UKHS – Hello Jasper and welcome to UK Horror Scene. Thank you for giving us your time especially when you are busy. You are a superb veteran character actor with over 100 credits, well done! How did you get into acting?
JC – My pleasure, thank you as well. I started acting right after high school with a few years of college at The Atlanta Alliance Theatre School where I studied all aspects: writing, directing, acting etc…. I co-wrote and co-starred in a play WILLOW SPRINGS NOW with Becky Canady and after a brief run in Atlanta we moved with the show to LA in 1987 and the show was a hit and the rest as they say is History! lol
I stayed here in Hollywood, got a MGR and agent and started to work in commercials and TV/Films and lots of more theatre. I have done over 20 plays and 50 commercials, Thankfully!
UKHS – UK fans will probably know you best for your unforgettable co-starring role alongside Val Kilmer in ‘MacGruber’. In the movie you play Zeke Pleshette, one of Val Kilmer’s henchman. What was it like working with Val Kilmer and did you enjoy filming in New Mexico?
JC – Val was fantastic in every way. I was and I am a fan of his work so for me it was a real privilege to work with him and he was very funny in the film. He wasn’t know for doing a lot of comedy so I know he really loved the script and was hilarious as “Cunth”. We talked politics a lot cause at that time there was rumors that Val was interested in running for Governor of New Mexico where he also lives. I’m blessed that ‘MacGruber’ has garnered a cult following on DVD etc and there is talk of a sequel as well.
UKHS – Well done Jasper. I actually remember Val beginning his acting career in comedy playing Nick Rivers in ‘Top Secret!’ back in 1984. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming releases, including ‘The Purge: Anarchy’, ‘Captured’, ‘Model Home’ and ‘Fields of the Undead’ and the characters you play?
JC – I am really blessed to be working on these great films starting with The Purge: Anarchy…. I play a “Homeless Man” who lives in a dimpsy dumpster trash can during the 12 hour purge and it’s creepy and scary. It was an honor to work with producers Michael Bay and Jason Blum and of course director James DeMonaco and it comes out in June. I was a huge fan of the first Purge and this one will definitely make the fans happy.Captured is another great film about a group of young musicians who return to the lead singer’s family home to shoot a music video and I play “Shelley” the groundskeeper who has been there since she was a kid and knows lots of secrets.
Its stars Brittany Curran and Kirsten Prout and it’s directed by the amazing Joe Arias. Model Home is one of the best scripts I have read ever…it’s a thriller about a foreclosed home that is “staged” by hiring a single mother and her young son to actually live in the house while they try to sell it. Monique Gabriela Curnen stars as the mother who also happens to be bipolar and lives in a paranoid delusional state. I play a desert rat named “Walker” who is in the wrong place at the wrong time when he stumbles into her nightmare. Director Patrick Cunningham is one to watch out for and the film also stars Emmy winning actress Kathy Baker.
Fields of the Undead and Spirit are two films that came to me via one of the producers of Captured, Ewan Bourne who offered me these two roles and I am thrilled to be in them. They are both grindhouse films that are gritty and raw. In Fields I’m opposite two horror legends Michael Berryman and Kane Hodder and in Spirit I co-star as a creepy Butler opposite Horror veteran Lynn Lowry.
UKHS – You are about to start work on a new Horror movie called ‘Savage Sistas’. In the movie a group of street smart women ( including the actresses Erica Renee Davis and Denee Busby ) get stranded on a lonely highway to Vegas, they must fight for survival against a family of psychotic rednecks. Can you tell us about your character Badcop and will the movie be similar to ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ and ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’?
JC – Savage Sistas is another unique horror film especially since the four leads are beautiful African, American women who kick ass and really aren’t victims at all….Daniel Smith is a new director in this genre but has a long impressive resume. I was first and foremost thrilled to get to play a COP even if he isn’t a very nice one..lol..because I’m usually always on the wrong side of the law and yes there are shades of Hills Have Eyes and Chainsaw in this film but it’s really driven by the amazing female leads. Rarely if ever do you see four strong women in a Horror film who don’t get killed in the first 5 minutes (SPOILER ALERT) lol
Savage Sistas (Trailer)
UKHS – What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you
need to make a classic horror flick?
JC – Blood, a knife and a really LOUD scream!
JC – Wow that’s a tough one….first up, well for being a comedy legend and for having the most amazing work ethic ever….Joan Rivers….I’m not star struck easily but that would be a moment for me. Our paths have almost crossed over the years and hopefully they will. Second, I wish I had known and worked with my favorite all time actor Montgomery Clift so just to sit down and talk with him would be a gift and lastly I would love to be able to meet and talk with legendary director/producer Roger Corman…I was fortunate enough to be invited to his home for a Christmas party some years back but only spoke briefly because there were so many people but for me to actually have the time to hear all about his journey and the ups and downs he has conquered along the way would be a real gift!
JC – I will answer the second part first…every actor is different and we all have our own approach to what we do..for me….I always say acting is REACTING and staying in the moment and just keeping it simple and real….I don’t over analyze it too much at all because I know its not brain surgery and I like to have fun when I work.
Tv/film is all about playing it small and the camera picks up every little moment so you have to keep it small and remember that whatever you are feeling the camera will show it. Probably playing the mute son in HANSEL & GRETEL last year opposite Dee Wallace was a challenge because I had never played a character that really didn’t talk in the film and yet I had to try to make him real and not a caricature.