We recently sat down with the talented and down to earth Charlie Clark to talk about his career as an actor and the new phase of his life as a writer/director. As always it was a pleasure catching up with him. Here’s what he had to say:
Please introduce yourself to the readers and how you first got into performing?
Ello! The names Charlie. I’m English, pretty hairy and an absolute delight to be around. I first got into performing after I finished High School. But it actually started with music. I was a drummer and did the whole forming bands and trying to emulate my favorite rockstar’s cliché. Obviously I wasn’t as rock n’ roll as first thought.A few years later after working many tedious jobs I would turn to acting.
What inspired you to get into this industry?
I’ve always loved watching movies, it’s a bit of an obsession. And when I was going through my “tedious job” phase I can remember me and my best English friend, Todd, would talk about the films we had been watching throughout the week and discussing them in great detail. The directing the acting the writing the cinematography, you name it! Any one of those seemed like the best kind of job to me, and so I decided to head into the business. Starting with acting!
What kind of training have you had, if any?
The Stella Adler Academy of Acting – Los Angeles.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. In fact, that was the dream role I had always said I wanted to play. When the opportunity to portray him somehow arose, there was absolutely no way I was coming out of that audition without the part.
What has been one of your biggest achievements in your career so far?
Learning to say “No”
What projects do you have coming up?
So I guess this is the section where I should confirm my slight career change, eh? I’ve decided to become a writer/director, and I’m excited to say I shall be directing the first movie in October. It’s a gooden. Plus a couple of shorts on the go and a feature in the works, all of which I wrote or co-wrote. Whoop! Oh, and two features are being released this year which you can see me doing ye ol’ acting in.
Who would you most like to work with?
Al Pacino, Roger Deakins and Muse. Al would be the star, Roger would make things look pretty and Muse would provide the epic soundtrack. One day.
What are your plans for the future?
Directing and writing movies. I have to go to the UK for a short while, and I’ll do the same thing there. Wherever I am I will be doing this.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Stay true to the art of your profession and do not become like everyone else by entering that huge pool of sameness. Yes, it is a business, but you’re probably making things harder for yourself by losing originality. Think back to when you first entered this business, because that “thing” you had was what set you apart. You just have more knowledge now.