INT: Marc Trottier

The Arrow interviews Marc Trottier

Montreal, Canada born actor and aspiring writer/director Marc Trottier has appeared on TV series such as "MTV's Undressed" and films such as "Riders". He now co-stars in the recently released reversal on "The Faculty" called DECOYS, where a group of hot chicks on campus turn out to really be nasty aliens with tentacles (isn't it like that on every campus?). I exchanged a few words with Marc and here's what the lad had to say. 

ARROW: What’s your favorite horror movie?

M: "Scream". It was so well done. "Scream" was the movie that made horror  movies popular again. So many movies, since then, copied "Scream"'s formula to try and achieve the same success. It was fun, there was mystery, suspense... it was awesome! And I have to mention that I grew up on the "Friday the 13th" and "Nightmare  on Elm Street" movies, but, "The Evil Dead" was the only movie that gave me nightmares when I was a kid. Very scary. Also, if any of M. Knight Shyamalan's movies count as "horror", then put them down on the list as well.

ARROW: What can you tell us about your part in Decoys?

M: I play Bobby Johnson, the captain of the hockey team. Luke (Corey Sevier) and Bobby don't get along at all. Basically, I'm going out with Lilly (Stefanie von Pfetten), the girl that Luke likes, so that's already a problem (and when the girl's literally from another planet... well, things just get a whole lot more complicated). He's a really fun character to play.

ARROW: How was the auditioning process to get the role?

M: It was cool. Matt Hastings is a really cool guy. I actually auditioned for the role of "Gibby", but I guess Matt didn't think I was right for it. He gave me some sides for another character( Bobby)... so I learned the lines, went back into the room and read for that character. It was a lot of fun... and the rest is history.

ARROW: How would you describe the ambiance on set?

M: Fun, friendly and relaxed. Everyone in the cast is extremely funny, so there were a lot of laughs. The crew was a lot of fun as well. There were a lot of practical jokes going on... so you couldn't let your guard down too low. A lot of fun.

ARROW: What was the hardest scene that you had to shoot and why?

M: Pretty much every scene was hard for me to shoot, because I was crippled during the filming of the movie. No joke, I tore three ligaments in my knee, doing a back flip in a martial arts show, three days before I started filming "Decoys". I wasn't able to warn anyone of the injury, and I didn't want to hold up production, so I showed up on set with a pair of crutches. I was literally on crutches in between takes. Just standing around or walking was painful, so you can imagine having to do a fight scene, and then get thrown through a wooden trellis! That was extremely difficult to do... and extremely painful.

Another tough scene was when I had to run through the snow with Stefanie von Pfetten (run through the snow? I couldn't even walk properly on solid ground). We had to get the shot, and we were losing light, so Matt Hastings actually put on my jacket and did it for me! (In the movie: the close-up shot of Bobby and Lilly running through the trees, is actually Matt in my place!)

ARROW: Did you have to be involved with extensive prosthetics? How did you find the experience?

M: I had to have a full body cast made. It took about eight hours to do. They molded my body, my head and even my teeth! It was difficult to do, but I love horror movies, and it was so cool to see how all this stuff is done. It was pretty freaky when they did my head. This stuff covers your eyes, goes in your ears and your mouth. I couldn't see anything and I couldn't hear anything. All I had was two small holes in my nostrils to breath through. I had to really concentrate on not becoming claustrophobic, but the guys at "Maestro Studio" were awesome and they did a great job at making me feel as comfortable as possible.

ARROW: You have a steamy sex scene in the film, which as we all know can be uncomfortable to do. How do you, as an actor, handle the racy scenes?

Well, I don't know how steamy it was in -30'c! It wasn't really uncomfortable to do, except for the cold (which wasn't that bad either, because they really took care of us). From an acting point of view, I can't speak for Stefanie, but it wasn't that uncomfortable (there are worse things than lying in the snow with a beautiful girl). Seriously though, it's just part of the job. You do what you have to do. I mean, at one point, I was making love to the camera. Holding on to two handles attached to the camera, looking straight into the lens, and acting like I'm going at it (until she goes all "alien snake tits" on me). I love this job.

ARROW: You’re also an aspiring writer/director, are you working on anything right now that we should know about?

M: I just finished a short film called "Resolute", which I wrote, directed, edited and starred in. I love making movies. I love everything about it. It's so much fun. I don't know what I'll do with this one though. I find festivals are too much work. That's the part that I don't like. I don't like to take care of that stuff. But I really enjoy showing a finished product to people. I love entertaining people.

ARROW: What’s next on your plate, acting-wise? Any other roles lined up?

M: I missed out on some stuff because of my knee injury. I got operated in October, so that was more time off. Winter is pretty slow here in Montreal. I don't have anything lined up, but the auditions are starting to pick up again, so hopefully something will come along soon.

ARROW: Is there a director out there you’d love to work with?

M: I would absolutely love to work with M. Night Shyamalan (his movies are brilliant) and Steven Spielberg.

I'd like to thank Marc for his time and wish him the best in his future endeavors, be it as an actor or a writer/director. Now I have to hit DECOYS and see if the film holds up! To be continued on that front.

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