ComingSoon editor-in-chief Tyler Treese spoke Resurrection star Tim Roth about his new thriller, in which he stars alongside Rebecca Hall. Directed by Andrew Semans, it’s out in theaters on July 29th, with an on demand and digital release on August 5th.
“Margaret’s life is in order. She is bright, disciplined and successful. Soon her teenage daughter, whom Margaret has raised alone, will go to a fine university, just as Margaret had hoped. Everything is under control,” the synopsis reads. that is, until David returns, carrying with him the horrors of Margaret’s past.”
Tyler Treese: Can you talk to Rebecca Hall as a scene partner and be able to work away from her?
Tim Roth: Every take we did had life to it and she’s a remarkable actor – real acting chops, extraordinary. She also has this wicked sense of humor. When we were filming, sometimes it was hard not to laugh, you know? So because of what she brought to it as well, it was hard at times not to step out of the moment and just look at her with your jaw dropped. I thought she was incredible. I’m trying to think of a good example…scenes where we sit across from each other and every time she came to play the scene you’re never quite sure what she’s going to bring and you have to keep an open mind as an actor .
Don’t just do the same thing over and over again, react to what you get, play what she plays. So there was an extraordinary range of talent on display – just with this one person. You have to be ready to play with such an actor. I think she’s phenomenal.
I loved your performance too. You have this interesting element to your character where you really play up his narcissism. He clearly sees himself as the good guy, but you don’t go over the top, it’s very subdued and that makes it more chill. How have you honed that element of David and made sure he sees himself as the good guy?
When we first discussed it with me and Andrew [Semans, director of Resurrection]It was much [that] I didn’t want to play him in a very obvious way. And then the idea that he’s a good man, the idea that he’s there to help, the idea that he’s worried, “why is she acting like this?” And all those things I found much more relaxing. I found the idea of someone like that much more relaxing – and Andrew was very much on board with that.
So that’s what we gave her, that’s what she brought to the table to play out in the scenes that we had. And then you turn it—from the beginning of the sentence to the end of the sentence—you turn from being a gentle, concerned friend to being the monster. You can try to do it across one sentence if you want, in a matter of seconds. The audience might be more intrigued and get more of a kick out of a character that was like that instead of it being one thing all the way through.
Without going into spoilers, the ending of this movie is pretty absurd and wild in a really fun way. What was your reaction when you read the script and saw what was going to happen?
Well, we came to shoot that towards the end of the shoot, we all knew what was coming… but no, we thought we knew what was coming. Andrew knew what was about to happen. So you kind of put it out of your mind until it happens. [It was] exhausting for Rebecca, more than it was for me. But yes, it was hard. It’s emotionally hard, but we laughed a lot.
You worked well with Andrew on this film, what impressed you most about his directing style?
The way he works is just a quiet conversation. You would never know this was his first or second film or whatever. We would just carefully discuss what we thought as actors and what he wanted as a director, arrive at decisions and then act on them. It was very, very mature. He never came across as a neophyte. He was very much the professional. [It] felt that he had much more experience than he actually had. I experience that quite often with new filmmakers. I like that experience too.
There are some thematic similarities to your directorial debut, The War Zone, which I thought was so brilliant. Will we ever see you in the director’s chair again?
No, I’m done. I’m done with it. None. It was something I did… No, I think I’m done with those things. It was, it was something I had to get rid of. I’ve been told so many times by other directors, “Go direct your own movie, stay out of my hair.” So I did, and I got it done, and then I moved on.
You’ve had such an amazing acting career and so many amazing films with Quentin Tarantino in particular. This is the 30th anniversary of Reservoir Dogs. Can I have your reflection on this legacy and how satisfying it is to see it really stand the test of time?
It’s a strange one. We all felt it when we made it. It’s not one of those where, looking back, you go “wow, that movie, huh? Look what it did.” We knew when we were doing it even before we started shooting when the actors started hanging out with each other [and] meet. Everyone was like, ‘Oh, this is something special. This guy is going to have a long, distinguished career.’ We didn’t necessarily think it would be that powerful, but we definitely thought “this guy is amazing.” This work, this writing… the way he was on set afterwards, the directing – the way he directs his actors… it was extraordinary.
So we knew it was coming, but obviously nobody can predict that kind of success, that kind of impact. Being there at the beginning is an incredible feeling, you know? For all of us involved. Steve Buscemi, the same. Harvey [Keitel]all these guys, mike [Madsen] … it is quite an extraordinary moment.
Last year saw your MCU big return as the Abomination, and fans were thrilled to see him get a makeover. So what did you think of his new look?
The “new” look… it’s so funny because when I saw it I was like “oh” because it’s closer to the actual comics. It’s closer to how he was. Originally he was underwater. He could breathe underwater, he had gills. All that was [a] very interesting mix of monster and human. I found that fascinating. That was something we didn’t put into the first movie. So the makeover is, I don’t know if it’s changed from the last movie [Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings] to She-Hulk, it may have even evolved a little bit from there. I’m not sure. I am not sure what they have done. They are still working on it.
Were you surprised that fans were so excited to see you back after over a decade?
I was quite flattered. I thought it was really nice, you know? When they asked me if I would consider coming back and playing that role, I was like, “Yes!” I did it for my kids. That’s why I did it in the beginning, and [it’s] still the same. I told them about it and they said, “Oh, you’re doing this.” Okay, I’ll do this. It happens quite often. It happened with Resurrection. My son read the script and said, “You’re doing this.” Okay. And I had nothing to say in the matter. I’m so glad I did. I took his advice.
He has good taste.
I think that too! So I’m very intrigued by that. I don’t usually watch things, but I watched the trailer because my kids said to me, “You have to watch this trailer. It’s a great trailer.” So I saw the Marvel trailer. I loved the woman who played the lead in it. She’s extraordinary. Mark Ruffalo is also funny. So we had a lot of fun.