The Ted Bundy drama No Man of God is out now in theaters and VOD. Directed by Amber Sealey, the movie stars Elijah Wooden as FBI analyst Invoice Hagmaier and Luke Kirby because the infamous serial killer.
“In 1980, Ted Bundy was sentenced to dying by electrocution. Within the years that adopted, he agreed to reveal the main points of his crimes, however solely to 1 man,” says the official synopsis. “Through the early days of the company’s legal profiling unit, FBI analyst Invoice Hagmaier met with the incarcerated Ted Bundy within the hopes of understanding the psychology of the serial killer and offering closure for the sufferer’s households. As Hagmaier delves into Bundy’s darkish and twisted thoughts, an odd and sophisticated relationship develops that neither man anticipated.”
ComingSoon Editor-in-Chief Tyler Treese spoke with No Man of God star Elijah Wooden, who additionally served as a producer, about what him within the position, the connection between Bundy and Hagmaier, and his ideas on Kanye West as Donda looms.
Tyler Treese: I cherished No Man of God. I believed the performances of your self and Luke Kirby had been so unimaginable. The movie is fascinating as a result of numerous it’s simply you two speaking, however it’s so fascinating and Amber was in a position to shoot it in such distinctive methods. How intriguing was this movie from a pure performing standpoint to know that a lot rode on each of your performances?
Elijah Wooden: [Laughs] Yeah, proper. No strain. Jeez. Properly look, I feel that was one of many extra attractive points of it from an performing standpoint is that it is vitally a lot a two-hander. It’s so uniquely structured in that it’s a collection of those conversations that these two males have over the course of 4 years. That that kind of strain, it was thrilling. The problem was thrilling to imbue these scenes with, with sufficient dynamics to be regularly fascinating, and likewise thought-provoking, and probably disturbing and scary at instances. It does hinge on us as actors to carry that to life.
I’ve to say that my job was made a lot simpler working with Luke Kirby. He’s so unimaginable and delivered to life in such a haunting and human and fascinating and engaging approach. Simply attending to go to work day by day with him, it was a blast. Like I mentioned, he made my job simpler, however yeah, it was that that kind of construction to the movie was partially why it was so thrilling to get this film made.
There are limitless documentaries and movies depicting the story of, of Ted Bundy from a wide range of angles, however it felt like this explicit a part of his story hadn’t been informed earlier than. That was actually fascinating. I knew a good quantity about Ted Bundy previous to studying the script, however I didn’t learn about his relationship to Invoice Hagmaier and the truth that he thought of Invoice Hagmaier his greatest good friend previous to his dying and that he willed his earthly possessions to Invoice earlier than he died. There was one thing so important about that relationship to him, and that Invoice was in a position to, in permitting himself and Ted to get near him, to get some closure for a few of these households, to get him to confess to issues that he had accomplished, that he had been very, very shaky about giving data away.
How was it getting to speak to the true Invoice Hagmaier and simply studying from his experiences?
Properly, it was unimaginable to talk with them. The unlucky side of taking pictures our film in September of final yr is that it was shot totally COVID compliance. I wasn’t in a position to meet him in individual. I nonetheless haven’t met him in individual but. We had totally deliberate on going again east and spending actual time with him, which I might have cherished to have accomplished, however the telephone would suffice. He was an unimaginable asset to myself, and to Luke as nicely, and a lot to Amber. Amber would electronic mail him about so many particular particulars and generally it’s similar to the colour of his footwear and he was so forthcoming with data to essentially assist us paint a really correct image of what transpired between the 2 of them.
Talking of that, I really like that you just talked about the phrase “human,” as particularly on Ted’s aspect, we don’t actually see that usually. I’d love to simply get your ideas on that relationship between Invoice and Ted. It’s odd to say a friendship, however there was some type of bond there.
Yeah. It’s a humorous one. They each would have very completely different interpretations as to what transpired and what actually exists between the 2 of them. Invoice would, wouldn’t take into account his relationship to Ted a friendship. Ted did. My interpretation is that Ted felt seen. Ted, by and enormous with legislation enforcement, was most likely judged with a good quantity of ego, varied individuals who had been making an attempt to get one thing out of him, and possibly in lots of circumstances, revenue off of him or write a ebook about him later. Like he actually felt that kind of transactional relationship with so lots of these folks and subsequently lacked any religion and belief in them. Invoice handled him like a human being. He didn’t are available with any judgments. He, he actually kind of allowed him to be who he was, and I feel in that sense, he felt actually seen and understood.
He interpreted that as friendship. I feel for Invoice, he was doing his job. He was making an attempt to get as a lot data out of him as attainable. Actually because it pertains to the households of the victims who didn’t know the place the stays of their daughters had been. That was a significant goal of his past simply gathering data on how his mind labored and why he did what he did. However I feel in that, over the course of 4 years, sitting down with somebody a number of instances, and for hours and hours at a time, I feel one thing does occur. There may be an change from one human being to a different, no matter the truth that that a type of folks is able to unspeakable acts. There nonetheless will ultimately be some frequent floor. There will probably be one thing that you just relate to collectively. I feel that’s the place that might have been one thing that most likely Invoice would have taken away from that. That doesn’t resemble friendship, however there was a real human human change, ?
I’ve to ask, I noticed you tweeting about Yeezus earlier this month and Kanye is my favourite artist. So I wished to get your high three Kanye albums actual fast.
Oh. I by no means get that query. My favourite is Yeezus, after which I might go Darkish Twisted Fantasy after which possibly 808s.
Wow. We now have the identical three favorites. That’s superb. Superior.
[Laughs] I’m very, very interested in Donda. The listening get together final evening, I didn’t get an opportunity to observe it, however there’s a bunch of recent materials. Jay-Z’s verse has been eliminated.
Yeah. For DaBaby.
Yeah. I’m very interested in what’s taking place, however it appeared like an unimaginable theatrical spectacle. I imply, he lit himself on fireplace, that the recreation of his childhood house. I imply, he’s an unimaginable artist. There’s little question about it. There isn’t a one like him doing what he does at his stage. I learn that he’s already made $12 million on a report that he hasn’t even launched but. Additionally simply creating this kind of nearly efficiency artwork across the creation of a report is simply fascinating and type of unimaginable. I’m curious.
Then my final query right here, that is such an thrilling week. Psychonauts 2 simply got here out and your position, Nick Johnsmith, there’s a lot depth that, and that character went in so many instructions I didn’t count on. Simply how thrilling was it to work with Tim Schafer once more, and simply have such a cool character?
It’s infinitely pleasant to get to work with Tim and Khris who directs the voiceover classes, Khris Brown. She’s superb. It was type of a dream come true for me attending to work with Tim on Damaged Age. I grew up taking part in his video games. You recognize, these Lucasarts video games had been actually impactful in my childhood. By no means did I feel that I might get to learn his dialogue and work with him after which proceed to have the ability to work with him on different tasks. So, it’s nonetheless a dream. I actually hope that I get to work with him on one thing else. It’s simply a lot enjoyable. I can’t wait to play it. I recorded the voice for that so way back. I’ve truly forgotten a lot concerning the character and what occurred. So I simply can’t wait to play the sport. I’m actually excited.
Thanks a lot to your time right now, and I hope you retain on engaged on video games. I really like Transference. I believed that was such a strong piece of artwork.
Oh, dude. Thanks a lot. I’m glad you performed it. That’s superior. I really like to listen to that.
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