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An Interview with JD Fairman, Star of Theatre of the Deranged

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2012

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You star in a segment of the upcoming film Theatre of the Deranged. In a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?


Have you ever played out a conversation in your head. You think about what you're going to say and what they'll say. You think of clever things, and get exactly what you want. Have you ever then had that conversation, and find it turns into a bloody mess? Well, that kinda is this short.


What drew you to the film's story, and how did you approach your character?


I usually play funny character roles, it was a chance to do a more bruiting type of role. I can't give too much away, but I built him on a single belief he has. He has no proof. It doesn't matter what the other person said, he will not sway.


How did you get involved with the project in the first place?


James called me about a week before, he said that the current actor for his short was unavailable, and if I could jump in. I said yes, he sent me the script and that weekend we filmed.


As far as I know, you go back with Theatre of the Deranged's director James Cullen Bressack [James Cullen Bressack interview - click here] a very long way. How did you two first meet up, and what are your collaborations usually like?


We meet in the backstage of our highschool theater. What kept our friendship strong throughout the years was our love of film. We would see one film, talk about it, then see another. No movie was out of bounds: action, comedy, horror, romance, foreign, we saw everything. It was only a matter of time before we started doing shorts. They where anything but great, but we kept at it, and still are.


You've also been in James Cullen Bressack's My Pure Joy. What can you tell us about that one?


James hit me up out the blue one day saying he was doing auditions for a movie. He asked if I wanted to audition. Well I got the part. It was a role that James needed to know could be done, he cast me cause he knew I could do it.


My Pure Joy was your feature film debut, right? For you as an actor, how does going the long distance differ from making shorts?


A short is everything at once, you have very little time to develop characters cause the plot needs to keep moving. In a film you get those slowed down scenes to build character and drama. Getting in character day after day is challenging, you can't be full of energy the first week then slow down intensity. When the scenes are cut together it may just be an hour has gone by in movie time, when in reality it's the third week and second day shooting the same scene on take twelve.


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


James and I are collaborating on something really cool, I hope to say more soon. Life as an actor is anything but set in stone. I keep busy writing, auditioning, and projects with friends to keep myself sharp. Till then I'm working at a bike shop, living the dream.


How did you get into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


My father was an actor, and in fact taught film at Georgia University in the seventies, before coming to LA. I'd be lying if i said: having tons of plays and books on acting and my father's knowledge didn't affect me. I went to Alexander Hamilton Music Academy for highschool. By fifteen I knew what I wanted to do. I was in the musicals, the dramas, the workshop classes, and tech. I did so much theater, I had to go to adult school to check off all the silly requirements to graduate. I had good teachers, I felt sorry that they gave such great classes to kids who couldn't appreciate it. After I got out of school I went out to get life experience, five years later I realize that takes a lifetime. But that's another story.


How would you describe your approach to acting as such?


One reason I act is for that brief moment when I am someone else

Have you ever seen a pretty person across the room at a party. You think wow! I want to know that person. You start to talk. Things come out: Where are they from, what do they like, little mannerisms, funny phrases they say. You get excited by then, you want to see them naked, want them tell you their secrets, and let them completely express themselves to you. When I read a character that's what I'm doing, the job part is both investigating through the lines and creating the character at the same time. James has made some truly interesting characters, they definitely made me go wow.


Actors (or indeed actresses) who inspire you?


It's a big list. Burt Lancaster (The Train, Elmer Gantry, Trapeze, see them all), Peter Sellers, Christian Bale (Velvet Goldmine [not he best movie but just see it]), Gregory Peck, De Niro, Pacino, Hackman, Malcolm Mcdowall (If, a must see), Steve McQueen (The Getaway, Papillon), Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs Kramer), Jason Gordon-Levitt (Mysterious Skin, that's a daring role), Brando, Gene Kelly, DDL (Daniel Day Lewis), Michael Cain, Sean Connery, Mel Gibson. I could list more, but there is a fine line between actors I just respect and those who inspire me to act.


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Archie's Final Project (originally My Suicide, love that movie), Star Wars (all six, the pod race was awesome!!), The 400 Blows, Brazil, Lethal Weapon, The Matrix, Taxi Driver, The Lion King, Inglourious Basterds, A Single Man, Jurassic Park (pretty much every Steven Spielbreg movie, I grew up on him), Giant, Singing in the Rain, and more, I could fill a book with how many movies I truly love.


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


Let me just say that it's okay to not like a movie, that doesn't mean it's bad, it's just not communicating to you. But when it comes to watching bad movies, they make you appreciate how difficult it is to make a good movie.


Your website, Facebook, whatever else?


I do the Facebook, but nothing really public. I like photoshop and post graphic designs on my Tumblr.


Anything else you are dying to mention that I have merely forgotten to ask?


Ride a bike, and kiss someone before they change, thanks for letting me explain myself a bit.


Thanks for the interview!


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