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Exclusive Interview: Harold Perrineau Talks Seeking Justice, Reflects on Lost and Chats Upcoming ProjectsIn Anchor Bay’s upcoming thriller Seeking Justice, actor Harold Perrineau co-stars alongside Nicolas Cage as Jimmy, an old friend of Cage’s who finds himself torn when his buddy’s wife is assaulted and a shadowy organization moves into help him take vengeance.

However, all is not what it seems with Perrineau’s character Jimmy, which is a perfect metaphor for the actor’s career – he’s turned in brilliant performances in a vast array of cinematic subgenres as well as on a number of fantastic television series since the early 80’s.

Recently Dread Central caught up with Perrineau for a brief chat to talk about his experiences filming Seeking Justice as well as his thoughts on working in a post-Katrina New Orleans, the conflicted characters he’s portrayed throughout his career and more on what’s next for him, including Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming Osama bin Laden feature film project.

Dread Central: I’ve always enjoyed how varied you’ve kept your career throughout the years. Can you discuss what drew you to Seeking Justice?

Harold Perrineau: Well, I was trying to find some stuff to do after “Lost”, and this was one of a few projects that came my way. I thought the script was great because it kept viewers guessing and because it was a character-driven action movie with a good story to it. I also knew that I wanted to work with both Nic Cage and (director) Roger Donaldson, too, and shooting in a great city like New Orleans was gravy on top of everything.

I really feel like the story has this 70’s thriller vibe to it, and that’s something I don’t get to be a part of too often so this felt like the right project at the perfect time.

DC: Well, let’s talk a bit more about that – you and Nic – and the relationship between your characters because things gets pretty complicated between you two in the second and third acts of Seeking Justice.

Harold Perrineau: Will and Jimmy are definitely great friends, but things do end up getting tricky in this movie between them, and their friendship and trust are both pushed to the brink because Will has no idea just who is on his side by the third act.

And that’s what I liked- I liked that Jimmy isn’t the guy you think he is at first and there’s a lot of complexity to the character even if it isn’t necessarily the biggest role in the movie either. There’s a lot of duality going on in Seeking Justice, and I’m definitely part of that.

DC: What I thought was really interesting about the film was that the city of New Orleans itself becomes a character of sorts, and when you’re watching this, you can feel that sort of haunted-like energy of the city, especially the scene inside the abandoned mall.

Harold Perrineau: You know what got me the minute I stepped foot in New Orleans? The smell. The city just has all this beauty amongst this layer of decay, and that really made for a great atmosphere while making Seeking Justice. I mean, things down there are still pretty messed up, and it’s surreal to see the amount of abandonment that went on there. It hangs over everything but so does the spirit of the people, too- it’s vibrant and I think that’s what makes New Orleans so interesting; it has such a dichotomy to it and that makes it a perfect setting for a story like this.

The city itself ends up being a really great character in the film without you being beaten over the head with it. It’s there, and it’s subtle. I like those little things that you have to keep looking at, adding things up to get the answer. I really like that about it.

DC: I feel like you really nailed a lot of ‘conflicted’ characters over the years- is that something you tend to look for when taking on a role; do you find that kind of material ‘meatier’ as a character actor?

Harold Perrineau: You know, I’ve been very lucky throughout my career to get so many great roles, and sure, I guess a lot of them have been conflicted or tortured souls of sorts. That is fun, for sure. Take Michael on “Lost”- I really liked Michael, but he was a victim of circumstance. His wife takes his kid, she dies and then he’s stuck on this mysterious island after his plane crashes. Then his kid gets kidnapped and well, things just go even worse from there. It’s hard to play a character like that- a guy you truly like but have to see him go down all these dark paths in his life, through no fault of his own. You start to feel bad and have to work on separating yourself a bit from your character when that happens.

DC: Can you discuss what’s up next for you? I know it was just announced that you were added to the cast for Kathryn Bigelow’s next film, which is pretty fantastic.

Harold Perrineau: Thanks! I know, right? After Hurt Locker, everyone’s been anxious to see what she was going to do next so it’s great to be a part of that. I really don’t know much yet except that I’m heading overseas in a few weeks to start shooting. I also recently did a bit part in this movie called Snitch- that was just me going in to do a role for my buddy Ric Waugh (director), and it was pretty great working alongside Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon just for a day. 2012 has been very good to me so far; I’m pretty lucky.

Exclusive Interview: Harold Perrineau Talks Seeking Justice, Reflects on Lost and Chats Upcoming Projects

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31

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The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

SYNOPSIS:
A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3

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I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”

Whatever.

We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

Synopsis:
It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter

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The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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