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Byron Lawson

Byron: "Everyone was freakin’ awesome!!!!".

Conducted by Phil Davies Brown
October 10th, 2006

A good few weeks ago now, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat to actor Byron Lawson about his then upcoming role as hard as nails bad ass Eddie Kim, in what was arguably the summer's most highly anticipated movie...Snakes on a Plane.

The movie shot to number one on both sides of the Atlantic on opening weekend and the rest as they say is history.

Read on to hear Byron's thoughts on his role, the director, his co-stars and the internet fans, who all helped the B-movie classic take the world by storm.

How did you get into acting? Was it through stunt work?
I got into acting when I was working for my dad building houses, and I got so sick and tired of doing something I hated to do. I asked a good friend of mine (who is an actor) if he could hook me up with his agent and slowly got to know more and more about the film industry and fell in love with it. The rest is history. In the early stages I did a few stunt roles to get into the union, but now I don’t do any stunts unless it’s needed for my character in the project.

You have previously worked on some pretty great genre shows such as Highlander and Beyond Belief which have huge cult appeal. Did you enjoy working on these shows?
I loved and learned on every project over the course of my career, even in the down times I’ve loved it, because in the end I love the work. I didn’t always like the people I had to work with, but that’s part of this business.

Killer Instinct was a cool show. What was everyone like to work with?
Everyone was freakin’ awesome!!!! I really wanted that show to stick around, because it was fun showing up on set all the time. It was a very supportive team/family on that show. There was hardly any Diva stuff happening on that show.

Byron: "It was play time for everyone".

You will soon be seen in one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, Snakes on a Plane. How did you first hear about the project?
I actually heard about it through a friend of mine that was also auditioning for the same project. I was out of town at the time, so we just sent tape. We found out the director (Mr. David Ellis) wanted to meet. I was up for a different role and ended getting the kick ass role of Eddie Kim.

What can you tell us about your character? I believe you play the bad guy?
Eddie Kim is the mother $^&%#$$ bad ass of bad asses. This is the kinda guy you don’t even wanna look at the wrong way. He is THE BAD GUY!

How does Eddie interact in the plot? I’m guessing he wouldn’t be dumb enough to actually be on the plane ;-)
No, he’s not dumb enough to be on the plane he’s attempting to take down. He’s the reason the snakes are on the plane. I guess it’s the most creative way for him to do this. He is attempting to kill an eye witness to something which he committed.

What were the cast and crew like to work with?
Everyone was amazing to work with. Come on, how can you not have fun working on a movie called “Snakes on a Plane”. It was play time for everyone.

Byron: "No one imagined this movie would
get as big as this".

David Ellis is an excellent director of action packed movies, most likely due to his stunt/second unit background. What was he like to work with?
David is an incredible director to work with; he is all about going BIG and WILD. If it wasn’t for David’s vision you wouldn’t have “Snakes on a Plane” PERIOD! It was great that he shot it very vividly and tongue in cheek so that everyone who sees the movie will get one very important thing from it “FUN ENTERTAINMENT”.

Can you believe how huge the fan following for the film has been?
No one imagined this movie would get as big as this. It just developed into its own monster. The power of the internet is amazing.

Have you seen the film yet and if so, how was it?
I haven’t seen any of it yet.

Were you involved in any of the re-shoots?
Unfortunately I couldn’t do any of the re-shoots as I was working on another project at that time.

What are your hopes for the film?
I just hope everyone walks out of the theatre saying “yeah, that was a fun movie”.

Where can we see you next?
You will see me on a Lifetime movie of the week called “The Trophy Wife” and another project called “Fallen” on ABC.

"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview Byron.
And we wish you the very best of luck in the future."

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