could actually happen. With Stationary Bike for instance we see a man who is ridden with loss and guilt. As an audience we can totally relate to his character. There are no monsters or gauls only pure psychological drama and for me that is scary!

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Lily Streames: I did have to audition. I didn’t know anyone related to the project until then. However I have since worked with Alex again playing a part he wrote for me so sometimes it is who you know!

SKSM: You worked with Alexander Jones on this film, how was that?

Lily Streames: Alexander is a total joy to work with: he is a generous, creative and thoughtful director who makes his actors feel completely relaxed on set. I feel blessed to have worked with such a talented director and he has become a great friend of mine.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Lily Streames: My scenes in the film are all memories and we filmed those parts on a super 8 film camera which was exciting. My favourite moment was when Alex let Kwesi and I take the camera and play around making ‘home movies’. We were being so silly, I was doing a welcome to my crib style tour of the house whilst wearing a sieve on my head, we couldn’t stop laughing.

We stayed in the house we were filming in for the shoot days and I loved the moments after we wrapped for the day, eating chinese takeaways and getting to know one another.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Lily Streames: I still have contact with most people on the shoot. We don’t see each other often but like I mentioned before I worked on Alex’s most recent film this year The Night We Met and most of the crew were the same so it was really nice to see everyone again.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Lily Streames: I am currently in Spain rehearsing for four new plays which go on tour for 8 months from November so that is my foreseeable future. It has been lovely being here so far. I’ve just come back from shooting in DisneyLand which was an absolute dream of a job. Also I am co-writing and producing a Christmas show for a theatre in Winchester with my Theatre company Wind Song Theatre which I own with my amazing friend Beccy -she is an absolute superstar and is holding the fort whilst I’m away!

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Lily Streames: I first read The Shining when I was 14 years old. I read it before bed and could only read about 3 pages before I got too scared and had to stop for the night. It scared me so much but I couldn’t leave it until it was finished. Something about it had me utterly hooked. Since then I have been a massive fan of Stephen King’s work and was so excited when I got cast in Stationary Bike. It is a strange thought and a massive privilege to think he has seen my work on screen… gulp.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Lily Streames: When people ask for an interesting fact or something suprising I think how boring I must be because I can never think of anything of interest. Umm… I am a travel addict and spend all my spare money and time seeing the world. -I’m not sure how suprising that is though!

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Lily Streames: I hope you like the film and feel like we do the story justice. Alot of love has been put into the project and it has been a real pleasure to have worked on it. Thank you for your interest and for reading this interview.

 

She played in Polly Schattel’s Dollar Baby Here There Be Tygers as Ms. Trask.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Marisa Blake: My name is Marisa Blake. I am an actor and voiceover artist. I spend most of my days working in my booth working on audiobooks, commercials, e-learning videos and more! When I get lucky, I get to work on set for films, TV series and commercials. I love my job!

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actress?

Marisa Blake: I always liked being part of school and church plays when I was younger. When I was a teenager my brothers and I got “Scouted” by an agency where we did some commercial work and I first started doing voiceover. After years of rejection (As goes in this industry) I decided it was not for me. About 6 years ago I helped one of my employers create some video content and re-found my love for working in front of the camera. I signed up for Acting Classes, then found an agent, and here we are!

SKSM: How did you become involved in Here There Be Tygers Dollar Baby film?

Marisa Blake: I am lucky enough to be friends with the insanely talented Jennifer Trudrung! We took classes together and have worked on several projects together. I feel incredibly lucky to get to work with her in any capacity.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Marisa Blake: I think this story leaves something to the imagination. I also think that looking into earlier works by people who have seriously excelled in their careers as Stephen King has, are intriguing.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Marisa Blake: If I recall correctly, she just “saw me” in the role. I use to teach children and I play guitar, so I think it made sense.

SKSM: You worked with Polly Schattel on this film, how was that?

Marisa Blake: Polly is incredible! Just like Jennifer, she has a vision and she knows how to execute it to get the shots that she wants. Also, being able to work with and direct kids is not always an easy task. We did however, have some talented young actors working on this film. She had a great crew she was working with and I think Polly was able to tie in all the elements to create what I consider a beautiful work of art.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Marisa Blake: Well, for me, it was that my youngest son is in the scene with me. Getting to work with him by my side is pretty cool! (He is in the bottom right hand corner blowing bubbles in the scene where I am playing guitar with my students)

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Marisa Blake: Yes! Almost Everyone. Asheville has a beautiful acting community. There are a lot of us here that know each other and often work together on various projects. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of it all.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Marisa Blake: Auditions, Auditions, Auditions! 🙂 I am not working on a specific project at this moment, but this past year had some incredible opportunities. I was able to work on set for the DC Comics series Swamp Thing with actors Will Patton and Kevin Durand. That was a big moment for me. I narrated a handful of audiobooks this past year. One series that was a blast was the Lola Cruz Mystery Series! And my voice is in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington DC with their new Deep Time exhibit that opened in June of 2019. It’s been a great year and I look forward to more!

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Marisa Blake: Stephen King, scares the crap out of me. 🙂 I am a fan in the sense that I appreciate an artist who can bring characters to life, convey emotions and feelings through his writing, and can do so as often a he does! But in general, I am not a fan of “scary”. Yes, I am and adult who is still afraid of the dark….

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Marisa Blake: With social media it is hard to be “surprised” anymore. But I think that people who do know me are surprised that I am Latina and that I speak Spanish. And since you are writing from Spain, I can also share that I grew up dancing Flamenco. My grandparents on my Dad’s side were from Alicante, and my mother’s mother was from Madrid. My mothers father is from Puerto Rico, and so is she. My father was born in Cuba. I am very proud of my Hispanic/Latin Heritage!

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Marisa Blake: If you are still reading this, THANKS!  If you want to learn more about me or follow my work, you can check out my website: www.MarisaBlake.com or follow me on Instagram or Twitter @MarisaBlakeActs

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Marisa Blake: Thanks so much for reaching out Oscar!

 

He played in Brian Johnson‘s Dollar Baby Uncle Otto’s Truck as George McCutcheon.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Rick Meyer: My name is Rick Meyer. I was born in Williamsport, Indiana, but spent most of  my life in New York City where I went to school, and worked for decades. I did almost all possible jobs in show business, more in theatre but many in film and TV as well.  For  the last ten years of my working life I was a sound engineer on BroadwayBroadway shows. I was lucky enough to be able to retire early which allowed me to pursue the most rewarding part of my life when I had time to spend with my son as he grew up. I loved coaching his Little League team, keeping time for many of his hockey games, and coaching his golf team in high school.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Rick Meyer: My parents were both actor/directors so I was immersed in the business from early childhood. Mrs. McThing was the first profesional production I performed in when I was three. So rather than wanting to become an actor, it was my reality from day one. In theatrical jargón, I was “born in the trunk.”

SKSM: How did you become involved in Uncle Otto’s Truck Dollar Baby film?

Rick Meyer: Brian Johnson and I have worked together on each others’ films for several years now. Lately I have been doing more acting jobs and Brian was familiar enough with my work to cast me as George McCutcheon.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Rick Meyer: Uncle Otto’s Truck is a terrific ghost story that explores how Otto’s guilt about killing George eats away at him, eventually driving him to madness. Quentin’s entire life has been affected by his knowledge of the murder and George’s ghost haunts him which brings extra Depth to the story.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Rick Meyer: Brian did ask me to audition to verify his opinión that I could give George the energy he was looking for. I have no idea if anyone else read for the part.

SKSM: You worked with Brian Johnson on this film, how was that?

Rick Meyer: It is always a pleasure to work with true profesionals. And Brian is a true filmmaker and a Good friend. He has been a terrific DP/editor on three of my films, and he is a wonderful director to act for.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Rick Meyer: There were many exciting moments as the shoot came together and we found ways to illuminate the story, getting effects that we all knew would be eerie and exciting. The funniest momento actually came away from the set. I was wearing overalls that I could not get out of without help and my fase was covered with blood. There was no way to wash at the location, so I drove back to my room like that. When I got to the hotel my electronic key wouldn’t work so I had to go to the front desk. The girl who was on duty tried not to be freaked by the blood, but when I asked her to help get the overalls off my shoulders she eventually helped, but the look on her fase was priceless.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Rick Meyer: I have contact with Brian on a regular basis, I also am in contact with Joan Reilly, both of whom work on my films too. I have had a conversatin Rose Warshana and will certainly be in contact with Peter Holland and others. Film making is a team sport, and when you meet excellent professionals, you want to work with them again.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Rick Meyer: My writing partner Julianne Wargren and I are always suggesting story ideas to each other and when we find ones we both like we write them. She and I wrote and produced a short which Brian shot and edited, in which Joan and I acted that is being submitted to festivals.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Rick Meyer: I have always enjoyed his work. Some of my favorites are: The Stand, Carrie, Firestarter, It, ‘Salem’s Lot, and Christine.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Rick Meyer: That I was a New York City cabdriver for a couple of years.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Rick Meyer: I hope our film scares and delights you.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Rick Meyer: I want to thank Mr. King for allowing so many filmmakers to utilize his wonderful IP.

 

He played in Ben Woods‘ Rest Stop as Wife Beater.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Ben Taylor: I’m Ben Taylor. I live in Melbourne. I work as an actor and also have a part time job working in a treatment facility for prisoners and youth. I enjoy in my spare time surfing and spending time at football and with friends.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Ben Taylor: It was when I saw a TV show being filmed at the Sunshine Coast and there was a host who asked us to be in the background and I was as fascinated by the cameras and the joy of people at their job. I also loved watched Leonardo DiCaprio movies and wanted to know how they create the characters and speak the dialogue.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Rest Stop Dollar Baby film?

Ben Taylor: Through an audition with Ben at his University. It was a student film and we auditioned for the character and it was a dark and fearsome type role which are the ones I am drawn to.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Ben Taylor: The suspense and drama that is created when all the characters worlds collide. The tension that is built during the verbal argument which leads to the major altercation would be a situation that a viewer would have thoughts about what would I do? How would I react.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Ben Taylor: Yes. Auditioned.

SKSM: You worked with Ben Woods on this film, how was that?

Ben Taylor: He was a great director who allowed the actors push the scene in different  directions and got various emotions out so he had a lot to choose from in the edit room.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Ben Taylor: Just that when the scene was happening in the toilet there was a passer by who looked quite concerned until they noticed there was also a film crew.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Ben Taylor: I still see some of the crew and cast at various events and film screening but I moved to Melbourne and most of the crew and cast live in QLD.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Ben Taylor: I just worked on a small scene in Preacher.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Ben Taylor: Yes. He has written some wonderful. Books that have been made into movies and will continue to have his books made into movies.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Ben Taylor: I like to collect kurbside rubbish and decorate my house. I will also sell it to turn a profit if I find something I really like.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Ben Taylor:

 

He played in Brian Johnson‘s Dollar Baby Uncle Otto’s Truck as Older Quentin.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Jim France: Quite simply, I am a professional stage, movie, television, commercial and voiceover actor. I am a Scotsman but have an English accent. Scottish accent can be used however!!!!! I am also a US citizen since 1974.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Jim France: I’ve always wanted to be an actor and participated at school as much as I could including having my own 6-piece New Orleans style jazz band in which I played trumpet. I was fortunate to graduate at the age of 16  but had to wait 2 years to go to Cambridge University to study for a degree in Ancient and Modern Languages – French, German, Latin and Ancient Greek.

During those two years, I worked at the local theatre. We did everything at one time or another – scenery, props, lighting, ASM-ing (Assistant Stage Management), acting, prompting (this is where one would sit in the wings with the script to “Prompt’ actors when they forgot their lines.) We did 40 plays or musicals a year. We rehearsed in the daytime, the show we would do the following week and perform the show at night we had rehearsed the previous week.

At the theatre, I had begun to notice that not many people spoke Latin or Ancient Greek any more!!!!! I had grown to really love it and wanted to go to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London to become an actor… but was forbidden to do so by my Father as Fathers in the 50s could!

So I went in to his industry – the hotel industry and graduated from L’Ecôle Hôtelière de la Société Suisse des Hôteliers (The Swiss Hotel School in 1961). I remained in the Hotel industry in the UK until 1965 working at the Dorchester Hotel and then the London Hilton. In 1965, I emigrated to the United States.

As a result of the my various studies, work etc., I have lived in Scotland, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Canada, The United States and Puerto Rico.

I ended my hotel career in 1999 as CEO of a small hotel company but (after a decade with the company) ran afoul of my Chairman of the Board and was fired. We settled out of court and I became a consultant — which I hated. Then I worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for four hurricane seasons helping those whose homes had been damaged. But wasn’t happy there either.

One day, my wife came to me and said: “Jim, you are about the most miserable son-of-a-bitch I’ve ever met! Why don’t you go and do what you’ve always wanted to do?”

So… in 2003, I went back to school for three years (privately because I wanted to stay out of the school population) studying acting, singing and dancing. I did a lot of amateur theatre and a couple of amateur movies. And in 2006, I went for my first professional audition – got the gig – and have been working ever since.

In those days, I did a lot of musical comedy with fabulous roles – Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” both musical and play – 7 times. Fagin in “Oliver”  and many others.

But in 2015, I found that doing 8 performances a week was beginning to become somewhat arduous so I have cut the theatre back to plays only (no musicals) that do only four performances a week. And now I concentrate basically on movies, TV and commercials along with voiceovers.

I am a happy man.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Uncle Ottos Truck Dollar Baby film?

Jim France: Brian Johnson found me on Stage 32 and contacted me. We had lunch and Brian asked me if I’d like to work on the project. The rest – as they say – is history.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Jim France: Firstly, it’s a Stephen King short story. Secondly, it is a “horror” story which hits one in the gut. I saw, at a preview, another horror film a few weeks ago which was all visual horror with scary horrific faces and such. It was lousy.  This story has an underlying scariness through dialogue which is accented visually. That is much more scary to my way of thinking.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Jim France: I didn’t have an audition since Brian had looked up my previous work. And for sure it was not written especially for me. I am not an A-List actor.

SKSM: You worked with Brian Johnson on this film, how was that?

Jim France: He is tremendous! I’ve worked with many Directors but what I liked about his approach was his patience and understanding. He also allowed me to make suggestions as to additional things which might be done or movements made. Really easy to work with and really knows his stuff.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Jim France: When we went down to the pier to film a couple of scenes, I met the “Shrimp Boat” owners. One told me the story of how his family came to the US from Estonia. A harrowing story of oppression and fear of death but eventual escape. Most interesting!

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Jim France: Haven’t had follow-up contact with the crew or actors with the exception of Brian. But I’m sure some of us will meet again. They also knew their stuff.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Jim France: I shall start work on a period piece in Richmond VA at the beginning of October. The role is small but is of Luther Martin, one of the United States’ Founding Fathers, whose actions helped the passage of the Bill of Rights. And who also defended and achieved acquittal for the Fourth Chief Justice of the United States Samuel Chase in his impeachment trial in 1805.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Jim France: Absolutely! Children of the Corn; Firestarter; The Shining (the 1980 movie); Carrie (1976); Christine; The Green Mile; The Shawshank Redemption.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Jim France: I am a descendent (albeit probably illegitimately) of Bonnie Prince Charlie (Prince Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria Stuart) 1720-1788 known as “The Young Pretender,” claimant to the throne of Scotland. Defeated by the English in the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion at the battle of Culloden in 1746.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Jim France: “Uncle Otto’s Truck” is a terrific story and wonderful film. Who knows what the future may hold for Brian Johnson and his work. Break a leg!!

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Jim France: Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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