Ep. 5 This Is Martin Bonner actor Paul Eenhoorn


Episode 05: Ryan Watt speaks with actor Paul Eenhoorn about This Is Martin Bonner. The film is a quiet character study of two men at a crossroads in their life.

Paul discusses the production in Reno, working with director Chad Hartigan, the success at Sundance and the Spirit Awards, his performance in other films including Land Ho! and In The Company Of Women and the financial challenges of being a working actor.

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Show Notes:

Met wife in Sydney, moved to Seattle 15 years ago

Found audition posted on Actors Accessthis_is_martin_bonner_Poster

Called back for read with Richmond Arquette

Production in Reno, Nevada

Tells younger actors not to move to LA, work on your craft where you are

Director Chad Hartigan said secret to character “he does not get angry”

Martin Bonner is based on Chad’s father

Does not do extensive research, learns lines thoroughly

Key to acting is shut out all of the noise (crew, camera)

His acting bible is “Acting For the Camera” by Tony Barr

Ideal indie trajectory: successful kickstarter, Sundance premiere, win Sundance NEXT category, win Cassavetes Spirit Award

This-is-Martin-Bonner stillLand Ho! wins Cassavetes Award following year

John Crosby, manager in LA

Do not get paid while on press tour, hard to pay bills

Acting is a game of inches, like Pacino says in Any Given Sunday

In The Company of Women, new film premiered at Cinequest

Working on Land Ho! with Earl Lynn Nelson

Australian vs American accent

Not interested in Theatre, too hard and external

Actor cattle-calls in LA

Sent an email to all of his film contacts looking for work


Next Week: The Rock-afire Explosion director Brett Whitcomb



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