Inspired by true events, Phantom is a Cold War era suspense thriller about a Soviet submarine captain, named Dmitri “Demi” Zubov (Ed Harris), forced to lead a covert mission that could start a nuclear war. With replacement sailors filling in for many of his regular crew, the captain quickly learns that the real mission is to launch a missile strike against the Americans while making it appear to come from a Chinese vessel, triggering a nuclear showdown between the two superpowers and forcing the men aboard to make impossible choices that could end their lives.
While at the film’s press day, actor Ed Harris spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how he got involved with this project, what appealed to him about this role, understanding the technical speak, his process for finding a character, and what it was like to work in an actual submarine and do fight scenes in such cramped quarters. He also talked about what attracts him to a project and makes him want to work these days, the appeal of Pain & Gain (from director Michael Bay), the experience of working with director Bong Joon-ho on Snowpiercer, agreeing to do Renee Zellweger’s directorial debut 4 ½ Minutes, and being in a position to take acting roles for creative fulfillment. Check out what he had to say after the jump.