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By James Whittington, Tuesday 6th September 2011
Andy Nyman is one of our finest character actors. He's also an accomplished magician, voice-over artist, director, in fact the list just goes on. At FrightFest 2011 he gave a career best performance in Cristian Slomineo's stunning feature The Glass Man. We chatted to Andy about this beautiful film and his plans for the future.
HC: You're a FrightFest regular, what do you think it is about this festival that makes it so special?
AN: I've been attending FrightFest since its very first year; I always look forward to it. The first thing that makes it so special is the fact that Alan, Paul, Ian and Greg all adore the movies that they show. It is so born out of passion it is impossibly infectious. The second really notable thing about frightfest is the fact that fans and filmmakers all mix as one, it is a rare and lovely thing to see. There are no barriers, no 'special areas' everyone just mixes in. It's great. One other thing I love about the festival is the moment a movie has finished, the discussions being. It's always a buzz and you can pretty much tell what the mass opinion is, great fun.
HC: You're a fan of the genre; do you have a favourite horror movie?
AN: It's such a hard one as so many have such special moments, but I do adore Switchblade Romance for splatter and energy and for sheer chills I think it must be Dark Water.
HC: What do you think was the highlight movie at this year's event?
AN: Mmmm, tough one, but I absolutely loved The Innkeepers.
HC: Let's talk about The Glass Man, how did you get involved with this movie?
AN: Christian Solimeno wrote the movie for me to star in! He is an amazing man and a dear friend. He had worked with both me and James Cosmo as actors and wanted to see us working on something together, so he wrote the film.
HC: What were your first impressions of the script?
AN: I thought it was great; however I wasn’t sure that it was a genre movie. It was amazing speaking to me that from the very beginning Cristian had a vision of what the movie was. He knew it would have a unique feel that was both genre and non-genre all at the same time.
HC: How do you prepare yourself to play such an intense role?
AN: As an actor you dream of getting roles that require you to go to extreme lengths, I've been very lucky to have played come truly extraordinary roles. I don't really 'prepare' as such, I simply try to find ways to relate the script to me. How would I feel if I was in the characters shoes? What if these situations were happening to me and my wife, how I would feel, what would I do? If you ask enough questions and are honest to yourself about your answers, it puts you right in the moment.
HC: What was it like working in such an ensemble as each actor really does bring something to the movie?
AN: Fantastic, it makes life so easy to know that every single actor is hitting it right. It can't just be a coincidence, I think it speaks volumes about Cristian's ability as a writer and director that every single performance in the film is pitch perfect.
HC: What was the atmosphere like on set?
AN: Great. I hate tense sets, I don't believe it helps the work, I think the more fun it is, the better it is for everyone.
HC: You're a man of many talents; do you have a favourite job?
AN: Acting. Acting. Acting.
HC: So what's next for you?
AN: I am currently rehearsing the world premiere of a new American play called Terrible Advice It is a very exciting project as I am working with two of my very close friends again. It is written by Saul Rubinek, who I have known for over a decade and is directed by Frank Oz. It's the first time Frank has directed a play and brings us together after the fun we had working together on Death At A Funeral. It opens on September 22nd at the Menier Chocolate Factory and runs until November 12th.
HC: Andy Nyman, thank you very much.
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