First of all, why don't you introduce yourself to those of us who
don't already know you?
Barry Ratcliffe –
Actor, Comedian, Producer, Writer
Full Credits, Reels, and Photos at www.nowcasting.com/barryratcliffe
Barry Ratcliffe has an extensive resume in television, film, and
commercials ranging from network and cable series, to numerous guest
starring and supporting roles. His credits also include writing,
directing, producing, and live comedy.
His television appearances include guest starring on the award
winning ABC show
Brothers and Sisters, costarring in the
latest Hallmark movie of the week, The Wish List, starring
in an MTV series, a recurring role on Nash Bridges on
recurring role on Untold Stories of the ER, a recurring role on
The Michael Jackson Trial on E!, guest starring roles on America's Most Wanted on
Fox, Nip/Tuck on FX, Threshold,
Wanted, The Division, 3 National
Commercial Ad campaigns, and many more.
His film work includes starring in 6 current releases, 4 upcoming
releases, supporting roles in over 20 films, and 5 producer credits.
He is also the writer for his latest feature film, Pocahauntus,
with 2 projects in preproduction.
His goals are simple. To be the best performer he can be;
whether acting in dramatic or comedic roles, or as a stand up,
entertaining with his intelligent, insightful, and hilarious
commentary on today’s events.
Let's talk about Forbidden
Fruit, in which you don't only play the lead but which you have also
produced. What's the movie about and what is your role in it?
is about a Farmer who discovers that the Viagra plant spilled has
chemically altered his apple crop, a comedy :)
attracted you to produce the film?
The script was
fantastic, original, and simply funny :)
As far as I know you
are also going to have your hands in the production of The Perfect
Serial Killer, in which you also have a role. A few words about that
Yes, I am going to be an associate producer.
These films are not the first ones you have starred
in and produced though. What can you tell us about The Cost of Living?
is with the same production group in Seattle and it too, is a comedy.
the wonderfully titled Pocahauntas, you don't only play the lead
and had your hands in production, you also wrote the screenplay for that
film. Could you talk about that movie for a bit?
It is the
second worse film I have ever seen and so far, a cult hit that has made
money. I loved making that movie with friends and Wes Craven's niece.
I was approached to write a horror movie, and to act in it. I did,
and it is nonstop laughs - so I must be very bad at writing horror films
made you write Pocahauntus in the first place?
asked to write a screenplay for my good friend Veronica Craven and I
for Broke 2 was the first movie you have produced I think. A few words
about that one?
It was a great adventure with Glen Plummer
from Showgirls and ER, and I loved the story line.
Any productions of yours I forgot to
No, my acting resume is much more extensive, I am
currently in talks to produce a period piece in NY
What pushed you into producing in the first
Innevitable evolution I guess, although it is not my
first choice, I prefer to act only
As an actor, you have quite a few upcoming movies
with wonderful titles to your name. What can you tell us about Memphis
Rising: Elvis Returns?
I had the great pleasure to work
with Marv Silverstein and Sonny, Elvis' bodyguard on a quirky and fun
story with some incredible actors - and I am an Elvis fan
What about Madoff's
It is with a new up and coming director and I
am huge supporter of those following their passion.
A few words about Legend of the Red Reaper?
Tara Cardinal [Tara
Cardinal interview - click here] is a dear friend of mine, and
an incredible actress, I will go anywhere and do any project that she is a
part of :)
What can you tell us about Owen Land's Dialogues?
need to call me for this one, what an experience to work for such an avant
garde legend :)
other upcoming or future projects you'd like to talk about?
am currently playing the Cowardly Lion on the feature film Witches
of Oz in NY with Christopher Lloyd. It is amazing :)
leave the future behind for the moment and move forward into your past:
What got you into acting in the first place, and did you ever receive any
I actually minored in theater and I was
born and raised the youngest of 7, my mom the youngest of 18, so we acted
out plays my entire life, and I have always wanted to be an actor :)
Your first regular acting job in front
of the camera was a recurring role on the Don Johnson-show Nash Bridges
I believe. A few words about working in that series and your role in it?
Johnson was the best boss ever and I made soooo many lifetime friends on
that show, it was simply an honor. Worked with some stuntment from
the show last night in NY :)
have picked a few TV shows and made-for-television-movies from your
resumé I'd like to discuss: What can you tell us about Call Me: The
Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss?
It was a made-for-TV-movie, I have some great Tom Sizemore stories here to, what a dick.
A few words about The
Plot to Kill Nixon?
It was fun to shoot a gun in a
plane, that is the most I can tell you :)
What about The Michael
I had an incredible time spending 6
months on this project that aired in 65 countries. All teleprompter
with 3 lawyers on staff :)
And then there's of course Untold
Stories of the ER ...
As a brain surgeon, I have cured
100% of my patients so I am very good. I get recognized from that show a
lot, it repeats all the time :)
Let's move on to your work in
feature films: On both Dead and Breakfast and Brothers in Arms,
you worked with David Carradine. What can you tell us about the films,
your roles in it and of course the late Mr Carradine?
cares what kink David had, he was an incredible man, a great mentor and
friend. He was a gracious actor and very, very good to his family and
friends. My best memory is a 45 minute walk in the hills of Paramount
Ranch talking about life and looking at the stars. I miss him!!!
Barry Ratcliffe, Eliza Swenson
can you tell us about Candy Stripers?
What more can
you say than having my heart ripped out while trying to have a threesome
with 2 alien women, now that is Oscar worthy. Again, I met Eliza Swenson [Eliza
Swenson interview - click here] there, who is still one of my best friends today :)
A few words
about The 9/11 Commission Report, which seems to be one of
production company The Asylum's more ambitious films?
was directed by Leigh Scott who is an incredible director, and I was asked
to play George Tenant in a serious movie, I really enjoyed that.
Park of Terror is quite simply put a great title for a movie. Could
you talk about that one for a bit?
Trace Adkins if funny,
and you cannot possible think that the title is better than Pocahaountas?
[I didn't say that - the editor]
On the short Getting
through Security, you also had your hands in casting and assistant
directing. A few words about that one?
Written by a friend
of mine on security at the airports, pure comedy , I couldn't pass
on that :)
through your filmography, one can't help but notice you are very often
cast as a cop or similar figure of authority. Any explanation for that?
my looks, I get called officer on the street, guess it is all the donuts I
website, MySpace, Facebook, whatever else?
I have myspace, facebook under my name, Barry Ratcliffe
and of course, nowcasting.com/barryratcliffe,
5 Minute Reel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO__FOEmN-I
past few years, you seem to have been filming almost constantly. What do
you do when away from the camera?
Sleep, I have had 2 days
off in the past 4 months, and I certainly know how lucky I am :)
Actors (or indeed
actresses) who inspire you?
Anthony Hopkins, Sam Elliott,
Billy Boyd, Tara Cardinal [Tara
Cardinal interview - click here], Eliza Swenson [Eliza
Swenson interview - click here].
Roles you'd really like to
play (no matter how improbable)?
Archie Bunker, I am
reading a pilot now with Sally Struthers.
Your favourite movies?
and of course, some films you have really deplored?
with Meg Ryan, she is not a nice person.
else I have forgotten to ask and you are just dying to mention?
but call and I will talk for hours :)
for the interview!
You are very, very welcome :)