By this time next year, actor Victor Rasuk will be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. That’s because the 50 Shades of Grey movie releases in early 2015 and Victor has a major role in the film. (He’ll play Jose, Anastasia’s bestie.)
As of right now, Victor is one of Hollywood’s most promising new faces. You might remember him from his How to Make it in America days, and now he has a role in the major Godzilla remake, which comes out next Friday.
We spent a couple of minutes with Victor and covered everything from Godzilla to How to Make it in America to 50 Shades of Grey.
Check out the interview below.
GlobalGrind: What do you say to people who saw the 1998 Godzilla version and hated it?
Victor Rasuk: This version is nothing like the 1998 version. First of all, the ’98 version was more of a comedy and this is absolutely not a comedy. Secondly, this version has a lot more action than the ’98 version. Another thing is that this one looks so much more like the original. The actual Godzilla looks so much like the 1954 version, which is the one that everyone loves – the spikes and everything, in comparison to the ’98 version. The ’98 version looked like a lizard. So if you are expecting to see the ’98 version, this is nothing like the ’98 version.
Godzilla doesn’t have a lot of screen time, do you think audience members will be disappointed?
That’s something I obviously can’t answer, but it’s definitely interesting enough that people are gonna be like: ‘Dude what is that? I’ve never seen a creature like that.’
This is your first really big movie, right?
Yeah, it is. A lot of my stuff has been really indie and smaller stuff. The crazy thing was that I was such a huge fan of the 1954 version as a kid. So obviously working on something that you were such a fan of when you were a kid is such a great experience no matter what your profession is. When I shot Lords of Dogtown I was such a huge skating fan, that when I got to play Tony Alva it was like a dream come true. This was kind of like that, but a 10 times bigger budget.
The cool thing about this movie is that I never used my imagination more than filming this. Aaron Taylor Johnson and I had to do a lot of acting where we had to pretend creatures were there. There were a lot of times that the director [Gareth Edwards] would be like: ‘OK, Victor and Aaron now look up, now look left, now be scared, point your guns!’ It was a lot of stuff like that, so it was really cool because we got to use our imaginations and nothing was off limit in terms of our reactions or emotional state.
How many mistakes did you made?
It was only a couple of times that I would screw something up and to be specific on what it was, it was an eye-line thing. We never knew at times how big the creature was. But because we had such a great director, he would be so specific on every detail and it made this experience so amazing and comfortable and easy to dive into it.
Did you get to hang out with a lot of the cast?
A lot of my stuff was all with Aaron, but there was one day when my filming overlapped with a Bryan Cranston day. He was there early in the morning and I was supposed to shoot later that day, but he was in the same location. So I came in super-early ’cause I wanted to meet him. I wanted to see his acting, but I also wanted to meet him and he was the super-nicest guy and so down to earth.
Are you a Breaking Bad fan or a Malcolm in the Middle fan?
I was more into Malcolm in the Middle, but now I’m in the second season of Breaking Bad. But I’ve always been kind of late. I caught on to The Wire three years after it wrapped, so I saw the whole thing all at once and now it’s one of my favorite shows ever.
You were in a great show yourself, How to Make it in America, how do you feel about how that show ended?
For me it was such an experience, because it was my first TV show. Even when we got picked up for the first season that was amazing for me, and same thing when we got picked up for a second season. So when it got canceled, for me, the journey and response we had on that show was so amazing. I believe whatever’s meant to be is meant to be. The guys at HBO felt like that was the end of the show and I respected that. For me, it was such a great journey and the response that I still get to this day. I was never bitter or felt like it came from left field, it was like: ‘OK, that’s where Cam and Ben ended at. That’s where their journey ended at.’
You just shot the 50 Shades of Grey movie. Give us a few words on it.
I didn’t realize how big of a deal it was until I was casted and then I realized that almost half my friends and family have read the book. They were all like: ‘Oh my god, you’re playing Jose!’ It’s super-cool to be part of something that has such a huge fan-base, but I think that creatively and behind the scenes on that movie, everyone was so devoted to getting the story and every thing about it right. Not only for the story, but also for the fans. I think that everyone’s gonna love it once it comes out, because I think we really did it justice.
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