I recently managed to get the chance to have a quick interview with Martin Howard about his role in ‘Inbred’. Here, Martin talks about the project and about how he got into acting in the first place…
Picture: Martin Howard (3rd in from left) with the cast of ‘Inbred’.
Hey Martin. Thanks for taking the time out to talk to me. Of course we‘re here to talk to you about your new film ‘Inbred’.
What’s the general plotline surrounding the film?
The film is set in a fictitious, isolated town called ‘Mortlake’, whose peace is disrupted by the arrival of a group of four ‘troubled’ teenagers and their social workers. The group offends the villagers and murder ensues.
How did you get involved in the project in the first place?
Purely by chance, I had heard about the audition through a friend and as I had no transport at the time I asked another friend if they fancied a drive over to Thirsk. She had no idea where Thirsk was or indeed how far away it is, otherwise she might have declined! I attended the audition and went from there.
Tell us a bit about the character you play in the movie…
I play one of the inbred villagers – a character called ‘Glover’. I believe that this name was chosen due to me resembling the late, great Brian Glover, (whose grandaughters also appear in the film coincidentally).
How would you say this film is different from other horror movies?
This film manages to create a certain amount of comedy whilst still managing to frighten. It is funny without being farcical.
The film stars Jo Hartley, Seamus O’Neill and James Doherty – what was it like working with the cast and crew on-set?
All of the cast and crew were great to work with, both the veterans and the young taught me (a newcomer to the industry) quite a lot.
Let’s talk a bit about you Martin. What made you want to get into acting in the first place?
A willingness to try something different and break away from the overly macho professions which I always seemed to be channelled into.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get into the industry?
Just do it!! And don’t ever take no for an answer.
If I gave you a room to decorate, what colour paint would you use and why?
Pale blue, forms a neutral backdrop to work on.
What has been the most interesting piece of local / national news you’ve heard in the last month?
Apparently there is a hurricane coming on Monday….
What else is coming up for you in 2011?
Not sure, just keep doing the castings and auditions and see what happens.
Thanks for the interview!