THE VIGILANTE SPEAKS: An Interview With Paul Sloan
2013 saw quite a few struggles - mostly in my initial efforts to connect with folks in filmmaking since not a lot of people knew me. Thankfully director Christian Sesma was one of the earlier ones I managed to share circles with as he was aiming toward launching his latest webseries, Vigilante Diaries on the then-active Chill.com.
Paul Sloan: Lee, how are ya? 2016's been great so far. Last year was a busy one, on the road a lot, so it's nice to be home in California.
PS: A love for movies and being around creative people - I was just drawn to acting and filmmaking. And I am a beach bum, so I really don't know what else I could do for a living. Make balloon animals on Venice beach, maybe!
I had a little role as a barbarian in the original Scorpion King film way back, and I was basically out-acted by a camel. But that was a great job! I was just happy to be on set. You can spend a lot of time waiting for work to come along, so I tried writing projects of my own that I could act in and be a bit more involved. And, I got very, very lucky.
|Promotional photo for VIGILANTE DIARIES webseries in 2013|
PS: It started as a webseries, something we could we could shoot real bare bones and have fun with. We had a few episodes written - the quick premise was, "What if someone followed a comic book style anti-hero around and made a reality show about him. The 'vigilante' character was more of an ominous, brooding dude, and once we added a natural comedian like Jason Mewes as the director filming this crazy violent maniac around, people responded to that. We got two episodes online and had a great debut at Comic Con.
The site that streamed the series became something else, and the property sat for awhile and Christian and I went off to shoot THE NIGHTCREW. When we made the feature version of Vigilante Diaries, some of the backstory and the episodic structure remained, but the character and the movie took an entirely new tone... More of an international spy feel, another genre we love, so we went with it.
PS: Glad you enjoyed Nightcrew. That was a hard one, and it goes back to your question about training. I try to eat clean and hit the gym four days a week in between jobs, so when a role like The Nightcrew comes up and the director specifically tells you put on more muscle, you have to be able to say "OK". I had some prep time, maybe six weeks and I just ate steaks went to the gym and slept a lot. Not a bad gig, actually!
PS: On The Nightcrew, the hardest physical part of that was the cold. We shot on location on the desert outside Palm Springs. It was winter and cold as shit. So that was a lot of fake sweat.
On the Vigilante Diaries, the feature was shot at a non stop pace. So, not a lot of time to nurse the pulls and sprains and bruises. And we hit like 4 or 5 countries and had different stunt teams in Scotland, LA, and Armenia - getting the choreography down in limited time, sometimes winging it on set 20 mins before we shoot. But, everyone was a pro and it was pretty smooth overall. The director, Christian, is a fighter himself. He has a good grasp of what works on screen, so when it sucks he tells you.
|Mike Hatton and Paul Sloan in VIGILANTE DIARIES|
PS: Any scene with Mike Hatton in the role of Barry - pretty much the intel character in the movie. Scenes where he's delivering some info on where my family is being held hostage...I have to stand there and play stoic, and and every take I just lost it. He's also twirling an umbrella and wearing a Union Jack suit, so he did not make it easy.
PS: We all love to do more, ya never know. The character has changed quite a bit and if we continue, we would follow his new relationship with his family and his new partner. I think he's softened a bit, but we don't want him too soft!
PS: The team is everything. When you have a solid bunch of people, from the make-up people to the producers and director, if everyone is willing, it's crazy what you can accomplish. I'm an egomaniac - love the action and the flash, but it's only possible with talented dedicated people making you look good.
PS: Well it looks like I'll be working with Christian again on a Vegas cop thriller called TEN DOUBLE ZERO. It's like a female Training Day. I'm not playing the female role, even though I auditioned for it.
PS: The Nightcrew was picked up by a great company, eOne Entertainment. They have to find the right slot and so hopefully it will release this summer.
PS: Lee, thank you for all the support, really appreciate it. Have a great summer.Vigilante Diaries opens in select theaters on June 24, 2016 from Anchor Bay Entertainment!