MAN ON TRAIN

The bit-part play­ers who stand out

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EL­LIOT JOSEPH AND AN­NIE YOUNG IN THE CON­JUR­ING 2

Here’s a bit of Hol­ly­wood magic for you. The scene in James Wan’s The Con­jur­ing 2 where ner­vous cop­pers Heeps and Peter­son are flum­moxed by a chair that moves as if of its own ac­cord was filmed on both sides of the At­lantic; Hol­ly­wood for the in­te­ri­ors and Lon­don for the ex­te­ri­ors. “I grew up not far from En­field,” says El­liot Joseph, who plays Peter­son. “It was weird to end up back there in those cir­cum­stances.”

Both ac­tors are ex-pats. Joseph, who started his ca­reer on the other side of the law with a one-line ap­pear­ance as a ruf­fian in The Bill, pur­sued the clas­sic Lon­don-la route to fame, and is cur­rently plug­ging away on his own projects. “I do a lot of writ­ing,” he says. He has a documentary and an in­die fea­ture in the works. “It’s go­ing to need some funds,” he says of the lat­ter. “But I’m pretty good at mak­ing stuff hap­pen.”

An­nie Young, mean­while, has spent much of her life shut­tling back­wards and for­wards between Eng­land and the States, study­ing at NYU and RADA. Not for her an ap­pren­tice­ship on The Bill — in­stead, she got her start as part of a huge back­ing band for Alice Cooper on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. “My school in Cal­i­for­nia had a mu­sic pro­gramme, and The Tonight Show asked them to send over students to do School’s Out,” she says. “We hung out with Alice Cooper for the day, which was very sur­real.”

The bulk of their The Con­jur­ing 2 com­mit­ment was a lengthy sin­gle shot in­volv­ing that pesky mov­ing chair which, as it turns out, didn’t move by it­self, nor did it re­quire the fan­ci­est CGI money could buy. “The chair was just pulled with a wire,” laughs Joseph. “There was one take where it broke.” Ah, that old Hol­ly­wood magic.

THE CON­JUR­ING 2 IS OUT NOW ON DVD, BLU-RAY AND DOWN­LOAD

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