ComingSoon editor Tyler Treese spoke to Dangerous Game: The Legacy Murders director Sean McNamara and star Jon Voight about the mystery horror flick, which is out today in select theaters and digitally.
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“Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Academy Award-winning Jon Voight star in this action-packed, twist-filled thriller,” reads the film’s synopsis. “A family reunion in a remote mansion takes a deadly turn when they are trapped inside and forced to play a deadly game of survival where only one will make it out alive. »
Tyler Treese: Jon, Ellison’s family dynamic is really interesting in the movie. He’s this self-made billionaire, but he has a strained relationship with some of his children. Much of it is about the family business, and we learn a lot about its past throughout the film. What did you really like about this character?
Jon Voight: Well, I have to say that I initially resisted this movie because I had never done anything like this before. It’s like a reincarnation of Vincent Price or something, and I was scared to do it, actually. But Sean McNamara, the great director, Sean McNamara, who makes great family movies, and I’ve done a few with him, was drooling over making this movie, and I had to go with him. [laughs]. Sean, what do you have to say for yourself?
Sean McNamara: I don’t know. I just, again, we’ve done family movies together and this is, in a way, a family movie. It just has a very different outcome at the end [laughs].
Voight: See how happy he is to talk about this movie? And it’s a scary movie. It’s scary to have done and scary to watch. You can’t have a weak heart to watch this movie. But the other thing about it, I’ve talked to other people about it, I said, Well, you know, but, but couples will go and there’s always going to be one that’s a little bit shy and they’ll be scared of what they’re looking at and scream and scream and the other one will say, Oh, no honey, that’s fine. And it brings people together.
Yeah. Sean, there are disgusting scenes in this movie. What’s your approach to just filming gore and making it unsettling? Because it definitely is.
McNamara: Well, like Jon, this is my first time doing something like this, this kind of film. And I thought that was amazing because, you know, artists who do this stuff, I grew up in the same neighborhood as John Chambers, who won the Oscar for Planet of the Apes, and I had used to go to his garage and there were these faces, like Jaws. It scared me to go into his garage. But when all of a sudden I met all the artists on this show that we could do things that I had never done before, artisans made me so passionate. We can do this, we can do that. I just like to throw myself into the idea of saying “How can we make this moment real, this moment very scary? »
Jon, you also played in a wheelchair in Coming Home. Regarding acting, are there any difficulties related to the restriction of your movements?
No. I’ve done it before, so I’m comfortable with it. I’ve done it twice before, once with Pearl Harbor when I played President Roosevelt. But that’s my little automatic weapon in this room. I enjoyed it, I enjoyed its movement. It was a dangerous thing, I must tell you, this piece that we had weighed more than a ton. It was really heavy because he had these abilities to move up and down, everything was electric and armed, not to mention too much. It was fun to work with and get used to after day one. You are part of it.
Absolutely. Sean, HH Holmes’ Murder Castle is a big inspiration here. What did you like in this story mixing true story and fiction?
McNamara: Well, that’s one of the biggest things, because I’ve done a lot of historical figures and real things. And then mix the two with fiction, and the subject matter that unfolds is very scary just because it was taken from real life. But we were able to go further by integrating it into the fiction and bringing it to the present. It’s a very scary story that this movie has.
Jon, you have some really intense scenes with Jonathan Rhys Myers. What was it like working with him as a stage partner?
Voight: I was so excited to work with him. I mean, he’s an actor with a great reputation, and he’s wonderful in this setting. He is very generous with the other actors. He has a lot to do, he’s a very intense actor. I had heard his reputation, you know, glowing reports of his work, and I found that to be true for me as well. I was very impressed by his work, and I had a lot of fun working with him, insofar as I made another film afterwards with him, which will be released as well. But yes, it is true. And other actors talk about him, it’s wonderful the way they portray him because he’s so intense. He is very prepared. He’s a real artist and he comes from a family of artists, his father was a musician, and he’s a great musician. He’s a great guitarist and he’s a singer. And he’s multi-talented, but that’s the real deal.
Sean, the ending is really great. It is surprisingly very dark. Was that still the planned ending for this movie?
McNamara: I think what happens is we all got together collectively, the actors, and we were just having fun throwing around ideas to make it better. Like we’ve seen other movies and we just like a big scare. And we were like, how can we go a little further and still make it believable? And that’s what we would do. And like I said, I would wake up having my coffee every morning, and Jon would look at me and say, “You’re sick, you’re sick. And I say, “I have no idea. I don’t want to be sick, but it was just fun to make that stuff up.
Voight: I don’t agree with everything he said, but he’s sick.
Jon. Another performance that really impressed me was Will Sasso because he’s so well known for his comedy. Can you talk about it?
Voight: That’s right. Well, everyone in that room was great. It’s a great job overall, and Will Saso, he’s the delight of the trailer when he does that little joke. So you see, he looks comical, but it’s integrated into his character. He’s a great actor and he gave a great performance.
Sean, Megan Charpentier also does a great job in this film. Can I just get your opinion on just, she seems to have such a brilliant career, and she really has a star performance here.
McNamara: Yes. I’m going to be crawling on glass to work with this young actress again. She’s so talented and brought that understated elegance to the role that I wasn’t prepared for. And again, when I met her and saw her level of talent, it just blew my mind. But when we were shooting the scene, you know, when you see it in real time, I was like, drawn to the monitor, just watching his performance. We’re going to see her a lot more.
Voight: Yeah. I double on that. She is very special.
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