Master Gregory in Seventh Son
What appealed to you about this project? I’m a big fan of mythology and I saw this as a chance to make a modern- day myth. Also it talks about good and evil, and my ideas of good and evil are they’re the same side of the same coin. I ran across a quote that set me off and thought if we can accomplish turning people on to this idea this would be something I would like to be involved with. This is from one of [ director] Sergei Bodrov’s countrymen, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: “If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” That rang true for me and is evident in the world we live in today, and certainly in the past. It’s a work in progress for us as human beings. As an artist, I see it as part of our task to help bring that dream of peace about.
What was your best day on set? I remember working in Alberta, and we had such a wild time on the top of the world. There’s a place mentioned in the script called Pendell Mountain, and Sergei found Pendell Mountain! There’s no CGI required! There it is! Boom! We went there and shot. We had a wild time being helicoptered in there. It was terrific. Tara Bennett