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Fishing with Jonas Fisch


Today I am speaking with the passionate Jonas Fisch, the talented TV and Film actor recently featured in films like: Angels and Demons (2009), How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and That Side of A Shadow (2010).  



ME: Can you talk a little bit about your voiceover role in How to Train Your Dragon (2010)?



JONAS: I feel there's no point talking about "How to train your Dragon" since it was a quick voice over for a European trailer. It's was fun though.



ME: haha! Okay! That's cool! Can you speak about how you got into acting? Did you always know you would be an actor?



JONAS: Like with any art form, I think me wanting to act grew out of a need. A need to create, a need to express myself and a need to satisfy a curiosity about why one life is not enough.  As far back as I can remember, probably around the first time I watched a movie or saw a play, I knew I wanted to be part of that art form somehow. I think my interest first started as a fascination with an imaginary movie world but then grew into a
serious interest in a craft that can bring awareness and inspiration. I didn't consider it seriously until after high school, because it seemed like such a far-fetched inconceivable thing, but I soon realized I couldn't stop thinking and fantasizing about it. I actually remember there was a moment, a moment when my whole body just knew, that there's nothing else I'd rather do. I need to do this. That's when I decided to get some serious training.



ME: Awesome! Well, all your work definitely paid off. Recently you had a major breakthrough with your role in the Ron Howard blockbuster hit ‘Angels and Demons' (2009) as Adrian Bachman. Do you have any stories or anecdotes you might share about the process of making the film?



JONAS: I remember being in Phoenix shooting an independent movie when I got a phone call from my agent saying I had to put myself on tape for this Angel Demon project. She said it was based on some book. I naturally searched the internet for any helpful information and stumbled upon a book with the name Angels & Demons. I then realized it was the "prequel" to The Da Vinci Code and a fairly "big" movie. I think my agent was purposely vague for my own good. I eventually got to read for director Ron Howard, got the part and had a blast. I got to film at Caserta Palace, the former Royal residence in Caserta Italy, Hollywood Park and Sony Studios in LA. Everyone on set was just amazingly kind and professional and between takes I had weapons training and Swiss dialect coaching.



ME: Can you speak about That Side of a Shadow (2010) yet and anything you like to share about that film?



JONAS: That Side of a Shadow was originally written as a stage play and was later converted into a screenplay. After my first read, I remember being very impressed with the dialogue. There was a gritty but poetic flow to it. Elevated but dirty, something right up my alley. Since the writer and director was familiar with my work, I was fortunate enough to be offered a part. The movie is a stylized poetic coming of age story about two young guys and their crossover from youth to maturity. It's also a story of excess, how it catches up to you and how you can hopefully learn and grow from that experience. The movie is now in post-production but a trailer can be found at;



ME: I love it! "Elevated but dirty". I think that's subconsciously up everyone's alley. LOL! Can you speak about exciting work you have done in the past and other projects you will be working on in the future?



JONAS: I'm currently shooting a physiological thriller called Visible Scars (2010) about a killer (played by Tom Seizemore) who murders the new mother of twins, kidnaps the baby girls and keeps them locked inside his basement for 17 years. Evidence and stories converge in the town of Mountain Falls, California where present-day friends confront the past of the twin girls and a cold case investigator. I'm playing an abusive boyfriend to a girl who came here to escape me. Another great project I was lucky to be involved in was The Long Road (2008). Although just a short film, it was a great opportunity to work with an amazing up n coming director, Andrew Ralph.
Since the script was just a quick outline of his imagined vision we did a lot of improvising which is a lot of fun for an actor. A lot of times it can assist you in finding the truth in a scene. The small budget also put a lot of restrictions on us, forcing Andrew to come up with a lot of movie tricks. Like pulling actors on skateboards to create an affect of them moving but not the background. Or me being spun around on a circular board while doing the scene. Dizzy but fun and it looks great.



ME: Jonas, I love how you are so animated about your work. Some actors merely act while some make their acting a true art. I think it's safe to say that this is the case with you. You act for the passion of the art and it translates loud
and clear through your words. Bravo, Jonas. We look forward to seeing more of your art on screen. Do you have any last words for fans and fellow actors?



JONAS: Parenthesis: I think artists need to be aware of their times and inspire accordingly. And to be able to do that successfully, an artist needs to suspend himself for those moments in time. The thing I love about acting is that it puts me in a different state of mind where I lose track of time and place and I only exist in the moment, right there in that world. The same thing happens when I paint.



Interview by Vanessa McMahon on September 13, 2010.

actor Jonas Fisch


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