THE RUN­NING MAN

Steven Strait talks re­spon­si­bil­ity and zero-g sex

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Holden reluc­tantly gets pulled into this ad­ven­ture. How would you de­scribe him?

Holden is this rogue ship cap­tain, who finds him­self in this in­cred­i­bly com­pli­cated sit­u­a­tion. He’s very pro­tec­tive over his per­sonal free­dom. He’s al­ways on the run. He’s spent his life not want­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity of oth­ers. He’s flawed and over-emo­tional at times, but in­cred­i­bly well-in­ten­tioned.

What’s the dy­namic be­tween Holden and Miller once their worlds col­lide?

Miller is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a per­son who is miss­ing, who hap­pened to have been on that ship that we got the dis­tress call from. By cir­cum­stance, we are on the same hunt, but for dif­fer­ent rea­sons. At this point, they don’t know each other. Miller has good in­ten­tions and the world has beaten him down over the years. When you first meet Holden, he might be at the be­gin­ning of be­com­ing a lit­tle jaded. On a cer­tain level, they con­nect within the realm of that strug­gle. On a very hu­man level, the two of them have a lot in com­mon.

What was one of the chal­lenges of hav­ing sex in zero grav­ity?

A couple of months be­fore, I had in­jured my ribs. The har­ness we were us­ing, be­cause we don’t have any clothes on, sits really low so that the cam­era wouldn’t cap­ture it on the shoul­ders. It was un­com­fort­able with just my weight lay­ing on my ribs for that scene. The ac­tress I was work­ing with was a good sport about it and was su­per-cool. It really works. It’s an­other piece of try­ing to show the re­al­ity of the way peo­ple ac­tu­ally live in this fu­tur­is­tic set­ting.

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