INT: Tamara Feldman
HATCHET needs no explanation for most genre fans - as its practically been the most giddily anticipated horror movie to come out all year (sorry HALLOWEEN). Director Adam Greens flick proudly displays the tagline Old School American Horror on its poster, and it is indeed exactly that. Simply put, you guys are going to love this flick, and as we count down to its release Ive got three interviews to whet your appetite.
First up is TAMARA FELDMAN, who plays the take-no-shit Marybeth, one of the young folks who unluckily gets stuck in killer Victor Crowleys swamp. Enjoy!
Is this the most intensive promo push that youve ever done for a movie?
TAMARA: Yeah, definitely.
Is it a bit dizzying?
TAMARA: No, its not dizzying, its just funny because its all because of Adam [director Adam Green). Its not like theres this huge budget behind it, this huge machine, its all because of Adams love. And then Anchor Bay came in... Its all kindve grassroots, so its really cool.
Did you envision that youd be doing so many interviews and pushing it so much when you were actually making it?
TAMARA: No, we didnt even think that far ahead - I didnt even think about seeing it, I was just worried about making it. (Laughs) I didnt even think about when it was going to come out, and then for a while we didnt even think it was going to come out at all, because we made it two years ago. And Adam just kept going and going, and now its staring to come out. But no, we never thought it would be like this.
How did you get the role?
TAMARA: I just auditioned for it. I know that Deon [Richmond] was offered his role, and so was Robert and Kane, but I just auditioned like everybody else and ended up having a really good time in the audition room. Adam was like Okay do that two page monologue you just did in ten seconds or less! I was just like Okay! And we just read through it and they were all dying laughing, and thats kindve how I got it.
Youre playing an archetype typically known as survivor girl, which has a long history and some very famous characters associated with it. Did Adam give you any specific past characters to look at?
TAMARA: I didnt really look at it as being any other role ever played, I was just looking at it as I do not want her to be the stereotypical girl in a horror movie that is freaking out and doesnt know what to do. I wanted her do by a little bit tougher, so hopefully she is.
Adam had already created the freaking out girls.
TAMARA: (Laughs) Yeah exactly. We didnt need another one. Theyre really funny though...
Did you grow up watching these kinds of movies?
TAMARA: Yeah, I think everybody does. Especially around Halloween, I would always watch Freddy Kruger, all the Nightmares. I would always be scared of the boiler room, and the screeching when hed scratch his nails against the lockers. I was terrified, and Id have nightmares of Freddy all the time.
As an actor, when youre doing a movie like HATCHET, do you put a lot of though and preparation into the character - the motivations and all that - or are you mostly just trying to have fun?
TAMARA: I definitely do the work and think about the backstory, and think about the relationships - I mean, I dont have any scenes with my brother and my dad, so I had to come up with my own story of us together, and Adam would come up with some stories that he would tell me before wed shoot. You should never go into any movie without a backstory, without doing the work, you know?
You must realize that horror fans take their movies very seriously. Have you encountered any intense questioning from the fans, and how do you feel about all the hype that this movie has built up over the past two years?
TAMARA: The hype is really fun, because its not all based off of nothing, its because people have seen it, so Im not worried about that... Most of the intense questions really go to the guys, meaning Kane and [make-up effects artist] John Carl Buechler - about sets and make-up - and to Adam about where the story came from and when he came up with it, so I dont really get the intense questions. Its mostly just funny stories, or what was it like being around all these horror icons.
Did Kane Hodder have name recognition for you? What was it like working with him?
TAMARA: I knew he was Jason, which was scary, hes a big dude. But it was really nice working with him. He doesnt ever break character, so he wont just hang out with you. And hes also the stunt coordinator, so he wont talk directly to you while hes in make-up - so he has this giant coat on, his face is covered, hes telling Adam to tell us what to do, hes whispering in his ear, so we dont even know whos behind this giant thing.
Its tough enough working with a method actor, its even worse when theyre playing a serial killer.
TAMARA: Exactly. (Laughs)
A very special thanks to Tamara for taking the time out to talk with this fanboy. HATCHET opens September 7th!
|Source:||JoBlo.com/Arrow in the Head|