2017-04-05 / Movie Review

The Transfiguration, A Cannes Festival Selection

MOS: It was our North American premiere, and I was very nervous about it. I had already spent a year touring the movie around Europe, Mexico, South America, so I had already spoken about the film a million times, but then you’re nervous because it’s your American premiere. Thankfully, we had great audiences, we sold out the Alamo Theater, which was amazing. The projection and sound were amazing, and we got good press out of it, so that’s everything you could possibly want, and then the festival itself is crazy. It’s this enormous, crazy, giant party, and it was just a lot of fun to experience.

Q: What was it like shooting your first lead role?

ER: It was hard to be the guy. I felt a lot of pressure to make a great project, but I also had fun shooting the movie. We just went around New York, acting, doing something I love. In the movie itself, I really liked the script when I got it. I’ve never done anything like this, and it’s a crazy, interesting movie. Being a vampire was a lot of fun.

CL: This was my first time having a lead in a feature, which was really exciting, and a lot of work.

Q: Are either of you from New York?

ER: I’m from Brooklyn, but I lived in Far Rockaway for a year or two.

CL: I live in Washington Heights now.

MOS: He knew about Elegante Pizza, too, which was the pizza I grew up with. So as a treat for both of us, we used to make them go and get us Elegante Pizza while we were shooting there because we agreed, it’s the best pizza.

ER: Everyone knows if you’re having craft services, and like for weeks straight, we just had Elegante Pizza.

Q: What influences did you draw on to get in character?

ER: I know Mike wouldn’t approve, but I looked up traits of serial killers, and a lot of serial killers start off killing animals which is interesting to note. So I googled about serial killers at age 13 or 14 and tried to transition that into the rehearsals and the character. I felt as though Milo really, really wanted to be a vampire, obviously, but I don’t think he was one. I always describe him as having vampiric tendencies, but because of his ability to open up, and love, and feel guilt and real emotions like everyone else, I feel as though he’s human. He’s just real misunderstood.

Q: What’s your next project?

ER: Because of Cannes, I’ve been called in for auditions, but I don’t have anything solid planned out yet. I’ve been getting attention, which wasn’t happening before, so that’s exciting.

CL: I’m in this movie called Savage Youth, which we filmed over the summer, and I just finished filming this other one called No Alternative.

Q: What was the hardest part of filming?

ER: I think the hardest part was, before we started shooting, just understanding who Milo was. I’ve never met anyone like him, so it was kind of hard to mold him and become him, but once I did, I feel like it was pretty easy.

Q: How long did it take to film?

MOS: Four weeks. Twenty-something days.

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