I had the chance to arrange an short 10-minute interview with Graham Skipper, concerning his latest film The Mind’s Eye, though many horror fans know him for his role in Almost Human (2013), both of these films director Joe Begos. However, since then, he’s been on a hot streak of starring in horror films, six in just 2016, among those Carnage Park; Worry Dolls; Beyond the Gates; aside from this success, he’s also fulfilled ten various positions on films sets, showing his interest in the craft of filmmaking.
BC: What was the most challenging aspect you encountered on The Mind’s Eye?
GS: It was very cold and frigid. One night they were filming outside and without the wind chill, it was minus 22-degrees. It was challenging to work in those conditions, but welcomed the challenge; it forces you as an actor to endure despite the conditions.
BC: Since psychokinetic is a large portion of the movie, do you/ did you believe in the topic? How did you research the topic for the film?
GS: I’m a big fan of horror and sci-fi movies, in general, such influence from the Scanners franchise and The Fury, which I thoroughly loved. But learned that different kind of telekinetic powers exist that are in fiction or some people believe I was really amazed at the wide varieties of abilities… Such as moving stuff around, mind reading, use fire – can people really do this – then trying to build a skill set for the film?
BC: In previous interviews you mentioned roles by Lorre, Lee, Cushing, Price need to be core study for actors so in the world of remakes which one role would you step into and why?
GS: For me it would be Peter Lorre, one reason is that some people say I look a lot like him. Plus I like how Peter’s big bug eyes [and] work as an actor, especially in the film M adding to the mystery that surrounded him. And he has a big over the top persona and is very fun to try to become him.
BC: What film hooked you into the horror genre?
GS: When I was about 13-years-old, I watched The Exorcist for the first time was never so scared watching a movie before… I was up all night and couldn’t sleep thinking a lot of special effects, but was wondering why this movie was overpowering. I remember waking the next morning woke up and watched it three times in a row was just trying to figure out why this grabbed me so – made me start devouring horror movies in a different ways and appreciate the artistry and all aspects of making a horror movie.
BC: Graham, you have worn many hats in making a horror movie – do they assist you in your performance in your acting abilities?
GS: Yes – understanding what helps the director, editor, and what can I do as an actor to contribute to the role and help in all aspects of the film.
BC: Do you communicate closely with the cinematographer? And with the other actors was there a lot of rehearsal time for the film?
GS: There wasn’t a whole lot of time to sit down with Joe [Begos] and Lauren Ashley Carter on the phone before starting to film. I ran through some scenes was in Rhode Island most of the time – just wasn’t a lot of time for rehearsal – liked the spontaneity of it – there are pluses and minuses to a lot of rehearsal – liked to be spontaneous.
BC: Lastly, was there any improv at any time – going off script
GS: There is always some sort of improv – if something doesn’t sound quite right – just say how he feels – and working with Joe in performing how he wanted.
BC: Well, Graham thanks for the time and the interview, good luck on future projects.