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Bachelor Games Q&A with Actor Charlie Bewley: Q&A: Co-Star Charlie Bewley Talks BACHELOR GAMES
Gravitas Ventures is set to release their upcoming horror comedy, Bachelor Games, onto digital platforms everywhere on July 8th and to get you guys ready, we recently checked in with the film’s co-star, Charlie Bewley, to hear more about his experiences working on the project with his fellow cast mates and director Edward McGown.
How did you get involved with Bachelor Games; was it brought to you or did you have to go through the normal audition process?
Charlie Bewley: Georgie Edwards (producer) and Ed McGown (director) approached my London agents with the project in early 2013. I live out in LA, so it was great to get a good solid indie coming through the ranks of the Motherland. No audition required, which I’m sure Georgie and Ed regret.
What was it that you saw in the script that really popped out to you, whether it was about your character or the story itself?
Charlie Bewley: I was attracted by the quality of the script for a thriller – with particular emphasis on the comedic quality of the interactions between the five boys. That said, some of the dialogue reads just like a conversation down the pub, or on the way to watch Tottenham - bantery, back-slappy stuff synonymous with British twenty-something males. Made me feel warm and cozy. I was on board.
How was it working with Edward then?
Charlie Bewley: The guy is the most involved director I have ever worked with. Fully committed to the job, he would often demonstrate what he needed from the shot by acting it out himself. One time, I wasn’t quite getting the full dramatic effect that Ed required of a trip and fall. So Ed crossed his duty line and showed me what he needed: More of a four feet, airborne panic, landing full-frontal on a hard desert pack, without hands to protect one’s face. Needless to say, I understood what he needed after that.
I noticed that Bachelor Games has a somewhat smaller cast; did that help you and your co-stars come together a bit more, since it was just a handful of you off making this film?
Charlie Bewley: Well, we were all in this tiny little hotel in the middle of nowhere, eating at the same restaurant every night, all together all day. It was classic indie filmmaking where everyone chipped in to carry stuff about, muck in. And that’s the beauty of lower-budget stuff in my eye: that everyone in there is invested into the project with a clear understanding of what they will be encountering. In terms of the cast, this allows a lot of freedom to be loose and easy, as the hierarchy that exists on most sets was non-existent on Bachelor Games.
With this being a horror comedy, was it hard for you guys to find those tonal balances with the material? Sometimes it can be tough to balance out laughs while trying to scare audiences?
Charlie Bewley: This is just five ordinary guys in an extraordinary situation. That’s life, and there is always comedy regardless of the situation. The fun is natural in this movie; audiences should empathize with the characters as they are run-of- the mill, with friends-down-the-pub type banter. The plot was thrilling, not the characters per se – so we just kept the dialogue energetically banter-y, and the storyline did the rest.
What was the biggest thing you took away from your experience on Bachelor Games?
Charlie Bewley: Argentina was pretty epic. The people live simple lives and enjoy music, food and laughter on a daily basis. The work ethic is easy and the line between work and play is vague. We all need a little more Argentina in us.... Vino, vino tinto!!
Destination America's SDCC 2016 Panel To Reveal New Show Kindred Spirits: Press Release: "(Silver Spring, Md.) – Destination America today announced that it has begun production on an all-new series hosted by world-renowned ghost hunters Adam Berry and Amy Bruni. KINDRED SPIRITS (working title) will premiere in 2016 exclusively on Destination America following the fearless duo as they help real families tormented by paranormal activity at home, with the added stress that the spirits may be their own late family members. Scared by the mysterious happenings but hesitant to pick up and leave their homes, these families have turned to two of America’s leading paranormal investigators to capture evidence, try to guide the wayward spirits into the light, and bring closure to each home.
Destination America will unveil more about KINDRED SPIRITS (wt) exclusively at Comic-Con International on Friday, July 22nd from 7-8 pm in Room 7AB in a Supernatural Super Panel that will unite ghost hunting’s elite investigators for one night only. Join PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN’s Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman – who are also currently in production on the show’s second season – Adam Berry and Amy Bruni from KINDRED SPIRITS (wt), and the “Godfather of the Paranormal” John Zaffis from HAUNTED COLLECTOR, which airs Tuesdays at 10/9 c on Destination America.
“KINDRED SPIRITS takes paranormal investigation back to its roots with a simple mission of making contact with the other side but, first and foremost, helping people who are terrified and don’t know where else to turn,” said Jane Latman, general manager of Destination America. “Over the years, Amy and Adam have built a kinship with each other and their fans that make them the best paranormal team to bring closure to these families and the perfect addition to our family here at Destination America.”
Berry and Bruni got their start on SyFy’s groundbreaking series Ghost Hunters, which defined a new genre in supernatural storytelling on television. The pair recently guest-starred on an episode of PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN on Destination America, joining hosts Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman on a 72-hour investigation of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.
Throughout their combined career, Nick Groff, Katrina Weidman, Adam Berry, Amy Bruni, and John Zaffis have more than 10,000 investigations under their belt, from famous haunts like The Exorcist house, the Stanley Hotel and the house on which A Haunting in Connecticut was based, to secret hot spots that only the bravest dare speak of. They rose to fame in some of TV’s hottest paranormal programs including Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State, and Haunted Collector, but now call Destination America home and, for the first time together on stage, will regale the Comic-Con audience with tales of their darkest, creepiest, and most life-altering paranormal experiences. Also, they will discuss how the work of Ed and Lorraine Warren – Zaffis’ uncle and aunt – and the original paranormal Holy Grail of The Conjuring led them to where they are today. Additionally, they will make themselves available for all-access questions from fans, unveil never-before-seen footage, and reveal exclusive news to the Comic-Con audience about what Destination America has in store for a history-making Halloween."