Actor Kurt Fuller, who has played a number of comedic roles, said he took on “The Wolves of Savin Hill,” largely because of the script and director John Beaton Hill. In an exclusive email interview with International Business Times, the actor spoke about the movie and playing comedy roles as an actor.
“The Wolves of Savin Hill,” which will screen at the Independent Filmmakers Showcase Film Festival in Los Angeles next Wednesday, tells the story of two childhood friends from Boston who drift apart after a “shocking discovery” in the woods of Savin Hill. The two friends get to face each other again after many years when a murder brings them together.
“I very rarely get the opportunity to work on a straight drama, and this felt so authentic and was so well written that it was very easy to say 'Yes!' " The actor also said the most exciting part of the movie was working with Hill, who he said "works fast, improvisationally, and creates an atmosphere that allows one to take chances and try things. I think he's very gifted and I can't wait for him to hire me again!”
Talking about his character in "Wolves," Fuller said he plays a parole officer. “Tom Grey (David Cooley) has just been released from prison, and I'm his parole officer, Carl. I sense that he's a prime candidate to go straight back to prison, and I uncharacteristically [for me] take the time to try to steady him, keep him clean, and at least give him a slim chance to stay on the outside,” he said.
According to the official synopsis of the movie, Tom Grey has spent time in prison for a crime he did not commit, and the main plot of the movie is about him tracking down the man who set him up to settle the score. The man he will be hunting through the streets of Los Angeles is childhood best friend Sean O’Brien, who is now a cop. The role of Sean is being played by Brian Scannell, who is known for his work in movies like “The Town” and “Gone Baby Gone.”
Kurt Fuller played roles in a number of comedies, including “Anger Management,” and was also seen as Judge Peter Dunaway in “The Good Wife,” but the actor said it’s not easy to play such roles. “Comedy is impossibly difficult! Tracy Morgan once described it as 'trying to catch Mercury running downhill,' and it is that slippery. That said, the challenge of trying to get comedy 'right,' though it makes me uncomfortable, remains the most compelling genre to me,” he said.
The actor was also a part of the 2011 video game “L.A. Noire.” When asked about his personal preference among movies, TV shows and video games the actor chose movies.“Movies. Unfortunately there's less and less of them unless you look like a superhero, but I like the pace and sense of community on a film. Also, when it's over you go on to a different experience whereas on a TV series, if you're lucky, you play the same character, and sometimes the same scene, over and over for years. Not that I'm complaining,” he said.
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