I recently got the chance to talk to Kevin Sizemore about his role in the new ‘Transformers’ film, ‘Dark Of The Moon’. Here, Kevin talks about his character, the use of 3-D in the film and who out of Kelsey Grammer and Kiefer Sutherland he would take to a baseball game…
Hey Kevin. Thanks for taking the time out to speak to me – “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon’ will be in cinemas as of 29th June 2011. In this installment, the Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to find it and learn its secrets. The film is set in 1969, (during the Moon Landing) and the present day.
Tell us a bit about the character you play in the movie…
My character is a NASA Black Ops Specialist who secretly knows why we sent our astronauts to the Moon (to see if there were aliens of some sort there). Of course, the rest of NASA are really excited to see the accomplishment of the Moon Landing and so this allows our team to converse and give directions on what they should do if they encounter alien life forms.
How did you get involved in the project in the first place?
I had just came off an independent film “Closure” and ironically on my only day off I had an audition for ‘Transformers’. Casting director Denise Chamian suggested I read for the NASA Black Ops character, and Michael Bay then made his choices from there…..the rest is history.
Had you prior knowledge of the franchise before you signed on? Had you always been a fan?
I was very familiar with the franchise….I have a little boy who loves ‘Transformers’! That’s the main reason I was so excited to be involved, because this is a movie my son will watch forever, and his Dad was able to be a part of it.
Of course, the film stars Shia LeBeouf, and a newcomer, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – what was it like working with the cast and crew on this installment?
Fantastic! This franchise is liked a fine oiled machine. The cast and crew work so hard and it shows by how great the film looks, and Michael Bay’s vision is so specific, it allows you to find your character.
‘Dark Of The Moon’ has been filmed in 3-D. What are your feelings on production companies using 3-D?
When you have movies that don’t have as much action I’m not a fan of it, but I’m excited to see ‘Transformers’ in 3-D because this film has so much going on. The 3-D supervisor Corey Turner and his team did an amazing job – the 3-D in this film makes you feel as if you really are a part of the movie, instead of just an audience member.
If you could choose a car that had the ability to turn into a Transformer, which would it be and why?
My dad’s old 1988 Dodge Ram! My buddies and I back in WV (where I grew up) thought it was a Transformer the way we treated it. My son and I had this discussion and he named this new (old) Transformer DODGER.
Let’s talk a bit about you Kevin. What made you want to get into acting in the first place?
This happened way back at Princeton Senior High school in a small town in WV. I’m a drummer and once I realized that there were more band mates than audience members, I knew I had to do something different. I liked the idea of changing ones emotion and taking them on a journey through story telling. Whether it’s theater, TV or film…it’s having the audience take an invested ride with you, and you’re the driver. I left WV and went to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh before I bounced all over the east-coast, finally settling in Los Angeles.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get into the industry?
This is a profession that is highly competitive and new people come into town every second to be famous. If you are doing it to be a star…I feel it’s for the wrong reasons. You have to love what you do with every fiber in your body and know that as long as you keep at it, you will succeed. An ole time actor told me when I first moved here ”Don’t leave kid….if you stick around long enough, you’ll make it.” That’s how you will succeed in this business. If you want something bad enough, you’ll keep at it till things go your way.
What has been the most memorable moment or experience of your career so far?
There have been a few actually. Having the opportunity to share the screen with Andy Griffith and Dick Van Dyke early in my career is priceless and many can’t say they have worked with two legends like that! Most recently it was to portray the role of Evan in the film “Useless” that won me the Best Actor Award along with our film receiving Best Film at the 168 Film Festival.
We should point out that you’ve worked with both Kelsey Grammer and Kiefer Sutherland in the past – and you collect sports memorabilia, so if you had the chance to take either one of them to a baseball game – who would you take and why?
I think that it would have to be Kiefer, because he was instrumental in having me come back for multiple episodes on ’24’.
You’ve also formed your own production company – Morepony Pictures – in your opinion, how hard is it for anyone to start-up their own production company, get projects off the ground, get finance, etc?
Not easy, but not impossible! I have a very select group of people around me whom I’ve known for years and trust. We help one another and pass work to one another as friends should do. Getting financing is always the hardest thing to do. For example, we have three scripts that we are in the process of getting funded, so that never ends.
What does a Kevin Sizemore day usually consist of?
Everyday ends up being different it seems! Usually I take my son to school and I’m either at the gym or off auditioning. Later in the day I get my son from school with my wife and we either play, relax or go off to more auditions.
What’s coming up for you in 2011? I hear you’re filming a project called ‘Red Line’…
Yes, ‘Red Line’ came to me from casting director Beverly Holloway after seeing “Useless”. This film is directed by Robert Kirbyson and takes place on the LA City Metro subway. I portray Jared Ross, a tourist visiting Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. Suddenly there is an explosion on the subway and many passengers die on impact. The thriller also stars John Billingsly and Nicole Gale Anderson and will be released this fall. For more information on Kevin visit www.imdb.me/kevinsizemore,
Thanks for the interview!