Interview: Mason Guccione on Night School, Fonzo & 13 Reasons Why

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MASON GUCCIONE is currently having his breakout moment in acting – with his name in some of the most highly-anticipated shows and movies of the year.

Mason began the year as part of the all-star cast of box-office smash hit ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’. In the adventure-comedy remake, Mason portrayed the younger version of Nick Jonas‘ character.

Fast-forward a few months and Mason Guccione is now on the small screen in Netflix’s hugely-popular ’13 Reasons Why’ as Toby Fletcher.

Next, Mason is going to be starring alongside Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish in comedy-film ‘Night School’, as well as having a role in biopic ‘Fonzo’ with Tom Hardy as the notorious gangster Al Capone.

We chat to Mason Guccione about his busy year so far, whilst talking about the process of acting and his upcoming roles.

What’s it like joining ‘13 Reasons Why’ in it’s second season? Were you fan before auditioning?

I was a fan! It’s been such a great experience being apart of such an important message. Everyone has so much passion behind bringing these important issues to light that is happening in our schools, so it makes me happy knowing I’m working with such passionate people.

How does your character fit into the story?

Toby’s is a quiet kid who is best friends with Cyrus. He is basically a follower to him. He looks up to him and sees him as a leader.

As an actor at 22, do you prefer playing teen or young adult roles?

As of now, the young adult roles. The reason being that is only because the young adult roles has been more meaty and different experiences, while the teen roles have been kind of the same experiences repeated.

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You went back to school again in ‘Night School’ – what was it like to work alongside Kevin Hart?

It’s amazing working alongside Kevin. The guy is so talented and humble. They man knows how to roast someone I’ll tell you that. Never try to roast him [laughs].

You’ve just landed a role alongside Tom Hardy in ‘Fonzo’, what can you tell us about your role?

Unfortunately I can’t say anything at the moment, but I assure you it’s an interesting one and his name is Tony.

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Has research on Al Capone formed some of your preparation for the part?

It definitely did. It gave me a sense of Capone and his personality, also it helped me understand what syphilis can do to someone!

What’s the best piece of advice another actor has given you?

The casting directors are your best friends. They want you to book. They are there for you to succeed.

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QUICK QUESTIONS WITH MASON GUCCIONE

Best place to visit in your home state Texas?

I think you should visit Austin, TX. It’s so amazing there and there’s a lot of cool locations to check out.

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

Some Post Malone, AJR, J. Cole, 21 Pilots – all sorts really!

Everyone has a cool app idea, what’s yours?

I can’t tell you – you might take it!

A sport you wish you could play?

Soccer

Worst joke you’ve ever heard?

What did the buffalo say to his son when he left for college? Bison.

Do you have a philosophy?

Treat others the way you want to be treated.

One thing in particular that you’re really excited about for the future?

Being able to tell as many stories as I can.

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Interview: Ian Bohen reflects on his time at ‘Teen Wolf’

Ian Bohen Photoshoot 2018A Californian, IAN BOHEN’s first major acting role was in the 1994 Academy Award-nominated film – ‘Wyatt Earp’, in which he played a younger version of the character of the same name. Between 1998 and 2000, Ian appeared in 15 episodes of the Lifetime TV Show – ‘Any Day Now’. This lead to small roles in TV Shows such as ‘Mad Men’, ‘Cold Case’ and ‘Prison Break’.

It was in 2011, that Bohen landed the role as the main antagonist in ‘Teen Wolf’ – an MTV  TV show that would go on to gain a cult-following and become a ratings hit for the network.

Now in its sixth and final season, I asked Ian whether he found shooting the final season of the show a sad or exciting experience.

IAN: We were building up to the ending for several months so sadness gave way to the excitement and satisfaction of completing something lasting for six seasons.  I still see the cast and crew regularly, so the only thing we’re really missing is the set.

With ‘Teen Wolf’ running for six seasons and Ian being a part of all but one of them, I asked him to describe some of his highlights of his time there.

IB: “Spanning the entire run of six seasons, I was able to watch each department move through the conception of the story to the finale, and see how all the aspects of motion pictures come together to make a final product.  It was like film/acting/life school all in one every day.”

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Now that his time on ‘Teen Wolf’ has come to an end, Ian has two blockbuster films (‘Wind River’ & ‘Soldado’) that he will be seen in very soon.

AC: How has your experience on ‘Teenwolf’ helped you prepare for your more recent films?

IB: With so many characters and backstory here, you have to be very mentally aware of the other actors in the scene, what they’re saying, and the life that exists for your character that we don’t see on screen.  You can’t get lazy, otherwise it shows. I think “Teen Wolf” helped keep me sharp for the future.

AC: Which members of the cast are you keen to work with again in the future?

IB: J.R Bourne and I are collaborating on a feature at the moment that we hope to begin production on late this year.

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AC: You also have a role in the upcoming ‘Sicario’ sequel – ‘Soldado’, what was it like working with Benicio del Toro?

IB: Benicio is wonderful because despite his stature, he hasn’t lost the drive as an actor to get into a scene and find out what it’s about and service it as best he can.  You feel you’re on a level playing field with him and it’s a comfortable space to do your work.

AC: What was it like filming in New Mexico? Do you like working abroad?

IB: All of my scenes were shot in Mexico City, which is one of the liveliest and exciting places I’ve ever worked.  For me, working outside of LA is always a treat. The more exotic, the better.

You can catch Ian Bohen in the Final Season of ‘Teen Wolf’ on MTV Sundays 8/7c  

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Interview: Joanne Froggatt on the challenge of her lead role in ‘Liar’

Joanne Froggatt Photoshoot 2017Off the back of her three Emmy nominations and Golden Globe win for her role in the acclaimed historical drama ‘Downton Abbey’, JOANNE FROGGATT returns to center stage in ‘Liar’— a six-part miniseries in which she takes plays a victim of sexual abuse searching for the truth.

With the intense subject matter of the series, I was interested to know what her dynamic with Ioan Gruffudd — who plays her suspected rapist — was like on-set. “Luckily Ioan and I got on brilliantly, as did the rest of the cast and crew. It felt like a really tight knit, supportive set. I think we needed it to be, because of the intense nature of the scenes”.

Joanne was clear that she took on the role, she wanted to prepare for the tough role as best she could.

“I did quite a lot of research. I watched a lot of documentaries and spoke to a counselor. With any character, you have to make sense of their behaviour and emotions in your own head, and why they may act in a certain way”.

AC: Initially, how many scripts were you given to read?

JOANNE: I initially only read the first episode, before accepting the role, but I did know where the storyline was going. That was the first question I asked! By the time we started filming, we had the first three-episodes with the final three following shortly afterwards. As I say, we all knew how the story was going to unfold but there were still so many surprises in Jack and Harry’s scripts.

Joanne Froggatt

AC: You’ve now played two characters who have been subject to sexual violence, if the opportunity to play third came about, would you take it?

JF: At the moment, I would be hesitant because as an actor you want to constantly show your versatility, that’s what keeps work interesting and challenging. However, it would totally depend on the project, the timing and the circumstances.

Joanne Froggatt

AC: Harry and Jack Williams’ ‘Rellik’ has been airing at the same time as ‘Liar’ on a different channel, have you been watching any of ‘Rellik’?

JOANNE: I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but I have it all recorded on my Sky Planner, so I’m going to binge watch it one weekend.

Joanne Froggatt

AC: It’s been announced that there will be a second season of ‘Liar’. Is there anyone that you’d like to see join the cast?

JF: Yes, it’s been confirmed that we will be doing a second season of Liar. I’m so thrilled that it has been so well received. I’m not sure who I’d like to see join the cast. I think we have a fantastic cast and a fantastic range of characters who have a lot more to reveal, but who knows, I’m certain Jack and Harry will surprise us all.

AC: What are your ambitions as an actor?

JF: To keep doing work that I’m proud of and that I enjoy, and to produce some of my own projects.

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Interview: Christian Brassington on his villainous ‘Poldark’ role

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CHRISTIAN BRASSINGTON is at the center of British television-buzz with his new role in BBC’s hugely popular 18th-century set drama ‘Poldark’. Christian portrays the villainous Reverend Osborne Whitworth – in which he looks unrecognisable.

Christian Brassington recently had a quick chat with us, touching on all-things ‘Poldark’ – with the exception of spoilers.

AC: ‘Poldark’ has become a major hit with British audiences, why do you think it is so successful?

CHRISTIAN BRASSINGTON: I think it’s about people, isn’t it? An audience needs to be able to relate to the characters they’re watching; to have a connection to them. Debbie Horsfield has done a magnificent job of making characters from an era three centuries distant from us feel relevant and recognisable by writing fully rounded people for us to play. I’m sure it helped that the original series from the 1970s was so well loved. At the heart of it, Winston Graham wrote novels on that theme immemorial: dark vs light. The clever bit was to nuance that with interesting, flawed characters. There are some wonderful performances: from Eleanor Tomlinson, Jack Farthing, Ellise Chappell, Luke Norris to name only a few. It’s a sprawling, marvellous cast. Also, it’s bloody pretty.

Where do you fit into the world of ‘Poldark’; can you tell us a little more about your character?

I play a hugely entitled, minor aristocratic Reverend called Osborne “Ossie” Whitworth. He is not some pious minister who has devoted his life to god. More a man of enormous appetite for self-gratification who uses the cover, and status, of the clergy to get what he desires. George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) threads Ossie into one of his Machiavellian tapestries with dire consequences for the female inhabitants of Cornwall. He initially appears ridiculous in his pomposity and self-regard, especially considering his grotesque appearance. But any humour dissipates when the full horror of him as a husband is revealed. He repeatedly rapes his poor wife Morwenna (Ellise Chappell) and seems to have no regard for anyone else’s feelings beside his own. He’s a monstrous character. I’m very grateful that I get to play him but he’s about as far away from decency and kindness as you can imagine. I think he’s probably a sociopath.

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How much time did you have to spend in the costume and makeup department?

Quite a long time for a male actor really. About 45 minutes. I had to have my hair curled and tonged every morning and then greased if it was too clean – I would beg Pippa Woods, our hair and make-up designer, to let me wash my hair of an evening! I also had type of liquid rouge added to ruddy my complexion. This series I asked to have dark circles applied under my eyes too. There’s no space for vanity as an actor when you’re playing Ossie! Though that’s quite refreshing; to let go of any personal hang-ups about how you look and just play the character truthfully. Ossie still thinks he looks irresistibly gorgeous, of course.

The girls have it worse with all their hair, wigs and make-up. Plus, I didn’t realise for a long time that the female actors have to get laced into their corsets by a member of the costume department every single morning. Can’t be much fun trying to eat your lunch (or sit down) when you’re constrained like that. Although I did have to put my costume on in a certain order; my outfits were intentionally made slightly too small so they’d be tight and ‘accentuate my curves’(!) If I did my breeches up there was no way I could bend down to put my shoes on. I’m eternally grateful to the costume department for helping me out of my buckled shoes and into comfier Ugg-type slippers between scenes, but it was quite an unedifying spectacle!

Christian Brassington BBC Poldark

What locations did the show take you to?

The majority of my scenes are filmed at a studio in Bristol. It’s amazing what the set builders and the lighting designers can achieve. This will sound trite but it’s entirely true: one day I was sat on the sofa in the ‘parlour’ of the Whitworth Vicarage as a scene was being set-up and thought to myself “what a beautiful day” as I looked at the sunlight streaming in through a window…we were inside a cavernous studio, it was pre-dawn, raining outside and the light was entirely artificial! They’re artists.

We got to spend a day filming in Cheddar Gorge this year which was great. I really enjoy filming inside the old country houses. I did get to go down to Cornwall this year also. We filmed a scene on a natural jetty with seals bobbing around in the Atlantic. It would’ve been incredibly picturesque…had the wind and rain not been coming in sideways. I don’t know how I managed to stay upright on the slippery stone slope with my heeled shoes on. The crew were soaked through. But still we had a gathered audience enduring the elements to watch us film. Poldark fans are the best, we’re very lucky.

Are you big on travelling?

Massive. I love, love, love travelling; seeing new places and revisiting older ones. I think you’d really need to live in cities like New York, Barcelona or Budapest to properly get under the skin of them. I’d like to live abroad one day.

I’m itching to see more of Africa. My wife and I fell in love with The Gambia. South Africa is so beautiful. And I think the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is the most incredible place I’ve ever had the good fortune to visit. Then you think about the diversity between the cultural richness of the Masai, say, and a country like Morocco. It’s staggering. Sierra Leone, Togo, Benin and especially Ethiopia are next on the (ever-growing) list.

You’re starring in ‘You, Me & Him’ and ‘Fisherman’s Friends’ what can you tell us about the projects?

I’m really excited about Fisherman’s Friends. It’s an independent British movie with a wonderful cast and great story. I’m not quite sure how I’ve managed to bag a part in it. We’re filming right now down in Cornwall and London. Film sets are such great places to be. I love cinema and still get excited when I see all the crew, cameras, trailers and equipment.

You, Me & Him is a very funny, surprisingly moving, film – the debut feature from writer/director Daisy Aitkens. I don’t really star in it though. I’ve been in a couple of Daisy’s short films and she decided it would be funny to have Georgia (the film’s producer) and me pop up as a dysfunctional couple in a hypnobirthing class. I personally think I should’ve played the male lead John but he’s a wiry hipster and I was two and a half stone overweight filming Poldark so they got some guy called David Tennant to play that part. He’s apparently some up and coming young actor with a great career ahead of him! [laughs]

It wasn’t that long ago that you portrayed a young Boris Johnson in ‘When Boris Met Dave’, if you could portray another public figure – who would it be?

Yes, I played a young Tony Blair too so based on the difference between those two hopefully I could portray a range of characters. But I think my North European colouring is just too different to Caravaggio’s to ever play him. Which is a shame because it sounds like he had an incredible, turbulent, life.

I’m grimly fascinated by Kurt Cobain. This incredibly talented, beautiful, young man tortured so terminally by his demons. And I’m in awe of the dedication it takes to become a professional sportsman so I’d be up for the challenge of trying to get into that head space. I think flawed characters are more interesting to play.

QUICK QUESTIONS WITH CHRISTIAN BRASSINGTON

Last movie you watched?

I finally caught up with ‘The Death of Stalin’. It was glorious (and worryingly pertinent!)

Best show to binge-watch?

‘The West Wing’ was my ultimate ‘just one more episode’ show. At the moment I’m loving ‘The Good Place’ and ‘Bloodline’.

What’s the strangest food combo you’ve ever had?

We had a meal in Laos which came with an ant sauce. Literally whole ants in a sauce. That was an odd thing to shovel toward your mouth!

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

Barbarossa’s new album ‘Lier’, Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer and I can’t stop listening to the track ‘You and I’ by Toro y Moi. I keep going back to The Rolling Stones’ Havana Moon too. It’s the recording of their groundbreaking gig in Havana. What a show that would’ve been to see live. And Mick Jagger speaking Spanish to the audience is exactly how you would expect, and hope, it to be!

Everyone has a cool app idea, what’s yours?

I’d mused for years on the idea of an app that collated lots of different news sources: football coverage from The Guardian; cricket from The Telegraph; op-eds from The New York Times, for example. But then those clever lads at Apple brought out the News app so now I’ve got nada. I don’t even own Apple stock! [laughs]

A sport you wish you could play?

I played a bit of rugby when I was younger but I was always too small to play openside flanker. Imagine playing wing-forward in an international test? But my ultimate would be to play anywhere for Manchester United. Or any position in the NFL. I’d like to be a professional sportsman, basically!

Best present you’ve ever received?

My wife took me on a surprise trip to New York for my 30th birthday. She only broke the news at the airport – I genuinely believed we were going to Benidorm!

Worst joke you’ve ever heard?

Brexit? That or utilising Paul Pogba as a defensive midfielder!

Last book you read?

‘Mothers by Chris Power’. It’s an astounding debut. And I’m making my way through Frank McCullough’s biography of Truman. What a life, what a writer.

Would you rather be at a mountain hideaway or a beach house?

Beach house please.

Do you have a philosophy?

Not really. “Be kind” seems a succinct, helpful, mantra though.

One thing in particular that you’re really excited about for the future?

I don’t know if I’m excited about this, unfortunately. But I really hope that we rediscover the importance of expertise and knowledge over opinions shouted for personal gain. And that we as a species realise we’re but one tiny part of an ecosystem with no more right to be here than any other creature.

Poldark to air on Sunday 10th June at 9pm on BBC1.

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