The multitasking singer-actor takes a experience on the darkish aspect within the new western now obtainable on dwelling video and digital platforms.
Just how imply and nasty is the character Rob Mayes performs within the new western A Soldier’s Revenge? Consider this: Late within the movie, which is now obtainable on digital platforms and DVD/Blu-Ray, when somebody inquires concerning the whereabouts of Major Briggs, the sociopathic galoot Mayes portrays, another person replies: “Well, it appears Briggs is looking for a dog to kick.” And, thoughts you, the man isn’t smiling when he says it.
If Mayes look a tad acquainted, likelihood is you’ve seen the Cleveland-born actor in such TV sequence as Mistresses, Frequency, Jane By Design and The Client List, or because the title character within the well-received 2012 indie horror flick John Dies on the End. Or possibly, if you happen to’re into holiday-themed TV-movie rom-coms, you keep in mind him because the lead in My Christmas Inn (2018) and The Road Home for Christmas (2019).
But odds are you’ve by no means earlier than seen Mayes as full-out ferocious as he’s in A Soldier’s Revenge. It takes a formidable protagonist to battle a fearsome antagonist like Briggs, and that’s simply what the film supplies in Frank Connor (Neal Bledsoe), a Civil War veteran turned relentless bounty hunter. Trouble is, Connor might not be fairly as much as the duty: He’s deeply troubled by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and reluctantly units out to settle an previous rating with the key solely after two determined youngsters arrive on his doorstep and enlist his assist to seek out their lacking mom (AnnaLynne McCord).
During a current long-distance name, we had the chance to speak with Mayes about engaged on An Outlaw’s Revenge, making music through the pandemic lockdown, and an upcoming podcast mission that harkens again to the golden age of radio drama. Here are some highlights from our dialog.
Cowboys & Indians: We’ve often talked with actors who had been so good at taking part in dangerous guys, they really intimidated their fellow gamers throughout filming. Did you ever do that whereas making A Soldier’s Revenge?
Rob Mayes: Oh, no. I used to be scared shitless of everyone. [Laughs] No, I’m kidding. Actually, it was an fascinating factor, as a result of that is my third time collaborating with Mike Feifer, my director, who’s simply superb, and simply offers you such freedom. I by no means have extra enjoyable than after I get the chance to work with him. And when this got here to be, I used to be taking pictures a film in Utah and he referred to as and mentioned, “Hey, what’s your schedule like? Do you think you might have any interest, or be able schedule-wise, to do this movie?” I mentioned, “What is it?” He’s like, “It’s a western about PTSD.” I mentioned, “Wait, what? Yes!”
And then I learn the script and this character, this Major Briggs, is a fancy, dynamic, broken individual. I noticed there’s rather a lot to play there, and Mike actually let me go for it. It’s the sort of function that, man, I believe rather a lot of individuals by no means get the chance to play. In an actor’s profession, you hope that you simply get — you dream that you simply get — to sink your enamel into one thing like this sooner or later. I believe at this level now, I’ve gotten the chance to do this just a few instances in a unique capability. Like with John Dies on the End. [Director] Don Coscarelli actually let me go along with that. And with this, I used to be capable of give as daring of a efficiency as I may muster.
C&I: What had been some of the distinctive challenges you confronted taking part in Briggs?
Mayes: Well, this isn’t only a superhero film, the place they inform you, “Oh, you’re the bad guy, be the bad guy.” You know what I imply? There’s a motive for it. You’re not creating this loopy portrayal of a personality who’s simply evil, or only a dangerous man, or simply the villain with out trigger. There’s a bit of — what am I making an attempt to say? There’s a extra delicate, delicate strategy that was referred to as for. [Laughs] Of course, I used to be working with some intense actors, and performing royalty. Legends. Like, we had Val Kilmer [in a supporting role]. And Jake Busey — who’s a pressure. Yeah, that man is a pressure. We had some scenes the place we simply went toe to toe, as a lot as I may with somebody who’s as intense as he’s. Yeah, I believe all of us actually dug in, and gave every part that we may and then some to this film. And I’m tremendous proud of it.
C&I: You’ve additionally pursued a parallel profession as a singer-songwriter. You launched your first nation music EP, Closer, simply final yr. And through the present pandemic shutdown, you’ve been truly been capable of write, file and digitally launch different songs, appropriate?
Mayes: Thanks for asking. Music has at all times been essential to me. And it’s been the one factor that I can do in my solitude that provides me solace and helps me. It’s actually my meditation, and how I course of issues I believe. And with this [shutdown], there’s been rather a lot of — properly, I wish to say sitting on the home on the couch, but in addition rather a lot of pacing. Rather a lot of, name it nervous vitality. Call it uncertainly. Call it cooped up-ness, no matter it’s. Rather a lot of that is vitality that wants to enter one thing. There’s solely so many instances a day you can work out.
So dusk comes, and I’ve normally acquired time to choose up the guitar, and attempt to get some issues out, off my chest. I didn’t have this deliberate out. I simply thought, properly I will choose up the guitar and simply play and see what occurs. And generally you write one thing and generally you don’t. But over the past couple of months I’ve written a handful of songs that I assumed had an analogous thread, and advised the story of what we’re going by way of proper now. At least, what I’m going by way of proper now. And I’m sure that I’m not the one one feeling this fashion. It’s slightly bit extra of a somber, unplugged, lonesome songwriting. I in all probability have the subsequent 12 months plus already lined up with track releases, one a month.
C&I: Finally, are you able to inform us slightly about one other upcoming mission, a scripted podcast referred to as Make It Up as We Go? It sounds nearly like an old school radio drama with a 21st-century twist.
Mayes: And it’s actually, actually cool, as a result of I believe that having the ability to take heed to one thing, and not see a visible, actually permits you and forces you, invitations you, to open up your thoughts and to make use of your creativeness that rather more. So that’s an artwork kind that I’m so completely happy is coming again, and I am proud to be an element of this present that iHeartwork is placing out. And we’ve acquired an insane forged, with Miranda Lambert and Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Quaid, and simply the most effective of the most effective storytellers on either side of storytelling media. So whether or not it’s from the music aspect or from the movie aspect. It’s been actually, actually cool.
C&I: Did you end recording it earlier than the pandemic shutdown?
Mayes: Yeah. They haven’t advised me when it’ll be launched but. But it tells the story of my character and Scarlet Burke’s character. We’re making music collectively in our hometown in Texas, and this writer comes and sees us play dwell and says, “Wow, you guys are fantastic. Come to Nashville, I want to help you out.” Is he essentially the most reliable man? We don’t know. But we drive throughout the nation and we get to Nashville and we begin making music, we begin writing — and it’s in no way what we had anticipated or had hoped it might be.
There are rather a lot of trials and tribulations and disappointments and egos and all that enjoyable good things. So that’s a backdrop. But what’s actually cool is, we get to make music over the course of telling this story. And then these songs find yourself coming to fruition, and turn out to be an element of the story, and are going to be launched. I can’t look ahead to individuals to listen to it.
You can sustain with Rob Mayes, his films and his music on his web site and his Facebook web page.