An interview with Jackson Rathbone about his new movie ‘DREAD’
Steve: Hey Jackson how you doing?
Jackson: Ahhh good sir how you doing!
Steve: Good mate, its a little early in the morning but Im used to it.
Jackson: Ah its cool. Even though its noon, its still early morning for me! *laughs*
Steve: How you going on your tour?
Jackson: Yeah its going great, were about to play our fortieth show in our hundred city tour, in New Orleans, my mommas home town, so you know.
Steve: Hey wanted to say, congratulations on the movie. I watched it the other day and honestly without bullshitting, clearly, out of all of them it was my favourite. I thought it was fantastic.
Jackson: Oh thank you so much, I thought it was a great, amazing group collaboration between a lot of fantastic artists and it was a pleasure being able to work with someone so passionate as Anthony DiBlasi, and to work from a short story by Clive Barker, was just a pleasure and an honour!
Steve: Yeah Ive seen movies by Clive Barker before, that were, even though they were great tries at Barker material, they were just left of the mark, if you know what I mean?
Jackson: Yeah, I mean, I think it owed a lot to Anthony there, what he was able to pull from a short story and expand upon, he kept it very much honest to the Clive Barker world, and its very much owed a lot to him and his passion to his project.
Steve: Yeah it came through clearly, it was damn good. The movie kept me enthralled from start to finished, I had no problem buying into your character, all of them, I was going to ask, the movie itself, was a genuinely horrific movie. Not in the sense of being an instant boo fright type movie, but
Jackson: Well yeah, what seperates Dread from the other films, is it takes an honest approach, its a humanistic approach of the darker side of our psyches, you know, what that can lead us to in terms of if you can get past it or do you get stuck in it like the characters do.
Steve: Yeah, I really liked how they did that, you had a lot of natural fears in there, the way it operated on the human psyche was fantastic, excellent performances all round. To be quite honest with you I was questioning why it skipped cinemas in some cases, I mean Ive been to cinemas and seen films where Ive questioned Why didnt this go direct to dvd? but this, I think shouldve gone to the cinema!
Jackson: Oh yeah!
Steve: How was it when you were making the film, the intensity of the movie came through clearly, was filming it as intense as it seemed?
Jackson: We definitely had some very intense scenes that were difficult to film, and hard emotionally to be as honest as possible, the scenarios were extremely difficult. But it was a very cool thing, with all the artists collaborating like you said the performances were fantastic so it was pretty easy to get in and out of the actors head, so wed be in the middle of doing some rough stuff, some rough scenes and theyd call cut wed be messing around and joking around together then. It was fun you know, we had a great time making it.
Steve: I mean shifting over, youve been part of some very little known movies, you know like these Twilight ones… *laughs*
Steve: Youve been part of those movies, and youve also been part of the new movie, the original Avatar The Last Airbender as it were, how does it feel going back to something small scale like this?
Jackson was an incredibly pleasant and courteous guy to talk to, really cool. When most of my female friends found out I would be interviewing Jasper from Twilight, you wouldnt believe the convulsions my email inbox had with requests for shoutouts to the various women on the periphery of my life, who until then, had not contacted me in god knows how long! And a few men…
Jackson also told me about Spencer Bell, a dear friend of his who died in 2006 of Adrenal cancer, Ill let him tell it:
You can check out the website for the Spencer Bell Legacy Foundation here: