Jill Flint compliments co-star Eoin Macken on his writing and Macken talks about how writing and directing his own material has given him a deeper appreciation for acting at NBCUniversal Press Day.
Quadruple threat, Eoin Macken, has done it all; from modeling, acting, writing, to directing, he definitely knows the recipe for success. He’s starred in box office hit, “Resident Evil,” and you can find him playing the troubled Dr. TC Callahan on “The Night Shift.” He took some time to chat with VULKAN, opening up about his writing inspiration, favourite monologue, character preparation, his upcoming role in a romantic comedy, and of course, much more!
You’re an actor, model, author, and director! Which brings you the most joy and why?
Honestly, I can’t answer that. All throughout my childhood I simply wanted to be involved in stories, from reading adventures on a page, and I never thought it was possible. I’ve worked hard within acting, writing, and film making to create stories and ideas, and bringing somebody else’s character to life gives me as much joy as birthing my own. I used to be egotistical about it through insecurity, but I’ve been lucky to meet some amazing artists and working with people is a beautiful experience for me.
When creating characters for your novels or scripts, where do you draw inspiration? How do you ensure they are relatable and engaging?
I go through phases of writing blocks of poetry where I observe people on the street, or the subway around me, and I imagine where they’ve come from and why. So every time I write a character I like, I need to have some sort of visual idea of who that person is, what they look and smell and feel like. For me, acting is about observing and reacting, and writing is similar; it’s about being aware of this person that I’ve created and letting them exist fully in my mind.
Actor Eoin Macken, who plays a doctor on the NBC series The Night Shift, actually plays a guy named “Doc” in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Macken and the talented ensemble behind The Night Shift has steadily cultivated a loyal fan base, and now the actor is continuing to expand his creative horizons in the film arena.
As the Resident Evil movies reach their climax with The Final Chapter, the action returns to Raccoon City for a final battle with Wesker and the forces of the Umbrella Corporation. Eoin Macken plays Doc, a new addition to the franchise, who is leading a band of survivors in Raccoon City alongside Claire Redfield.
Screen Rant spoke with Macken at the press day for The Final Chapter about his time as a kid playing the original Resident Evil video game, how Doc fits into the franchise, and his hardest scene to shoot.
So, this is the final chapter of Resident Evil. How familiar were you with the video games, or the film franchise in general before coming into this?
Eoin Macken: “To be honest, I’ve watched all the films, and I used to play the games as a kid. Those games used to scare the s**t out of me. Dude, I used to go across to my buddy’s house, he lived—in American terms—I guess like a couple of blocks away. And I’d go over there and we’d start playing I guess the very first game, and you’d be going through that bloody house, and you just don’t wanna go through the next doors cause you just know what’s gonna happen, and it was horrific. And then the music, it was the music from the first one that just – It would build. Dude. And then I’d have to walk home. And so I used to hate that, I used to hate it. So yeah, Resident Evil was – it’s always had something in my belly.”
Originally inspired by a conversation the two had on a lunch break, the film was written, directed, and produced by Macken himself, and takes notes from John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men as it weaves its intriguing tale about two estranged brothers (Macken and Hopper) and their mysterious mother.
Four years later, Macken and Hopper are celebrating the American release of Leopard and were kind enough to join Pam for a very special episode of Hype Podcast. Listen in as in we take a look back on what it took to make Leopard a reality, reminisce on the process behind some of the most memorable scenes in the film, and much more.