I recently got the opportunity to talk to Philip Hurd-Wood about his role in ‘Welcome To The Majority’. Here, Philip talks to us about the film and about his feelings on the film and TV industries….
Hey Philip. Thanks for taking the time out to talk to me. Obviously, we’ve got you here to talk to you about ‘Welcome To The Majority’, which hopefully will be out in UK cinemas soon. What’s the general premise around the film?
Well, in the film there are nine disturbed individuals who each believe they are the only survivor on Earth after an event they can’t explain. When they each discover a white balloon carrying a message of hope they set out on an epic journey to see if they can find other survivors. But the destination isn’t all it seems. The only way forward is to confront the terrifying demons that hide in the shadows round them. But is it all in their head? Or someone elses?
I’ve watched the trailer, it seems very dark and ambiguous….when you read the script, what was it that made you want to become part of the project?
I loved the fact that it was very well and tightly written by someone who really understood film and had a good sense of what makes a character tick. Plus I have never played a vicar before.
‘Welcome To The Majority’ is also doing it’s run in the Cannes Film Festival now as well isn’t it? How do you feel about that?
I’m really keeping my fingers crossed as it deserves to be seen by a very wide audience.
Tell us a bit about the character you play in the film.
He is a kindly Vicar who undeservedly meets his maker sooner than he thought he would!
Obviously there’s a huge catastrophic disaster in the film – so what would you do yourself if such a situation happened to you?
Get in plenty of beer.
What was it like working with the other actors on-set?
Wonderful team, great crew and really good actors to work with. A happy atmosphere.
Let’s talk about you Philip. You’re not only an actor, but you’re an accomplished voice-over artist as well – what made you want to get into acting in the first place?
Hard to know. I suppose I have always liked putting on a show, creating something out of the imagination. I have always liked pretending to be someone else and acting is trying to get under the skin of someone different to yourself.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get into acting or voice-over?
Be completely single-minded and focused as there is a colossal amount of competition out there. Get training and work your socks off. But be true to your craft and don’t take short cuts with a characterization.
We should also mention that your offspring have followed in your acting footsteps too, and seem to be doing quite well. In the thirty or so years you’ve been working as an actor and voice-over, do you think it’s harder to get into the industry now than it was in your time? Do you think the bar has perhaps been raised too high now?
I think that too many people think they can be famous for fame’s sake when acting is all about humility.
What have been your favourite moments or experiences of your career thus far?
Probably a film series I did in Ireland many years ago. It was based on an episode of Irish and European history that I found fascinating and I knew a bunch of the cast as well.
You’ve also been involved in the ‘Doctor Who’ universe as the voice of the Graske / Groske in ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’. Last month, Elizabeth Sladen passed away unexpectedly, so what do you think the future will be of SJA now? Do you think the makers will keep the show going on regardless? Were you shocked as most of the fans were to hear about the news?
Elizabeth is a sad loss to her family and viewers alike. She was immensely popular in the business and it would be impossible to replace her. However, I hope they do try to keep the show going in some form or another.
What’s coming up for you in 2011?
Another zombie film, tons of voiceovers and a very large lottery win!
Thanks for the interview!