On February 1st, 2015, I was given the incredible opportunity to speak with Supremacy star, Joe Anderson, about his role in the film. It was my first ever interview and I was glad to have had that opportunity and thankful to Mr. Anderson for finding time in his busy schedule to allow me to speak with him.
If you are unfamiliar with this movie, go ahead and check out this trailer for the film:
Q: What was it, initially, that drew you to the role of Garrett Tully?
A: "What struck me the first time was that Garrett Tully was in prison for a very long time. When you're in prison, there's often this condition of segregation: black people hang out with black people and white people hang out with white people. But to see Garrett Tully go full circle and go right back to prison except this time he was now being shunned by white supremacists for not killing the family like he was ordered to."
"I wanted to not let him [Garrett Tully] be a one-note character. I wanted to show that there was this human in him so I tried to show that through the acting instead of just the dialogue on the script."
Q: Did it make you nervous, standing in front of a legendary actor like Danny Glover, who's been acting for decades.
A: "No, not really. There wasn't a whole lot of interacting between me and Danny Glover when we weren't shooting. I don't know if it was just his method of acting but it left me comfortable enough to do what I needed to do as an actor."
Q: One thing I've always wanted to ask actors who play these types of roles, how do you cope and prepare to spout these terrible racial slurs at other actors, even though everyone knows it's just acting?
A: "On the set there was this boy, a very young boy. And here I am, a white man with swastikas and other Aryan symbols tattooed on his body saying these awful, racist things, that were often improvised due to the script. So as soon as they'd yell 'cut' I'd run and just hug the boy or whoever else I had to improvise my racism at because that's just not who I am. I'm completely anti-racism, anti-classism.
It became so hard, in fact, that even when I was standing in the kitchen with my wife, she try and talk to me and I'd find it difficult, I'd just be blank. Even though I wasn't like that, like Garrett Tully, I had felt like I had done these horrible things. It left a bad taste in my mouth. I had to learn to leave it behind me, otherwise my wife wouldn't have got two words out of me."
Q: The last scene of the film was powerful as your character sort of loses it and falls to the ground, ready to take his life and Danny Glover's character takes the gun away from you and embraces you. Would you say that that was redemptive moment for Garret Tully or do you think there might have been regression back to his old ways when he returned to prison?
A: "One thing I tried to do was to allow that ideology that Garrett was human sink in even before the third act of the film. I wouldn't say it was a complete redemption but it was definitely something he would never forget."
I had a lot of fun interviewing Joe Anderson, he was very nice and seemed to be a very down-to-earth kind of person. So thank you Joe Anderson, Moviepilot, and all who were involved in allowing me to have this opportunity.
I've written a bit about the film already and you can check out the article here: Supremacy: Racial Tension Meets Horror
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