Interview: Actor Holt McCallany on getting beat up by Batman in Justice League and the (potential) future of 'Mindhunter'
Interview: Actor Holt McCallany on getting beat up by Batman in âJustice League,â and the (potential) future of 'Mindhunter'
Actor Holt McCallany is finishing 2017 with a bang.
After appearing as a musclebound gang leader nicknamed âThe Beastâ in the prison-thriller Shot Caller, and as the scene-stealing FBI agent Bill Tench in the Netflix crime series Mindhunter, McCallany made a surprising appearance in the DC superhero team-up Justice League.
McCallanyâs role is a small oneâhe plays an unnamed burglar in the opening scene of the film who fights with Batman (Ben Affleck) on a Gotham City roofâbut the tussle helps kick off the main storyline of the movie. Batman ties up and dangles McCallanyâs criminal high above the street, using his fear to lure one of the villainous Steppenwolfâs (Cirian Hinds) zombie-like Parademons to Gotham City. The creature's appearance leads Batman to start gathering heroes to take on the oncoming threat.
McCallany got to show off some of the fighting skills he learned while working out with legendary boxing trainer Teddy Atlas for his roles in Tyson (1995) and the FX series Lights Out (2011).
âIt was fun to fight Batman, even if I lost,â McCallany tells Menâs Fitness. âIn some of the takes, my character fights back a little more but with no success. I have my own fight style based on techniques Iâve learned over many years of boxing and working in films, and I got to use that here. In this case, itâs fighting a superhero, so itâs tougherâBatman can do a lot of things other guys canât do.â
Like many of the supporting roles in his career, including his memorable turn in David Fincherâs Fight Club (1998), McCallany makes the most of his screen time, throwing some funny quips and pretty good punches at the Dark Knight during their brawl.
The fate of McCallanyâs criminal is left up in the airânot sorry about that punâleaving the chance for a potential return for the sequel: âMaybe Iâll be back,â McCallany hinted. But if he doesnât return to the world of Justice League, thereâs a good chance the actor will have his hands full with Mindhunter.
âWeâre not officially picked up yet,â McCallany says. âBut I promise all our Mindhunter fans it'll be worth the wait.â
McCallany spoke with Menâs Fitness about fighting with an iconic superhero, working with Joss Whedon, and the future of his critically acclaimed Netflix series Mindhunter.
MENâS FITNESS: What was it like to fight withâand get beat upâby Batman?
Holt McCallany: It was a great experience, and a fun scene to shoot. Ben [Affleck] was very easygoing, we got it in just a few takes. My favorite fight scenes are usually ones that are choreographed with some style to them, and ones that are choreographed around a particular actorâs individual strengths. The old adage in the fight game is âstyles make fightsâ. I like to design my own fight choreography in conjunction with my director and stunt coordinator whenever possible, and here it was a great way to be a part of the filmâeven though I got beat by Batman.
What was it like working on such a big-budget film like Justice League and being on the set?
I was just happy to be asked. I had been in consideration for a very good role in the Marvel universe that eventually went to another actor, so it was nice to be involved with Justice League. It was also my first time working with so much green screenâa lot of reacting to Parademons I canât actually see.
Although your role in Justice League is a small one, it kind of kicks off the whole story. How did it feel to have a significant part in setting things in motion?
It was an honor for me. These are iconic characters we all grew up with, and the film is hugely popular with audiences all over the world. It was a great honor for me to be a part of it.
What was it like working with Joss Whedon on the film?
I love Joss Whedon. My scene with Batman was originally conceived as a comedic scene. Thatâs how Joss wrote it, and thatâs how we shot it. I thought it came out great, but the studio felt it would be a mistake to open the film with a completely comedic scene, so it was re-edited a little bit. I was disappointed, but when I got home to New York I found a bottle of my favorite Champagne and a note from Joss that said âTo Battles Lost. Gratefully, Joss.â I canât tell you how much it meant to me that he took the time to write to me. Joss Whedon is a class act. I had the letter framed.
Batman lets your character live. Is there a chance he could return in another DC filmâmaybe ending up in Arkham Asylum, alongside some iconic villains?
It was a small part, but you never what can happen in these films. My character doesnât die, so who knows? He had some good rapport with Batman, so it could be laying some groundwork for another appearance down the line, that would be exciting.
2017 has been a big year for youâyouâre starring in Mindhunter, and appeared in two films, Shot Caller and Justice League. What has it meant to you to be in these projects and playing memorable roles in all of them?
They say that when success comes a little later in life itâs sweeter, because you feel like you worked for it, struggled for it. I think thatâs true. Acting is a very competitive field. There are a lot of very talented guys. So for me to be enjoying a moment of success at this stage of my life, at this stage of my career, itâs exciting.
While Mindhunter hasnât been officially picked up yet, David Fincher has spoken about a five-season plan, and what Season 2 might cover. What are you most excited about with the future of the show?
Right now Iâm prepping for Mindhunter Season 2, reading, doing lots of research. The scripts are great and I think fans will be happy with how itâs developing. To potentially work with someone like David [Fincher] over the course of multiple seasons is an honor, and Iâm excited to do more with the character of Bill Tench. I can take my time, and I can really explore this guy over a long period of time. I think it's gonna be just an amazing adventure.
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November 22, 2017 at 01:00PM
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