Kurt Yaeger – (Dolphin Tale – 2011).

I recently got the chance to talk to Kurt Yaeger about his role in ‘Dolphin Tale’. Here, Kurt talks about what it was like working with the cast and crew on-set and how he got into acting in the first place…

Hey Kurt. Thanks for taking the time out to talk to me about your new film ‘Dolphin Tale‘.

What’s the general plotline surrounding the film?

‘Dolphin Tale’ is an amazing film about the true story of a dolphin named Winter who was rescued on a beach in Florida after being entangled in a crab trap. Winter was nursed back to health but had to have her tail removed because it was too damaged. The boy who found her bonds very strongly with her and is moved to help in every way, even though he is skipping summer school. In the end, everyone is amazed by the story of Winter, this boy and what they go through to save the aquarium that is threatening to shut down. Winter really plays herself in the film and she is an amazing little girl!

Tell us a bit about the character you play in the movie…

My character is named Tim and is an introduction to the Prosthesist who is going to make Winter her tail. It’s a role that showcases my prosthetic leg so the audience understands what the Prosthesist does for a living and how they change lives.

How did you get involved in the project in the first place?

I auditioned just like everyone else had to. Got the part and went and shot the film.

How would you say this film is different and unique?

Firstly, it’s a true story and that always gives a film like this a notch of believability. Secondly this film differs from other films because it’s about doing the right thing, doing things for yourself and making things happen if that is what you believe in. It’s a great life lesson.

The film stars Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Kris Kristofferson and Morgan Freeman – with Charles Martin Smith onboard as director – what was it like working with the cast and crew on-set?

The people from Alcon (who produced the film) are amazing. They are good people who work hard and do what they do well. The cast and crew were also great. Everyone was professional, friendly and as always with a big production, crafty was yummy!

Let’s talk a bit about you Kurt. What made you want to get into acting in the first place?

Well I don’t really see anyone getting into acting per se. You either have a desire to do it or you don’t. I love working out how to make decisions for every character to get them what they want. I love figuring out the psychology of justifying even the worst of actions. It really gives you an understanding of people outside of yourself. I’ve always thought this way and it lends itself naturally to acting, I think. That and I love film. The classics are my favourite, though there are some modern pictures that are really great as well.

You’ve been in a number of different TV series’ and films – who have been your favourite actors/actresses to work with so far and which project has been your favourite to be a part of?

One of the more fun people to work with was Brian Krause on the set of a Syfy creature feature called ‘Camel Spiders’. We spend several weeks out in the desert and it was just fantastic. We actually became pretty good friends and have hung out a bunch since then. He’s a great actor and a pretty stand up person.

If you could have dinner with three guests (living or dead), who would you choose and why?

  • Jesus – pretty much knows everything about everything.
  • Cleopatra – one of the earliest women who rose to power, would love to hear her stories.
  • Fredrick Douglas – one of the major black influences in Lincoln’s life regarding slavery.

If you were stranded on a desert island – what three things could you not live without?

Aspirin, an extra pair of shoes and a woman. Not in that exact order.

What’s coming up for you in 2011/12?

As of now I have a new TV show that I’m working on which relates to disabilities. I’ve been working on a few projects that I’ve written which I intend to produce. There are a few projects that have come my way and have been offered to me, but we are waiting for the deals to come through. I’m always looking for a good project and almost never turn something down before I give it a fair shake.

Thanks for the interview!

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