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By James Whittington, Saturday 29th August 2015
A real rising star of the moment, Ronen Rubinstein takes the central role of Lincoln in the superb shocker Some Kind Of Hate. Here he chats about that movie and his future plans.
HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be an actor?
RR: I wouldn't necessarily say I wanted to be an actor from a young age. However I did always enjoy entertaining people anyway I could since I was just a little dude. I guess the performing urge was always there for me.
HC: Are you a horror movie fan?
RR: I’m a fan of all film genres. As long as they have a solid artistic touch to the film. So yeah, I definitely enjoy some horror films.
HC: How did you get involved with Some Kind Of Hate?
RR: I first heard about the project while filming Calibre Media’s other film; Condemned. The producer approached me about the role of Lincoln to see if I would be interested. After reading it twice, I knew I had to be a part of something so special. Especially because it goes beyond the spectrum of just film. The topic itself is very important to be portrayed for everyone that suffers from bullying around the world. It was essential I played Lincoln.
HC: What did you think of the script when you first read it?
RR: At first I thought, whoa, holy f**k, Adam Mortimer has one hell of an imagination. But after that first initial reaction, I understood what he was trying to convey while combining it at the same time with a dramatic, character driven slasher film. Definitely a dope mix of genres you don't see very often.
HC: How did you prepare for the role of Lincoln as he’s a very emotionally broken character?
RR: I knew off the bat that there would be a serious physical change in order to help me with the emotional aspect of Lincoln. Therefore, I dyed my hair black, became very pale, began smoking cigarettes, and listened to the music he would listen to. It really gave me an opportunity to fully immerse myself in this stranger and go in depth with a character transformation which is what I strive to do in my career as an actor.
HC: What was the atmosphere like on set as the movie does deal with some dark themes?
RR: Professional. If the actors needed extra time or prep with the director in order to hone into the scenes better, Adam was all for it. He actually encouraged it. His goal was to make the set as comfortable and productive as possible.
HC: I feel the move has a strong social message, would you agree with this?
RR: Its one of the biggest reasons I came along for this journey. It’s a topic I saw in high school. I knew and saw people take their own lives because of bullying. It’s a very sensitive topic a lot of kids are afraid to come out about. Unfortunately, sometimes it results in tragic events both to the victim and their families, friends. I hope the message resonates with viewers, critics, fans that it’s alright to be who you are and comfortable in your own skin. Obviously don't go and summon a spirit like Moira, but just be who you are and SPEAK OUT if it comes to that point.
HC: You’ve directed a short movie; would you like to move onto directing a feature in the future?
RR: Honestly, sky’s the limit. Directing features would be great. I would love to experience all aspects of art, not just film.
HC: So, what are you working on at the moment?
RR: Currently touring some amazing places in the world for Some Kind Of Hate. Then the other Caliber Media film, Condemned comes out this year and our premiere should be coming up anytime now. A few months ago, I starred in a film called Smartass with Joey King. That is currently in post-production and should have a release announcement in the near future. Other than that, staying creatively busy, auditioning, and primarily, enjoying life.
HC: Ronen Rubinstein, thank you very much.
RR: Thank you man, it’s been a pleasure.
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