An Interview With Actor Brett Leigh

Brett Leigh is an actor who plays Jack Lemmon in Near Myth: The Oskar Night Story; here is a link to his IMDB page:

 

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3229020/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

 

 

 

Q:  What was your role in The Social Network?

A: I played the President of the Phoenix Fraternity opposite Andrew Garfield.

Q:  You play jack Lemmon in Near Myth: The Oskar Night Story. How did you prepare for the role?

A: Well, luckily, I can watch all of his films.  There are numerous scenes on the internet to look at.  He did a wide variety            of characters so there is a lot to pick and choose from.  Also I’m not carrying the film.  It’s about Oskar Knight, so I don’t have the worry of being Jack Lemmon about Jack Lemmon.  That would be hard.

Q:  What kind of training have you had?

A: I started as a dancer.  I trained with Alumni of the Royal Ballet and danced some iconic pieces for a bit including Robbins, DeMille, Balanchine, Fosse, and Ashton.  I then joined The world tour of West Side Story playing Action and Riff for a number of years.  During long breaks I started studying Diction and Voice as   well as diving into acting.  I got lucky in the fact that I was learning on set.  I was cast in a number indies and worked on studio sets as well.

Q:  What kinds of day jobs have you had?

A: Oh Jeez.  Anything and everything really.  You have to be a jack of all trades to get work where you can-when you can between gigs.  I’ve walked Dogs and I’ve

built houses.  Need I say more.

Q:  What is your strangest on set story?

A: I was working on an indie film called “27 Down”.  I played a young troubled guy and in this particular scene I had to “rob” a gas station.  During a take, real police

officers stormed the set and arrested me thinking I was really robbing the store.  Even though there were tons of cameras and equipment, I guess it’s nice to know

the officers were just doing their job.

Q:  Why is live theater experience helpful?

A: Live theater really gives an actor a chance to rehearse.  In film, you show up, you usually rehearse the scene in the morning, break for make-up, and then come

back and shoot the scene.  Some indies have more of a rehearsal, but most of the time you meet, greet, rehearse, make-up, shoot!  It’s all very fast and requires

the actor to rehearse themselves.  Theater gives you this amazing rehearsal process where you explore your character and the piece along with the other

actors and Director.  You feel like you all are creating this world together and the Director is the captain of this amazing creative process.

Q:  What is the best career advice anyone has ever given you?

A: To never give advice.  Everything in the so-called business changes everyday.

Q:  To which method of acting do you ascribe?

A: I do a mish-mash of a bunch of different acting styles.  Some of my go to books are Respect for Acting (Hagen), An Actor Prepares (Stanislavski), To the Actors (Checkhov), and Building a Character (Stanislavsky).  Whatever works, works.   Sometimes it’s just good ol’ inspiration.

Q:  Which of Jack Lemmon’s roles could you have nailed?

A: Well I don’t really want to put myself on the same shelf as Lemmon.  He was pretty amazing and an inspiration.  I do like The Odd Couple though.  Neil Simon

writes so well that it’s very hard for the actor to screw that up.
Q: If you could change one thing about the film industry what would it be?

A: I probably wouldn’t change the film Industry.  I would look at education in schools.  Whatever the public wants to buy, Producers are going to make that and sell it.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

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