Der angehende Schauspiel-Star Reece Thompson spielt den 15-jährigen Hal Hefner. Der, obwohl er stottert, dem Debatierclub seiner Highschool beitritt, um das Mädchen zu beeindrucken, in das er verliebt ist. Ich befragte ihn zu seiner Vergangenheit, zu seiner Arbeit und zu seinem aktuellen Projekt “Rocket Science” (Kinostart August 2007) unter der Regie von Jeffrey Blitz.
CMH: How did your carrer get started, how did you get your first role?
RT: Well, I first started off in the film industry doing Background work in movies and television that came to our town. And I had always expressed my interest in becoming an actor to my parents. Then later I decided that I didn’t want to continue going to school after the 6th grade and convinced my mom to homeschool me. And because she would be available to take me to auditions and things. I began my career.
CMH: What was your favorite job? Why?
RT: Rocket Science is definately my favourite project so far. And the reason for that is that it’s the first time I ever truly fell in love with a script. And the way it was translated from page to screen just blew me away. Jeffrey Blitz did an amazing job.
CMH: Which colleague did impressed you most?
RT: Like I stated above, Jeff was a constant inspiration to me. As I am interested in becoming a filmmaker and not just an actor. So to be working in the face of true genius was a real treat.
Reece in his private life…
CMH: Last film you saw?
RT: Grindhouse. Amazing!
CMH: What do you miss most when you´re away from home?
RT: Home cooked meals.
CMH: What is your life philosophy?
RT: Deep down. Aren’t we all riding Chuck?
CMH: How do you like to spend your free time?
RT: I enjoy writing screenplays and filming short films with my friends.
CMH: Who is your mentor in the busines? Who did you grow up admiring?
RT: It’s hard to just pick one person that inspired me. There are so many that I have seen and been blown away by. Actors and directors alike. I’m constantly being inspired by people in the industry.
CMH: What do you like more – work for a TV Show or a movie?
RT: I enjoy doing film more. It’s a more cathartic experience. I feel that television is sort of rushed and disjointed at times.
CMH: What has been your most embarrassing moment on set?
RT: Most likely the first day of shooting Rocket Science. I threw up on the street after riding up and down it a few times in the blazing Baltimore sun.
CMH: Producing, directing, writing – Any aspirations there?
CMH: Where do you see yourself in twenty years?
RT: Hopefully working.
What about his role Hal Hefner?
CMH: How do you prepared yourself for the Role of Hal Hefner?
RT: Well, we actually had a speech pathologist come in and talk with me, and there was about a week of rehearsals while they awaited my Visa to come through. So basically just practice, practice, practice!
CMH: Are you still be buddy with your colleagues after work?
RT: Yes, we’re all great friends. And are always excited to see each other whenever we can.
CMH: What are your current projects?
RT: Nothing so far. Just reading scripts and seeing what may come up.
CMH: What advice would you give an young actor at the start of his work?
RT: I would say the best advice is to get in the game as soon as possible. Because the sooner you get in it. The sooner you can get out of it if it’s not for you. And that’s not bad. It’s not for everyone.
CHM: Thanks a lot for your time!