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An Interview with Christopher Lee-Power, Star of Boiling Point

by Mike Haberfelner

August 2012

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Your movie Boiling Point - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?

 

Boiling Point is a tense noir style interrogation that asks questions on the definition of right and wrong. The majority of the film is shot in one location, a dingy boiler room. It is also a dark, modern noir tale of deceit, betrayal and murder that questions what justice means and how far should we go to find out the truth.

Owen Davis is a mysterious private investigator that likes to play games. At first he plays everything by the book - but then the twist happens. He is a workaholic and does not give up to easily; he knows what he wants and will do anything in his power to get it.

 

The man with a dark secret you play in Boiling Point - could you at all identify with him, personally, and what did you draw upon to bring him to life?

 

I think most people have secrets and some will take them to the grave whilst others wait for an appropriate time to reveal them. Without giving too much away Davis has lost something and I can identify with him. I enjoy using method acting techniques and I used emotional memory and substitution. When I looked at Paul Connors I saw someone in my own past that had hurt me, and this generated real emotions. I like to do this a lot as an actor, the use of substitution.

 

How did you get involved with the project to begin with, and what can you tell us about its coming-into-being?

 

As a professional actor my wife and I like to help out with up-and-coming directors, actors or writers. I had been approached by a media school (filmmaking) and asked if I would read for Owen Davis, a character in a short called Boiling Point. After reading the script I could not resist the part, and after reading for it was offered the role. I love characters like this, as they have so much to offer, they are unpredictable and as an actor you can really let go and not hold back, digging deep into your own memories and breathing life into them.

 

A few words about your director Jack Leigh, and what was it like working with him?

 

In all honesty, Jack is one of those directors that actors would give anything to work with. He is very focused on what he wants, but at the same time he lets the actors do most of the work, trusting them. I felt Jack knew from the outset that I was a very method-orientated actor and worked with that. He would let me go so far then, just say something like ”not yet, we will save that to later” or “you can let your emotions go here.” Jack is someone I would work with again. He is someone we should keep an eye on in the future.

 

What can you tell us about the actual shoot and the on-set atmosphere?

 

We filmed it over two weeks and filmed about 14 hours of material. We also shot it during the evening. One of the things about this shoot was that we had one camera and shot each scene a few times and from different angles. I always try to bring something fresh to each take. The atmosphere was wonderful with everyone, including the sound, lighting crew etc working as a team.

 

 

Let's go back to the beginnings of your career: What got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

My family are from a background of entertainers, so it was in my blood. However to be frank, in the 1970s and 1980s I was a rebellious teenager who made wrong choices, I left school without any education or qualifications, I also had a speech impediment. I found that drama gave me an outlet to release my frustration and anger. I found that I was able to express myself in wonderful ways and really explore characters like I had never done before. It wasn’t until my late 20s that I decided that I needed an education and leave my rebellious lifestyle behind. I got a tutor and learned all I could about art, drama, society and took elocution lessons until finally I got into drama school. I studied at Lee Strasberg Studio, RADA and Richmond Drama School.

 

Over the years, you have done quite a bit of stagework - so how does acting on stage compare to acting in front of a camera, and which do you actually prefer?

 

I like both. They both are different in many ways. With stage I enjoy the process that an actor goes through such as the rehearsal, building characters, and the live performance. Once you are on that stage, there is no turning back. Films are made; there is a lot of cheating in film. The good thing about film is that you can cut and do another take. It’s a lot more intimate in front of the camera. The camera never lies. I like the idea that Michael Chekhov refers to in his book To the Actor that as actors we radiate what’s within. The eyes are the windows of the soul. Thinking more thoughts will transfer well on screen so there is no need to go over the top with emotions.

 

Any films of yours you'd like to talk about, any future projects?

 

I have just played Wilfred Owen which was filmed by Gordon Hill, who is an ITV director, and written by Dean Johnson. I am also working on a film project which is called Breaking Free, this is my autobiography - Breaking Free from the street to the stage into a film.

 

How would you describe yourself as an actor, and are there any acting techniques you usually rely on?

 

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I am very much an actor that likes to use a variety of techniques. I am a great fan of Sanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg and Michael Chekhov. As an actor I like to use my past experience and look for truth.

 

Actors (or indeed actresses) who inspire you?

 

As regards to film I have always admired Michael Caine. As for the method, I like Edward Norton, Daniel Day Lewis, Dustin Hoffman, James Wood. Kenneth Branagh, Jeremy Irons, Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole as well.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

I like Michael Caine-films, and most films with the above actors. As a young person I did enjoy The Labyrinth, Top Gun, and the Rocky-movies.

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

To be honest, and I know many will not be happy with me for saying this, I am not a fan of films which are gratuitous.

 

Your website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

https://www.facebook.com/christopher.power1  

http://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/9738-1271-3804  

http://talent.castingnetworks.co.uk/Common/Home.aspx

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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