Actor Henry Thomas impressed audiences at a young age when he shared the screen with an adorable alien ET The Extra-Terrestrial, his acting abilities as an adult are only getting more impressive. As if that seminal 1982 film wasn’t enough to earn him a passionate following among the genre community, his collaborations with filmmaker Mike Flanagan on projects such as Hill House Haunt And midnight Mass Introducing him to a new generation of fans, he has only grown his following further. In crawl spaceThomas is tasked with showing a completely different side of himself in a profoundly physical and claustrophobic experience. crawl space Now on Digital HD.
The new film is described as, “He is trapped… terrified… and yet more dangerous than they can imagine. After witnessing a brutal murder in a remote cabin, plumber Robert ( Henry Thomas) hides in a cramped crawlspace while the killers scour the property for a hidden fortune. As the killers draw closer, Robert must decide whether the crawlspace will be his grave… or for survival. battlefield in his battle.”
ComicBook.com caught up with Thomas to talk the pace of his career, the physical challenges of the project, and the prospect of a at sequel.
ComicBook.com: A huge component of your character and your entire character’s survival is the fact that he’s a plumber. He’s quick-witted, he improvises with the tools at his disposal. You have been acting for over 40 years. If you weren’t in the creative field, what kind of career do you think you would want to have if you weren’t in acting or music or anything?
Henry Thomas: Well, I come from a long line of farmers and mechanics, so I’d probably fall in there somewhere. I mean, I don’t think this was the career I was made for, but if I was just a kid where I grew up and went to school and just lived there, I would have ended up working with my dad or me. That’s what uncle and he did.
Now I can’t help but wonder, you’ve played so many different characters throughout your career and in this one, you’re very physical, very practical, fit pipes and use wrenches and these repair equipment. Then did you get some advice from your family about how to make you look like you know how to use a monkey wrench?
A lot of it is just sense memory and remembering the kinds of people I knew growing up and who I’ve known all my life. It’s fun to play a role that’s outside your natural wheelhouse, as you can borrow from your friends and put little bits of them into the character. It’s great.
When this project first came your way, back to the core of your involvement, what was it that attracted you the most, what attracted you the most? Be it the story or the physical challenges or the filmmaking team, what was it that really inspired you to get into it?
A lot of it was director Gustavo Cooper, whom I had met earlier. He was really excited about it and he sent me the script and I read the script and I thought, “This is really cool. It’s like home alone either die Hard In a dungeon.” I thought it could be really cool if we got the right people and I think we got a great cast and it was a lot of fun. It was fun for me to play an action role because I haven’t It’s largely been my entire career. There are some things that can be iffy, gray areas, but for the most part, it was a lot of dramatic roles and horror, so it was fun.
Speaking of Gustavo, he has shorts and a limited number of features to his name. He’s relatively young compared to some of the other filmmakers you’ve worked with, so what was so exciting about working with him on this project? What was the experience like?
Gus is calm because he’s thinking about 90 mph. It’s more like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, just go, Gus. We don’t have time for this, let’s do this.” He was very excited about the film and always had fresh ideas and always wanted to explore things. It’s contagious, that kind of energy. You want to try to get the best film out of the limited budget and limited time you have and so it is a real collaborative effort.
it seems a bit die Hard either home alone, Except that you’re spending the majority of the movie completely alone in a crawlspace in a 10′-by-20′ area, where you’re not really chewing up scenes with the people in front of you. How was that experience for you? Did you find it liberating that you got so much free time to use the space or was it more challenging?
It’s challenging in the sense that there’s always a lot of business to do because you have to keep things interesting and you can’t be the one thinking in the basement. There is a lot of physicality to it. There’s a lot on you as an artiste in the sense that you’re handling a lot of your injuries and you’re playing a lot of the psychological aspect of it, but you’re also doing an action film. Great line.
This ghost, We’re not going to see… I’m not going to get an Oscar for living in a crawlspace corpse in the cold or the heat. The thing is, I had other actors off-camera when I was there, even though we were on set and it was a different day. We went for each other because it was important. Essentially, that’s the only dialogue between the three characters for most of the film and that’s what we needed.
We barely had this conversation in the same month as the 40th release anniversary at I know you did a commercial a few years back which was a little bit of a reunion. Over the years, it’s such an incredibly special, unique film, have you ever heard an idea for a sequel or reboot that would do something different, where you thought, “You know what? It’s worth exploring,” ? Or do you think it’s just a timeless one and that no one should ever go near it again?
I guess I’m in the latter camp, but the ideas kicked in over the years. There was some serious talk in the beginning as the studio was really pushing for it. To follow the success of the 1982 season. I just can’t… I mean, so commercial, I guess [Steven] Spielberg corrected the ad because he’s as close to a sequel as he’s willing to go, as he’s willing to allow. The response for that Xfinity spot was so overwhelming and people thought it was a teaser for a sequel that caused a big, big stir on the internet. I don’t know if it has made it beyond the internet.
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