Monday, May 21, 2012

Episode 8: Hostile Takeover

For the last three episodes, we brought in some heavy hitters from Seattle's indie film scene.  Lisa Coronado was quick to sign on as Evil Hand (in fact, we'd written the role pretty much with her in mind), and the roles of Choking Hazard and Dr. Flaming Skull were given to two actors with whom I'd worked previously (and both traveling from different parts of the country).  When events conspired to take both gentlemen out of the picture at varying degrees of last-minute-ness, we had to cover our bases - and I daresay we came out far better than we could have hoped.

Josh Truax is a fixture in Seattle indie film.  I first became aware of his work through the West Seattle project The Divine Marigolds and Ali Mohsenian's Sequential Art, although he's been at it longer than that.  We asked him directly, and he accepted, bringing a delightfully frustrated quality and human dimension to a character that is on the surface not much more than a play on words.  Fantastic.

Paul Eenhoorn has likewise been a fixture of Seattle film, both commercial and indie.  He plays the patriarch of the Marigold family, and a host of other roles, from hit men to the mayor of Renton.  And as Dan Heinrich says, the man held a friggin' clinic every time the cameras rolled.  He embraced the ridiculous and made Dr. Flaming Skull into a far more paternal figure than we'd initially imagined.

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