Exclusive Interview: Actor Bill Oberst Jr. Talks MTV’s Death Valley, Vivid and More
Bill Oberst Jr. is the definition of “the horror actor”, the working actor does not choose anything outside of the horror genre and wouldn’t have it any other way. Oberst has some cool projects in the works including VIVID and Legend of the Red Reaper, he shares some stories about functioning on Accurate Blood and MTV’s upcoming horror series Death Valley. The actor keeps busy for certain! Examine out my most recent Versus with Bill Oberst Jr. to understand more about this hard operating cool actor.
Brian S- Initial off you have truly been cranking out film projects considering that 2007. How’d you get into acting?
Bill Oberst Jr.- I was a bizarre-hunting kid who loved monsters and the other youngsters manufactured fun of me. I discovered a helpful equation: “If You Entertain People, They Will Not Hit You.” So my complete career has quite significantly been about attempting to get men and women not to hit me. Have not had a day job in 15 years spent 12 years on the stage on the east coast and am going on four years here in Hollywood. Fulltime actor. Quite blessed.
Brian S- You are in some films that I’m familiar with, like Vivid and Legend of the Red Reaper. Tell me a small about these and your character.
Bill Oberst Jr.- I play a skinny, shirtless, scarred-up freak of a drug dealer in VIVID. He crawls down the stairs like a spider and moves like an insect. It is a tiny part but (I hope) a memorable scene with star Devanny Pinn. The director, Brandon Slagle, let me create the character appear and I primarily based it on British actor Sean Harris as the drug dealer Stretch in HARRY BROWN with Michael Caine. We both have creepy cringe-inducing torsos so I figured it may well function. Brandon is going to be known as a main horror director, I predict. He’s that very good.
LEGEND OF THE RED REAPER is a cameo function I am shooting for my friend Tara Cardinal, who stars in it. Tara is awesome and so great to me she cast me as the twisted principal in THE DEVIL Inside of, which did properly for me. I saw her at an audition and she said “Bill, would you do me a favor?” I said, “Tara, whatever it is, the answer is yes.” So we are shooting it quickly. I’ll be in the climax of the film. I believe I am half-naked and bloody in a cave (which is rather significantly the norm for me anyway.) I feel this film is going be large for Tara, and she deserves it.
Brian S- Ok, inform me about some of your other projects you’re working on.
Bill Oberst Jr.- Never ask a horror actor that question and anticipate a short answer! But I will be mercifully brief: I have a lead part in The Asylum’s new 3-D horror film A HAUNTING IN SALEM which will be released August 23 I just wrapped a part as a demon opposite the wonderful Robert Loggia I played a spectral Shadow Man in Aash Aaron’s upcoming thriller 333 I just wrapped a role as a creepy-weird French hermit in the function RESOLUTION I start a lead function in Jordan McClure’s horror project Youngsters OF SORROW in August and I start off a lead in a futuristic thriller from Kasra Farahani (who did idea art for AVATAR, WOLFMAN, SPIDERMAN three and a slew of other folks) up coming month. Final week I wrapped a function in an episode of SPIKE TV’s new series ALTERNATE Historical past as an American SS Officer in an alternate reality in which Hitler won WWII, and I’m in an episode of MTV’s new horror series, DEATH VALLEY, airing this fall. I have leads in Michael Emanuel’s upcoming function SCARY OR DIE which stars Corbin Bleu of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL and in Drew Daywalt’s period horror piece LET THEM (with MADMEN’s Edin Gali and Maria Olsen of PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS.) My grindhouse turn in Joseph Guzman’s NUDE NUNS WITH Huge GUNS gets a DVD release in the coming months. Just got attached to Jeff Palmer’s creepy THE SILENCE OF WALTER SHELTIN. And my most significant non-horror role lead function to date, Michael Landon Jr.’s THE SHUNNING for The Hallmark Channel, gets a DVD release later this year. I function a great deal. Like I stated, I am blessed. And grateful.
Brian S- You have also been on cool exhibits like True Blood and 1000 Ways to die. How cool of an knowledge was it to do these popular shows.
Bill Oberst Jr.- Each of these exhibits had been fun to work. I am partial to 1,000 Approaches TO DIE simply because the meals is better (who would think but it is genuine!) Plus I got to gut a real squirrel. Exactly where they got a warm squirrel in Burbank at ten o’clock in the morning I’ll never know. Do not ask.
Brian S- If you had your choice what would you do, Tv or film?
Bill Oberst Jr.- I’d do film and here’s why: I’m type of a loner I invest a lot of time studying. Even the sports I like to do are all solo ones like boxing and swimming and weights. But film creating is the ultimate team sport. It is like becoming a component of a large difficult-working, challenging-bitching household for a couple of weeks at a time. Everyone is operating for the very same aim and we all cover every single other’s back. The actor’s function is genuinely a quite little component of a extremely large machine. Generating a film is like going to war – the moment you begin the method you have to retain moving forward to completion no matter the obstacles. You cannot just cease. That is an exhilarating environment to operate in. Plus there is free of charge meals.
Brian S- Do you choose carrying out horror movies above other genres?
Bill Oberst Jr.- I do truly. Horror suits my look and film is a visual medium. You cannot fight the camera. I started out working out right here in L.A. the minute I stopped trying to be one thing I am not and let the camera define me. The camera is my lover. And my lover likes me a tiny dark.
Brian S- Craziest experience you have had although filming?
Bill Oberst Jr.- Oh there are so many candidates for that title accidentally choking myself unconscious when a hanging gag failed on THE BLOODLET and thinking as I passed out “I hope they get the shot” attempting to maintain a straight face while watching Devanny Pinn get sugar (standing in for cocaine) up her nose in VIVID hunting down on Debbie Rochon’s extremely realistic expression of disgust even though I committed spousal rape on her in RIPPED MEMORIES attempting to throw Asun Ortega onto a bed and bitch slap her without knocking her only piece of wardrobe, a nun’s habit, off of her head in NUDE NUNS WITH Huge GUNS. But I’m gonna give the prize to the night shoot on MTV’s DEATH VALLEY exactly where Maria Olsen and I have been guest zombies and we have been to push a blood-mobile van more than. The van was attached to a giant overhead crane that was supposed to tip it above at the proper moment. They set up the shot the van goes half-way over…and the cable snaps and comes recoiling towards the cast and crew. The van comes crashing back down and rocks back and forth. You speak about some scared-ass zombies.
Brian S- Do you have any hobbies?
Bill Oberst Jr.- I do. I really like film background, so I am also scouring bookstores for old books on the early days of movies. I like studying in basic enjoy anything at all analytical really like Ray Bradbury really like the Bible really like substitute background. I like to hike. I like to function out. I actually like to do abs. Does that count as a hobby?
Brian S- In which can everyone discover you on the net?
Bill Oberst Jr.-
My IMDb is http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2454994/
Horror fans may well enjoy an overview of my horror genre function at http://horrorjobs.com/bill-oberst-jr/
My Blog is http://billoberstjr.blogspot.com/
My Facebook individual is http://www.facebook.com/billoberstjr
My Facebook Fanpage is http://www.facebook.com/ActorBillOberstJr
My Twitter is http://twitter.com/billoberstjr
I pal back, I follow back and I answer my own mail.
Brian S- Would you like to say something to the cool horror fanatics checking this out?
Bill Oberst Jr.- I sure would. There is this page on me as a horror actor at Much more Horror and they asked me to write a private message. I did and it sums up everything I’d like to say about why I am passionate about horror. It’s appropriate underneath the pic of me in the demon’s dungeon in shackles at http://www.morehorror.com/bill-oberst-jr I imply what I say there. If you’ve got an idea for a new iconic horror film, let’s talk. Every little thing that individuals contact a classic started with somebody saying, “I got an notion…”