SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Tom Gore: Originally from Newport, RI. I spent 20 years in the Army as an Apache Longbow Helicopter pilot, now retired and currently a student at Methodist University, working towards my BFA in Graphic Design and playing Defensive Lineman on the school’s football team.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Tom Gore: In high school, I was part of a class that put on a theater show and enjoyed it so much that it was ingrained forever as a part of my life. As I was finishing up my time in the army, I thought to myself, and considered what would I do now that I’m not in the army anymore. My processes all led to me acting and there I followed suit on a course of action that payed of with that actual goal. I am eternally grateful to all those who’ve either come before me or have said yes and let me be someone else for even a brief moment.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Uncle Otto’s truck Dollar Baby film?
Tom Gore: Dan Sellers called me up and asked and I said yes.
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Tom Gore: It’s a Stephen King story so his name alone will attract attention, but I believe that Dan’s ability as a storyteller is what keeps people in their seats to watch it.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Tom Gore: Thankfully no, I didn’t have to audition, Dan knew exactly how he wanted to tell the story and I’m grateful he chose me to portray George and breathe live into him.
SKSM: You worked with Dan Sellers on this film, how was that?
Tom Gore: It was great, Dan is a fantastic director, he knows how he wants to tell his story, puts it together, and gets us to execute his vision. I’ve worked with him before on other projects and we do have a special chemistry that allows for greater exploration of the story and the characters. I’ve been very fortunate to call Dan a great friend also.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Tom Gore: Oh whew, (SPOILER ALERT) ok in this story my character is killed. Now to show this on camera we brought in an amazing Special Effects Wizard named Matt Patterson (seriously, hire this guy). Getting in position for the death sequence was it own challenge, its dark, late, we’ve already filmed almost all day, and limited lighting in an unknown field. We’re all trying to be safe and quick to make sure we get everything Dan needs to tell his story and fortunately everyone was on board with this mentality (a rare occurrence in retrospect). So I’m laying down under the truck and Matt’s over me with a bucket of red slime and chunks and viscera and says right before he dumps the contents on to me, “I even have teeth in this batch.” The inclusion of teeth through me for a loop, so many questions entered my head at the moment he splatters me I was at a loss for words; like who’s teeth? Where did these teeth come from? Human teeth? How many teeth? Why is there teeth? When did you decide that this extra special batch of FX goo should include teeth???
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Tom Gore: I am lucky and fortunate enough to have a great relationship with many of the cast and crew on this project. Dan and Sammie Cassell host a movie pod cast and let me be a special guest from time to time. I’ve worked with Matt and his wife on lotsa projects and look forward to all future occasions cause I know it’ll be great. Mike and Devlin are Father/Son in real life and it’s always great hanging out and doing stuff where we run into each other.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Tom Gore: I’m currently a Junior at Methodist University working on my Bachelors in Fine Arts in Graphic Design as well as a Nose Tackle on the football team.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Tom Gore: As a horror fan, how can you not be?
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Tom Gore: There’s a lot that would surprise people; I was on the show Superhuman on Fox season 1 episode 4, I have seven awesome kids, the youngest is 18, I deployed 3 times to Afghanistan and once to Iraq during the “surge” while in the army.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Tom Gore: Thank you for having me. Please continue to support indie horror films, and most importantly be awesome to everybody!
SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?
Tom Gore: You can find more of my work at www.imdb.me/tomgore