Cam Gigandet’s interview on Trespass and more
Question (Q): So in the film, you play someone who’s obsessed with Nicole Kidman. How hard was that?
Cam Gigandet (CG): That was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in my career! No, to think that was what I had to do everyday was kind of shocking. And get paid for it was even more unbelievable. It was not hard to justify everything I would do in the movie. So that was the easy part.
Q: What attracted you to the role (of Jonah)? Why did you want to be in the movie?
CG: Well, one of the reasons was Joel Schumacher, he’s a legend. And then to work with people like Nic and Nic, and Ben Mendelsohn, it was one of those opportunities you couldn’t pass up. Then the character was someone who always thought he was doing the right thing, and believed it with every fiber in his being. To think of someone who would do anything for what he believed in, and he will do anything, it’s kind of a scary notion. The true believer is kind of a scary notion. And to think if he can’t get what he wants, or if he isn’t successful in what he wants, he will act out accordingly. That’s kind of a scary thought, so I couldn’t really pass.
Q: What about the shifting motives? The audience learns different things about your character throughout the film. How do you play that character that is true to who he is at the end, but the audience doesn’t see who he is at the beginning?
CG: For Jonah, it was always the one thing. The end goal was always Nicole. But for him, he also knew that he had to make his brother happy. He had to play the part, if you will, in order to get to that goal. So that’s what sort of changed throughout. It was sort of him using his intellect to ultimately get what he in his heart wanted. So he had to play the game accordingly. Maybe not as good as he should have. But he did what he could.
Q: You’ve done quite a few roles that are violent or psychotic. Is that what you like doing as an actor?
CG: It’s probably, I’m not going to say the easiest thing for me, I don’t know, I enjoy it the most. I don’t know why, I think it’s that there’s more to grab onto, I guess. You can use your imagination a little bit more, where as if they’re good guys or heroes, they always have to abide by a strict set of rules. To this day, I still haven’t been able to figure out how to work around those. It hasn’t gotten fun for me, the good guy. Maybe because I don’t know how to do it, I don’t know. With the bad guys, there seems to be more creativity and imagination involved in justifying what they do. That’s what people hire me for, I’ll take it.
Q: Joel has said you’ve gotten a bunch of cards from women who wanted to have sex with you.
CG: I replied to all of them! (laughs)
Q: You played a villain in ‘Twilight’ and ‘Trespass.’ What are the differences between the two? Where there any differences on-set?
CG: There are a lot of differences on-set.
Q: What do you prefer?
CG: I prefer ‘Trespass.’ I had a good time on ‘Twilight.’ We were all so new and young to the whole experience. Even our director at the time (Catherine Hardwicke) was new to directing. So it was a little haphazard how we shot. With ‘Trespass,’ there were literally two or three weeks where we rehearsed every single day. Just to do that is any actor’s dream. That was fun. That was actually one of the first times that I ever got to rehearse before shooting, which is great. The fact that there were seven of us in a room, and there were no scenes, per say, because it was all one long scene, it ended up being like a dance routine, where we’d have to figure out where this person would be at this time. Then there would be four cameras. So it was a different way to shoot. I really enjoyed it. Once we actually started shooting, things went so fast. There was never really a dull moment.
Q: Since you’ve come more into fame, have you had an embarrassing red carpet moments?
CG: All of my red carpet moments are embarrassing. It’s very difficult, so I try to stay away from that carpet. To this day, one of the most surreal ones was when I had gotten out of the car at the ‘Twilight’ premiere. I don’t think anyone had any idea what we were getting into, even shooting and leading up to the red carpet. I don’t think anybody knew there would be thousands of people there. So that was kind of shocking. (It’s) still to this day the most shocking red carpet I’ve had to deal with.
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