Will Patton Interview: Hammer

Will Patton is a traditional star. Back in the very early days of Hollywood, brand-new stars arised from the New York City movie theater scene prior to relocating to the West Coast as well as attempting their hand at ending up being film celebrities. Legends like Burt Reynolds, Rip Torn, Gene Hackman, as well as primarily every person from that period paid their fees in New York prior to they ever before starred in a solitary film. At 65 years of ages, Will Patton stands for either the last American personality star from that generation, or possibly the initial of the future generation.

From his earliest days in tv as well as movie, Patton transformed heads with his salt-of-the-Earth macho. He exudes an old-timey feeling of Americana that beams with in his brand-new movie, Hammer. Set in the middle of a nondescript suburb, Hammer narrates of criminal offense, retribution, as well as the stretched connections in between papas as well as their children. Written as well as routed by Christian Sparkes, Hammer grows on the gurgling pain that originates from an unwavering dedication to checking out the target market's connection with physical violence.

While advertising the launch of Hammer, Patton talked with Screen Rant regarding his work with the movie as well as his sights on its styles, in addition to his occupation. He speaks about the movie's special representation of physical violence, which worries the emotional as well as psychological toll taken on the killer just as much as the physical damage done to the victim. He talks about his approach to acting as well as how his background as a theater actor has informed his strategy for decades. He also expresses his desire to return to the world of Swamp Thing, in the potential event the DC Universe series somehow gets picked up for a second season.

Hammer releases June 5 on Digital as well as Video on Demand.

How have you been holding up in Quarantine and everything going on?

That's the secret. Actually, I've gotten to talk to some New York actors, and I get the vibe they live here instead of on the West coast because they get to be in theater, on stage. Is that the case for you, and was there anything you were working on that had to be cancelled or postponed because of the pandemic?

I don't get to go out there very much myself, but I kinda feel the same way! So, Hammer, your new movie, is fantastic. Tell me about just how these movies come to you, does your agent call you and go, “You've gotta read this script!” or is there more to it than that?

That's great, I was wondering that myself!

Life is very cheap in a lot of movies. And it leads to people thinking and saying stuff like, “If that was me, dot dot dot.” Anytime I hear anyone say that phrase, I get so mad. Like, you have no idea what you would do, because you've never been in that kind of situation!


That's been an experience. Adding to that disconnect. But I don't know, maybe with current events, with the protests and the Corona and the riots and the unemployment, maybe the breaking point has been reached?

Hammer has such an intimacy to it, that you and the rest of the cast bring to it, and that Christian brings to it. What do you bring to a script to make a character who's so soft-spoken but tough… The kind of parent that maybe their own younger child might be scared of, you know?

This is a leading role. You're frequently cast as a strong supporting player. Does it feel like an opportunity or a responsibility, or is it like any other role when you're first or second on the call sheet?

Maybe the expectation on the outside would be the opposite, but I find, in my experience, theater actors have less of that ego trip that you might expect… Not to s*** on the west coast like I've been doing for this whole chat!

Oh right, that's what I forgot to say! When we were talking about the violence in movies, I remembered that one of the movies that traumatized me as a kid was The French Connection. It's not really a terribly violent film, all things considered, but it's so impactful, it forces the audience to really feel those kills.

Starring in TNT Network's hit sci-fi drama, “Falling Skies,” Will Patton poses for a portrait, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)

I do want to ask you, not about your favorite movie, but something similar. Your career goes back to the 80s on TV, you've been around the block. You're known today for stuff like Remember the Titans, Swamp Thing, Falling Skies, stuff like that. But is there anything from your career that you've done that you're particularly proud of, but you feel didn't get the recognition it deserved at the time, or even now? Something you want to shout-out for the Screen Rant reader?

There's no camera, there's no editing, it's just what you give to the audience based on their seat!

Do you think that's lost in… There's a lot of hype for Hamilton coming to Disney+, and they recently put the Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch Frankenstein play on YouTube… Do you think anything is lost seeing these shows in that format?

That's what I was thinking.

Do you feel like, when you're on stage, the performance changes based on the audience? Do you feed off that energy? What's that relationship like?

That's amazing. I can't even imagine. So, we're huge Swamp Thing fans at Screen Rant.

And we remain optimistic that we might get more adventures of that story in the future.

Would you be keen to return to that world if they gave a green light to new episodes?

You talked about having hard-working sensibilities as a stage star in New York. There's a blue collar integrity to that, to your work, to the image of yourself that we've seen on screen over the years. Is that something you've carried with you, cultivated for yourself, or do you just have the right face for it?

The Man Who Would Be King is another one that traumatized me, just psychologically.

I love when you find the… I don't want to spoil it, but when you find that incredible image of the snake in the cornfield. I could see some people going, “Ew, gross!” Or just not understanding the meaning of that image, but it's, like, it's terrifying!

Yeah, it really works, it shifts the whole tone into such epic grandeur… But talking about the different generations and how hard it is to men to communicate with each other, especially fathers and sons. If it's not too personal, can you talk a little bit about your relationship with your dad? I know he was a famous writer himself.

I hope everything works out for you and your family.

Thanks so much for talking to me today, and thanks for all your work over the years.

Hammer launches June 5 on Digital as well as Video on Demand.

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