During our recent Fright Night 3D edit bay visit, Dread Central was able to check in with actor Anton Yelchin about his recently announced participation in the feature-film adaptation of prolific writer Dean Koontz’s 2003 New York Times bestseller Odd Thomas.
For those who may not have read the book (do yourselves a favor, pick it up if you haven’t read it), Odd Thomas is centered around a mysterious short-order cook named Odd (Yelchin will be playing the titular character) with supernatural abilities who uses them to prevent terrible events from unfolding around him- sometimes through the aid of supernatural entities including none other than Elvis Presley.
And now that Fright Night 3D is getting ready to hit theaters in a few months, Yelchin is already in preparation mode for Odd Thomas, which is set to start shooting very soon in New Mexico.
The actor discussed his initial reactions to the script and how he’s prepping himself both mentally and physically for the role. “I actually read the script before the book and just found it very moving so I knew I really wanted to play Odd,” said Yelchin.
“But now that I’ve been able to read both versions of Odd’s story, I’ve been going through the book to see what I can try and get back into the script version because there’s just a lot in the book that you can’t get into the script. But in terms of capturing the essential nature of who Odd is and his relationship with Stormy, his relationship with The Chief, and this sort of fear that builds in him that something terrible is coming that he can’t completely see, it captures all of that really well. And the love story really works, I think. I know Dean Koontz is very happy with the script and thinks it works. I think my goal is going to be to try and bring little things back from the book that maybe dialogue-wise I really liked that aren’t in the script. You know, make him as utilitarian as possible because in the book it’s very clear- despite his abilities, his biggest dream is to work at a tire shop.”
“I also have to grow out my hair for Odd Thomas, but we might actually cut it, and because this is my first week with long hair I don’t know how I feel about it yet honestly. But I’ve been working out too because I’m usually really small. It’s funny, I did this one movie where I just put on a lot of weight and I was really chubby in it and then I lost it all for Fright Night and now I’m putting it all on again. So I guess it’s just fun to change things around, but I still don’t know about the hair. Feels like I have a Steven Seagal thing going on,” added Yelchin.
Look for more on Odd Thomas soon!
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