David Anders has a long history of stand-out supporting roles for shows such as Heroes, 24, Vampire Diaries and of course Alias as the magnificently slippery Sark.
With the horror-action-dark-comedy The Revenant he finally graduates to leading man status and (kinda) plays the good guy for a change as Bart, a soldier gunned down in Iraq who upon his return home, wakes up as a very confused member of the blood thirsty undead. He chatted with Eat My Brains about this absolute gem of a cult classic in the making and turned out to be an awful nice chap.
EMB: The Revenant is quite a tricky film to pin down. How do you categorise it?
David Anders: Well when we were shooting the term we came up with was buddy vampire gun-slinger comedy. (laughs) i think thatís an original concept!
EMB: It was made a while ago wasnít it?
DA: I joke that I feel like I made this movie back in 1986! And now itís finally gonna be seen by PEOPLE! It turned out as something iím pretty proud of. I think itís a real fun ride.
EMB: Why did it take so long to come out?
DA: Kerry (Prior, the writer-director) wanted to make it perfect. He did a lot of post production and then thereís the usual sales stuff.
EMB: Post productionís something heíd be used to having a background in effects.
DA: Heís an effects guy yes but he turned out to be a good director and turned out a pretty good movie.
EMB: Did he give you guys a lot of guidance with the characters? Was there much improvisation on set?
DA: He made sure that he cast a couple of guys that could get along really well and Chrisí (Wylde, Davidís co-star) one of the funniest people iíll ever meet. There was a lot of improv going on. We did it by the script a lot but also a lot of flying by the seat of the pants takes too. Which i really like cause at the end of the day itís a collaboration. Itís a character weíre all creating yíknow and thatís the sign of a good director.
EMB: You seem to play a lot of conflicted characters.
DA: I have but i would like to say theyíre just misunderstood (laughs). My first job was Alias and Sark was a very conflicted character- my favourite line of his is "My loyalties are flexible". Heís not about the money, heís all about the ladies and those benefits! Then thereís Monroe in Heroes who went bad cause he gets his girl stolen from him by his friend... and cause he was greedy.
And Bart in The Revenant, he doesnít know what the fuckís going on! One minute heís out in Iraq and the next itís like "Youíre a vampire! Gotta drink blood!" None of them are strictly bad guys but i think we all have a bit of mischievousness in ourselves. I donít know why but i guess i just find it easy to tap into that. (laughs)
EMB: The roles youíve mentioned all fit within the genre world. Is that stuff a passion for you or is it just where the work is?
DA: Just how itís worked out. What iíve always wanted to do is comedy. The first job i get iím a bad guy and i donít want to say pigeonholed and sound ungrateful cause itís a pigeonhole i relish being in. I couldnít get arrested as an American after Alias cause everyone thought i was English and that was a strange reality. But i would love to do some lighter fare and donít think iím not looking!
EMB: Without getting spoilery, the end of The Revenant leaves room for a follow-up in a surprising way. Has a sequel been discussed?
DA: I guess it does open itself up but i havenít spoken to Kerry about it cause for Christís sakes itís taken four years to get this one out. I would be up for it even though i did have to spend about three to four hours in make-up everyday!
EMB: I imagine the make-up could be restrictive but is it not quite freeing as well as a performer?
DA: Yeah it is but a lot of the time i couldnít see shit. A guy would have his hands on my shoulder to guide me around the set which was funny. But it is a veil you can hide behind and i liken it to doing the accent, i donít have to offer anything of myself and it all just becomes the character iím playing.
EMB: Finally zombie or vampire. Which would you rather be?
DA: I think vampireís the sexier option isnít it? Maybe Zompire!
The Revenant is released in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray on April 2 2012. Visit the following links to order your copy now;