KMK Talks “North Of Hell”

Posted by on Jul 13, 2013 in Blogger: GreysRcksMyWorld, GG Bloggers, Interview, Kevin McKidd, Movies | Comments Off

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Check out this interview with Kevin about “North of Hell”

MH: Let’s talk North of Hell. How have you enjoyed working on the project?

KM: It’s a cool project. I read about it just over a year ago. There’s something about the script that’s so wrong, it just feels right. It’s very dark, very funny. It’s been a blast, man. I’m playing this crazy meth head called Freeman, who’s been a bold player. We made a pretty last-minute decision to make him a completely Scottish character. I was nervous about it, initially, because I always worry about on-set decisions like that. Broad decisions made on set instead of weeks beforehand. But I think, in this instance, this really worked. It has really added this weird element to an already very weird film. We adjusted some dialogue a little bit to explain why Freeman is here. And it’s been a complete bold play. It’s so antithetical to the characters that I’ve been playing recently. I was telling A.J. that I played characters like this a lot in my twenties when I first came out of drama school. I think it’s because of Trainspotting. A lot of the characters I played were these off-beat, left field, messed up, darker characters. Real characters as opposed to lead roles. Then I hit my late twenties, early thirties and that sort of changed. I started getting casted as this more heroic guy. I think it was because of the period dramas and swinging swords. Something shifted. Maybe it was because I started going to the gym at my thirtieth birthday! This role feels nice, like a call back to my earlier career. So I’m having an absolute ball getting to do it. I’ll be honest: being charming or being heroic, those characteristics of a leading guy, you don’t have to worry about that with a character like Freeman. And I really love that.

MH: What kind of research did you do to learn about the world of a meth addict?

KM: There’s this really great National Geographic documentary called World’s Most Dangerous Drug. It’s a pretty intense documentary. There’s a whole bunch of material out there. And some amazing campaigns who are really trying to raise awareness about meth in the younger generations. Showing them how horrific you look before and after. You’ve probably seen these before and after shots of these hot shot track and field kids, the shining light of high schools. Within six months, they look like they’re fifty years old, have no prospects and live in their car. It’s tragic and it’s a really depressing drug. It’s been an eye-opener. I really didn’t know much about it before. It’s been real sobering. I’ve got young kids – eleven and thirteen – and my kids are coming to the age where that drug is around. It’s kinda scary.

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