With Sundance in full swing in Park City, I got to sit down with Juno Temple and Chris Zylka to talk about their work in Gregg Araki’s Kaboom (watch my interview with Araki here). Premiering January 21st in limited release and nationwide on VOD (Video on Demand), Kaboom is a ” thriller/comedy telling the story of Smith (Thomas Dekker), an ambisexual 18 year-old college freshman who stumbles upon a monstrous conspiracy in a seemingly idyllic seaside Southern California town.” The film also stars Haley Bennett, Rozane Mesquida, James Duval, and Andy Fischer-Price. If you’re a fan of Nowhere, The Doom Generation and Totally F*cked Up, you definitely want to check out Kaboom.
During the interview, Temple and Zylka talked about how they’d describe Kaboom to friends, how the film captures that first love energy, how they got involved in the film, the nudity, the differences from the script to what ended up on screen, their reaction to the very honest “lessons in giving head” scene, and what they have coming up. For all you Spider-Man fans, Zylka plays Flash Thompson in the reboot. Hit the jump to watch:
Before going any further, you should definitely watch the trailer for Kaboom here. And here’s the full synopsis:
Kaboom is a thriller/comedy telling the story of Smith (Thomas Dekker from Heros) an ambisexual 18 year old college freshman who stumbles upon a monstrous conspiracy in a seemingly idyllic seaside Southern California town.
Smith’s everyday life in the dorms – hanging out with his arty, sarcastic best friend Stella, hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London, lusting for his gorgeous but dim surfer roommate Thor – all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night.
Tripping on some hallucinogenic cookies he ate at a party, Smith is convinced he’s witnessed the gruesome murder of an enigmatic Red Haired Girl who has been haunting his dreams. What he discovers as he tries to find out the truth leads him deeper and deeper into a mystery that will forever change not only the course of his young life but the destiny of the entire world.
Juno Temple and Chris Zylka
- How they describe the film to their friends. A film about “teenagers discovering their sexuality and a cult that wants to end the world.”
- 1:25 – Talk about how the film captures that “first-love” energy that teenagers encounter. How everyone can relate to the feelings explored in the film.
- 3:30 – How the initial meetings with director Gregg Araki went discussing the nudity involved. Talk about how the nudity in the film is necessary to the scene.
- 5:30 – Talk about the current state of nudity on film in the industry and how studios are reluctant to portray sex honestly.
- 5:46 – Zylka talks about coming from Ohio to LA, the culture shock and how doing things that scare him the most make him a better actor.
- 6:43 – Talk about the difference between the script and the actual film. How the script was more graphic in its sexuality than the finished film.
- 7:30 – Talk about their reaction to reading the very honest “lessons in giving head” scene.
- 9:05 – The two talk about what projects they have coming up. Zylka talks about currently working on the Spider-Man reboot. Temple talks about her film Little Birds that’s screening in-competition at Sundance.