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Interview: Alex Barima Discusses The Exorcist and Acting in Horror

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One of the big surprises in horror in the past few years was when Fox’s “The Exorcist” turned out to not only be watchable but it was actually quite fantastic! Many people were hesitant about such a beloved property getting the small screen treatment but the end result was something truly special, to the point that when a second season was hanging in the balance, fans rallied behind the show and demanded a second season! Obviously that worked as we’re in the middle of that second season right now and fans are still relishing every possessed moment!

Here today to talk about the show is Alex Barima, who plays Shelby in this season. In our interview, we discussed what it’s like coming aboard the show, the role of Shelby, his love of gaming and anime, and more!

Season 2 picks up with Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and the now-collarless Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) out of Chicago and on the road, searching out evil. Across the Atlantic, Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan) attempts to weed out those within The Vatican who have turned against God. Ultimately, Tomas and Marcus are led to Andrew Kim (John Cho), a former child psychologist who runs a group home for five at-risk foster children on a secluded private island off the coast of Seattle. When one of the children under Andrew’s care is targeted by a powerful force, the two priests head west, setting themselves on a collision course with Hell.

Dread Central: Tell me about coming aboard “The Exorcist” and what that process was like.
Alex Barima: Being a part of The Exorcist has been a life-changing experience for me. I’ve never been so heavily involved in a film or TV project before, so it has been an unforgettable experience. I’m learning new things every day, and I get to work with amazingly talented individuals. Coming on board was a bit of a whirlwind, as I landed the role just two weeks before we started filming. After meeting the producers and the cast though, I knew this was going to be a fun ride! It’s hard to believe we’ve only been together a few months, and our journey is almost over, but I’m sure many of us will remain close after the show ends.

DC: Many people were, at first, very hesitant about a show based on The Exorcist. However, it became a horror fan favorite and people are extremely excited about the second season. What was it like for you knowing about this initial hesitation and then overwhelming love and support?
AB: Given the scale of this project, I was certainly nervous when we started production. I knew I was ready to work, but I put a lot of pressure on myself nonetheless. I was a fan of the first season and I wanted our season to live up to that. The entire cast and crew were breaking their backs making this, so we all wanted it to be successful. Once the premiere aired, the reviews and reactions started coming in, and I found it truly moving; it’s a blessing to be creating something people deeply care about and appreciate.

DC: Tell me a bit about Shelby and the role that he’ll play through the season.
AB: Shelby is one of the best characters I’ve ever played. I don’t watch much horror, but I know that if I was just watching the show as a fan, Shelby would be my favourite. He’s brave, smart, and intuitive, which are all qualities I’d certainly like to have. He’s the first to catch on to the imminent danger threatening his family, and he’s ready to do anything to save them. His relationship to God is so distinct from that of other characters on the show, which I find refreshing. I love the way he is portrayed in the writing, and i thank the writers for letting me explore his personality. It makes my job much more enjoyable and it really feels like we’re creating the story together.

DC: Horror has long been the outcast genre in entertainment. However, many of the greatest names in Hollywood have a strong connection to horror. What are your thoughts about the genre, especially since you’ve been a part of it prior to “The Exorcist”?
AB: I’m very easily scared, so I don’t watch much horror, except around Halloween. I find that many horror films and shows don’t get enough credit though. Being in The Exorcist has definitely changed my perspective on horror. It’s so much fun to work on, and I would certainly be open to working on more horror projects in the future. However, I’m not sure I’ve actually become any braver.

DC: I’ve heard that you’re a fan of gaming. Have you dabbled in the world of horror games? What are some of your favorites?
AB: I’m even more frightened by horror games than films! My roommate is a huge horror fan, so I’ll watch him play them sometimes. I’ve seen him play Resident Evil 7 and Outlast, but I couldn’t bring myself to try them. I have played the Friday the 13th game, but never alone.

DC: I also heard that you’re into anime. There are some fantastic animes that are fueled by horror. Are you a fan of any of those?
AB: The closest thing to horror anime I’ve seen is Death Note, which I still think is one of the best anime of all time. I usually gravitate toward shounen series like Dragon Ball and One Piece. My favourite TV show of all time is Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.

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Even Sarah Connor Hated TERMINATOR: GENISYS

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I think it’s safe to say there aren’t many people out there that were fans of Terminator: Genisys. The film was kind of a major mess and it looks like life on the set was as well.

That film’s new Sarah Connor, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) was recently speaking with Vanity Fair about some other crap and then the conversation swung around to the failed reboot of the Terminator series. And Clarke had some interesting things to say…

First, she told the magazine how she was “relieved” when the film bombed at the box-office so she didn’t have to sign up for further sequels. And then Clarke says she watched frequent Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor “get eaten and chewed up on Terminator. He was not the director I remembered. He didn’t have a good time. No one had a good time.”

Damn girl, tell it like it is! Got to respect the woman for not holding back and sugarcoating things under the blanket of “creative differences.” Hell, maybe Clarke will be able to do the same regarding all the drama surrounding that new Lando: A Star Wars Story movie one day.

What did you think of the film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Synopsis:

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance against Skynet, sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah (Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator assassin, an unexpected turn of events creates an altered timeline. Instead of a scared waitress, Sarah is a skilled fighter and has a Terminator guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) by her side. Faced with unlikely allies and dangerous new enemies, Reese sets out on an unexpected new mission: reset the future.

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Idris Elba Directs and Stars in Netflix’s HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

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Like many of you out there, Idris Elba is one of my favorite actors working today. And it is with this in mind that I’m excited by today’s news that says Elba will be tackling The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Netflix.

THR reports that Elba will not only star in the film, but he will be directing and producing the music described as a “sonic and musical experience” as well. That’s a lot of hats there, Gunslinger.

For those who might be unaware, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an 1831 novel by Victor Hugo that follows Quasimodo, a hunchback, who falls in love with the Gypsy Esmeralda. Michael Mitnick (The Current War, The Giver) will write the modern-day retelling with Fred Berger (La La Land) and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Midnight Special) producing along with Elba and Ana Garanito.

Are you excited by this news? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Amy Adams and HBO’s SHARP OBJECTS Poster Welcomes You Home

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A few weeks back I asked the question Is HBO’s Sharp Objects Mini-Series With Amy Adams Horror?” I got some interesting responses but needless to say, at the end of the day, the question is still up the air. But regardless of all that, I still plan on checking out the series one it begins airing this summer.

And if you’re on this boat with me, then you’ll be interested to check out the new poster for the series, which you can see in high-res by clicking on the thumbnail to the right.

Are you looking forward to this series as much as I am? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on FacebookTwitter, and/or Instagram!

The eight-episode series is directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, scripted by Marti Noxon from the book by Gillian Flynn, and stars Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlon, Elizabeth Perkins and Matt Craven. It hits HBO in July 2018.

Synopsis:

Based on the book by The New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places), this eight-episode series tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.

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