SKSM: Could you start with telling me a bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Peter Wood: I’m Peter and I am an actor based in the North West of England. I work in live interactive performance such as Murder Mystery weekends as well as commercials, film and television and role-play. I’ve also worked on many University films.
SKSM: How did you become involved in A Very Tight Place Dollar Baby film?
Peter Wood: I heard about it from a member of the team and was very keen to find out more.
SKSM: What do you think it is in the story that attracts people so much?
Peter Wood: It is a great story because it is one of those situations which could easily get out of control. Stephen King has this great ability to take ordinary scenarios and take carry them to the next stage which he did brilliantly in the case of A Very Tight Place.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Peter Wood: I auditioned for the part and was fortunate enough to be selected. At that time I was unaware of the make up/effects to be used, but it wouldn’t have put me off, I like a challenge.
SKSM: You worked with Kyle Thompson on this film, how was that?
Peter Wood: Kyle and his team are passionate about their projects and were great to work with. There were several issues outside of their control which could have caused some people to simply abandon the Project, but they overcame them and carried on.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Peter Wood: Interesting question. I was aware of the passion and pleasure the team got from making this film when I could see the happy smiles on their faces as several buckets of what convincingly looked like human waste were poured over me. The outdoor location days happened to be rather cold and, even before I was doused, my teeth were chattering so, on occassion, I was unable to get some of my words out which resulted in some re-takes. Sharing an overturned Portaloo with a camera operator and all sorts of strange liquids was also memorable. Would I have taken part if I had known all of this? Of course I would, the whole project was memorable and enjoyable. I have this very bad habit of taking on work without checking all the details, thank goodness I did that on this occasion. Let’s hope that the next one I get like this is during the summer – that would be luxury.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Peter Wood: I’ve done some work with several of the team members since which, as always, was enjoyable.
SKSM: What are you working nowadays?
Peter Wood: I’m currently working on another short film and writing a murder mystery script.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Peter Wood: Absolutely! Stephen King is one of the greatest writers of our time. One of my favourite books, which I have read several times, is The Talisman, which he co-wrote with Peter Straub. I have read most of his work.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Peter Wood: As an actor one needs several ‘hats’. One of the jobs I have done in between projects, was as a private investigator, which I suppose is also a form of acting. I did this on and off for a number of years.
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?
Peter Wood: I would say to anybody thinking of taking on a Dollar Baby Scheme to do it. Where else would you get the chance to work with the talents of such a great storyteller as Stephen King?
SKSM: Would you like to add something?
Peter Wood: Thank you for listening to my ramblings. Also, thank you Oscar for talking with me. I’m off now to look for the next challenge.