Rueters) Ryan Kwanten recently sat down with Lesley Goldberg to discuss his new Aussie western, Red Hill, what’s next for Jason Stackhouse, and his upcoming role as infamous murderer Charles Manson.
Here’s a little of what he shared …
HOW DID “RED HILL” COME TO YOU?
It’s been one of those Aussie surprises. It was the first time I’d worked back in Australia in about eight years. It wasn’t my intention to go back there. What I liked about it was the throwback to the classic-style western. The character that I play, Shane Cooper, is very flawed, and I thought it was interesting to play a hero who was fallible.
WHAT ARE THE BIG DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DOING A CABLE SERIES LIKE HBO’S “TRUE BLOOD” AND AN INDIE AUSTRALIAN THRILLER LIKE “RED HILL”?
The two main things are time and money. You really are forced to film things creatively for an independent film. With this film, it was almost like the hotter it got, the more insane and happy we got. You sort of have to have a chromosome missing to want to be a part of this business, and Australians are slightly masochistic, so we kind of enjoy sort of being out there at 3 a.m. knowing that the rest of the world is sleeping and here we are, this mad bunch of 50 to 80 people trying to make a film.
WHAT’S COMING UP FOR JASON IN SEASON 4 OF “TRUE BLOOD”?
Jason is so spur-of-the-moment that it hinders me to know what happens in the future. I tend to wait to see what the writers give me rather than standing over their shoulders waiting to see what happens. I’m guessing that he realizes he has to look over the crew that Crystal left him with. He’s probably going to try and get further into the police force to try and cement some position of authority in Bon Temps. If anyone should not be in a position of authority, should not be having a gun, it’s Jason. I just love working with Andy. The two of them are so polar opposites that when you put them on screen together, it’s an engaging dynamic.
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PREP TO PLAY CHARLES MANSON?
Scott Kosar is the writer on it, and he also wrote “The Machinist.” He doesn’t get anywhere near the set unless he’s 100 percent prepared, and even before I signed on he’d done an abundance of research. I’m three-quarters of the way through “Helter Skelter,” which is the Vincent Bugliosi chronicle of the Manson murders. Then we’re heading out to Spahn’s Ranch, which is where Manson did a lot of his planning with the Family. We’re going to be shooting at a lot of the places where the events took place. It’s going to be disturbing and dark.
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