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Vancouver to Hollywood: A Talk With Deadpool® Stars Rob Hayter & Kyle Cassie

BOB & GAVIN TALK SHOP!

After its tremendous run at the international box office, Deadpool® actors Rob Hayter (Bob) and Kyle Cassie (Gavin) give us an exclusive opportunity to poke around and ask the tough questions. As evidenced by both Rob and Kyle’s involvement in Deadpool® Vancouver has been bringing a lot of dynamic and unique talent to Hollywood (including Ryan Reynolds himself). Their respective performances are both memorable and fan-favorited. With this in mind, we get a chance to delve a little further into who they really are and what they hope to accomplish.

Rob Hayter Kyle Cassie

How does it feel knowing that Deadpool® is such a big hit now?

(Rob) Honestly, I was proud to be a part of this project before it ever even hit the theatres. Working with Ryan and Tim Miller was fantastic. The stunt team that Rob Alonzo and Phil Silvera brought together was exceptional, and the way this whole project has been approached from the very start – original, timely, creatively-driven – it was totally a pleasure … Can’t say enough about the creators of this project. If it had tanked, I’d still feel the same way. These guys put their hearts into it. You can’t lose like that…

(Kyle) It’s truly amazing to see a film that’s fought so hard over many years to finally get made now break multiple box office records worldwide. It’s an honor to be a part of the one of a kind Deadpool® team.

 

How was it like to work with Ryan Reynolds? Are there any shades of his Van Wilder character in his actual personality?

(Kyle) Working with Reynolds was a blast. He’s a very kind and gracious human and such a ninja with his craft. I think there are indeed aspects of Van Wilder in his actual personality. Even when very focused on the work, there’d still be these hilarious moments that would escape him and keep the rest of the cast and crew on our toes and entertained.

(Rob) I don’t know about the Van Wilder thing, but Ryan Reynolds is the consummate professional; as an Actor and as a person. He was so easy to work with – generous, respectful, intelligent – it was just an absolute pleasure. The thing about doing a scene with Ryan is that all you really have to do is keep up, which is sometimes challenging ‘cause, let me tell you, this guy’s got chops. One of the things I loved about Ryan was how he supported the stunt team and their work on the film. When his double, Alex Kyshkovych, hurt his knee on set, Ryan would call Alex regularly to check in, and personally made sure that all of Alex’s medical and rehab procedures were happening as efficiently as they could. Just a class act, this guy… 100%.

 

During the production of the film, did you learn or takeaway anything new with regard to your respective techniques?

(Rob) As an actor, I have to say that Ryan Reynolds reminded me of the importance of enjoying the work. He was always in the moment, this guy, and you could tell that he was just so earnestly happy and grateful to be there doing what he was doing. As a stuntman, it was invigorating to watch the level of professionalism and execution that 2nd Unit Director Rob Alonzo and Stunt Coordinator Phil Silvera brought to the set. They were so efficient and well organized, and the team they brought together for this project was exceptional. This film was a real testament to a group of people who were passionate about what they were doing and genuinely cared about the project.

(Kyle) After working with the creative force that is Ryan Reynolds, I just took away that great reminder to keep as busy working and growing as much as I can as an artist and performer. I left very inspired to be a part of more big films like Deadpool® that are rooted with such creative integrity.

 

What did you do to prepare yourselves for your roles?

(Kyle) Well, to be honest, I often play “douchey”, dim-witted characters (AGAINST TYPE, I promise!). Haha! But yes, those are some of the most fun so it was a playground for me to adorn this kind of character in such a big movie. And… I wore ladies underwear under my overly embroidered denim.

(Rob) Really, I just approached it the same way I approach every other role. Do the work, show up ready, have fun, be professional.

 

The internet is clearly abuzz about your respective scenes/characters. Is there anything that you’d like to add or clear up for the fans?

(Rob) Thanks for being so cool. If it wasn’t for you, the mercy with a mouth would be MIA.

(Kyle) I’d just like to clear up one thing. For everyone out there who was wondering if my character’s underwear were also bedazzled… Well, yes they were!

 

How would you rank the following comic book characters – in order of interest to you – and why?

Superman®
Wolverine®
The Tick®
Spider-Man®
Hulk®

(Kyle)

  1. The Tick® – Great application of satire in the superhero world.
  2. Wolverine® – Almost as badass as DEADPOOL®!
  3. Spider-Man® – Played by too many girly-men actors in the movies over the years.
  4. Hulk® – Almost too powerful like Superman®.
  5. Superman® – Too powerful

(Rob) Wolverine®, Hulk®, Spider-Man®, Superman®, & The Tick®. I can’t take The Tick® seriously. Sorry…  I think I’ve always been fascinated by reluctant superheroes, and characters that have a lot of inner turmoil, so that’s why I’d start this list from Wolverine®, and go from there. I noticed that you didn’t include Batman®… Why didn’t you include Batman®?

(F.A.M.E.’US) We didn’t include Batman® because everyone would list his character as their first choice!

 

Do you have any stand-out moments in your careers?

(Rob) The highlight of my career would have to be winning the Taurus World Stunt Award for “Hardest Hit” in 2010. On top of winning the award, I also got a chance to work for legendary stunt coordinator Bob Brown, Canadian Coordinator Dean Choe, and Director Chris Columbus. Pretty big stuff for a young stunt guy; I’ll never forget it…

Link: Taurus Awards

Rob Hayter (Beard)

(Kyle) I’ve been lucky enough to have been a part of some really amazing experiences in film and TV, but Deadpool® has definitely been the most stand-out so far. It’s a far smaller character than I usually play but I think we packed a fair amount of punch into those quick 5 pages.

 

What’s next, and what can we look forward to?

(Kyle) I just finished shooting a wonderfully-quirky and fun Horror film called Puppet Killer® that was offered to me through a good friend and super talent: Aleks Paunovic, who also led our amazing ensemble cast. The film was directed by the great Lisa Ovies and produced by the immensely talented Soska Twins who’ve built a massive brand in the genre world for being great at all things horror and film. We had so much fun on this film it’s almost criminal. Expecting a 2016 release I believe, so stay tuned!

Kyle BW

(Rob) I’ve have this teeny little part on this really cool SyFy® project called Van Helsing®. Simon Berry (Continuum®) and Neil LaBruce (Hell on Wheels®) are writing it, so I think that it will be pretty cool.  I’m also hoping that the TV series I’m Stunt Coordinating – Lucifer® – comes back for another season. It was just such a pleasure to be a part of.  I’m also going to be Stunt Coordinating an action film called Kavalo® this spring, so I’m looking forward to that. It’s sort of a passion project. It’s being shot in Vancouver and Lucifer® Fight Coordinator Dan Rizzuto (Deadpool®, Jarhead 3®, Vendetta®) is directing it. It will involve a lot of the Vancouver Stunt Community, and will likely feature many of the same performers that you saw in Deadpool®.

Ne-Yo

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Ne-Yo

Q&A with an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actor and philanthropist with three Grammy Awards and three platinum albums.

Ne-Yo was born in Arkansas and was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. His first album, “In My Own Words,” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Aside from working on his own album, he also has a collective catalog of chart-topping songs that he has written for other artists such as Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Carrie Underwood, Enrique Iglesias and Dima Bilan, including Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable,” which stayed at the top of the charts for 10 consecutive weeks.

Q: Most people do not know that Big Dee Evans renamed you Ne-Yo, based on the character Neo from the film The Matrix. He stated that you see music the way that Neo saw the Matrix during the film. What other similarities do you feel you share with Neo?

A: To be honest with you, when I first got the name, I didn’t really like it. Neo was the savior of the world. I just thought the name was a bit too much — a lot of responsibility. But one person starts calling you that, then the next person, and the next person, and then suddenly, you’re Ne-Yo.

Q: Do you carve out time to sit down and focus and write lyrics, or do you allow it to be a completely organic process?

A: It’s a little bit of both. All day long, anything and everything can be inspiration for a song. But when it comes to sitting down and actually creating a song, I’m kind of a caveman … I can’t jump into this century and write a song on an iPad or my phone. I need a pen and paper.

Q: How do you feel about performing for the president, Mr. Obama, one of the most influential people in the world? What was that like?

A: You have to take away the whole concept of, “Oh my God, the President is literally 30 feet away from me.” Because if you dwell on that, it’ll create nervous energy that will mess you up. You have to tell yourself it’s another performance, another person who respects and appreciates my music. Then, once it’s over, you can step back and say, “Oh my God, I just performed for the most powerful person in the world.” But in the moment, you can’t dwell on it.

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Andrea Anderson

Since I was a little girl I dreamed and played like I was an actress or movie star. These were big dreams for someone who was unhappy most of the time and scared.

I grew up lower-middle class with three brothers in Indiana amongst hills, horses and ice-skating in the winter. I knew I always wanted to be somebody, somebody special. Even during my adolescent years of abuse, insults and loneliness, I never gave up on the vision of me being in Hollywood someday. That was despite being told, “You’re this, you’re that, you’re never going to be anything.” While I was reading some would even ask, “What are you looking at — the pictures?”

Escaping into the music in my room and the dancing during dance recitals made me happy because it was something that was mine — that I was creating. I held my head high in spite of this ugly behavior. School was not easy, scattered with bullying and disliking towards my brother. Much of my childhood is a blur and has scarred me in many ways, but I know and realize that it doesn’t determine my abilities or my goals.

My journey has not been paved with roses or bags of gold. I moved out into the world at 18 with a few suitcases and a few bucks. I knew I needed to get some money rolling, so I started working construction, as it paid well. I joined the Labor Union in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was a member for five years.

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Nicole Criss

Nicole Criss, a child actor candidly discusses that she wants (secretly) to be a surfer, growing up on set, describing painting and sketching as a declared talent, and being inspired by Tim Burton’s films. Nicole, daughter to a well-established movie director/producer, Nancy Criss, was practically born on set! She states that, Christopher Atkins (Blue Lagoon) played her father, in her most recent movie, The Sparrows Nesting, and that he has been somewhat of a real father, like her father in actual life, because he has watched her since her toddler days, wobbling around and taking her first few steps on the set of a film where her mother was working on.

Currently she is in high school, and splits her residence between Arizona and Los Angeles. Nicole describes her life in Arizona as “normal teenage things” and during her visits to California “the world changes” and suddenly she is in the entertainment business and hanging out on studio lots. She spends her time painting and sketching, and identifies this as a natural talent. She has been surfing, just one time, and secretly wants to be a surfer.

Nicole says that her mother is her inspiration and that she wants to take her career “as far as it would let me go.” She enjoy all genres, but has a special interest in comedy and horror. She dreams of working with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton.

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