I recently got the opportunity to have a quick chat with Rob Kirkland about his role in ‘Vile’. Here, Rob talks about how ‘Vile’ is different from other horror movies, and how he got into acting in the first place…
Hey Rob. Thanks for taking the time out to talk to me. Of course we‘re here to talk to you about your new film ‘Vile’.
What’s the general plotline surrounding the film?
The general plotline of ‘Vile’ focuses on eight strangers who wake up trapped in this strange house. They only have 24 hours to fill these vials attached to them with a chemical the body only produces under extreme pain.
How did you get involved in the project in the first place?
I got involved with the project via the writers. They’d seen some of my work and asked if I’d like to come in and read with the cast, the producers, and the director. I’ll admit I’m kind of a wuss when it comes to horror films but I liked the work put into the characters. So I went in and a few days later they offered me the role.
Tell us a bit about the character you play in the movie…
I play Greg in the movie. Greg’s a brass-tax smooth operator (any smoothness you see is definitely me calling on all of my acting talent and skill). Without giving away too much, Greg’s more of a high-end business man who for the first time in his life might be in over his head – and with the wrong people.
How would you say this film is different from other horror movies?
I’d say ‘Vile’ is different from other horror movies in that it’s much more character driven. Even with some of the violence actually shown in the film, much more is left to the imagination, which ties in with what these characters have and are going through – something that in my opinion is not typically seen in other movies within this genre.
The film stars Eric Jay Beck, April Matson, Greg Cipes, Heidi Mueller, Maya Hazen and Akeem Smith – what was it like working with the cast and crew on-set?
Working with the cast and crew was fantastic! Under the leadership of Taylor Sheridan we managed to pull off a very entertaining piece of work in an environment where everything that could go wrong just about did.
Let’s talk a bit about you Rob. What made you want to get into acting in the first place?
Honestly, I got into acting at first just to see what it was all about. I was much more into music. I had some friends that had found success in the biz and for one reason or another they pushed me to get out and audition. I did, and started getting leading parts in some pretty good theatre. As I delved deeper into the craft I discovered what it brings out in me and just how enjoyable and rewarding it is when you’re in there, present, giving your all, to help bring a good story off the page and into life.
You’ve been in a number of shorts – how important do you think the indie industry is right now?
I think the indie industry is vitally important right now. With studios continually ratcheting down their yearly slate – hedging their bets mainly on big-budget tent-poles, it’s been the indie industry birthing the quality envelope – pushing the dramas and avant-garde films necessary to keep the overall industry (like any other) reinventing itself.
If I gave you a room to decorate, what colour paint would you use and why?
Ha! Ox-blood. It’s one of my favorite colors – and a pretty bold move. I keep saying that if I was to re-paint one of the rooms in my “flat” that’s the color I’d go for.
What has been the most interesting piece of local / national news you’ve heard in the last month?
The most interesting piece of local / national news I’ve heard recently…? The fact that we’re still talking more about what’s going wrong in this world rather than what’s going right.
What else is coming up for you in 2011?
- I’ve got a commercial for Mercedes-Smart Car running on the national networks here in the US and the internet world-wide starting soon.
- I’m also starring in a psych-thriller feature I wrote that’s heading into production by year-end.
Thanks for the interview!