“Henry Rollins eats people!” Did that get your attention? Then you should keep an eye out for Jason Krawczyk’s latest, He Never Died. Rollins leads the film as Jack. He lives alone, goes to the same diner every day, genuinely enjoys playing bingo and also happens to be a chronically depressed immortal cannibal. He’s been able to keep sober for some time, but when something from his past disrupts his routine, he’s got no choice but to let loose in order to take care of business.
Shortly after He Never Died made its world premiere at SXSW in the midnight program, I got the opportunity to sit down with Krawczyk and Rollins to talk about what it took to bring Jack’s story to screen. They discussed developing the idea, how Rollins prepared for the shoot months in advance, making Jack an irredeemable yet semi-sympathetic character, what the body parts Rollins had to eat were made of and more. Check it all out in the video interview below.
Henry Rollins & Jason Krawczyk:
- 00:00 – Krawczyk on developing the idea; wanting to make an irredeemable character semi-sympathetic.
- 01:04 – The elevator pitch for the movie; “Henry Rollins eats people.”
- 01:35 – How Rollins’ involvement helped the project get a green light.
- 02:14 – Rollins on reading the script for the first time and meeting Krawczyk.
- 03:25 – Rollins on preparing for the shoot months in advance by reading the script over and over again.
- 04:06 – Did they ever figure out what the character was busy doing during other time periods?
- 04:57 – Exploring the idea of a guy who’s got eternity ahead of him.
- 06:00 – Working long days, but going home feeling proud of what they did.
- 06:30 – Jack’s pottery hobby.
- 06:56 – Jack’s done some terrible things, but every once in a while, he has some redeeming moments.
- 07:14 – Can Rollins gauge whether or not his performance is funny on set; Jack’s simple/efficient way of life.
- 08:39 – Jack as a victim of his own supernatural circumstances.
- 09:00 – Rollins on Jack’s relationship with Cara; working on a scene with Kate Greenhouse that highlights a little bit of humanity in the character.
- 10:17 – Rollins on eating body parts; what were they made of?