I recently got the chance to talk to Philip Brodie about his leading role in ‘World Of The Dead: The Zombie Diaries’. Here, Philip tells us about his character in the film and gives advice on how to become an actor….
Hey Philip, thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk to me. Obviously we’ve got you here to talk to you about your role in ‘World Of The Dead: The Zombie Diaries’. What is the general plotline surrounding the film?
A virus has spread throughout the UK leaving small pockets of uninfected survivors. A group of us leave an army compound in the hope of sailing to Holland where it’s supposed to be safe.
Tell us a bit about the character you play in the film.
I play Sergeant Maddox.A member of the TA who is a teacher in his normal life. He becomes the leader of the group by default as his Corporal entrusted him with information they pick up via morse code that is vital for the groups survival.
What made you want to become part of the project in the first place?
I thrive on playing the role of a leader. I enjoy characters that are troubled and this one plays his cards close to his chest, making him an outcast in the group he is supposed to be leading. He is hiding some essential facts from them which can only be a burden to him.
How would you say this film differs from other zombie related projects like, say ‘Resident Evil’ or even recently released indie film ‘Zombie Undead’?
It’s more of a survivor film and at times you will probably forget about the zombies! They are not even the most dangerous enemy that they encounter.
What was it like working on-set with the cast and crew?
I haven’t been asked as yet but I would be keen to do it.
If 99% of the population turned into zombies and you were with a band of people – how would you spend your last days on Earth?
Swimming in the sea, lying in the sun..drinking & laughing!
Let’s talk about you Philip. What made you want to get into acting in the first place?
I enjoy pretending to be someone else and I enjoy looking at what makes people tick. Their faults & their strengths, their fears and their desires.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to pursue a career in acting?
See it as a job where you can build your CV and therefore get better jobs. Work with good people and enjoy the life that comes with it, or get out altogether.
What does a Philip Brodie day usually consist of?…
Up reasonably early, two strong cups of coffee, then I drag myself to the gym. I then head into town for a meeting or stay at home and try to write.
I hear you’ve just finished production on a film entitled ‘Paladin’ – what can you tell us about this project?
It’s a classic tale of love, greed, heroism and dragons! I play a Caddish baron called Rogan. Basically, it was lots of sword fighting & pretending to attack dragons in front of a blue screen.
What else is coming up for you in 2011?
I am treading the boards a little with the fantastic theatre company ‘Kneehigh’ and I’m also in talks to do another movie.
Thanks for the interview!