MAN ON TRAIN
The bit-part players who stand out
THIS MONTH: CHELSEA MEE IN DOG EAT DOG
IT’S A DEPRESSING fact that if you’re a young actress you can expect to see a disproportionately high number of casting calls for strippers or hookers. Chelsea Mee is not exempt, and says she generally rolls her eyes and passes on such roles. But Dog Eat Dog was an exception. “It was a paul Schrader movie with Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe,” she laughs. “I was like, ‘You know what? This sounds pretty okay...’ I walked into the audition in a tight spandex dress and the highest high heels. I wanted them to envisage me as a stripper.”
Her appearance in Schrader’s demented crime caper is brief but memorable as she swaps laconic lines with Cage while giving him a lap dance. Cage, she reports, “would basically talk about anything other than the fact I was undressed. Although he did ask me what sort of clothes I normally wear.” He was also interested in her tattoos. “He told me he’s got a lot, too, and that he only gets them done in Beijing.” None more Cage.
Relatively new to acting, Mee has already filmed scenes with Bruce Willis in the forthcoming actioner First Kill and Tyler Mane in horror Bring Me A Dream, and has three self-penned screenplays she’s hoping to get off the ground. Her eye-catching turn in Dog Eat Dog has also worked wonders for her socialmedia profile (you can find her on Twitter as @Chelsmeezy). “None of this makes sense to me yet!” she beams. “I can’t even fathom the things I’ve gotten to do so far, and I can’t wait to see where it’s all going to lead.” OWEN WILLIAMS