He must have been mad. This is no man to jape with. You had only to look at Bolton to know that he had more cruelty in his pinky toe than all the Freys combined.
(The fact that Sean had a hand in designing his look in DUFE and slept in it won’t surprise any fans here!)
What is the collaboration between you and Scott like? How much input do you have into the actual design of the gore/creatures?
Marino: He would give me an idea and then I’d do a design and run with it. He was pretty free and open to what I came up with. He was specific as far as the effects - especially the camouflage that was supposed to be on Santino, but that rapidly changed once Sean Harris got in the mix. We came up with an idea and I did a design on Photoshop of this guy with all these scratches and symbols all over his body. I didn’t even wait to get it approved, I just started making things cause we only had a week before they started filming. It was a last minute change and almost impossible to do. The ambitious end of it was that there were over one hundred and fifty prosthetics that had to be made in a week, but we pulled it off. I pretty much figured out what it was going to look like and we all collaborated on it in the shop.
What can you tell me about what’s going on with Sean Harris’ character in some of the images we’ve seen of him thus far? The makeup on him looks like it took quite a while to create.
Marino: The process took five to six hours and we had four people doing the makeup on him all at one time. It was me, Mike Fontaine, Dave Presto, and Art Sakamoto all jamming on it. We would do his face first and then glue on all his body prosthetics. Finding out where they go and how they line up again for the next day was quite a challenge. He was super patient and a very intense actor so he was into it and he didn’t care how long it took. There are a lot of hidden symbols on him and backwards writing, too. You may have to pause it and look, but there’s definitely some subliminal stuff in there. There were even a couple of days when he slept in the makeup. We took all the paint off and removed the face pieces so we could redo his face the next day. It was just too long of a process to do everyday and too difficult on the skin so we tried to leave as much on as we could and then repaint everything.
- "Sean Harris gets some chilling moments as the primary villain of the piece." (x)
- "Sean Harris bringing his own brand of creepy to the subject of Sarchie’s investigation…" (x)
- "To top things off, the demonically possessed killer hunted by Sarchie is played by Sean Harris, who transfixed viewers as the cold-blooded assassin Micheletto in The Borgias.” (x)
- "… leading up to a stairwell knife fight between McHale and Sean Harris that is nothing short of intense and amazing. You gotta go "Wow"!" (x)
- "As the demon-possessed, Harris and Horton provide the film’s best performances, fearsomely disquieting as feral beasts…" (x)
- "Sean Harris seems right at home as the disturbed soldier, however. He fearlessly tackles the role with expert skill and provides some of the film’s more thrilling moments." (x)
- "I also have to give proper credit to Sean Harris (Prometheus) who plays the film’s chief antagonist and is every bit as important to the film’s climactic scene as Bana and Ramirez. In this case, Harris is the equivalent of Jennifer Carpenter in Emily Rose, though he doesn’t get nearly as … bendy?” (x)
Movies.com: Speaking of great actors, how did Sean Harris come on your radar for casting?
Derrickson: I am so glad you brought him up because of all the directorial decisions I’ve ever made on any film, casting Sean is the decision I’m most proud of. The success of the movie depends on the performance of that particular character, especially during the climax. When you see the movie, you’ll see what I’m talking about.
I read dozens of actors in New York and L.A. for the role and couldn’t find anyone I felt confident could pull it off. It’s a really demanding role, and with Sean I had seen him in Prometheus, but that didn’t weigh in my thinking at all. It was actually his one scene in Harry Brown with Michael Caine. That sequence has a complexity and a sophistication that’s primal and dangerous, and it’s unlike anything I’d seen an actor do. It was understated, but it was extraordinarily powerful and I just knew that he could do it. I just knew.
It was a real leap of faith, but it was one I took in great confidence. I offered him the role without ever reading him, without ever even talking about the role. He’s English and lives in London, and so I just told the studio, “This is the guy, he’ll nail it” and they trusted me. And I think Sean was really appreciative of that fact. I didn’t offer it to anyone else, and I didn’t talk seriously with anyone else about it. And it’s funny because what he does in Harry Brown is nothing like what he does in this movie. It’s not like they’re similar roles, it’s just the quality of the actor.
I’m very proud of that decision because it proved I was correct, but more than that, what he does in the climax of this movie is some of the deepest acting I’ve ever seen. He really went into a kind of a trance state the last night we were shooting that scene. It was kind of scary, honestly, how far down the rabbit hole he went, but it was awesome. Just awesome.
Movies.com: I have a feeling he’s got a big career ahead of him.
Derrickson: He absolutely does. I really believe with absolute conviction I could have cast 500 different actors and shot the same scene 500 times and no one would have topped what Sean Harris does. He is a truly remarkable actor, and I’ve never seen anyone do work the way he does. It was a privilege to watch.
"I’ve lost my henchman. I miss his council. He could read me like a book. He knew how to move, without a sentence, without a word.”
the son is just the shadow of the father
#throose and #throose week for all of your following or distinctly not following needs
So July 6th through 12th will be our first ever throose week this year. People are encouraged to make any kind of fanwork they want. A few people have sai they’ll be taking requests from other tumblr users but I’ll leave it to all you to determine just how you want to contribute.
Several people requested prompts or themes. You are not required to do these, but if you want to, try to post them on the day for that theme/prompt.
July 6th: Before and After
July 7th: Turncloaks
July 8th: Japes
July 9th: Legacy
July 10th: Insistence
July 11th: Tales
July 12th: Names
Thanks to thatgirlwhodraws for the promo artwork.