Terry: "Desperation, passion and stubbornness".
Conducted by Phil Davies Brown
October 21st, 2006
Terry Chen will be familiar to many of you thanks to his role in Almost Famous. The man has appeared in a number of exciting projects, most notably summer sensation Snakes on a Plane.
I caught up with Terry to talk to him about his role in the film, as well as his other work in many popular genre shows and films.
What do you feel led to your becoming an actor?
Desperation, passion and stubbornness, although not necessarily in that order.
You worked on many well received projects before people took notice of your role in Almost Famous.
How did things change for you after that particular movie?
The doors were greased more but I still hustle for everything I get.
You have continued to work on many excellent genre shows such as The 4400 and Smallville, are they fun to shoot?
The genre is generally fun to work in. Anything that forces the audience to suspend their disbelief is fun to work on, as you're really creating a new reality so anything is possible.
"I hate snakes".
You will soon be seen in the much hyped and hugely anticipated Snakes on a Plane. How did you first hear about the film and what were your initial reactions upon hearing the title?
My agent brought it to me. I thought, what a ridiculous name, and then I heard Sam Jackson was starring, good enough for Sam, good enough for me.
What was the deciding factor in accepting the job?
I hate snakes. I thought, good time to man up so I did.
Can you tell us a little about your character?
I play a k-1 kick boxer on route from Hawaii to Los Angeles.
The film has an excellent cast; did you enjoy working with everyone?
We had a fun cast. We hung out, had dinners and got our game on…mostly charades.
Do you have many scenes with Samuel L. Jackson?
I had a few whilst we were filming, but I haven't seen it yet so we'll see.
"You're either down with it or not".
What was David Ellis like to work with?
David Ellis was a real pro. We never worked past six p.m. and our days were consistent.
His movies are always great fun. Were you a fan of his previous work?
David Ellis is a legend in the stunt community and his movies are thrill rides that echo that same visceral energy. I'm a fan.
Have you seen the movie yet, and do you think it will live up to fan expectations?
I haven't seen the movie yet, but I do have to say the fans will have fun.
You're not going to walk into this movie expecting THE ENGLISH PATIENT.
It's Snakes on a motherfucking Plane…you're either down with it or not.
Were you involved in the re-shoots? It has been said that they went back to add more gore and crowd pleasing elements, do you have any idea what has been added?
I can tell you there’s more gore, more nudity, and lines added by request from dedicated fans blogging and creating websites etc.
What’s next for you? Any chance you could appear in a Snakes sequel?
I've got a recurring role on a new ABC comedy this fall called BIG DAY, then I star opposite Dennis Hopper and Billy Zane in MEM-O-RE, a psycho-thriller out in January, and in the spring I have a film with Jet Li and Jason Statham called ROGUE being released by Lionsgate studio…and finally let's see how snakes does, we can talk sequels later…the possibilities are endless.
"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview Terry.
And we wish you the very best of luck in the future."