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The Young and Prodigious T.S Spivet - Callum Keith Rennie interview (exclusive)

The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet, Callum Keith Rennie

Interview by Rob Carnevale

CALLUM Keith Rennie talks about playing the role of Father in The Young and Prodigious T.S Spivet and what drew him to the character.

He also talks about working with the film’s young star, Kyle Catlett, the film’s director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and reflects on his own career that has included TV greats such as Californication and Battlestar Galactica as well as Christopher Nolan’s Memento. He also gives us just a few quick comments on his role in Fifty Shades of Grey

Q. What drew you to the character of Father?
Callum Keith Rennie: It was an opportunity to work with Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who I’ve always admired, an exciting cast of great people and a story based on a brilliant novel.

Q. I gather you drew on childhood memories of your own, as well as talking to real-life cowboys to get a fix on how he deals with his son? Can you explain a little more about how you approached the former and what you learnt from the latter?
Callum Keith Rennie: I grew up in Alberta, cowboy country, so I drew a bit on that. I also went to Montana, stayed on a ranch and rode horses for a week.

Q. How was working with Kyle Catlett and did you have much time to bond beforehand?
Callum Keith Rennie: Kyle and I had a bit of rehearsal time beforehand, it was fun and inventive.

Q. And how was working with Jean-Pierre Jeunet? What did you like about his directorial style in particular? And what do you think he brought out of you as an actor?
Callum Keith Rennie: Jean- Pierre was very trusting as a director. It was fun because he shoots from the hip even within the structure.

Q. How much did you enjoy shooting on the locations? I gather you’ve been back several times since to indulge a passion?
Callum Keith Rennie: It’s a very beautiful part of the world. I like to fish.

The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet, Callum Keith Rennie

Q. You starred in two American TV greats in Battlestar Galactica and Californication. How much did you enjoy those experiences and how do you view them as shows, especially in terms of how they are now regarded?
Callum Keith Rennie: They’re both very different shows and were both very fun to work on. I feel extremely blessed to have had those opportunities.

Q. You were also in the excellent 24 – how was working with Kiefer Sutherland and working on that final season? And did you get a chance to see the revival?
Callum Keith Rennie: 24 was an excellent show to work on, Kiefer was awesome. I’m grateful to have gotten in on the last season. And no I have not yet seen the revival.

Q. How was working with Christopher Nolan on Memento?
Callum Keith Rennie: Memento was a very fast shoot. Nolan was very easy going and I had fun while I was there.

The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet

Q. You also recently completed working on Helen Hunt’s Ride. What can you tell us about that and how was working with Helen as star, writer and director?
Callum Keith Rennie: I’m a HUGE Helen Hunt fan so I was extremely excited and honoured to be working on her project. She’s a delight.

Q. Is directing something you see yourself moving into?
Callum Keith Rennie: No I have no desire to direct, I’ll leave that to the professionals.

Q. What can we expect from your role as Ray Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey? And how is working with Sam Taylor-Johnson? She was a surprise choice for many people…
Callum Keith Rennie: I really enjoyed Sam Taylor-Johnson’s sensibilities as a director and It’s really just a teaser of Ray Steele as he plays more in the sequels.

Q. Are you also ready for the scrutiny the film will be placed under? Does it daunt your or excite you?
Callum Keith Rennie: I’m curious to see where the film series will go and happy to be a part of it.

Q. And similarly, how was working with Duncan Jones on Warcraft? And what can we expect from you in that one?
Callum Keith Rennie: I’ve been sworn to secrecy on that one:)

Q. IMDB lists 119 acting credits for you – which have been your favourites and which do you look back on most fondly?
Callum Keith Rennie: I feel extremely blessed to have had such a long and varied career it’s hard to pick a favourite.

The Young and Prodigious T.S Spivet arrives on DVD and download on October 6, 2014 from eOne.