VOD Spotlight: Corbin BleuMay 01, 2012
On Demand Weekly spoke with Corbin Bleu, star of the new horror movie on demand premiering today, SCARY OR DIE (Phase 4 Films).
On Demand Weekly (ODW): Most people know you from the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL movies, but you were in some cult classics such as MYSTERY MEN and GALAXY QUEST when you were younger. Have you had the opportunity to see their fans at a Comic Con?
Corbin Bleu (CB): Not at a Comic Con, but to this day I have people that I will work with go to look at my resume and realize I was in those films and begin exclaiming that they are huge fans of them. I was so young when I did those films it takes them a moment to piece together who I am in them, but when they finally do they freak out.
ODW: What veteran actors have you learned the most from?
CB: Well I have definitely learned the most from my father David Reivers. He has been my teacher from the beginning. I feel the way I view a script and the way I handle myself within a scene or on a set I have adopted from him. I also feel Sigourney Weaver made a lasting impression on me. I was so young when I worked with her and yet I have such a vivid image of how gracious of an actor and person she was.
ODW: Whose is on your wish list to work with in the future?
CB: Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman, Quentin Tarantino, Charlize Theron, and when it comes to the stage: Brian D'arcy James.
ODW: You’ve also done some voice over work. What was it like to work for the cartoon smash “Phineas and Ferb”?
CB: The coolest part about that character to me is that they made him look similar to me. I thought it was awesome seeing my cartoon self. Doing a voice over is also just great period because the physical element is missing, so you have the opportunity to do whatever it takes vocally to get the point across and that usually means doing some wacky physical stuff in the recording booth that nobody sees.
ODW: And now you’re in the upcoming SCARY OR DIE. What was it like to do a horror film and who directed your part of the movie?
CB: I've been a big horror fan for a while...
...Working in a horror film was such a pleasure for me because I got to see everything from the perspective of behind a clown mask! The second I looked at myself in a mirror and was able to be in control of the freakish monster on screen I knew being in the film was even more fun for me than watching it! Michael Emanuel directed the piece I'm in. He is also the mastermind behind the stories so working with him and getting the true meat behind everything made the process all the better!
ODW: The SCARY OR DIE poster has a pretty gruesome clown. Has your take on clowns changed since doing the movie?
CB: I personally have never had a fear of clowns, but since doing this project it is amazing to see how many people do!
ODW: You tweeted out to your large twitter fan base to “Make sure you mark May 1st on your calendar for the world premiere of "SCARY OR DIE on VOD.” We live in an interactive world now. What has been your fan’s response?
CB: A lot of my fans are excited to see me take on a new role. Some are terrified of the poster, which means it has done its job! But overall I know...
...a lot of my fans are also fans of the horror genre.
They will enjoy the ride!
ODW: What do you like to watch on demand?
CB: I'm a straight up movie fan myself! I try to keep up with television shows, but usually I'm all about winding down the day with I good flick!
ODW: Your father (actor David Reivers) is also in SCARY OR DIE. What was it like to work with him?
CB: My Dad, myself, Derrick Ski-ter Jones, and Michael Emanuel are the producers on the film. I've had the opportunity to work with my Dad on camera before, as well as off camera in production. We make a good team. We get along well as friends and colleagues as well as our father-son relationship. We both have the same mindset and approach when it comes to our work.
ODW: What will you do on May 1 to celebrate the VOD premiere?
CB: Right now I am currently working on Broadway in the revival of the musical “Godspell” but all my cast mates are excited about the film. So I think we are going to get in on demand ourselves to watch it and celebrate!
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