Stanford at 2013 Comic-Con
December 27, 1976 |
Westford, Massachusetts, U.S.
Of course, I'm not allowed to talk about the script, but I can say it is a really good story.
Wes Craven is obviously a horror film icon so I was definitely very interested in bringing something back to life that Wes had created.
People have always liked to be frightened. People love to feel that jolt of adrenaline. People love roller coasters. People love skydiving. These things that really get your heart pumping, and horror films are sort of a safe way to get that rush I guess.
I try to pick characters that I find interesting and complex and that I feel I can bring something of myself to.
You have to find it in the moment, and that's one of the challenges of being an actor – especially a film actor – is that you have to maintain these heightened emotions for long periods of time. There's no trick to it. You just have to do.
You always take a little bit back with you at the end of the day. I always put a little bit of myself into the characters, too. You find parallels, points of connection, things like that. But I'm not an actor who gets so incredibly haunted by my characters that I can't come back.
It's nice to know when you're a part of a story, it's nice to know at least something about the beginning, middle, and end.
Actors, we like stories, we like storytelling, we love being a part of the story, and if you give us a story that's interesting then we'll want to do it.
My life has been the antithesis of that book 'The Secret'. I've always been interested in doing what I do. I love storytelling and I really enjoyed acting, but it never seemed like a realistic thing.
But a lot of shows, they pose questions and they give you a puzzle where there's no solution.
I didn't follow the whole 'X-Men' story because it got too complicated. I'd pick up a comic book and have no idea what was going on.
I do know that I've read somewhere that it's been statistically proven that in times of war, horror films are much more popular. I don't know why that is. You'd think it'd be the opposite. You'd think people would want to escape from it.
I've been recognized very seldom. I think I just look different in person than I do as the character.
Sometimes they keep us in the dark, but it's TV, so sometimes they keep us in the dark because even they don't know yet. You know what I mean? So, it sort of develops as it goes along and according to various needs that arise.