Although David Hood is relatively
new to the world of film, his experiences on the stage and in Television
have stood him in good stead for a future in film, and with roles in the
just released Forest of the Damned and V for Vendetta already under his
belt, I'm sure we'll soon be seeing a lot more of this modest young man.
How did you get into
I was always a very shy and quiet person until I went to college and I
decided to change, I became more confident. Then one of my new friends
suggested I went to one of her youth drama classes with her, and one day I
did. That was the beginning for me, from that point on I knew what I
wanted to do. I kept going with the classes each week. I ended up helping
to run the class and then when I became too old to be involved in youth
theatre, I moved into the amateur theatre area. The first show I decided
to go for was West Side Story run by the Playhouse Theatre Company in The
Playhouse Theatre Harlow (my home town at the time). And to my surprise, I
got the lead part of Tony. I then did a pantomime, before moving away
from home and landing a job as a Redcoat at Butlins in Skegness. Once my
season was finished, I decided to move to London and give the acting
career a try and here I am.
You worked extensively on the
stage before moving into TV and eventually film. Which medium is more fun
and how do they compare and contrast?
Wow that is a hard one! Theatre has immediate rewards, you perform to an
audience and you hear the response, where as in TV or film you never truly
get to know first hand what people think. You can only go from sales and
ratings which are all well and good, but you never know as an actor how
good you are personally or if itís just the production that people
enjoyed. I must say theatre is more fun because of the whole live aspect,
which makes it so exciting and thrilling and you generally get a long
rehearsal period to get your character developed. Film obviously comes
with more benefits. Not just the fact that it can pay better and the fame
stakes are higher in film and TV than theatre. Also I think in todayís
society and the growing world of entertainment, there is a bigger and more
interesting diversity in film and TV than theatre. Casting directors are
looking for so many different things in an actor and it gives people a
better chance to get some where.
You will soon be seen in
Forest of the Damned as Andrew. How did you first hear about the film and
what was your audition like?
Well I subscribe to an internet Site Called Shooting People Iím sure lots
of aspiring actors know what Iím talking about. Jo had put a posting on
there about his production and had asked people to apply for the various
roles in the film.
The audition itself couldnít have gone any better really. When I went in
they asked me to read for a few parts, but they said they thought I would
be good for the role of Andrew although until they met me I thought they
had Emilio in mind. But when I read for Andrew the way Jo had written the
script, Andrew was a very American kind of guy, even some of the words he
used and when I tried to read the script it kept coming out in an American
accent. So I said look, I canít read this script without going American.
Jo told me to read the script and change which ever words I had a problem
with to what I thought fit, and he liked it. We discussed the part a bit
and he seemed to feel the character I was playing would be good for the
film. After that I was pretty confident that I might get the part, but as
we all know there is that doubt even when youíre confident that it could
go either way?
What was the shoot like and
how did you enjoy working with the cast and crew?
The shoot itself was good. It was so long ago now Iím trying to remember
it. I remember getting a train from London to Southampton and spending
about 2 weeks in the middle of a forest in a log cabin. The filming was
long and hard. The locations werenít the nicest places to be in but for
authenticity they were really dilapidated buildings and dingy and dark
barns. They werenít specially built sets. When I wasnít on set filming I
think I was back at the cabin cleaning. I like things to be clean and as Iím
sure you can imagine with the cast and crew traipsing in and out all day
the place got a bit messy. Everything was good. It was long days and
sometimes nights, lots of mess and lots of struggles, but everyone made it
worth it. All the cast were fantastic and the crew were brilliant to work
with; there wasnít a bad penny in the bunch.
"I have his magic thumb. Now that might sound really dodgy".
Did you have much time to hang
out with or get to meet Tom Savini and Shaun Hutson and if so, what were
Well that does have to be one of the highlights of working on the Movie.
Tom Savini is an absolute legend! Until I did this movie I didnít even
know that he did anything other than act, I didnít know anything about his
special effects work. I was there when he arrived from America. He was a
really nice guy. When he came he brought his portfolio with him and showed
us all his previous work. He also had loads of pictures of the students he
teaches at his special affects school. But my best secret is I have his
magic thumb. Now that might sound really dodgy, but he liked do little
magic tricks and he had this trick thumb. He left it behind when he went
back to America. I found it and thought Iím going to keep that as a
souvenir. So Tom if you wondered where it went Iíve got it! I must admit
Iím not much of a reader so I didnít really know who Shaun was. I never
got to see him during filming, but I did meet him when we did the
commentary. He was a really nice guy.
I don't want to spoil your
scenes for anyone yet to see the film but were you uncomfortable during
any of the scenes and what were the conditions like?
Yes, for those that havenít seen it you might not want to read this bit
but there is a lot of nudity! Mainly from the girls, but I do lose a few
items of clothing myself. I didnít really have a problem with taking off
my clothes; itís everyone else that might have a problem having to watch
me. Iím not known for having one of the best bodies in the world. Jo did
send me to the gym and I lost over a stone before shooting, but there was
only so much I could do in a month. So taking off my clothes wasnít a
problem but where I was taking them off was. The scene we shot involved me
noticing the naked fallen angels in a lake below a waterfall. This scene
was shot at a waterfall in Wales in the middle of September so as you can
imagine it was freezing! All the crew had like scuba gear on and there are
all of us naked. We stayed in the water for about 15-20 minutes and by the
time we left it took us about an hour to warm up. It definitely wasnít the
most glamorous of sets, but Iím sure it will look fantastic. There was
actually a worse scene that didnít make it into the film but if you buy
the DVD look at the outtakes.
What did you think of the
Would you believe I havenít seen it yet! I saw it when we did the
commentary for the DVD but I wasnít really paying full attention because
we were talking a lot. But I have pre-ordered my copy of the movie and
then I will get to see it!
Are you a fan of horror films
and if so what are your favourites?
I do like horror films. I donít really find them scary, but I do like the
intensity they bring. These days I only really watch the mainstream
Hollywood movies. But I think my favourites really are the ones from my
childhood like Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween and all the ones that
gave you nightmares when you were little.
Was the experience of making a
horror film anything like you expected and how did it compare for you to
If Iím really honest I never have any expectations when Iím involved in
any project. I take it all as it comes. I must say it is great being on
set for a horror movie because it is great seeing how all the Special
Effects are done. When I arrived at location I had to have a cast of my
face made. I have never had to do anything like that at all. When I had
the cast done I had my entire face covered in what they call alginate
which goes really cold. You obviously canít see and itís hard to breathe
because you can only breathe through tubes in your nose and you canít
talk, but Nathan of MFX the special effects team said I was the first
person he has come cross who has been able to talk whilst still in a cast
and unable to open his mouth. It was great just being able to find out
about special effects. Working on any project, horror or not, youíll find
it is never the same working on them as it is watching them. Even when I
watch this, it will probably feel different from when I filmed it.
"I donít really find them scary, but I do like the intensity they bring".
You recently completed a small
role in V for Vendetta. What was that like to work on and do you have any
gossip about the film, the cast or the crew?
Youíre right, it was a very small part and if you watch it you wonít even
recognise me because Iím in costume the whole time. It was a nice
production to work on. I was on set for 3 night shoots in central London
and there was a lot of people involved some several hundred people. I didnít
even know Stephen Fry was in it until half way through the 3rd night when
I realised in the scene we had just been shooting that he had been
standing right beside me the whole time. Iím afraid I have no gossip for
you; it was all work, work, work.
I had heard that you were
going to be appearing in Summer of the Massacre 2 for British production
company Scream Productions. What happened with that
That is a very unfortunate story. I was really looking forward to working
on that production, but at that time I had just been picked up by a
Theatre Agent. He told me that I had to drop the commitment because it
wasnít paying very well and he didnít like the fact that I would be out of
the game for a month or so. I told him that I wanted to do the production
but he said if I wanted his representation I should drop it. So I called
the Director Bryn Hammond and told him the story. He was very nice about
it all and let me out of my contract. The worst part of the story is, that
only about a month down the line I ended up dropping that Agent because
all he wanted to do was send me abroad and I wasnít happy with that. By
that time, Bryn had already re-cast and I had understandably made Bryn not
want to work with me. I learned a hard lesson that day. Do what you want
to do and never let anyone tell you otherwise! I havenít got an Agent at
the moment but that is by choice. I will not be represented by just
anyone. Iím holding out for the right company and one who has my best
interests at heart not theirs. Sometimes you have to learn things the hard
way. I did speak to Bryn after the film had been finished and he told me
that the lead Girl from his movie went on to be in Devils Rejects. If only
I had been in his movie maybe I would be in something now too.
Can we expect to see you in
any more horror movies in future?
I would love to do more; I havenít shot any new ones recently to let you
know about. Iím always open to new projects and I love the Horror genre,
especially British horror. Iím all for promoting home grown Films.
What are you working on at
Well at the moment Iím looking at a few new ventures but nothing confirmed
as yet and as itís the New Year I have decided to take the search for
decent representation up a gear, especially with the release of Forest of
the Damned on the horizon.
"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview
And we wish you the very best of luck in the future."