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Exclusive Interview With Actor Anthony Ingruber

The Critic’s Word Editor in Chief Clifford Kiyabu sits down with voice actor Anthony Ingruber for an exclusive interview!

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

Exclusive Interview with Filmmaker Ron Purtee!

The Critic’s Word editor in chief Clifford Kiyabu sits down with Indie horror master Ron Purtee for an exclusive interview. As a Wisconsin local, Ron is a striving independent director, writer and self-proclaimed Kicker of Asses! He’s also the owner of Vinyl and Villains Films and is most notably known for his 2011 acclaim web-series The Social Media Massacre! I had the pleasure of sitting down with Ron to talk shop about his past and present projects as well as his love of the horror genre.

Clifford: First off, thank you for dropping by our little space of the interweb for an interview.

Ron: No problem. Pretty cozy. I like what you’ve done with the place.

Clifford: Since this is your first time here I think my readers would be interested in knowing a bit about the man behind the camera, what can you tell us about yourself?

Ron: I was born and raised in a “small” town in Wisconsin. I’ve always wanted to entertain in one form or another and that’s lead me to where I am now..

Clifford: impressively enough, you’re both a writer and director. Which of the two do you find the most challenging?

Ron: They each have their challenges. Writing, actually coming up with the idea is hard enough in and of itself but being on set and trying to get every comma up on the screen, that can be ulcer creating as well. haha

Clifford: Some of the actors you’ve worked with have spoken highly of you, is keeping those in your productions happy a priority?

Ron: For sure. We tend to work super quick, and super cheap so making the focus in front of the camera as happy as possible is the way to go.

Clifford: Your films tend to have a very twisted tone to them, why is that?

Ron: I think a lot of pictures tend to lean towards the happy endings and well, Im all about upsetting the apple cart.

Clifford: I assume it’s safe to say you’re a fan of the “SAW” films?

Ron: Actually, and this is going to sound really weird, but I’m a fan of Darren Lynn Bousman, but not so much of the SAW franchise.

Clifford: Seeing that you’re into upsetting themes what are your thoughts on Tom Six’s “The Human Centipede” films?

Ron: Shock for shock’s sake. There is at least a reason for the disturbing themes in my films. I can only imagine how those films came to be. He must have woken up one day and said, “I wanna sew someone’s lips to someone’s asshole!”

Clifford: All creative artists have their niche in which they draw their inspiration from, what is yours?

Ron: Society really. The first Social Media Massacre short was taken from the growing trend in society that no one wants to be alone. Myself included. Then I read “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner and it all kind of clicked..

Clifford: So now that your project “Love is Not Enough” is out there, what’s in store for you next as a filmmaker?

Ron: Well, Minion and Nightmare are both in the cans and I’m not sure if I am taking a break for the holidays or what yet. I do have a short that I’m writing for a contest that I don’t want to jinx but it would be one of my first real journeys outside of the horror genre.

Clifford; Care to elaborate on how far from the horror genre this journey will take you?

Ron: It’s a total and complete 180. The only thing “horror” about it is the way it makes you feel in the end. No blood. No guts. No killers.

Clifford: As a director, what would be your dream project to work on?

Ron: I’d love to direct something that Garry Charles wrote again. The segment he wrote for Social Media Massacre still makes me cringe and I directed it! I’d also love to direct something that Todd Farmer or Simon Barrett wrote. Just my bucket list.

Clifford: Speaking of remakes, how do you feel about all horror icons getting the “re-imagining” treatment as of recent?

Ron: Remake something that DIDN’T work. I’ve been VERY vocal recently about how I want to remake Cherry 2000. From what I have read the original producer is on top of that already. So Edward Pressman, I know you are reading this. We need to talk.

But seriously, I think remaking old horror films shouldn’t be done unless it was a film that didn’t work in the first place. Plain and simple.

Clifford: Okay but for the sake of argument, if a remake is being made regardless if it worked or not; do you feel there should be a grace period of time allowed to pass before a studio decides to jump on the bandwagon of remaking it?

Ron: For sure. The fact that they were trying to remake the Crow sickened me. I remember on set for Love Is Not Enough, Tina Renee Grace and I would talk for a fair amount of time between takes about how remaking that film is pure evil. And the way that they are rebooting Spider-Man after just a few years? I mean does big Hollywood have NO ideas left?

Clifford: So if you were the one remaking Cherry 2000, who would be your dream cast for the film?

Ron: Right now I only have two folks that I would HAVE to have. In the Melanie Griffith role, Tina Renee Grace I think she would be perfect and in the Tim Thomerson role. Christopher Meloni. Him leaving SVU for True Blood pissed me off so damn bad.

Clifford: Seeing that most of your work is done over the internet, what seems to be the most challenging aspects of working on the internet as a filmmaker?

Ron: Getting exposure. It’s really one of the biggest draw backs to working on the net. You have thousands of videos coming out on a daily basis and you tend to get sucked into the vortex.

Clifford: And the most rewarding?

Ron: Instant feedback. Knowing what people think right away is always great. You don’t want to wait for a release date for the folks to really let you know if they liked or didn’t like what you’ve done.

Clifford: Okay now this next question is The Critic’s Word’ signature question so don’t feel alarmed, you’re not the only one [Laughter]

Ron: Lay it on me boss!

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?

Ron: I really don’t know if I can answer that yet. I always try to make my actors and actresses as comfortable as possible. I guess the farthest I’ve gone so far is to perhaps cause lack of sleep on the set of “From the Heart” from The Social Media Massacre. That was a VERY long shoot. (Laughter)

Thanks for dropping by The Critic’s Word, Ron. We’d love to see you back again sometime. For those of you interested in knowing more about Ron Purtee you can check him out at the following:

The Social Media Massacr: Fan Page
Official YouTube: Page
Facebook: Fan Page
Facebook: Profile

Once again thanks to Ron Purtee for sitting down with me for a no holds bar interview. Thanks for reading.