Interview: Actor Richard Short Talks ‘Crazy Famous’

Actor Richard Short is certainly not crazy, but he was bold enough to take a role in Crazy Famous. In the movie a group of misfit escape a mental hospital in hopes of finding Osama Bin Ladin (presumed dead for over a decade) in hopes of becoming famous. Well, if they can discover Bin Ladin alive I can guarantee these guys would be famous. So no one found Bin Ladin, but Richard and his castmates found a lot of laughter on the set of Crazy Famous.

Short said that the movie is a bit of a throwback in the mold of comedies from the 80’s where humor comes from the characters reactions and interactions.

In the movie Short plays Smith, one of the main braintrust behind the escape from the mental hospital facility in search for Bin Ladin. The concept itself is easy to make you chuckle and the cast was no different.

“We had so much fun. The funniest things happened when we weren’t filming. We laughed more off-screen than on-screen,” Short said.

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This is the kind of fun that’s evident when you watch the movie. It’s silly, but it carries a message that’s more than meets the eye.

“Of course the movie comments on fame and our obsession as a society over it.”

When it comes to Short’s individual fame and accomplishments, he credits perseverance as a key factor in his fortunes of being a successful working actor.

“It’s about doing the work honestly and keeping at it. That’s the main thing that’s kept me moving along in the industry.”

This is the kind of advice that can not only be applied to actors, but to anyone in life and their individual path or industry.

Short says that he had the best memories and laughs from working with these actors, director and crew. If you see the movie, it won’t be hard to tell why.

Crazy Famous is out now on VOD, Digital HD and DVD from Gravitas Ventures

Interview: Actor Josh Wiggins

Josh Wiggins hasn’t been around the Hollywood movie scene for a long time, but since his 2014 debut in Hellion. Wiggins has risen fast in the industry, starring alongside Aaron Paul, Josh Duhamel and now Matt Bomer in Walking Out. I spoke to Josh about working with Bomer and the challenges they faced in filming Walking Out.

What did you like about this story:

JW: I’ve always liked this survival kinda stories. It is that underneath this awesome story of father and son, estranged father and son. Through their terrible experience they grew their relationship, so that was unique. You don’t always see survival stories that are that intimate, so that one of the the big reasons I wanted to do the part. 

How did the location play into your character and overall feel of the movie?

JW: We shot at Big Sky and the mountain areas around there. In the movie you’re supposed to be miserable and hating the environment in ways it wasn’t very hard to act, because you have great disdain for the mountains elements, but also for the respect of everything it contains. In itself it’s definitely a character in the story because it brings so many different elements to the table. It’s a pretty complex character.

REAL TALK:

There was a lot to take away from the discussion with Josh. Obviously the conditions shooting the film were pretty reflective of the conditions in the film. Even though he’s from Texas, him saying those were the coldest weather conditions he’s ever had to experience while shooting.

It was fun to hear how he bonded with Matt on set. Hard to believe that Matt went to the same high school as Josh’s mother! What are the chances of that happening? They basically grew up in the same town, now that’s a bonding thing in Hollywood.

Josh said some interesting things that I took notice to. He prefers working in a smaller cast, that’s an interesting tidbit, my feeling was that actors would prefer to work in a larger group, at least from my experience in acting. He was pretty realistic and candid about the possibility of having to “take one for the team” roles. He’s had a nice run so far with quality roles and movies.

What was I thinking assuming he was a Houston Texans fan? Of course he’s a Cowboys fan, who isn’t in Texas?

Walking Out releases on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on February 6, 2018

Interview: ‘The Gracefield Incident’ Director Mathieu Ratthe

The Gracefield Incident is a fun and intriguing indie horror film that’s out now. I spoke to the film’s writer/director and star Mathieu Ratthe. Mathieu discusses the concept of the film. The challenges that he faced filming and he answers why we don’t see the monster earlier in the film. All that and more. Here is an excerpt from the interview and the full audio below:

“We shot this film in 13 days, so fast, really fast. I was like how are we gonna do this? So that’s how the conceptual idea of the eye came in. It wasn’t in the script in the first draft. I wasn’t going to be able to do any camera set-up or anything so I was like, alright, I was going to have to put the camera on my shoulder.”  —  Mathieu Ratthe

MY TAKE:

Mathieu is an interesting guy to talk to. He exudes passion for filmmaking. I was surprised to hear a few things he had mentioned. First was that the film shot in 13 days. Even if you aren’t in the know about filmmaking, that sure is fast, or short amount of time to make a film. He started shooting movies since he was 10-years-old, this month marks his 25 year doing this, that’s impressive. I’m amazed that you can become a successful filmmaker without film school, which Ratthe didn’t attend.

I loved the fact that he told me that the reason you don’t see the monster in the film is because he didn’t have the funds to put in in earlier and feature it more in the film. I liked his honesty. I enjoy when filmmakers tell me about stories from the set, in Mathieu’s case, one of them being him switching between the acting and directing which lead him to keep the hat on-screen and even speaking in a different language to the actors.

I enjoyed The Gracefield Incident. You should give it a try. It’s simply in context, but rich on execution and presentation.

‘The Gracefield Incident’ is out and available now in select theaters, Digital HD and On Demand

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Interview: Actor Luke Guldan

I really enjoy speaking to up-and-coming actors. I find their stories to be unique and always find their journey to be interesting. Luke Guldan is no different when it comes to his story of breaking into showbiz. Luke and I discussed our experiences starting out in the acting world, how he became involved in showbiz initially, his recent movie which impacted him personally and a lot more. You can listen to my interview with Luke by clicking the media player below:

MY TAKE:

Luke was so cool. In my experience, the up-and-coming entertainers that I’ve interviewed have been very humble and interesting individuals outside of their work. I appreciated how forthcoming and open he was, including the fact that he shared his insights and advice on how he broke into the industry. For any actor listening, I’m sure you could take away a few things from what Luke had to say. One thing that stuck with me was when he mentioned to ride the good times. That’s such a simple yet effective point of view to have for anyone, not just actors. I totally related to when he talked about his initial auditions, the feeling of walking in to audition and seeing a room of actors that look and sound like you, that are vying for the same role. 

I enjoyed listening to him talk about Arnold Schwarzenegger being an inspiration to getting into the industry. Luke started out as a fitness guy, at his high school of all places. He has multiple avenues with fitness and acting, I’m sure it gives him options across the board with modeling, print, acting and fitness. I should take a few workout tips from him. That six-pack won’t show up on its own. 

It’s rare for an actor that’s just getting his career rolling that he’s gotten the chance to work on films that had real meaning and were impactful. I’m looking forward to seeing his future projects and his career rising. 

For more on Luke Guldan, check out these links:

www.lukeguldan.com

Instagram: @lukeguldanofficial 

Twitter: @LukeGuldan