Please explain what just happened.

I sat down to answer some questions I’ve been putting off for too long.

 

What is your earliest memory?

Not sure. Hard to tell if they’re dreams or memories. I think I remember a big back yard and a Dalmatian who lived next door.

 

If you weren’t an actor, what other profession would you choose?

I’d have to say director. Is that a cop out? If I’m not in the story, I want to tell it.

 

Describe a typical work day.

I put on clothes that aren’t mine and try to bring life to words on a page.

 

 

 

Is there a time you wish you’d lied?

Not that I recall.

 

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

Relax, you’ll figure it out. And invest in Apple.

 

If you could have only one album to get you through a break-up, what would it be?

Anything by Johnny Cash.

 

What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?

Facebook, YouTube, and I just got sucked into Twitter. I think I need a diet from all three.

 


 

 

From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

From my wife and from all the artists that have paved the way thus far.

 

Name three books that have impacted your life.

Brave New World, The Alchemist, and The Power of Now.

 

If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?

Playing heads up poker against Phil Hellmuth (the winner of the most bracelets ever at the World Series of Poker). He did a small cameo in my first film as a director, and he agreed to play me for the fee requested by his agent. The experience was surreal.

 

How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

After doing some research, I have found that I am, in fact, two degrees from the man himself. I was in Jennifer’s Body with Gabrielle Rose, who appeared in Where the Truth Lies with Kevin Bacon. I learned something today.

 

What makes you feel most guilty?

My second year of university. It was a little messy.

 

 

 

 

How do you incorporate the work of other artists into your own?

I don’t know. I’m sure I do, but it’s on an unconscious level.

 

Please explain the motivation/inspiration behind your role as Peter Whyte in Drawing Home.

It’s incredible to get to play someone I learned about in my childhood. Peter was from my home town of Banff, and although there’s no recorded footage of him, I’ve researched him through photos, voice recordings, and through his artwork and writings. I have an idea of his essence. My objective is to honour that and to bring my own contribution as well. Also, getting to work in my hometown has been inspiring in itself.

 

What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

Just flip a coin over it.

 

List your favorite in the following categories:  Comedian, Musician, Author, Actor.

Comedian: George Carlin.

Musician: Bad Religion.

Author: Aldous Huxley.

Actor: Daniel Day Lewis.

 

 

 

If you had complete creative license and an unlimited budget, what would your next project be?

I would direct a dramatic feature film. Don’t know the story yet, or I’d probably already be trying to make it.

 

What do you want to know?

A little bit of everything, I guess.

 

What would you like your last words to be?

And….cut.

 

Please explain what will happen.

Everything will come crashing down, and then it all starts over again.

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TNB's ARTS & CULTURE section features essays, reviews, and interviews in the world of film, television, visual, comedy, and theater arts. Cynthia Hawkins serves as our Arts & Culture Editor.

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