WildClaw company member Josh Zagoren stars as Gary, whose wife Molly never truly appreciated his brains until WAY too recently. He’s talking to us today about pushing the boundaries of Horror, the beauty of patience, and What Scares Him:
1) Do you consider yourself a horror fan?
So much so I get snobby, but it comes from love and loving the history and really wanting to see it push past expectations. Seriously though, I’m a Horror lackey. I want Horror to think I’m cool so I’ll do whatever it wants.
2) What was your introduction to horror?
Gremlins. Thing is when you’re 6 that’s true terror cuz they’re insane and they’re your size.
3) Zombies: Fast or Slow?
Slow. It’s like fast zombies have to BE somewhere. They’re just showing off, they need to calm down. Slow zombies don’t have to rush, they got all night.
4) How is creating a character for horror different than for other genres of storytelling? What lessons have you learned from this project that you’re excited to use in the future?
It’s closer to honesty, like right on the wire, which is why I think people think it’s funny and lends itself to comedy more than other genres because what else do you do, honestly, when something is trying to kill you and eat you but run, hide and then laugh when it goes away? Staying true to that human reaction and celebrating it.
5) What Scares You?
I love the dark, I believe in ghosts and have a super sick fascination with skulls, so I’ll have to say airplanes and old photos. Photos burn moments into paper, which sounds like sorcery and 30 ton steel machines have no business floating in between space and the ground.
Get $10 off a full priced ticket online or at the box office with the code word “poptarts.” Scott T. Barsotti’s The Revenants at The Athenaeum Theater closes February 22nd!