:Dark Delights: Tom Proctor
Dark Delights by Ladyaslan Presents:
Tom Proctor – Actor
Ladyaslan: Welcome, Tom. Thanks for joining me here on Dark Delights. What should our readers, or #Babybats, know about you and any upcoming projects?
Tom Proctor: Wow umm that’s a hard one. I leave tomorrow to work on a new TV show that I am not allowed to talk about. That is funny all the shows I am doing I can’t talk about, yet my IMDb and news articles announce projects that I supposedly am in that I have not agreed to do and don’t know if they are ever getting done. Yet the ones that I am really doing I can’t talk about. I can see it’s pretty sure that I will be back as Bingo on Baskets and returning to Underground. I have two horror films coming out, Undying and The Last Possession. I will be producing my own films and info about them can be found at www.rodehardfilms.com. The main two being the Working Man Tour were I will be riding my Harley across the U.S. meeting people, telling stories, and hearing theirs while playing my guitar and singing at their back yard BBQ. The other is the craziest of high-octane action, sociological thriller call C.A.B.
Ladyaslan: Well let’s just ask the question…what was it like to work on the blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy? You played Horuz, how did you prepare for the role and did you know what movie was shooting when you auditioned? (Horuz was a member of the Ravagers loyal to Yondu Udonta. He was killed during the Battle of Xandar.)
Tom Proctor: GOG was one of the best films ever!! I didn’t even know what I was auditioning for, I was not allowed to even have the sides or my part of the script until going into the sound stage and had to turn them in walking out. It was the first movie I have done that I didn’t get to read the whole script.
Ladyaslan: Summarize your movie rolls and stunt work in one to five sentences as if you were speaking to someone unfamiliar with you and your work.
Tom Proctor: If the role calls for BIG UGLY and INTIMIDATING then I am getting called in. I am the racist white guy in every slave movie, the tuff biker and cowboy, the drunk that starts the bar fight. Wayne, the sound engineer on the TV series Nashville is the only show were I didn’t kill anyone or at least threatened to.
Ladyaslan: How did you come to work on Criminal Minds playing Dusty, on the episode “Angels” in 2014—the epic episode where Reid and Morgan get shot?
Tom Proctor: I really hadn’t watched the show and was surprised when I got called in. Dusty was described as a young, good looking guy, so I was wondering what I was doing there [laughs].
Tom Proctor: Oh man, I am sorry but this was just me playing me. I grew up in the mountains and we own them. I totally felt that role was written for me.
Tom Proctor: I loved being part of 12 Years a Slave, Birth of a Nation, Roots, and Underground because these are stories that need to be told so the history does not repeat itself. Yet it is hard to watch and hard to be there. I love making horror and the blood and gore, but I know that is not real. When I do movies about slaves and what was done to them, that is real and it hits me hard.
Ladyaslan: You worked on HBO’s True Detective with Matthew McConaughey in 2014. What was your most memorable moment shooting? (Ladyaslan wants to know if you ever got to work with Colin Farrell on the show [evil wink].)
Tom Proctor: [Laughs] Well, it was when I opened the peek door to see MM and the look on his face. Then he said, “Oh god, I need a picture of that face. I would never walk through a door with that on the other side.” He took the picture and sent it to me. That is on my IMDb now. Yes, I worked with CF.
Tom Proctor: Auditions is how I come to work with anyone but this has a funny story. I was driving to Florida to go diving when I got the call that they needed a taped audition in 20 minutes. So I taped it on my iPhone while driving. Casting called my manager and told her they want to book me but please let him know the character is not driving.
Ladyaslan: [Laughs] The character is not driving…that is a great retort!!
You’re throwing a party in a magical world where anyone, living or dead, real or fictional, will show up if invited. Who are the first 10 people you invite?
Tom Proctor: All of my kids and grandkids, but that is way more than ten [laughs]!
Ladyaslan: If you were interviewing me, what’s the first question you’d ask?
Tom Proctor: What made you pick me to interview? See, a true actor will always make it about them.
Ladyaslan: [Laughing] I am very familiar with your work and I thought to myself you have quite the impressive resume and people like you. I felt your fans needed to hear more about you! I bet you light up the room when you walk in, and above all, your smile is contagious!
Which piece of work are you most proud of?
Tom Proctor: Bounty, my first lead role in a low budget horror film, but my god did it work.
Ladyaslan: What was the last concert you attended?
Tom Proctor: [Laughs] The Who back in ’72.
Ladyaslan: Wow!! Forty-five years ago, that is two years younger than me [laughs]. I love The Who; they were a staple at my parent’s pub in the mid-70s.
My last question for you, the obligatory but always fun….WHO inspired you and who did you look up to as a youth?
* Billy Jack is a 1971 action/drama independent film, the second of five films centering on a character of the same name which began with the movie The Born Losers (1967), played by Tom Laughlin, who directed and co-wrote the script. Filming began in Prescott, Arizona in the fall of 1969, but the movie was not completed until 1971. American International Pictures pulled out, halting filming. 20th Century Fox came forward and filming eventually resumed, but when that studio refused to distribute the film, Warner Bros. stepped forward.
* Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson, with Walton Goggins, Dennis Christopher, James Remar, Michael Parks, and Don Johnson in supporting roles. Set in the Old West and Antebellum South, it is a highly stylized tribute to Spaghetti Westerns, in particular the 1966 Italian film Django by Sergio Corbucci, whose star Franco Nero has a cameo appearance.
Ladyaslan: Please provide any and all social network links and movie links so the #Babybats can find you. ^V^
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