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11 February

Posted: February 12th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: News | 4 Comments »

I got a chance to ask Ben a few questions about his Outlaws and Angels Sundance experience and here is what he said :

1) What was the most unexpected thing about the Sundance Film Festival?

    How young everyone was… I suppose I should have expected that, Hollywood being a youth driven industry, and realizing that as folks age they seem to recede into the background like background radiation from the big bang. Sundance is a great big celebration of Indie film, in which “celebrate” could infer party. Its not a party geared toward your 50th wedding anniversary. More a party like “paaaarteh!!!” By 3 AM I’m usually ready for bed, Sundance goes until dawn.


2) The schedule sounds very hectic —- did you get a chance to see any other films?

    Nope. We were busy with Outlaws.


3) You said in an interview you had been afraid to take the role. How much did it challenge your comfort zone and  what was your first reaction when you realized what it would entail?

    I knew what the role would entail when I was fighting to get the part. Fear is not a bad thing. How fear affects you can be good or bad. Pushing the bounds of comfort, or pushing the envelope (to quote The Right Stuff) can be awesome.


4) Many years ago at a Farscape con you mentioned Jeremiah Johnson as a favorite film. Did you have an opportunity to meet Robert Redford?

    Still waiting to meet him.


5) How was it watching your work in a theatre full of people when you are playing a character like George?



6) Your physical transformation was amazing, how much, if any, input did you have on George’s appearance?

     Quite a bit, but certainly not entirely, the transformation required input and guidance from others… George needed to not look like Ben, or anyone who looks like Ben. JT (the director) and I were on the same page about this. Hair. make up, lights, script and direction all contributed.


7) Now that you are a director has it changed anything about your approach on set?

    I would like to think that I’m more respectful of the entire process than before… But who am I to say? I like to be fully involved as I can be. But, I’m not overly objective about my “approach” to anything. Ultimately, my job is to help tell a good story. At certain times, that means shut up and let others get busy while you hold the spear in the background. At other times, it requires that you take the bull by the horns. Hopefully, having directed, I have a clearer sense in which “time” I am operating. 

Outlaws and Angels has it’s U.S. premiere May 25, 2016

4 Comments on “11 February”

  1. 1 Rita said at 4:18 am on February 12th, 2016:

    Thank you so much for your great questions and soliciting such interesting answers from Ben. My hope is this exposure as exhausting as it was gains him some directing and acting gigs.

  2. 2 Laura said at 7:44 am on February 12th, 2016:

    Great interview, Angie!

    I love how honest his answers were.

    Thanks for asking the questions!

  3. 3 Geryalex said at 10:20 am on February 12th, 2016:

    Cool, Angie! Thanks for doing that every now and then 🙂

  4. 4 Sharon said at 4:20 am on February 13th, 2016:

    He is always so down to earth and honest! Love his comments on the younger generation at Sundance, It seems to get younger every year! Of course I get older every year ,so that maybe the real reason! But hearing Ben say gives me some encouragement!!

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