February 2nd, 2007 08:51 EST
Interview with Ryan Ward, Evil Dead: The Musical
AMANDA: How did you land the role of Ash in Evil Dead: The Musical?
RYAN: I saw the posting on the audition board at Theatre Ontario, which said that they were auditioning that day about 6 blocks away, I ran down there and was informed by the people working there that I had just missed them by about 45 minutes. So I called the director Chris Bond (whos number was on the poster) and he said `not to worry that they would be having another audition and that they would call me in then`. They did, I brought in a song with 7 flats, the accompanist couldn`t play it, so they had me sing it accapella, then had me read the `boomstick` monologue which I knew very well being an evil dead geek. Bond jumped out of his chair after I did it and from there on in I had a pretty good feeling I would get to play the part.
A: Were you a big fan of the ED films before doing this role?
R: Yes, huge geek.
A: What was it like to meet Bruce Campbell "and does he think you`re a primitive screw head?
R: Strangely enough I actually thought he was a bit of a `primitive
screw head`. He`s nice but I think a bit sick of the whole Evil Dead hub-bub.
A: What made you decide on this line of work, instead of, say, a
R: It was the only job where I could imagine myself enjoying my work.
Which is true and I do, when I`m acting and creating, however unfortunately every other aspect of this industry is absolutely repugnant to me and I can`t stand it. Acting=Great, anything to do with the word `Industry`=Bad.
A: What major difference do you see between film and theatre?
R: With theatre there is a live audience whose energy (and especially for this show) informs the energy of the performers, and the show evolves and changes slightly for each and every different audience depending on what they are enjoying and are not enjoying. With film the only audience (that matters anyways) is the director, otherwise you`re pretty much acting in a vacuum.
A: Do you have any advice for the little Ryan Wards of the world out
there that are waiting for their chance on Broadway?
R: YES. Get out of CANADA as fast as you can. Devise a plan early in life and pursue it hard. If there`s any way for you to get a green card, get it now.
A: You`ve written, preformed, and toured your plays, which role is the
most challenging for you?
R: I find writing to be the most challenging, because again you have no audience to inform your choices, and it often takes so LONG (at least it does for me) to write anything that you are constantly losing perspective on what it is that you initially found interesting or funny about what you are writing, you get lost in the web of your own creation in a way. Writing has always been the steepest learning curve for me, but is always the most satisfying to do. There is nothing so satisfying for a person like me as creating my own work, be it theatre, music or films, all of which I have done at one point or another.
A: Do you get a lot of grief from the cast about being the only Canadian?
R: Yes I do. I never realized that or thought of myself and having a `Canadian accent` but apparently I do and am reminded of how many times I say `eh?` or my personal offshoot `heh?`
A: I know you¹re working on a new film, SUNSHINE, with Lost Horses Film Co, can you tell me a little about the film and your role in it?
R: Well I have many roles, I co-wrote, am directing and will be acting in it. That is kind of the direction that I would like my career to go in, ie: the film direction and I would like to create and act in my own work (yes I know what you are thinking, how narcissistic). Like I said that is most satisfying for me. I idolize guys/girls like Woody Allen and Vincent Gallo and Miranda July who are able to do that sort of thing.
The film itself is about a young man, Sonny who has tourettes syndrome, he has an experimental surgery to take away his symptoms, but with them goes a power he did not even know he had to connect with the life energy of the world and through it to heal the sick and dying. Its essentially about a man on a quest to discover who he really is, where he came from and what he wants for himself. Be who you are as you are and you are valuable to the world. (that is a personal mantra of mine that I would like to permeate
A: You started your own company, Reborn Films, and have written and directed the shorts, Rebirth and The Fighters, what`s next?
R: You can check it out online at www.rebornfilms.com and there is a list of future projects on there. SUNSHINE is the next project for me, I`m also working on a music video for a friend and a short that another friend is writing about 70s musician Nick Drake, though I have no solid timeline on those, nor do we have the rights YET for the Nick Drake movie.
Reborn is a company I started with an ex-girlfriend which she is going to continue on with, I`m actually going to be starting a new one of my own +Pictures (positive pictures), the name symbolizing the types of films I would like to make and the perspective on life and the values I would like to re-enforce with my work. (watch out for it on the web, new website going in the not too distant future).
A: What`s your favorite snack food?
A: Pet peeves?
R: Self-centeredness. People who fail to see the world as it IS, but
rather see it as they would like to see things. Braggarts (oddly enough I play one in EDTM, hahaha). Religion. Shaving. Razor burn. Bad breath.
A: What thrills you beyond belief?
R: New ways of looking at or thinking about things in life, anything.
Usually it`s most thrilling when it comes to me through a piece of really
innovative art work.
A: How are Ryan and Ash different? How are they the same?
R: Perhaps there is a BIT of braggart in me, otherwise how could I play it, and it also explains why I don`t like it. Other differences, well Ash fights zombies, Ryan does not. Ash has a chainsaw for a hand, in real life Ryan does not (though many people are surprised when I shake their hand after shows). Ash is super manly and gets all the girls, Ryan.... well actually we are a lot more similar than one would think.
A: What`s your favorite line from the play?
R: `Gimme some sugar baby.`
A: Oh my God, I`m blushing like an idiot.
Very special thanks to Ryan Ward for providing this interview and also to Jen from The Karpel Group for making it happen. Best of luck to you both in 2007.