FORREST GOODLUCK

Empire (Australasia) - - Preview - JAMES WHITE THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST IS IN CINEMAS FROM 30 AU­GUST

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

2016

THE 15-YEAR-OLD IT­ER­A­TION OF SAUL IN COM­ING-OF-AGE DRAMA IN­DIAN HORSE

2018

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.

Above: The Miseducation Of Cameron Post Here: The Revenant

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