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Interview with Actor Adam Karst Part 2:
What It's Like Working With A Big Hollywood Actor and Director!
In part 1 of this interview, actor Adam Karst talks about how he actually got his last acting job and he mentions that the casting director told him that he would receive a phone call from the director, but up until this point he hasn't told us who the director is. We're about to find out in this, part 2 of this exclusive interview.
Tony: So who is the big Hollywood director you got to work with?
Actor Adam Karst: When I asked the casting director who the director was from whom I would receive the phone call, he said, “Jean Claude Van Dam.” I said, “What? Are you lying?” I was so happy! I was actually in a truck going to Home Depot with a friend of mine and when I heard that news I started yelling and jumping up and down. My friend thought I was going crazy!
The day Jean Claude Van Dam called me I was in Home Depot carrying dry-wall. You know the stuff they use to build houses? He was very excited on the phone and spoke with me for about forty minutes. I really didn’t understand much of what he was saying to be honest, then he passed me over and had his son talk to me and his son explained everything to me in just a couple of minutes about what he wanted from me in the audition.
So I went to the next audition, but I didn’t feel like I did in the first one. I was so excited that I hadn’t slept much the night before. They told me they would give me the answer the same evening or the next day. The next day came and no answer. Then another day and still no answer. The third day and no answer still. I thought to myself that I must have really messed up the audition if they didn’t even call me back. So I told myself that if I don’t get this job, then something else will come. Then after about five days they called me and told me that I got the role and I was so high in the sky!!
Tony: So what kind of role was it?
Actor Adam Karst: Well, they changed the name from Malik to Soli. I’m the villain, the guy who owns the biggest whorehouse in Asia. But my character was a real classy guy. Everything about him was first class. The girls were very beautiful and classy as well and I had only very rich customers. I built the place with my bare hands and was very proud of it. I’m a gentleman, but I also have a business to run.
Tony: So how long was the shoot? How long did you actually work on the film?
Actor Adam Karst: I was the first actor there on the set and I stayed there for 14 weeks…in Thailand.
Tony: That must have been a real learning experience for you. That’s so cool! I'm happy for you, because you're a good guy. You've worked hard and sacrificed a lot. You clearly deserve it!
Actor Adam Karst:I learned more in those 14 weeks than I learned in the last five years, not only from the work itself, but also working together with Jean Claude Van Dam who was the star of the film and I was the co-star. He gave me freedom like you wouldn’t imagine.
Tony: When you say freedom, do you mean to ‘fill in the blanks’, to improvise when you feel you needed to? Is that what you mean?
Actor Adam Karst: Yes. That’s exactly it.
Tony: So to get that job you had to be in SAG correct?
Actor Adam Karst: No, because it was outside of the U.S. It was a non-union acting job.
Tony: I remember you told me that learning lines for this movie was kind of a unique experience. Why was that?
Actor Adam Karst: Everything was improvised. The whole movie. We had scripts, but I must have gotten about, no kidding, around 15 scripts during the time I was there. When we would get a new script, Jean Claude would take me into his trailer and talk to me about what the scene was about. He gave us our lines and we set up the scene right there on the spot. And we did a rehearsal. Then we went out of the trailer and on the set, we did it our own way. It was important to know of course what the scene was about, but I could interpret it as I wanted to.
Have a look at some clips from the movie and Adam's actor reel.
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