CS Interview: Josh Hartnett on Police Thriller Inherit the Viper
Following her starring role in Showtime's critically acclaimed horror drama Penny Dreadful, Josh Hartnett is slowly and steadily returning to the world of cinema, and ComingSoon.net has had a chance to talk to the 41-year-old actor to discuss his cause. Next project, police thriller Inherit the Viper, which is in limited theaters and now on VOD!
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For brothers Kip (Hartnett) and Josie (Margarita Levieva, The Blacklist), drug trafficking is not just the family business – it is the only means of survival. When a deal goes fatally wrong, Kip decides he wants to break it. But Kip's attempt to escape his family's legacy ignites a gunpowder barrel of violence and betrayal by placing Kip, Josie and their younger brother Boots (Owen Teague, It: Chapter Two) in this police thriller that comes to a conclusion. overwhelming.
The film is written by Andrew Crabtree and directed by Anthony Jerjen in his directorial debut and features a cast that also includes Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's Bruce Dern, Chandler Riggs of The Walking Dead, Valorie Curry and Ray of The Walking. Dead Dash Mihok, by Donovan.
Hartnett, who held a number of lead roles in big-name projects, including The Faculty, 1998, Pearl Harbor, 2001, and Black Hawk Down, before starring fan favorites Sin City, 30 Days of Night and Lucky Number. Slevin, was excited. to the movie for its script, which explores everything from family to the opioid epidemic in the United States. While the latter may seem like a starting point for becoming a political film, the star has found that Jerjen's desire not to explore this is one of his biggest draw for the project.
“The script caught my attention and it's in line with the kind of movie I like to do, where it's challenging to do that, but when it works well, it says something many other movies can't say, Hartnett said. “When I read the script, I was immediately drawn to human tragedy, but immediately started thinking about things on a political level. When I met Anthony, who is Swiss, he clearly told me that he did not want to make a political movie. He wanted to make a movie about this tragic situation in this family and the devastation that occurs in the community because of this drug, but it does not necessarily reach people with the message. He felt in a unique position to do so, because he comes from Europe, viewing this issue as an American issue, not a right or left issue, not related to what you think about Medicare and so on. What I appreciate about your approach and why I think this movie really works is that all this stuff is in the background or on the periphery of this story, but the story itself is a thriller and is a human drama about a family that is coming to terms with who they are, and in a very negative sense. I'm a little surprised that they did it all, given the small budget we had and the small amount of time we had to do so. In the end, when I saw the issue a few months ago, I was struck by the clarity of the vision and the amount of silence, space and breath Anthony brought to the film. And it looked scary and I'm proud to be part of it. "
Hartnett's character, Kip, is not only the caretaker chief of his family, but is also a war veterinarian who is trying to find his place in the world, as he and his wife are expecting a new child and he finds he may not. be ready to continue your family. Dangerous lifestyle, with the actor enjoying the family drama in the movie.
"There is dependency within the family, obviously there is dependency outside the family and there is Kip dealing with his PTSD and a young man trying to figure out who he is in this world," said Hartnett. “All of these things are happening simultaneously with the plot advancing and I really appreciate the fact that they were able to advance the plot while also illuminating these other stories along the way. I think it was treated with dexterity and a remake job done by Anthony and Benito and the rest of the guys on the production side. "
While the smaller budget created the need for a fast-paced shooting schedule, Hartnett found that one of the most challenging aspects of the project included the “emotional clarity” needed for the story's subject and how he needed to find a way to be “present, because of the subject. and the time it took. "
"There was no second that it was a long time that we were filming, we had the time to film what we need to film and then we had to move on," he said. “We had to stay in it and try to continue to understand it more deeply as the shoot went on and, fortunately, I think all the actors were totally committed. I know all the actors were there because of their commitment to the story and with Anthony, no one was there to make money or anything, it was just because we believed in the project. When you get a lot of committed people devoting a lot of time and working hard to do something, sometimes it works like that. "
With all the dedicated people, as he described them on set, he found it difficult to pinpoint anyone as fascinating to perform alongside, although he also felt increasingly close to his family co-stars throughout the shoot.
"I mean Bruce Dern will always be fascinating, he tries very hard to define it," said Hartnett. “Bruce never lets a movie set mess up a good story, so he's fun to have around and told some amazing stories. I worked with some actors of his generation, just finished a show with Nick Nolte and had a similar feeling. I think they just appreciate the fact that they can be on set and create these characters and bring the gravity they can bring. I think they really appreciate the camaraderie on set so that was fun. Margarita, Owen, and I approached during the shoot, spent a few nights at the house where we should have grown up, and got to know each other very well and exchanged stories about people we know have had addictions and things like that. "
After seeing a strong film career at the beginning and in the middle of the story, Hartnett's film work began to take a more contained approach and eventually land in one of Showtime's leading roles in Penny Dreadful. Hartnett attributes this to his work on the show and to wanting to spend more time with his family.
"I started doing other things, writing movies, directing shorts and music videos and producing other films," he said. “I kind of started acting more seriously after Penny Dreadful, because I found myself on that show wishing I was out there making more movies because we were working on the show for three years, I didn't have time during the summer to actually work on as many movies as I would like. . Since it was over, I've had kids and wanted to be home with my kids as much as possible, so I'm only going to make movies for a short time here and there. I know this sounds strange because most people pursue, pursue, pursue their film careers, but by personality pattern, I became more committed to my family. But now I'm making more movies, and I look forward to the next few, and I hope there are some that are interesting to you and the general public. "
Inheriting Viper is currently in select theaters and is now available in digital and VOD format!