Matthew Goode And the Secrets And Spoilers Of Stoker

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-03-05 14:19:09discussion comments
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And you mentioned the kind of innocence in him, and frankly your performance reminded me a great deal of Anthony Perkins in Psycho...just kind of the cold stoicism, but also like that seeming innocence, ďyou wouldnít hurt a fly.Ē So, was that an inspiration for you?

Never seen Psycho! I havenít seen Psycho. Iíve never seen Shadow of Doubt. And itís funny because there was something written in a press pack saying Director Park had seen it Ė I could see what people talk about. Iím really glad I havenít seen the film, because Iíd be worried that Iíd subconsciously be leaking in with gestures or whatever, so thank you. Thatís a very nice compliment as thatís kind of an iconic performance from Anthony Perkins.


But they share similar strains. I mean, I donít dress up and you know... Itís funny, itís the only bit of Psycho Iíve seen is the end, because they were going to do Hitchcock and James DíArcy did it and actually he looks far more like him and heís brilliant. I was going to have the, before I was going to get on the line with the director, whoís a lovely English guy, and heís like, ďJust see a little bit,Ē and I saw the excerpt the mom dressed up with the skirtÖFuck! I fucking hate horror films! [laughs]

Why do you hate horror films?

I donít like to be scared! I donít like it! And this isnít really, itís not a quintessential horror film. So yeah, I think I could probably make one, but Iíd hate watching it. Fuck! I remember almost choking on popcorn in Madrid, when I was shooting a film over there. We watched The Ring or something, and the first time that girlís face comes up with the tongue out and I went [pretends to jump back in fright] And I started choking with a piece of popcorn and the whole fucking audience is laughing and Iím like, ďI canít breathe and youíre laughing their ass off, alright!Ē Jesus!

And I do want to dive into the psychology of this character, because itís so fascinating. This is a character whoís not only hiding a secret, heís hiding a secret obsession - he is completely obsessed with India. Even when youíre doing scenes that arenít necessarily bringing up that obsession, is that always there in your mind?

Well, heís been living with it for years. He has a birthday each year. Heís obviously found out, since heís been locked up that... Iím sorry...we canít mention that really. Heís been on holiday! But from Mrs. McGarrick. Sheís the person that helps him. So, thatís intrigued him. And I suppose in some sense you kind of go, ďSomeone like me.Ē Itís like kindred spirits and itís not a sexual thing or anything at that point. I think itís just, he wants to go out into the world together and do some fucking dark shit [laughs]. Really! So, itís an obsession, and yet, at the same time itís a timeline on it. He can leave that place anytime he wants, for quite a long time. For the past few years, heís decided to stay there. And itís a shame, actually. There was some more footage, that was shot at the institution. I was meant to be mounted with a camera, there was meant to be another bit when I die at the end. You canít reveal that!

Iíll have plenty of spoiler warnings, donít worry [laughs].

So yeah, itís always in his mind. It is obsessive, about someone heís never met, so, who knows what heís expecting when he turns up and thatís all part of the fun of it. I donít know. Itís a very unhealthy obsession. It is very much about her becoming...heís waited in like a fair way for her to come of age. I donít want to corrupt her before, but once sheís 18 fair is fair! [laughs] Itís like, sheís allowed to drive a car, sheís allowed to murder people now.

Iíve talked to actors before whoíve played killers and they always tell me that on some level they have to have a justification for the character. The character canít just be pure evil. There has to be an understanding within themselves, even if itís not necessarily explained in the film. But Charlie is such a monster, and has such this awful demon within him. Iím curious, do you have a justification for him?

Well, I donít think, he doesnít come back just to kill. I think in his way, heís like, I can come back. I can be close to India. Iíll be in my brotherís house. You know? Thatís what he wants. But every step of the way, the super objective is to get back with India, this person heís obsessed with. And people get in the way of that. Mrs. McGarrick gets in the way of that. His brother gets in the way of that. Also his brother does that... You know, he was in love with his brother. Heís jealous of his younger brother. So, thatís the reason that he... [dances around spoiler]

I understand! Itís a hard movie not to spoil!

It really is, because itís not a whodunit. You know pretty early on...

Somethingís fucked up with this dude.

Heís mental! But, itís true. Thereís got to be some sort of a justification there and also, thereís some stuff, when you film stuff, things can be interpreted, that you hadnít even planned for, just cause you blinked and someone might read into that. And so, conversely, sometimes people think youíve done something and I donít know. You still get your happy accidents, which always happens when youíve got cameras on you. Itís just a really interesting exercise.

No. itís fascinating.

Thereís something so heightened about trying to be real with it.
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