“Color”-ing the “Space”: An Interview with Brendan Meyer

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Almost exactly one year ago, we talked with Brendan Meyer about his role in the film All These Small Moments. On January 24, we will get to see Meyer return, playing the son of Nicolas Cage’s character in the sci-fi thriller Color Out of Space. The film comes to select theaters from RLJE Films.

WorldFilmGeek got the chance to talk to Meyer about his latest film.

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Brendan, it’s great to talk to you again. Almost exactly one year ago, we talked about your breakout role in All These Small Moments and now here we are again, talking about Color Out of Space, which I really enjoyed! There were some total freakout moments and that’s perfect for this genre.
It’s great talking to you again about Color Out of Space and I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the film.

What led you to get the role of Benny Gardner?
I got the script and I loved it so I did the audition in December 2018 and a few weeks later, I got the role and we began filming around this time just last year.

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Nicolas Cage (center) as Nathan Gardner in Color Out of Space (RLJE Films)

I’ve heard on numerous occasions that Nicolas Cage is not only one of the most professional actors in the business, but he is also one of the most generous and nicest actors to work with. What was your experience with working with Nicolas? Did he help you with how to bring your role?
Oh he is just that. It was a great experience working with Nicolas. He’s both professional and nice. He was so easy to talk to and he was very prepared. He would come to the set every day prepared and dedicated. When you have someone who is always prepared and dedicated, it makes it easy for everyone on the set and he’s a very nice guy. He was easy to work with and was very engaged in the film, giving comments and ideas. He helped me a lot with my role as well as the others, being open to ideas of how to work this family motif in our performances. So I had a great time working with him as well as [director] Richard [Stanley].

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Brendan Meyer as Benny Gardner in Color Out of Space (RLJE Films)

What was it like working with director Richard Stanley?
I had a blast working with Richard. He is like Nicolas Cage. He’s engaging and very nice to work with. When we began filming, he gave us character bio sheets, so we have a background on our characters. However, he would allow us to bring in our own ideas to our characters. He was super open to the ideas we would bring to him. All in all, a great blast working with Richard.

Did you see the final film and if so, what would consider your favorite scene?
I’ve seen in a few times already. The first time was the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Two scenes that really stood out for me are well, not to give much away, are the scene where the color really becomes to come out and the final 20 to 25 minutes of the film. Especially the latter because it really becomes a rollercoaster and you never know which way is up (Laughs).

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Benny (Brendan Meyer) and Ward (Elliot Knight) discover something strange in Color Out of Space (RLJE Films)

Finally, are there any new projects in the works that you can talk about?
I have a new movie that I just wrapped up with Bazelevs Company, the guys who did Unfriended. It’s called Unfollowed and we’re still waiting for a release date. Other than that, I’m still auditioning for various projects and we’ll see from there.

Color Out of Space is coming out on January 24th and this is a great adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft story with some great performances from everyone. Brendan, thank you so much for talking about the film and who knows, maybe a year from today, we may do this again (Laughs).
(Laughs) Maybe Unfollowed or another project I’m doing will come out again this time in January, and we can talk again!

Thank you so much Brendan! I hope you continue your rousing success and I hope the film is a hit!
Thank you so much again for having me.

A special Thank You goes out to Katrina Wan PR and Brendan Meyer for making this interview possible.

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