In the unique and thought-provoking sci-fi drama Another Earth, actor William Mapother plays renowned composer John Burroughs, a man who has suffered a terrible tragedy that has left him disconnected, mistrustful and full of doubts about who he is. Then he meets Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling), a young woman with a horrible secret, searching for a way to right an unforgivable wrong. When Rhoda gets the chance to travel to Earth 2 – a mysterious yet mirror planet that has appeared in the sky – it forces her to expose the hidden truth between her and John, derailing the risky love affair that they have found themselves in.
At the film’s press day, William Mapother did this exclusive interview with Collider, in which he talked about how he came to this provocative indie film, his desire to rehearse and rewrite his scenes with the filmmakers once he was cast, the need to ground the sci-fi aspect of the film as much as possible in order to keep the relationship real, learning to play the musical saw for the role, the relief in knowing that people seeing the film are responding in the same way that he did when he read the script, and that he would take the opportunity to go to Earth 2 himself, with the stipulation that it could be a round-trip experience. He also talked about his upcoming roles in the comedy FDR: American Badass! (about FDR fighting werewolves), Edwin Boyd and A Warrior’s Heart (with Twilight stars Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene), and what it was like to have been a part of the television series Lost. Check out what he had to say after the jump: