Interview: Kim Coates Talks Neon Lights, Gushes About Daughter’s Acting

ComingSoon spoke Neon lights star Kim Coates about starring in the thriller, which is out today on demand and digital. That Sons of Anarchy The actress also discussed working with Dana Abraham, getting to be in the same movie as her daughter, Brenna Coates, and more.

“Technical tycoon, Clay Amani, retires to an off-site location in search of meaning and peace, with siblings and their offspring who are not connected, only to be caught in a bone-chilling killing spree in his new property,” reads the synopsis of the film.

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Dana Abraham’s character is losing his mind. You give him advice and guidance in the background. What really attracted you to this role as Denver?

Kim Coates: I’ve done so much. I feel like I’m 120 years old now. I’ve made so many movies and so much TV and so much stage that when small scripts like this come across your desk, and [are] sent to you by your people and they say, “you do not feel like doing it, but it’s a little cool to write” and you read it. And the pandemic had just started in 2020. It was like September or October 2020, maybe August. And this was one of the very first movies left during the pandemic, bro. Movies and TV did it right. We were all wearing masks and were tested for COVID every day. This was before the vaccines were available. No one wanted to get sick, that’s for sure. This story, I’ve never read anything like it, to tell you the honest truth, Tyler.

The mental health aspect of this story … Yes, it’s very Hitchcock. Yes, it’s a psychological thriller. Yes, it’s a little horrible. Yes, it’s a little crazy. But it is the mental health aspect of this child, Dana Abraham, who plays Clay Amani… his character and what he went through as a young man, as a boy from this nursing home to become this huge tycoon, hit the technology giant until then… at. the beginning of the movie he loses everything, everything! And he’s losing his mind. And he goes to a psychiatrist. played by my daughter, Brenna Coates, wow amazing was she, right? I mean, that fucking kid was so good. Brenna, I’m so proud of her, such an amazing actress – and he’s sitting in that office, and so we go on this trip with Dana. We go into his mind and we go on this trip and we do not know … is it real? Is it in his head?

Is it real? Is this it? And my character of Denver is woven together like a needle in a thread all the way through the movie. And I look, I observe, I speak to him. [I] got a few other scenes with Brit [MacRae, who plays Clarissa] and my daughter. And I tell you, I can not say much about the character. You’ve seen the movie, and you know why – people need to see this movie in the theater, on their couch with a whiskey and popcorn, because it’s a crazy ending. It’s a crazy story. And it’s really engrossed in mental health, which should be at the forefront of everyone’s plate these days.

You talked about your daughter in the movie, and she’s amazing in it. How exciting is it to be to see her really come to her right as an actress?

Yes, that’s really great, man. The funny thing is, she’s been the real actress. She’s the real Coates actress from day one. I stumbled upon it, Tyler, I was in College / University, and I took an acting class for fun. I was supposed to be a history teacher and did not even know what a monologue was. And then 25 plays later, and then Toronto, and here’s this Kim Coates guy, and my daughter is born, boom! The eldest Kyla, Brenna’s eldest sister. She’s a rock star right here in LA, she’s working in LA county and still trying to save America, God bless her. But Brenna went to NYU, auditioned to get in and got into the Tisch Acting Academy, she is a star at the school. She got into this play called The wolves, which started at Poughkeepsie. Then the Duke Theater went to the Lincoln Center.

She has won a Dora Award and a Drama Desk Award for her acting in The wolves. One of the greatest plays, the New York Times said, in the last 25 years. So I’m pretty proud of Brenna and all the theater she’s made and all the movies she’s made. And she’s coming with this one with her dad, which’s pretty cool. She’s had someone else call her Burden, which also opens next week. She is the female lead in that film and she also has a few deals on the way for the fall. So yes. It’s exciting to see your child do so well.

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How’s that? Because you just have to find this balance as a father all the time, but how do you manage to give her advice and, so to speak, just let her have her own career?

Tyler, I can ‘t give her advice anymore, man! I mean, are you kidding? She’s young like you, she’s 28. She’s on her own way now. And does she love her father? Yes she does. Is she proud of her old husband? I think she is, but I’m her biggest fan. And sometimes she comes to me with a question about the company, or someone said this, what does that mean? Or Dad, what would you have done in this situation? But no, she’s her own acting machine now, and it’s really exciting to watch.

So much of this movie revolves around the relationship between you and Dana, and you share some really strong moments. What was it like to have him as a stage partner?

How good was this guy? I mean, Tyler, he reminded me of a young me. Like my character in Waterworld, like the crazy homeless man at sea, crazy… I mean, Dana had it incredibly easy with his nervousness, his little laughter, that he was completely ruined by his growing up days with his dad at home, and what it was all about. meant now that he is a young adult. And we’re going to live his life through the movie, and it’s so hard to see at times, but to be with him and Rouzbeh Heydari, the director … I mean, I’m that kind of actor, Tyler … you know probably this about me, you’ve seen enough of my work. I learned them, and then I forgot about them.

You can not be real if you make the lines like the line … you can not, it is not acting you are selected. I do not know what to say to you right now. You do not know what you want to say to me right now, so you must know, and then you must not. And Dana and I, we let it all go. I figured that “always and forever and always and forever”, it was just something that just came out on one of those things. So we loved it so much that we used it throughout the movie. “You are my favorite. You are my favorite.” It was also just a line that Kim Coates came up with that seemed to fit in with Denver Kane that I was playing. So yeah, I want to make a million movies with Dana. He’s so good.

You’ve had such a famous career as you mentioned, and one of your earliest roles was a gang member in Miami Vice. Do you remember that role? It’s pretty funny that you get biker banners at all back then.

Well, come on. Think about it. Miami police … what was it? Bikers from hell, yes! [It] was like Viking Bikers from Hell, or something like that. Yes. Don Johnson, mand. He shook my head. I had stitches. I never left the set. They put one of those plaster things on the back of my head. I would not be pushed around by Don Johnson. He was a star. I just had a little guest star, but I got my first 01 Visa on that show. I’m a proud Canadian boy. I’m both now, of course I have both passports, but yeah, man, I was just a little Canadian guy who just came up from Stratford and was thrown in. Miami police immediately. And then all the theater and Broadway and The last scoutit just went on and on and on from there.

You must return as Tig in Mayans MC. What was it like to revisit that character after so many years away?

Yeah, that was pretty awesome, right? I mean, to get them to come back to me for wanting to put a little finishing touch on the last show of the fourth season… everything I said to Elgin James – the showrunner, Kurt Sutter is gone now, it’s all Elgin and such a handsome man – I told him on the phone … they obviously gave me an offer I could not refuse, but it was really about writing. I said, “Be sure to write to Tig. I can not just come and have a little stupid, little fight.” I needed something. I needed something. The two scenes he wrote were so wildly good, so creepy and funny and violent – the first in the hospital. And then a seven-minute r with Emilio Rivera? My brother , my brother, two old warriors talking about the good old days and what the future could bring? Smoking a cigarette? I was just really, really happy to be asked back.And it was weird as hell, really weird.

Black Hawk Down recently turned 20, which is absolutely wild. What is it like when you see your art persistent and still significant decades later?

That’s a really good question and observation. I really mean that, thanks for saying that, Tyler. I have so many good, fond memories of Sam Shepard and Ridley Scott who directed it, and Sam is gone now, but I played golf with him five times and Billy [William] Fichtner and Eric Bana and I became best friends, Ewan McGregor, best friends. Tom Hardy, one of his very first films. You look at the names – Orlando Bloom – you look at some of the names on that show, and how it was the first or second show for some of these young guys, and the amount of quality and, and how it’s so honored, and Oscars, which we won. Again, this is a movie about war and we are now… all of Russia’s bullshit, and it just never stops. It seems that the war never stops. And to be a part of it, the movie that was hailed for what it said that day for the Americans and the demo was Mogadishu … I’m really, really glad I got that movie made. It was something I will never forget.

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