I’ve had the utmost pleasure of interviewing talented actors, directors, writers and producers of different calibers over the years, but I have never come across someone as unique as Anthony Ingruber, a young actor who has a very impressive knack for dead on impersonations. I sat down with Anthony to discuss his impressions and voice work including upcoming projects he’s involved with.
Clifford: First off, I’d like to welcome you to our little part of the web.
Anthony: Thanks very much for the interview and taking an interest in my work it’s great to be here!
Clifford: Before we jump right into it, I figured we’d start off a little light if that’s okay with you?
Anthony: Always good.
Clifford: So tell us a little about yourself, Anthony?
Anthony: I’ve had a very international upbringing. My mother is Dutch and my father is Australian and I have been raised in some very contrasting areas of the world, the Philippines, Australia and Cyprus to name a few. Although this has been tough at times, I have found it has given me invaluable practice in learning new accents for my work.
Clifford: How long have you been doing voice impressions?
Anthony: Really since high school I think, I was 15. I had just moved to Australia after 5 years in Cyprus and was having difficulty adjusting to life there and making new friends. I discovered that by imitating beloved actors such as Jack Nicholson and Harrison Ford that I could easily break the ice and introduce myself as someone to goof around with.
Clifford: Who [or what] inspired you to go into acting?
Anthony: I think it was around the time I started doing impressions that I began really taking an interest in the work that these actors had done. I remember renting The Shining and Blade Runner and being completely blown away by the performances and the cinematography. From that moment on I think I
realized that acting was what I really wanted to pursue in life. The performances of actors such as Gary Oldman, Daniel Day Lewis, Harrison Ford and Jack Nicholson are those that I hold in very high regard and use as a personal drive to perfect my own acting to try to live up to their level.
Clifford: Prior to conducting this interview, I did some research on you and I was quite impressed to see the large variety of character impressions on your YouTube channel, which character was your favorite?
Anthony: I think my favorite really depends on who I am performing for…I
always ask which of the actors the audience prefers and I will launch into that
character. It’s always such a delight when I’m able to do justice to their favorite actor! My personal favorite is probably Jack Nicholson as he is such an energetic and lively personality that is great to relieve stress after a long hard day!
Clifford: How do you prepare before taking on a role?
Anthony: it really depends on what role it is that I’m taking. The work I tend to apply for usually requires a different accent than my own; for example I’ve portrayed British WW2 soldiers on 3 separate occasions. So usually the week leading up to the shoot date I simply go about my daily business with a British accent until it becomes a natural change. Also, I like to go in prepared, so I read up on whatever subject matter the film covers so I have a greater understanding of the mindset that the character is in.
Clifford: What kind of training have you had?
Anthony: I took a brief 3 month script writing course in New Zealand, but the majority of my training is very much self-taught. I credit watching film obsessively at a very young age and applying what works for me into my own method of acting.
Clifford: I know we’ve already touched on the subject of inspiration that led you to become an actor, but I wanted to dive a little deeper into that subject with something a little more specific. Like; what inspired you to go into ‘voice’ acting?
Anthony: I think voice acting has become very prominent in the last few years due to the new standards of voice acting in videogames; which have become a formidable story telling medium in their own right. I’m also a huge videogame and cartoon fan and so voice acting has always appealed to me.
Clifford: Now you’ve done both physical and voice acting, which would you say was more challenging and why?
Anthony: Definitely physical, on screen acting is the more challenging. Voice acting can be done very comfortably and you have no need to worry about how you dress or look which is always a huge relief!
Clifford: Is there a particular genre that you enjoy working on?
Anthony: Comedy has always been my strong suit but I greatly enjoy dramatic pieces…being able to explore the darker sections of human nature is something I love to escape to and acting is a safe method that gives you that opportunity.
Clifford: Any chance you’ll be able to tell us what projects you’re currently working on?
Anthony: Currently I’m working on “In the Name of God”, a short film directed by Jakub Roman about a young soldier in Iraq. The film focuses on the religious aspects of conflict and the corruption that unfortunately can be involved in war. I’m also working on a TV pilot again, directed by Jakub Roman, called “The Agency”. It’s a light hearted comedy about the struggles of aspiring actors and the rather rubbish jobs they need to take before they land a decent gig. Unfortunately I can’t reveal too much at this stage but I may be able to as production goes underway.
Clifford: When can we roughly expect to see “In the Name of God” released?
Anthony: Unfortunately there hasn’t been an official press release yet, but I think it’s aiming for a late fall release.
Clifford: As an actor, you must have a “dream team” you’d love to work with some day?
Anthony: Any of the actors that I have impersonated would definitely be on my dream team list! The performances of actors such as; Jack Nicholson or Gary Oldman has made a huge impact on my desire to be an actor as well as my own style of acting. The impersonations are my way of paying homage to these legends of cinema and paying tribute to their work.
Clifford: Now this next question I ask has become a standard tradition for first time guest here at The Critic’s Word and may come off as awkward, but I assure you you’re not the first to be asked this.
Clifford: The term ‘For The Sake of Art’ has always been coined in the entertainment industry for how far an actor/actress would be willing to go for, well… the sake of art. So my question to you is; How far are you willing to go for the sake of art in this industry?
Anthony: I think this is a question every actor asks themselves early in their career; I feel I would be able to commit myself to a role and do whatever I feel is necessary to deliver a realistic performance. Of course it’s easy to assume that to be the case so I suppose the only way to know would be when a role comes along that demands that dedication, and seeing if I can go to that place of mind.
Clifford: I assume you’re on all the major social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc… So where can our readers find you and more importantly learn more about you?
Anthony: I have an official Facebook fan page, Twitter and YouTube channel all under the title of Anthony Ingruber, so anyone interested in my work can find it fairly easily!
Clifford: Thank you dropping by and taking the time to chat with us. We’d love to have you back sometime in the near future.
Anthony: Thank you very much for the interest and it’s my pleasure to chat with you! Would love to be back soon.
And this concludes my interview with actor Anthony Ingruber. There’s no doubt in my mind Anthony is going places, as he’s got a good chip on his shoulders and his skill in voice work alone speaks for itself. You can find Anthony on his Official website: anthonyingruber.com. see his full resume on IMDB: imdb.com. Like him on Facebook: facebook.com/AnthonyIngruberOfficial, and Follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/AnthonyIngruber. Also subscribe to his YouTube channel at: youtube.com/user/anthonyingruber