Jag har fått möjligheten att intervjua Eric Bossick. Han är mest känd som protagonisten i Tetsuo: The Bullet Man och så är han även rösten bakom Henry Townshend från Silent Hill 4.
Eric är dock en multikonstnär som har väldigt bred karriär bakom sig, därför är det otroligt kul att jag har fått ta del av Erics historia och stort tack till honom för att han gav mig denna chans.
Q: Please Eric can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Greetings! If you are reading this you probably either know me as Anthony from Tetsuo: The Bullet Man or as Henry from Silent Hill 4. My passport says I am American, I was born in the eastern U.S. but lived there only a few years before growing up in Canada and Singapore. I started acting in my early teen years, and continued on with it to now some 20 years later. I work across the field, in motion-capture, voice work, TV and film, modeling, teaching acting, and photography.
Q: From what ive heard you have a really “nomadic” history behind you, living in many of the worlds biggest cities and so forth, how did you end up in Japan?
I’ve been in Japan for about 13 years sometimes I don’t even remember how I got here, live somewhere for that long and you feel like you were born there. Well prior to coming here I was living in Canada, and I thought I needed a break from everything there so I took a small trip to Tokyo, it was planned to be a couple of months.
I had studied martial arts, had a few Japanese friends, had some ideas about Japanese culture that were enough to set a mystery into my mind that I had to witness and solve. This is something about me, I am always seeking to unfold something of the greater mystery about life, and I’m totally bored in places where everything begins to feel the same day to day. Once in Tokyo, it just felt very natural here for me in my usual quiet and serious manner.
I began to get very interesting often exciting work that paid well, so it made the thought of going back all the more difficult. After so many years this place became home, and now I don’t like to leave home much.
Q: Im a huge! huge! huge! fan of the old movie Tetsuo: The Bullet Man, and you play the lead in the remake which is nothing less than pure excellent. What do you think about the original Tetsuo and how did you prepare yourself to play the lead in the remake?
I’ve always been a big fan of cult movies horror, fantasy and sci-fi movies – or what they call ‘genre films’. Shinya Tsukamoto has been one of my favorite genre directors. So when I got a phone call that he was looking for foreign actors for a new film he was making, I absolutely wanted to be involved. I was told very little at first, and to be honest, I was expecting some kind of small walk-on role, because Japanese films are normally made with Japanese actors (obviously!).
For me I believe preparation is key, so I did about 30-40 hours of preparation for that audition. Working over various presentations of the pages of script I had, and to work-up a character I felt suited Tsukamoto’s distinct film world.
We had two auditions – the second audition was a camera test, and it was during that audition that I was told I was to become Tetsuo. It was then that the hugeness of the role hit me, because throughout time, Tetsuo is the kind of film which will always be examined in the history of Japanese cinema. I first saw the film when I was in high-school, introduced to me as one of those films that is so strange and absolutely weird you should challenge yourself to experience it.
With the transformation of man to metal-demon, the role also has a semi-fantasy element. As I studied butoh for 4-5 years, a dance performance involving a physicality which is grotesque, I felt I had a solid background which I could bring to the project.
Leading up to the film I began refreshing myself in my dance background and taking workshops once again to put me more in touch with my physical side. I wanted to be physically present on-set, so I had doubled, then tripled my usual exercise regime in the 5 months leading to the film. The original script read as I would have a full frontal nude scene so I changed my diet and dropped the excess fat to slim down. Scene by scene I had done hours and hours of analysis and background for the character. We had rehearsals in a small old factory which was very helpful in understanding more of what Tsukamoto’s intended dramatic tensions were, and the nuances of character choices.
Overall the emotional elements of my character in the film were challenging to explore. My approach to acting means making it as real as I possibly can. I use the method technique – where basically we look at the character’s progression, and then look back at our own personal life, and try to look for similar experiences that could match back to draw on as emotional impulse.
I haven’t had a child. I haven’t had a child die (like in Tetsuo: The Bullet Man) so I can’t directly link that experience from my personal life.
What I did was to look back on the darkest periods, or the most difficult periods of my life and use that as an emotional basis. I mean, this character – he’s had his reality torn apart. First his son dies, then his body changes, and he finds out his family history is a complete deception, his wife is fuckin crazy, and it’s a deep crisis he’s in. It’s much easier to deal with physical pain, but the hardest thing was that you can’t just go go into this kind of role and then step out of it. You can’t come out of that state, it’s about being in that emotional state for a much longer period than just one day of shooting ( a year for Tetsuo). But still, I wanted to go as far as I could with this. Tetsuo is an expression of my own hell and walking out of it. Well maybe walking out of it.
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