Actor Lucas Till, whose film credits include “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” “X-Men: First Class” and “All Superheroes Must Die,” recently spoke with Phoenix Movie Examiner about his latest project - director Chan-wook Park’s “Stoker.”
In “Stoker,” which opens Friday, March 15 exclusively at Harkins Camelview 5, Mia Wasikowska plays a young woman whose uncle (Matthew Goode) moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother (Nicole Kidman). Soon after his arrival, the young woman comes to suspect this man has ulterior motives. But instead of feeling outrage or horror, the friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
Question: You play a jerk in this movie, as you do in most movies. What is the appeal of playing a bad guy?
Answer: I actually just had an agent come up to me and try to get me to leave my old agent. The one good thing he said was, “You cannot play a [jerk] anymore.” But being a [jerk] can be fun. We all grew up with Chevy Chase and Bill Murray. They are [jerks] and they are funny. I think that it is more about my appreciation for the humor in it than it is about actually being angry. We have all had that friend who gets really angry - especially when you are really young. You know - that kid who is like a spoiled brat? You play video games with him over at his house and he throws the controller down and starts yelling and crying to his mom and you cannot help but laugh at him. There is a humor in that and, once you get to your later stages, playing that is a little comic relief.
Q: What was it like working with director Chan-wook Park?
A: I remember going in for the audition. I did not really know what I was going in for at that time. I just read the script and said, “Wow! This is interesting!” So then I went back and watched “Oldboy” like a week later and was like, “Holy crap! Who directed this movie I just went in for?” Sure enough it was Chan-wook Park and I was like, “No way!” Certainly, I have worked with directors who have been prolific, make a lot of money and are really good at what they do - and I always love doing that - but I have never worked with any directors who I have been like, “There is not a chance in a million years that I will ever get to work with this person!” I am such a big fan of him and I did get that opportunity.