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:Dark Delights: The Krokodil Chronicles

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Dark Delights with Ladyaslan Presents:
Cameron Scott – Director and Writer of The Krokodil Chronicles
Plus the Cast: Robert LaSardo, Liane Langford, Donna Hamblin, Jim O’Rear, Keith Zahn, Lisa Krick, Andrea Collins, Tom Komisar, Kaylee Williams, Scott Tepperman, Michelle Shields, David Ross, and Damien Colletti

Ladyaslan: Welcome Mr. Scott and the cast of Krokodil. Thanks for joining me here on Dark Delights. What should my readers, aka “Babybats,” know about you as the creator of this movie, The Krokodil Chronicles? Please tell us about the concept, or what Krokodil is or was, so people have an idea what they are in for. Tell us about the Indiegogo you have for this movie.

Cameron Scott: The concept for Krokodil Chronicles came to be as I was finishing up production on my first feature, Post Mortem, America 2021, when a friend informed me of what Krokodil was and showed me a documentary piece on this terrible drug. Now, nothing much scares or disgusts me but when I learned of Krokodil it did both. At that point I knew this was something I had to make a film about. Krokodil is known as the “drug that eats its junkies” and causes a horrible flesh-eating condition that turns the user’s skin scaly and rots away down to the bone. Its reign of terror was mostly felt in areas of Russia, Siberia, and other parts of Europe, although sporadically, it has made its way to the U.S. as well. I couldn’t believe that people would willingly do this to themselves given the consequences of its use and I was morbidly fascinated with the concept, to be honest. I knew that this was a story that needed to be told. I prepared it as an anthology based flick, four stories with a wraparound subject. Each story is vividly different in theme, but they are all linked by Krokodil. After two years of prepping the film it was clear that I needed to raise the budget a different way than the methods I was attempting so I finally launched the Indiegogo. We have assembled what I feel is an amazing array of perks, including DVDs, autographed items, posters, roles as extras, on screen death scenes, even a speaking role opposite of actor Robert LaSardo.

Ladyaslan: What inspired you to get into movie making?

Cameron Scott: I was inspired pretty young to be a filmmaker by being a fan first and foremost. I’ve been a writer as long as I can remember, but then one day it occurred to me as a “fan” of film that I wasn’t seeing the types of stories being told that I wanted to see and hear. That’s where the inspiration struck me to take the next step from writer to filmmaker. I felt I wasn’t being entertained the way I wanted to be so I took it upon myself to do so for myself and everyone else out there.

Ladyaslan: Summarize your production company Quattro Venti Scott Productions in one to three sentences as if you were speaking to someone unfamiliar with your film work and its topic.

Cameron Scott: Quattro Venti Scott Productions sets out to make movies and tell stories outside the confines of the usual Hollywood clichés and rules. We create hybrid films that cross-breed genres that you normally wouldn’t see done in the traditional manner.

Ladyaslan: Hello Keith, please tell us about yourself and tell us about The Italian Zombie Movie I and II.

Keith Zahn: I’m from Grand Rapids, Michigan and had been playing music with Thomas Berdinski for a number of years when Tom decided he wanted to make a zombie movie. The Italian Zombie Movies were a homage to the ’70 and ’80s European horror movies. He asked if I wanted to be in the movie, I was hesitant since I had never acted before. I asked him what he wanted me to do and he said, “Play Jeremiah Revere.” Jeremiah was a character I developed for our satirical militia band. Since I knew the character, I felt, why not. The making of IZM was very fluid as new actors were brought on board (could my friend X be in the movie?) and the movie grew into two movies. It was not only a zombie movie, but had elements of sci-fi, occult, and Indonesian witch movies. It was shot over a three-year period in a series of usually short shoots, four to five hours at a time. It was completed in 2009 and some of the crew was promoting it at HorrorHound Cincinnati where we met Cameron Scott.

Ladyaslan: What are you looking forward to working on set of The Krokodil Chronicles? How did you prepare for the role?

Keith Zahn: Cameron had been struggling to get PMA completed and invited me to play a zombie. I spent three days on set playing three different zombies. I had heard that Cameron was thinking of offering me a role as a grave digger. I thought, “Great, I know how to use a shovel.”  He did offer me a part, of Billy the Cowboy. My first thought was, “What the hell do I know about cowboys?” Tom told me that Cameron wouldn’t have offered me the role if he didn’t think I could pull it off. I was on vacation out west a few weeks before having to play Billy. I scoured resale and pawn shop looking for my costume. I had also recorded the entire dialog from my scenes and burned them on a CD. I would listen to this while I was driving, and this has turned into my favorite way to learn my lines. With the dialog and costume coming together, I began to get a feel for the character, a surly, slower talking version of Jeremiah. Working on PMA was such a great experience, all the great actors I got to be on set with. I made some good friends working on the movie. This is why I look forward to working on The Krokodil Chronicles.

Ladyaslan: What sage advice would you give to young new filmmakers and actors starting out?

Robert LaSardo: The first thing that comes to mind regarding film making is, know your audience. ‎There is a tendency to get very attached to the origin of ones work. It came from me, and therefore it must be special. The ideas an artist can make manifest on the screen can at times feel cathartic as they are witnessed by him or her, but that doesn’t always mean they are coherent from the point of view of the audience. Or even interesting. There are independent film makers who could give a rat’s ass whether or not their vision is discernible. I think this is a mistake. The most challenging task for a film maker at any level is to look honestly at the integrity of their vision, and then consider truly who it is they wish to share it with.

For actors who wish to weigh their ability in the marketplace, I’d say, don’t let the film and television industry define you personally. If you are committed to the craft and your career, you will no doubt go on countless auditions and deal with all sorts of ambiguous observations about your work. You will also be judged and evaluated by many. Sometimes what you hear will make sense and encourage you, and the rest of the time your efforts will feel fruitless. They are not. Your career is a marathon not a sprint. You must endure this struggle your entire life.

My suggestion is to ignore any advice that suggests you give up. Study your lines, engage your imagination fully. Make your creative life a discipline to which you are married to. Be diligent in understanding how you‎ appear physically in the marketplace so that you will not be surprised by the method in which you are exploited. At the end of the day you are performer not a banker. Your true value will not just be in your ability to convince your employer to hire you, but to inspire others to do so, long before they meet you.

Ladyaslan: What did you know of the drug krokodil before reading the script? How did you prepare for your character Avi?

Robert LaSardo: This particular drug I cannot speak to. I am not aware of its chemical properties. This is the first of I’ve heard of it, though drug addiction itself is no stranger ‎to my experience. I’ve witnessed up close my share of personal catastrophes and have lost several friends over my lifetime. I’ve wrestled with my own demons along these lines and was a slave to dependency for decades. Whether we find ourselves on the streets looking for a fix or are convinced by doctors that a pill is the solution, we never really address the root issue if we remain in an altered state. I’m not implying that it is easy to kick. It is probably one of the most horrifying experiences to go through withdrawal and then wake up to the day-to-day demands of human interaction without any insulation. It is also one of the most rewarding experiences to endure sobriety and embrace your fears wholeheartedly. 

One method of preparation when observing a character I will portray is to remove judgment from the equation. I am often asked to embody what is characterized as a disposition of vulgarity at the base nature of human experience. It’s like visiting various provinces in hell without the sting of condemnation. As a way to communicate a lesson is enlighten by demonstrating the futility of arrogance. In the case of Avi, I see a man who has constructed an elaborate philosophy to justify his actions in business, not unlike those on Wall Street who are self-possessed, driven by greed and materialism. To Avi, it makes no difference what his product is or its moral implication, only that it is a tool for commerce. Another method I use for preparation is to simply read the text that the writer has provided. I surrender to that ideology and allow myself to be absorbed by it.

Ladyaslan: What was it like to work with Jason Statham in 2008’s Death Race as Grimm? Also, you had a GREAT run on CSI Miami as Memmo Fierro (2006-2011) and on Nip/Tuck as Escobar Gallardo (2003-2010); which character from the telly shows did you most identify with or just like playing (or any other character I have not mentioned from your numerous other excellent projects)?

Robert LaSardo: I’m sad to say that I didn’t have a whole lot of interaction with Jason Statham during the filming of Death Race. I did take a moment to introduce myself to him briefly when we were on set. He smiled at me and we shook hands. He was very pleasant. I thought he did a tremendous job as Jensen Ames, the lead character and racecar driver in Death Race. Simply put, it was a fun movie to make and it isn’t often, at least for me, that I’m hired to work on such a commercially successful film. I had no idea that the movie would become a cult classic. I wish I had gone to see it in the theaters when it was released. My fear was that I would be disappointed with the final product. I did finally watch it at home and in stages. I was particularly impressed with the special affects involving the racecars. Very little CGI was used and the stuntmen who wrecked the vehicles were quite spectacular in their efforts and very courageous. Grimm’s death scene, if you saw it, was extremely gruesome and for obvious reasons not my favorite part of the film. Though I will admit that the effect was astonishingly realistic. So much so, I was afraid to cross the street for months after I saw the film. 

Nip/Tuck started out as just another pilot episode I had been hired for. I was indeed happy to have a job since I knew how stacked the odds were against me in such a competitive profession. When I auditioned for Ryan Murphy (the creator) I didn’t feel like anything spectacular occurred. I did my best, like always, but that never guaranteed employment. There were so many factors that went into the decision making, that an actor could go mad trying to make sense of it. There had been instances during my many years of auditioning that felt sublime as I performed in the presence of producers only to hear that I wasn’t right for the part.

Prior to Nip/Tuck, I had become fairly successful at convincing producers that I could portray a convincing criminal which led to being hired for police dramas on primetime television. Eventually I was called in to read for Hispanic characters, generally gangster types, and became effective at that too. Though my performances were strong and I was building a reputation in the industry as decent bad guy, my work wasn’t taken too seriously. It was the success of Nip/Tuck that put a spotlight on a certain character style I’d been cultivating on other shows. I think my performance as Escobar, was a culmination of all those experiments I engaged over the years to animate that particular archetype. That combined with the genius of Ryan Murphy’s direction and writing made it more than I ever imagined it could be. While I was on the show, I knew what the hype was, and though it was exciting, it felt painfully familiar.

Ladyaslan: How did you prepare to play the Nurse on The Krokodil Chronicles?

Lisa Krick: I’m a nurturer by nature anyway, so playing the part of a nurse/caregiver won’t be a stretch…. After having researched this horrific drug and what it can do, I was very excited that Cameron offered me a part so that I could help get information regarding Krokodil out there.  Most folks have never even heard of it.

Ladyaslan: You are also a vital member of the crew and help out in multiple capacities, including keeping things rolling on schedule, supervising the production, and keeping the insanity in check. How do you keep the schedule tight and not lose it yourself? Set life is a trip!

Lisa Krick: Production assistant’s assistant—I’ve worked on other productions as an assistant, so I know what’s in store. It’s a challenge to keep everything and everyone on schedule, but if you can, the filming progresses like a well-oiled machine and that’s completely satisfying. Having said that, you should ALWAYS have plan A, plan B, plan C, AND plan D in place for “just in case” things that happen. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about a film set, it’s that things break, people get sick, people get hurt, food isn’t what you wanted it to be, equipment fails, basically bad stuff happens so you learn to roll with it and think on your feet. If you can do that and keep a cool head, you’re going to have a successful time on set.

Ladyaslan: What are the three words that best describe you?

Lisa Krick: Three words that describe me best…loyal, adventurous, and eclectic… (and dogs…I love dogs…had to throw that fourth one in because I’m a rebel) [evil wink].

Ladyaslan: Are you a publicity lover or publicity shy?

Andrea Collins: I say it depends…I have been in the public eye for years as Andie Noir. I have enjoyed meeting the fans at horror conventions, movie premieres, and doing various media outlet interviews. I love the chance to answer questions or get to know those who support me in this crazy ride. As myself, Andrea Collins, I prefer to remain in the background and enjoy that freedom of seeing things play out as if I was just another fan.

Ladyaslan: What did you know of Krokodil before reading the script? How did you prepare for the role?

Andrea Collins: I had heard of this drug not just from news articles, but from various places especially around Eastern Europe. I had a chance to see the script briefly a year ago, I believe, and loved the idea of an anthology. It was brought to my attention again while on set of the movie, Nightblade. Cameron and I got to talk more there about his script and idea for this project. I really dig it! My character has many layers and twists if you look deep inside the story, not just jump to the first conclusion. It hits very close to home and things I went through in my young twenties while living in L.A. so I want to bring that raw feeling and pain to my performance.

Ladyaslan: Tell us about the movies you have been in and a little about yourself.

Andrea Collins: I have to say I started as a model first when I was in my late teens, and in 2004 I got my first full length movie, Legend of Crazy George. After that I continued to act in various films and commercials but got asked to do promotional work as a character; you might say I created Andie Noir! I have been a scream queen ever since in such films as The Hospital, The Deepening, Nightblade, Cyclical Effect, Dead Start, The Identical, and coming out soon, Belly Timber, in a starring role. I have much more on the horizon and in store for everyone….

Ladyaslan: I love movies and I’m always interested in the genre tastes of my friends. Tell me your five favorite movies.

Tom Komisar:
1. Texas Chain Saw Massacre: One of my all-time favorite movies. I think it’s the best horror movie ever made.
2. Halloween: The original Halloween is a personal favorite. I was 14 years old when I saw it with my brother. It was just starting to get dark outside when the movie was over. My brother and I walked home from the theatre and it seemed like we saw Michael Myers hiding behind every tree! Lol! We were laughing, but inside we were truly scared!
3. Jaws: I was 11 years old when I saw Jaws. It scared the hell out of everybody that whole summer! You’d look for sharks in a swimming pool before you went swimming Lol! True story!
4. Pulp Fiction: My friend saw this movie and literally drove to my house and said, “Tom, you have to see this movie! Let’s go, I’ll see it again with you, you have to see this movie now!” We went to the theatre and watched it and after it was over I said, “That was the coolest movie I’ve ever seen!”
5. Rocky: What can I say? It’s just an awesome movie. I still get a little choked up at the end when Rocky hugs Adrian after he loses to Apollo Creed.

Like any movie lover, I can pick a lot more than five favorites, but these five films meant a lot to me when I saw them, so, here they are…that was fun!

Ladyaslan: YASSS!! Halloween was my first drive-in movie with my parents in PA! Excellent memory, and I love Rocky! I always saw the Rocky films with my parents at the cinema!! My favourite is Rocky IV; oh my, we just love it and one of my #Babybats and best friends Norma L., we always tag each other when we watch it! I totally loved Pulp Fiction too! I really loved Les Rivières Pourpres (The Crimson Rivers) (2000) with Jean Reno. I love French horror and suspense, like director  Frédéric Schoendoerffer’s Switch (2011) and Livide (Livid) (2011) written by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. It is their follow-up to the horror film Inside (2007). Then we can go about 1500 miles northwest-ish from France and hit Iceland; their movies are off the hook insane…Júlíus Kemp’s Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre (2009)…groovy, gory, goodness [evil wink].

What were your thoughts and feelings when approached by Cameron to take part in The Krokodil Chronicles?

Tom Komisar: I was working with Cameron on a movie called Blood Moon River. We had finished shooting for the day and we were cleaning up and getting ready to eat dinner. He said he was working on a script for his next movie and he said he may have a part that I might be interested in. I was honored just to be asked, and after he explained what the movie was about, I was blown away! I told him right then and there that I definitely wanted to be a part of the Krokodil Chronicles!

It’s truly a great story, and the excitement that has been building up since Cameron started making cast announcements has been phenomenal. The cast he has put together is absolutely amazing. Everyone is excited about this film! Cameron Scott is a great guy and a very talented filmmaker, and I’m very lucky and thankful to be a part of this project, and I’m ready to step into the role of Lt. Torrey!   

Ladyaslan: Have you ever had any paranormal experiences? If so, what were they?

Kaylee Williams: Yes, very recently actually! It happened a few months ago while I was working on a film out in Minnesota. I was at a hotel and at about 5:15am I heard heavy breathing outside my room. It sounded like that terrified heavy breathing you hear when someone is being chased by something in a horror film. It was a man’s breathing and it lasted about three seconds and then there was silence. I found it weird but I brushed it off and tried to sleep. About five minutes later I heard what sounded like a sharp gasp…from inside the room!! It came from right about where the chair was. Nearly had a damn heart attack. I turned the lights on but there was nothing there and nothing to explain where the sound came from. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep well after that…lol.

Ladyaslan: What did you do to research the part of Izzy you play in The Krokodil Chronicles and the drug itself? What was it like to work on Disciples (2014) by Joe Hollow with Linnea Quigley and Tony Todd (such an all-star cast with the late Angus Scrimm)? You also worked on Joe Hollow’s A Blood Story (2015) with Liane Langford and Linnea Quigley; what was that experience like?

Kaylee Williams: Well I have three other projects coming up before Krokodil Chronicles so I have a lot on my plate before then. But I definitely have plans to research drug addiction and read more about the drug itself and its effect on addicts. I want to be able to portray the character correctly and accurately depict what it’s like to be so addicted to a drug that you will do anything to get it. That was a lot of fun!

I didn’t get to work with Tony Todd directly, but Joe was a great director and Linnea was a sweetheart. Everyone else was awesome to work with as well. Great cast and crew. We got to have a mini Mediatrix reunion, as Joe Hollow, Paula Deurksen, and Matt Ukena and I were in both that film and Disciples [laughs].

I have a quick cameo, kind of a blink and you’ll miss me type of thing [laughs]. So I didn’t get to spend a whole lot of time on set, but I’m glad I got to be a part of it! I actually ended up getting the cameo because I just so happened to be vacationing in Florida while they were filming, so Joe asked if I would be interested in joining them on set for a day and of course I said yes. I enjoy working with Joe so I’m always down to be a part of any of his projects.

Ladyaslan: What is the one issue you feel most passionately about?

Donna Hamblin: My passion first revolves around acting. There is nothing I dislike about the field. Though there are trying times, you always look back and say, “It was worth it.” The people I have met through the field of acting are such an added commodity. I have met so many close friends, that I would do anything for, this way. I am also passionate about being “compassionate” to people in need. 

Ladyaslan: I hear your character Jill is very dark in this movie; how did you prepare for Jill and do you like playing dark ethereal characters? What did you know about Krokodil before reading the script?

Donna Hamblin: My character Jill IS a very dark character. There is a lot of preparation in doing this character and pulling it off, reading through the script and envisioning, soul searching,  a way to comprehend what this character had not only been through, but what she goes through on a daily basis with her past. It’s definitely challenging, yet very rewarding to accomplish this and pull it off.  I’m looking forward to filming such a strong, strong, scene. And very thankful Cameron Scott gave me the opportunity to do so. 

I have heard about Krokodil, but that’s pretty much it. I am pretty naive to the drug scene. I have been doing research on it to help with the character/movie. I am finding it hard to believe that a drug like this has ever been in existence, let alone of people injecting it into their body.  Addiction is an ugly thing. So doing this part in the movie requires a bit of research and a lot of preparation on it.

Ladyaslan: If you were given the chance to go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?

Scott Tepperman: If I was given the chance to go back and change one thing, I’m not sure I would. Everything I have experienced has made me the person I am today and I’m pretty fulfilled and happy the way I am.

Ladyaslan: What were your initial thoughts when you read the script for Cameron’s new movie? How did you research for your part?

Scott Tepperman: Three things came to mind when reading Cameron’s script: 1) I’ve always liked anthology films, so when I was presented the opportunity to be in Cameron’s film, I jumped at the chance; 2) I have always been intrigued by radio dramas and voice-over work and, since my character is mostly heard rather than seen, I figured it would be the perfect role to allow me the opportunity to perfect that aspect of my performance; and 3) my filmmaking business partner, Jim O’Rear is also cast in the film. We run Los Bastardz Productions and have also appeared in about a dozen films together, whether in the same scenes or not. It will be fun to add to that list.

Ladyaslan: Tell us about being part of Ghost Hunters International, what was the realest moment you had on that show (any particular place or spot that really got your hairs standing on end)?

Scott Tepperman: I’ve been to (I believe) 28 countries with GHI and each one has been a unique experience. Two places in particular have stayed with me through the years—an abandoned slaughterhouse in Argentina and a long-forgotten leper colony off the coast of Trinidad. We didn’t specifically document any activity on our equipment, but the vibes in those places were very negative and the air was thick with sickness and death. I’ll never forget those feelings.

Ladyaslan: A leper colony, I believe I recall that episode! Oh my goodness…yes that would definitely bring on the creep factor especially in an old forgotten place—must have a sadness too….rustling around with some energies that might be best left sleeping!

Ladyaslan: How did you initially react when you read the script for The Krokodil Chronicles? How did you plan to play Nikita? How dark is this character?

Liane Langford: I was intrigued by Cameron Scott’s writing and the story. It drew me into the darkness of the Krokodil. I knew I wanted to be in this film. When I auditioned for Nikita, I started to look at what this drug did to its addicts. Then, the photos were unbearable, the videos very hard to watch…. I knew I couldn’t play Nikita without becoming who she is, not in the way of becoming an addict but understanding the pain, denial, apathy, and desperation. I would need to be wounded and like everyone I am. So I did the audition with no make-up, frightened, mean, and in denial. To prepare for Nikita I will be studying Russian. How dark is Nikita? How dark do you want to get? I think the audience will look at Nikita and feel the same way I felt when I first saw photos and watched videos. They will walk away wounded, frightened, and in denial…. They will also chuckle nervously…Nikita has a wicked sense of humor.

Ladyaslan: What did you know of the street drug called Krokodil? Did you know of the side effects?

Liane Langford: I didn’t know until the script came. I looked it up and found our U.S. military used it as a synthetic morphine for about three years, its origin being Russia. Then I realized if you take the word morph-ine and use the morph that changes the way you look, to a staggering end. Then we are talking about a zombie-like drug.

Ladyaslan: What do you hope to accomplish with the character Nikita? What do you want film watchers to take away from the movie overall?

Liane Langford: I want them to be fascinated and freaked out at the same time. Cameron Scott has put together a great anthology and an ensemble cast that will be incredible! I want them to be talking about what they have seen. Krokodil is the star of the film…and that as actors we brought it to the spotlight where nobody can hide.

Ladyaslan: You have been quoted as saying, “When you see me perform, you won’t see Damien Colletti, and you’ll see the character I’m portraying.” How much of the character you are playing do you let take over? Is there a part of any character you have played which is a part of your psyche?

Damien Colletti: I get into the head of the character I’m portraying. Inside his mentality. I do and say whatever he would in that given moment and environment. This allows me to bring the character to life more along with improve, which I prefer. I then simply go where the character takes me since I’m not there.

Ladyaslan: What are your thoughts on The Krokodil Chronicles and your role?

Damien Colletti: Krokodil is a Russian street drug. It rots the victim’s body from the inside out. It’s crazy. In my opinion it’s the worst drug out there. But that doesn’t really concern me since I’m only interested in making sure sales and distribution continue to go successfully for myself and my boss Avi. I’m looking forward to becoming Aleks in the film alongside of Avi (Robert LaSardo). What’s funny though is that Brick (Jim O’Rear) actually thinks he has a chance going against us both! He’ll soon be in a ditch with his daughter!

Ladyaslan: Tell us about your character Kali in The Krokodil Chronicles?

Michelle Shields: I’m excited to play this character! Can’t give away too much but, she is a strong, tough woman that knows how to deal with problems and situations. She is an “entrepreneur” and business is the priority. But everything comes with a price.

Ladyaslan: What was it like to be part of Post Mortem, America 2021? What was the best memory on set?

Michelle Shields: Being part of PMA 2021 was one of the best acting experiences I’ve had. I loved working with this talented cast, crew, and our director/writer Cameron Scott. I loved the fact that Cameron allowed me to develop my vision and wardrobe for my character. Because of PMA 2021 we have all formed a relationship of trust, friendship, and respect and have worked on many other projects together.

So many great memories from PMA 2021 it’s difficult to pick just one. Doing scenes with Athena Prychodko and Keith R Zahn was so much fun, laughing and joking between takes! Shooting in Indiana on a record setting scorcher of a day wearing my very heavy and hot wig! All the blood and intestines! But getting to work with Linnea Quigley was awesome! Our talented director/writer, Cameron, is bringing many of us PMA 2021 alumni together again for this new project, The Krokodil Chronicles, which will create many more great memories.

Ladyaslan: How are you preparing to play Arthur for The Krokodil Chronicles?

David Ross: My method of preparation involves a lot of visualization, finding voice and mannerisms, and improvising around the script until it all clicks and I have confidence that the character and I have become one. I report to work as the character, and try to leave my old self at the door. I’ve been watching Breaking Bad, and reading up about Krokodil. I also feel some kinship with Dennis Hopper. The King of Pain is such a great character, I’ll hold nothing back!

Ladyaslan: Tell us about yourself and the movies you have under your belt?

David Ross:  Since my retirement as director of a county library seven years ago I have had parts in over 40 independent film productions. I appeared in Josh Hull’s Beverly Lane as the Godfather-ish Elder Clown with Jim O’Rear, and later in Hull’s The Impersonators as the corrupt Mayor. I played St. Peter in the TV Web Series, The Book Of Dallas, and a guardian angel in The Colors Of Emily. My largest dramatic role to-date has been playing the revenge-seeking Pastor in the film Where Was God from Chip Rossetti.

Ladyaslan: Did you see a similarity with Krokodil and Deimosimine (I interviewed Chad Armstrong as well—small world haha)? How did you get into character for Brick in Krokodil?

Jim O’Rear: I didn’t see any similarities at all, other than they are both named after a drug. They are very different story lines…at least my story is. I haven’t read all of the shorts that will make up the entire Krokodil movie, but my section of the film is very different than Deimosimine. As far as the character of Brick that I will be playing…he’s not unlike me, really…grumpy, vengeful, and tired of the senselessness in the world. [Laughs] No, I’m not really like that, but those are the types of characters I’m often called upon to play, very grey characters that can be good or bad depending on how you look at them.

Ladyaslan: What was your initial reaction when you read the script for Krokodil?

Jim O’Rear: Will my old body withstand this physical torture? [Laughs] It’s an action-packed role. Lots of fighting and gun play. While I have a background in stunt work and martial arts, I am getting old, so it’s definitely going to be a challenge physically. At the same time, though, I thought…“This could be a lot of fun.”

Ladyaslan: Tell us about yourself and the movies you have been in? What is in the pipeline for you?

Jim O’Rear: I’ve been in entertainment professionally for over 35 years…films, television, and live theater. I’m primarily known for my work in horror and science fiction, often playing the villain or monster. I’ve got a ton going on, actually. Nightblade was just released, which is an ’80s-style cop thriller that my partner Scott Tepperman and I produced under our Los Bastardz Productions label. I just finished filming two leading roles in episodes of a couple of crime television shows that will be airing later this year and a horror film called Sweet Tooth that I did with Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes) and Alex Vincent (Child’s Play) will be out soon. I’ll also start filming the movie Blood Dancers 2 soon with Scott Tepperman and Scream Queen legend Debbie Rochon. The best way to keep up with it all is on my Facebook page and website.

**About Ladyaslan She is a published Gothic poet and horror erotica novelist. Ladyaslan’s second book is available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other established book retailers internationally. Check out Lipstick & Absinthe and her other books at the link below and on Facebook.
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