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?
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