To celebrate the release of Urban
Legends: Bloody Mary I was lucky enough to catch up with actor Michael Coe
who plays Buck Jacoby in the movie. Read on to see how the production
went and to see some sweet behind the scenes pics from Michaelís personal
photo album. Just beware of spoilers when reading.
When did you get your first
taste of acting and why did you decide to pursue it as a career?
My first acting experience was in the sixth grade, a Ďcowboys & banditsí
play. I played a crony to the head bandit and had about a handful of
lines, but it wasnít until High School that I found acting to be my
passion. It was my role as Billy Bigelow in my schoolís production of
ďCarouselĒ that really affected my life. I found that acting offered me a
rush that I couldnít get anywhere else, and the more I do it the more it
You seem to devote much of
your time to studying your craft. Have you had it instilled into you that
you need to be ahead of your game in order to succeed in the industry, or
are you just genuinely excited by all aspects of film?
Both, I am genuinely interested in all aspects of film and being ahead of
the game is really the only way I see success. Unlike a lot of careers,
thereís no paved road to a successful career in Hollywood. Itís a game of
luck, politics, exposure and preparation, and by playing both sides of the
field I increase all those factors.
You have a recurring role on
Everwood. Did you find that your time spent on a TV show was a useful way
of learning how things actually work in the field?
Oh without a doubt, Iím incredibly thankful for my time spent on Everwood.
It opened doors for me that have positively affected my acting career and
my life. It was a perfect first step into the mainstream media.
You star as Buck Jacoby in
Urban Legends: Bloody Mary which is released here in the UK on October
17th. How did you first hear about the project and can you tell us about
the audition process?
I was living in Arizona, but I kept strong ties with my agent in Utah. He
gave me a call in the middle of my film study class and told me that Urban
Legends 3 was casting in Salt Lake City. Without hesitation I caught a
flight to Utah and picked up my six page script the night before my 10:00
A.M. audition, and you better believe I showed up memorized. A couple days
later Mary Lambert shows up in town and I get a callback. Half way through
my audition with her she cut me short and said sheíd seen enough. The
casting director asked if she was sure she didnít want to see the rest of
my audition and she looked at me, paused and said ďYes, Iím sure.Ē So I
left and I was positive that I blew it. But let me tell you that in this
industry you never know what theyíre thinking, what I thought to be the
worst sign in all my audition history ended up being a defining moment in
my young career.
"She was always very prepared and
seemed to do a good job achieving her goal".
Had you seen the previous
movies or did you watch them after you had been cast?
I had seen Urban Legend and loved it! Iím such a sucker for horror and
suspense. I hadnít seen UL: Final Cut until about a month ago when I
bought the Urban Legends Three Pack released here the U.S. in July.
Did you enjoy working with
I really enjoyed working with Mary, as a child I had seen her Pet Semetary
movies over and over. So to get this chance to work with her was pretty
surreal. She was very quiet and down to earth. She was always very
prepared and seemed to do a good job achieving her goal. Iíd definitely
work with her again.
Had you seen any of her
previous entries into the horror genre and if so what did you think of
Iíve only seen the Pet Semetary movies and I loved both of them.
Seriously, as a child they must have been my favorite scary movies.
How were the shoots? It
looked like the cast were all genuinely freezing on film.
Most days were okay, but man when we shot the funeral scenesÖ OUCH! I had
pocket warmers in my shoes, my gloves, and down my pants, it was nuts.
Poor Lillith Fields (Bloody Mary), I really feel for her, she was trotting
around the snow barefoot.
The UL films are known for
featuring the hottest new talent. Were you proud to share the screen with
so many new talents?
Oh yeah totally! Kate Mara, Robert Vito, Lillith and Audra Lea Keener, It
was my privilege. These guys will have nice opportunities in their future;
I canít wait to see them in upcoming projects.
Kate Mara makes for a fine
leading lady. Whilst your characters are not exactly the best of friends
did you enjoy working with each other?
Definitely, sheís very captivating, like a young Julia Roberts. She has so
much going for her, yet she remains humble and enjoyable.
"I havenít heard any rumors about a fourth installment".
Which of the death scenes did
you personally think was the best? I definitely enjoyed yours the
After reading the screenplay I was really into the spider scene, but to be
honest when I saw the film I felt it was a little forced. I think Mary had
a pretty awesome opening scene with her death and I would agree that what
they did with my motel scene was sweet! I think I enjoyed that one the
most; it had the most elements of Mary Lambertís artistic touch.
The film seems to have been
doing really well stateside. Do you know if anyone has any plans for a
I havenít heard any rumors about a fourth installment, but youíre right
about the success. I try and keep up with its stats and itís been in the
top 50 rentals chart since its release and itís up over 11 million now. Iím
very happy to see it rise above its expectations.
Would you like to work in the
genre again or are you keen to try new things?
Like I said before, I love horror and suspense so I do intend to keep
working in this genre. Iíve produced two short films through my college so
far and both were in the suspense genre. I just love the macabre I guess,
but I do hope to get opportunities in drama, action and all the rest.
Finally where can we see you
Right now Iím playing the lead in a multi-media stage production here in
Arizona called ďThe G.I.S.O.A.Ē Check it out at www.thegisoa.com. And Iím
constantly working on producing my own films for distribution. As for main
stream movies Iím still waiting for my next opportunity. I really need an
L.A. agent, so come on Hollywood stop by www.michael-coe.com and give me a
"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview
And we wish you the very best of luck in the future."