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Aug. 1, 2001by: The Arrow

The Arrow interviews Andrew Divoff

Of all the people that I've interviewed, Andrew Divoff has always been a favorite. He's the perfect blend of talented actor and good businessman, and always a pleasure to have him on. Welcome back to the page, dude! Andrew has a new blood drenched/tit-filled movie coming up called "Faust", so I thought it might be kool for him to drop by and talk about it with you all. Here's how it went down.

1- Your upcoming flick "Faust" is based on a popular comic book which is itself based on a classic tale. Care to give a short description of the storyline for the uninitiated?

The film was written by David Quinn. David's words along with the artistry of Tim Vigil are responsible for the comic-book named FAUST from which the film was developed. The comic-book in turn, is inspired by Goethe's FAUST wherein Faust makes a deal with the devil for his soul...well, as we all know, a deal is a deal and payback time always comes around! The comic-book version is quite graphic and sexually explicit. I think Bryan Yuzna's version is very faithful to the comic and truly pushes the envelope of what you might expect. The hero of the cinematic version is one John Jaspers played heroically by Marc Frost, who I must say was a great guy and a consummate pro and leader on the set. Jaspers' alter ego who appears in his altered fantasies as FAUST is the ultimate tragic hero. M, played by yours truly was a trip to experience both on set and off- I mean come on, can you imagine a six foot tall pale albino from hell walking around at Christmas with his hands buried in his coat on the roman catholic streets of Barcelona? Suffice it to say I got much more than my share of attention.

2- You've got quite a female cast at your side. What can you say about the ladies in this film?

Dr. Jade de Camp, the psych/love interest to Jaspers/Faust was played by Isabel Brook who besides being a great actress, is really sexy and is really a great lady. Monica Van Campen, who was a great Claire was also very brave with her character. I was amazed at her inner fortitude. I must say, both ladies were brave with their work in some very tough situations which although they only last a few seconds on film, are often just pure hell to shoot. Again, I'll wrap this one up by saying that the flick is a great rush and the soundtrack really helps.

3- Every actor has a technique before a scene to get in character. Let's take the exciting conclusion for example. What did you do before tackling the scene to get in full M mode?

I like the question because you ask about preparation for a particular scene as opposed to the prep for the whole character-in other words, you've made it easier for me. First of all, we have to mention the total make-up and wardrobe of the character which helps immensely in the preparation-external prep.- then you've got your alone time, away from the writers, the director, the cameramen or the lighters-internal prep. My favorite moment in the movie was filmed in M's den, by the fire-I like the simple intensity of the scene. My preparation for that one was simply to show up before anyone else on the set and sit there in that leather chair. More than anything my prep before a scene is trusting that when action is called the character will answer.

4- You've dealt with effects before with "Wishmaster", but this flick has twice the amount of visual trickeries than the latter. Did the heavy effects make the acting process harder?

I think in this case the effects were helpful, at least for me. It allowed me to use my imagination more. I was lucky to have worked in the genre before and pretty much knew what I had coming to me. For actors who are new to the genre it is very confusing. This was not the case with our cast as we had bonded and felt more like a troupe of gypsies whose act was booked in and around Barcelona for a couple of months.

5- I have to ask. What was the film shot on? It did seem like hi-fi digital at some points...

The film was shot in 35 but there were bits and pieces from all mediums, including hi-fi digital.

6- There's also a lot of female nudity in this flick. Did all that female skin distract you every now and then? Flub a line, perhaps?

As I mentioned before, the film was faithful in all aspects to the graphic nature of the comic. There is no question that the cast of the film was a sexy one and there was indeed, on everyone's part, a sort of giddy excitement at being on set during some of the racier scenes. On the day however, the set or sets were tightened up allowing only those directly involved with the scene to be there. Invariably it comes down to trust and that was something we ( the cast ) definitely had as well as respect for each other's space.

7- Can the word "sequel" be plausible in respect to Faust?

I do think that there is a possibility of a sequel to be produced by Filmax in Barcelona. FAUST was the first outing of a challenging schedule which included 7 films to be produced by Julio Fernandez and Brian Yuzna under the banner of "The Fantastic Factory". There are still 3 films to be shot before the schedule is complete and they can consider the possibility of sequels and new projects.

8- Was it the first time that you had bleached your hair? How long did it take once the flick wrapped for you to change it back to its original color?

This was the first time I've bleached my hair and it was quite a trip. I've already mentioned the looks it got on the street, I did not feel any compunction to hide it and went about my usual (day off) business. The physical effect it had on my hair was the worst part. My hair grows pretty quickly and therefore had to be bleached 5 times in two months in order to hide the darker roots. Toward the end of the shoot I would rake a comb through my hair and it would break off at about marine haircut length. As for the second part of your question, on the last day (night) of shooting we shot the scene involving introducing the snake to Jeffrey Combs-who was a blast to work with- as he kneels, waiting in the pit during the climax of the film. At the beginning of the evening I told Quim Grau -who did a superb job on hair throughout the film, that as soon as wrap was called I wanted the rest of the hair cut off to match what had already broken and would like to have it dyed back to its original color before getting on the plane home. I realized at that moment just what a powerful influence a simple thing like hair color can have.

9- Any other projects in the works?

I've got two projects right now which I am helping to get off the ground and which I will participate in as an actor. They are both suspense/thrillers. I will keep you posted on their progress. I've got to put a word in for a film I made last October in New Brunswick, Canada. It's called "Blue Hill Avenue", it was directed and written by Craig Ross and has a great cast including William Forsythe and Clarence Williams III. In a phrase, it's 'Boys in the Hood' meets 'Once upon a time in America'. It should be out by September.

10- Typecasting is very common in Hollywood and it's hard to break out of. You've played "the villain" countless times. My question is: will we ever see Andrew Divoff in a romantic comedy? I'd pay to see that!

I would love to do a romantic comedy, it will undoubtedly have to be a project initiated by me for the reasons you have mentioned- I'm ever the optimist. BEST WISHES!!! ADD

I'd like to thank Andrew for his time and the pictures that he let me use from his official site. If you guys want to know more about "Faust" you can check out the film's official site here. Do brush up on your Spanish though. I have seen "Faust" and all I can say is: Abla gore, TNA, Divoff? Si senor si...dos tequilla sunrise per favore...gracias...have a blast guys!

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