WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IN THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST ?
It’s a fascinating character. Usually
I see the character breakdown and it’s “Lakota character”. [The Lakota people are an indigenous tribe of North America.] Reading [the breakdown] further, it says he’s a Winkte man going through gay conversion therapy, in a film directed by an Iranian woman. You don’t get that email every day! Adam is a man who identifies in the Lakota language as “man killed by woman”, having had his male spirit murdered and his body inhabited by female spirit. I’d been familiar with Winkte people but not really known about it, so hearing their stories was cool.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MADDEST MOMENT OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR?
Shooting in negative 40-degree weather on The Revenant. I remember very vividly. We got to the point where, halfway through a scene, [cinematographer] Chivo Lubezki said, “Nope, we’re cutting it, the cameras keep freezing up.”
IF YOU WEREN’T AN ACTOR, WHAT JOB WOULD YOU DO?
I absolutely would try to be a director. The first film I was ever a part of was Jane Got A Gun, and I worked with Lynne Ramsay for a day. Long story short, she ended up leaving the film and I got cut from it, but I took that pay cheque and bought a camera and started making films.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST ROLE?
We had to come up with a school play in fifth grade, so I decided to direct A Charlie Brown Christmas. I found the film on Youtube and watched it line for line, copied it down and wrote the script. Two weeks before the play started, the person playing Charlie Brown got cold feet, and since I’d written the lines, I stepped in.
WHEN WERE YOU MOST EMBARRASSED?
Recently I was shooting a scene in a film [wild zombie movie Blood Quantum] where I have to take a shit off a bridge on to a car. I knew it was in the script, but I didn’t think we’d shoot it — and then we did. Nothing is shown, but you’ve got to go through the motions in front of everybody.
WHO WOULD WIN IN A FIGHT: A HORSE-SIZED DUCK, OR 100 DUCK-SIZED HORSES?
I feel like a giant duck, because ducks are already really mean, so I assume that would be worse. We should be thankful there are no horse-sized ducks!
2015 HAWK, THE SON OF LEONARDO DICAPRIO’S HUGH GLASS, IN THE REVENANT
THE 15-YEAR-OLD ITERATION OF SAUL IN COMING-OF-AGE DRAMA INDIAN HORSE
A WHITE HOUSE SIT-IN PROTESTOR IN TV THRILLER DESIGNATED SURVIVOR
Forrest Goodluck, photographed exclusively for Empire at The 9 Studios, New York, on 11 June 2018.
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