The highly-anticipated film Hooked Up, filmed entirely on an iPhone, premieres on VOD April 7 from Uncork’d Entertainment.
From director Pablo Larcuen and executive producer Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop) comes the story of Tonio and Peter, two young Americans, who travel to Barcelona to party and, above all, to score with women. During their very first night out partying, they meet some girls that they go home with. There, things will take an unexpected turn. With no possibility of escape, they must face their worse nightmares.
We caught up with one of the film's stars, Stephen Ohl, to chat up a horror movie with limited battery life.
How did you get involved in the production?
Pablo had posted a casting call on several online casting and film work websites. I happened to stumble across his post that essentially said, “feature film to be shot in Barcelona directed by recent Sundance Film Festival competitor Pablo Larcuen.” It had my attention at Barcelona, but after watching Pablo’s work, I knew it was a dream opportunity.
What did the audition involve?
After getting Pablo’s initial attention with a standard headshot and reel submission, he had us each do two video auditions. One was to feature us telling a fun party story, in which I told a story about my own partying experience in Barcelona. And the second was a video where we had to act as if we were about to die and say goodbye to our family members.
After the first set of auditions, Pablo sent me out to make two similar audition videos but with another actor. He sent me to read with an actor, and it just didn’t really work between us. There was no real chemistry and we were just acting really. Pablo wrote me and said, “I like you but I can not use you unless I find you a match. Go read with one more guy.” That’s when I met with Jonah in New York and there was a natural friendship immediately.
Pablo liked us but still had to meet us to know if it would work. He came to NYC on New Years Eve 2012, and we all woke up with tattoos of NYC in a heart on our asses the next morning, and that was our contract.
Did the film require you to relocate overseas for a great period of time?
We lived in Barcelona for a month to make the film.
So Pablo actually filmed this on an iPhone, is that right? Every scene?
Every scene in this film is shot on an iPhone 4S. We had three of them that we cycled and one of them was mine…
How much like your character are you? Would you behave the same way in that situation?
I’m not much like Peter at all really. But I can certainly relate to his grief and emotions after a recent break up, and that became my connection to him.
That’s what I thkink is interesting about the film. It kind of makes you think how you would react in this life or death situation. Would you react like Tonio or Peter? I’m not really sure how I’d react to this particular situation, but I would hope with a little bit more control and rational thinking.
Are you worried at all about the ‘curse of the found footage movie actor’ – where the actors that appeared in them (be it “Blair Witch” or “Paranormal Activity”) drop off the scene after?
I’d be lying if I said that I haven’t IMDB’d the careers of other actors in some of these previous found footage films, and seen that not many of them actually went on to be in many other things. However, most of the actors in those films weren’t really actors to begin with. So I’m not really worried. And if I never work again, I’m grateful to have been part of such a fun project and film I actually like.
What’s next for you?
Not sure. Many more films to make and be apart of in my lifetime. I’m also a director and my recent short film, I Wasn’t Me, is a POV film that I shot entirely on a GoPro that I mounted to my face. I acted, directed, and camera operated. Jonah is in this one too, and there are some similar themes to Hooked Up in it…I guess I still had some things I wanted to explore on my own. That’s hitting festivals now, so been nurturing that a bit.