Kevin McDonald is a Scottish director known for documentary Touching the Void, The Last King of Scotland and The Eagle. In 2000 he won an Oscar for his feature documentary One Day in September about the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.
Directed by Kevin McDonald and written by Dennis Kelly, Black Sea is about a submarine captain in search of treasure at the bottom of the Black Sea. The film stars Jude Law, Scoot McNairy and Jodie Whitaker.
HGS: One of the movies we can see you in now is Black Sea with Jude Law, how did that project come to you?
SM: My manager told me about the movie and I was like – this will be directed by Kevin MacDonald? The guy who made Touching the Void and King of Scotland? That Kevin McDonald?! I’d seen Touching the Void like one hundred times. I was so excited about meeting with him just because I love that movie and wanted to talk about it, regardless of whether I’d get this role. But Black Sea, it’s twelve men in one location, underwater in a submarine. The frustration and tension between the men builds and eats them up individually. I really wanted to work with Jude Law as I’ve kept up with his career. He’s an incredibly charming fella and he knows his shit. He’s a fantastic actor and a great guy to be around.
Gone Girl is a thriller novel written by Gillian Flynn that became a New York Times best seller. The movie adaptation stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, directed by David Fincher.
David Fincher is the director of Fight Club, Zodiac, The Social Network, and the Netflix series House of Cards. He has been nominated for the Oscar twice and won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
HGS: You’re also in the much lauded Gone Girl, were you a fan of the book?
SM: I listened to Gone Girl on tape when I was making Black Sea. It took me two or three chapters to get into it, but then I was hooked. I loved the cutting back and forth between the male and female characters. With the audio book they have a female voice for the woman and male voice for the man, so you can really see the movie playing out between them. It was extremely eerie and scary. On top of that it will be great to see Fincher putting his personal spin on things.
“I couldn’t be happier than I am now. I wanted my career to build over the years and it has. I have no complaints. I’m the happiest kid in Texas. ”
— Scoot McNairy
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
Batman v Superman will star Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman, with Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther, written and directed by Zack Snyder. It is slated for release in 2016.
Zack Snyder is a director and producer, known for 300, Sucker Punch and Man of Steel.
HGS: And you’re also in the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. I guess this will be your first blockbuster, in a sense, so what has that been like?
SM: It’s been great. I’m still in the middle of it actually. Zack Snyder is awesome. He was one of the director’s on my list. Working with him has been great. It’s not too different working on a studio movie, except there’s more people and more money and more time. In regards to the process that I go through as an actor, it’s exactly the same.
Snyder has so much energy. I’ve never seen someone with such energy before. He’s shooting and writing and editing and then goes to the gym twice a day. He’s incredibly energetic and I don’t know how he does it. It’s contagious. I was going to the gym every day as well.
HGS: What are your hopes for the future?
SM: Well, we’re in the future right now! I’m hoping that it doesn’t pass us by! I want to keep doing this. I couldn’t be happier than I am now. I wanted my career to build over the years and it has. I have no complaints. I’m the happiest kid in Texas.