Over the course of his career, Kurtwood Smith has starred in several iconic projects, be it an action dystopia robocop or a hilarious sitcom like That ’70s ShowAlthough the actor is moving into a new realm, finally starring in an adaptation of Stephen King with the upcoming fire starter, With adventures largely focused on a young girl with telekinetic powers on the run from a nefarious organization, Smith’s involvement in the project is relatively short, yet helps paint a malevolent picture of this mysterious corporation. . new fire starter in theaters and on May 13 on Peacock.
The film has been described as, “For more than a decade, parents Andy (Zac Efron; extremely wicked, shockingly evil and loathsome; the greatest showman) and Vicky (Sydney Lemon; Fear the Walking Dead, Succession) his daughter Charlie (Ryan Keira Armstrong; American Horror Story: Double Feature, The Tomorrow War) from an obscure federal agency that wants to use its phenomenal gift to cause fire to a weapon of mass destruction. Andy teaches Charlie how to deactivate his power, which stems from anger or pain. But as Charlie turns 11, the fire gets harder and harder to control. The family’s location is revealed after an incident, a mysterious operative (Michael Greyes; Wild Indian, Rutherford Falls) is deployed to hunt down the family and capture Charlie forever. Charlie has other plans.”
ComicBook.com contacted Smith to talk about his interest in the project, his character’s intentions, and his return to the That ’70s Show Role.
ComicBook.com: What was your relationship to this story in particular or to Stephen King in general before joining the project?
Kurtwood Smith: I have enjoyed his works over the years, differently. I was actually quite surprised that I hadn’t done it before, but when I went back and looked at it, apparently I didn’t. So I am happy to be involved in it. And from what I’ve seen of it, I think it turned out very well. I hear a lot of good things. I really liked the script.
That’s another thing I was curious about, since you only have a few scenes, what was it about the project that got you excited to be involved in it, even though you have a small but important role in the narrative?
Well, they sent me the script, and I read the whole script, and I thought, “This could be really cool.” And then if you take the Stephen King combination and on top of that, you have a really good script… I thought, “I love the script and it’s Stephen King. It could be really big.” And that’s why I wanted to be involved with it. Quite simple.
Do you feel like focusing on this one is a liberating experience, the important encounter you’re going to have with this character, or does it feel like there’s more pressure, because you only have this one scene, you get so much more weight? Has it to do with the history of this character and the ongoing research with those characters?
good question I must say I didn’t really think about that aspect of it. I think it’s something that comes from doing a lot of movies and things like that. I had only one character, and I had a lot of time to think about it. I was in quarantine for 14 days in a hotel room outside Canada…sorry, I’m making a difference in the name of the major Canadian city I was in. Anyway, I had about 14 days to sit in this hotel room. I couldn’t even go outside in the hallway.
I had this character, and I had a lot of time to think about the character and create a backstory for him, in terms of where he is in the end, what he’s most afraid of, in that case, it That he can free a demon that can destroy much of the world. So for her, she is no longer a little girl, she is a creature, and she is guilty, which makes her angry at herself, but also at those who will not accept it. They don’t really understand the danger here.
We hear of him at the beginning of the movie when he started the experiment, and he has plans. He has an exciting threshold. He’s at an exciting threshold for himself in terms of his work, and then it starts to get worse. And then, finally, when he finds out about the little girl, he finds out what he really did. But of course, until then, they will be after him to remain silent at the end of his life.
Were you given the freedom to create the character’s backstory as a whole that we don’t see or was it more of a collaboration, to bring ideas [writer] Scott [Teems] And [director] Keetho [Thomas] To follow along, ask them to see what they think about it?
Oh, it was pretty much the same as it was. I didn’t talk to Keith until we were on set and there wasn’t much to talk about. I said, “So where do you want me on this?” And he says, “How’s it going to be here?” And I said, “Okay, great. And Gloria [Reuben] There is.” And, “Okay.” And, “Are you serious about wearing a mask for the whole rehearsal?” “Yeah, I am.” “Okay. Alright, let’s go.” And that was it.
Then I was always pushing him to see if I was doing what he wanted, to make sure he wasn’t keeping up with me, that he wasn’t getting what he wanted. He seemed quite happy, so that’s how I went. It was cool, and Gloria was comfortable to work with. And as far as developing the character is concerned, it seemed very clear to me where he was at that time. That’s how many times he told them, they weren’t doing anything about it. And so it was finally getting to him, it was starting to drive him crazy that everyone kept saying he was.
there’s another project, you got it That ’70s Show Follow-up on the horizon. I wondered if there was anything you could tease about what made that project so exciting and what made you excited to return after so many years to reprise your role?
I can’t tell you too much, but I can tell you that the big thing for me was to reprise that character and play that character with Deborah Joe Roop, who plays my wife Kitty. Those two things were enough to entice me to do the project. I thought that, and then the third thing was Greg… I’m making a distinction on his last name, that Greg who was the author of the original show was a writer on it, not just a writer, sorry. He is largely the producer of the show. Or at least he had that credit anyway. Mettler is his last name.
I’ll say one more thing about it That ’90s show, And that’s what we’ve done some tests for. We have completed two episodes and the response has been great. So I think you will be very happy.
fire starter In theaters on June 13 and on Peacock.
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