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Series - Meeting Callum Keith Rennie, a TV rising star - 08.06.10

A serial slaughterer in "Harper's Island", a beat up rock producer in "Californication", soon in "24", Callum Keith Rennie’s magnetism goes from one series to the other. He will be starring in "Shattered" – to be discovered on 13e Rue in France. A cop suffering from multiple personalities disorder, good cop and bad cop all together. A way for him to widen his acting range, often limited to bad guys. "That’s true, I often play the villain", said Rennie yesterday, as he was meeting reporters at the Monte-Carlo television festival. "Look at me! Evil is written on my face, right? [sardonic laughter]". Pause. "Let’s say I have a special intensity [laser eyes]. But I like to play a hero. It’s more complex, because I don’t do it often."

Four characters into one

As in "United States of Tara", currently airing on Canal+, where a housewife must let her inner self cohabit with brain squatters, "Shattered" involves a special acting performance. "Detective Ben Sullivan is always trying to act as best as he can, but he doesn’t know what hidden part of himself is going to come up." Without going too much into details, he reveals that at least four characters are living inside him: "the detective, and also a young guy, an alcoholic party guy and a somewhat crazed guy."

He immersed himself in books written by psychiatrists and documentaries dealing with multiple personalities disorder, but mostly he tried to give an autonomous life to each of his characters: "I’ve been working with a coach in order to develop a different body language for each of them, specific attitudes." I is another, even several others, scowls and faces included.

From our reporter in Monte-Carlo, Anne Kerloc'h

Insert: Shattered

Multiple personalities disorder is represented in several series: «United states of Tara» of course but also «Heroes» with Niki Sanders. She cohabits with a troubled double, Jessica, who’s in fact her sister, who was murdered by their father.



from here





Monte Carlo 2010 : Meeting Callum Keith Rennie
by Roxy, 8 June 2010 9h17


Callum Keith Rennie at Monte-Carlo 2010 Festival


You have discovered Callum Keith Rennie in "The L Word", "Tin Man", "24" or "Harper's Island". His most memorable roles are probably Leoben Connoy, "Battlestar Galactica" cylon and Lew Ashby, a rock producer for whom Hank Moody (David Duchovny) writes a biography in "Californication".

He’s now in "Shattered", a new cop series where he’s the lead. He interprets Ben Sullivan, a detective traumatized par his son’s kidnapping, and must cope with an uncommon disorder. Interview.

- Can you tell me a few words about 'Shattered', your new series?
It’s a cop drama where I play Detective Ben Sullivan. I have a multiple personalities disorder, meaning I have a hard time to cope with both my job and my family.

- There are four different personalities in the first season, can you describe them briefly?
No details then, just a few words. There’s a 13 year old boy, an angry alter ego bent on revenge, a very smart guy and another one who’s an inveterate party guy.

- Which of them is the easiest?
They’re all difficult to play.

- Can we say that "Shattered" is a crossover between "CSI" and "United States of Tara"?
Could I... or should I? I’ve seen both series. And- I’d say yes but with some hesitation, and some reservation.

- Whether it’s Leoben, Ashby or Ben, we can say they’re all troubled characters. What draws you to this kind of roles?
Oh, it’s probably because I’m kind of tormented myself!

- "Caprica", the new "Battlestar Galactica" spin-off started this year, what’s your take on it?
I haven’t seen it...

- I’ve heard say that Syfy might be interested in making other "Battlestar Galactica" spin-offs. Do you think it’s a good idea? Under which angle can the story be explored again without being redundant?
Syfy is used to handle this kind of thematic format, so there’s some logic in that. Whether it’s for "Battlestar" or not. Personally, I like it when things get rolling, you do something once and then it’s over. "Battlestar Galactica" has really redefined Syfy. Both in its way to handle themes but also in the way people get into them. I don’t think that going further in this direction has much sense... Or is very useful.

- How was your reunion with Katee Shackoff in "24"?
I love to work with her, we got together real well in "Battlestar" but we only met briefly on "24". She just dropped by... We haven’t really worked together, but it was great to meet again on the set.

- With the end of "24" and of "Flash Forward", what are your projects?
We just finished filming "Shattered" one month ago, so I’m recovering! It’s a good answer?

- And after the series?
Well what’s good and less good in this job, is that you never know what’s waiting for you... I don’t know yet if we’ll make a season 2 for "Shattered". And I don’t know either if there’s something else waiting for me!


Photo: Callum Keith Rennie and Camille Sullivan (Amy Lynch in Shattered)


from here


Thanks to surya74

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surya74
Jun. 8th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

"Look at me! Evil is written on my face, right? [sardonic laughter]". Pause. "Let’s say I have a special intensity [laser eyes].
INTENSITY, OH YES.

an alcoholic party guy
Hm. But at least 4 characters! \o/

traumatized par his son’s kidnapping
A-ha!

Oh, it’s probably because I’m kind of tormented myself!
Stuff like this makes my heart ache, because I don't think he's kidding.

I don’t know yet if we’ll make a season 2 for "Shattered".
Oh? I ordered at least 5 season from the universe. XD

\neu/


neu111
Jun. 8th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome <3

Forgot the insert /n\ - Fixed! \n/

And yes, intense rising star!

Stuff like this makes my heart ache, because I don't think he's kidding.
The good thing is that acting is probably a therapy for him. He can let out his torment and be all relaxed and happy when he's not :D
idreamedmusic
Jun. 8th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you neu!!!

Awww, tormented guy :(

But there better be a second season! Or we may have to torment him some more.
neu111
Jun. 11th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
Awww, tormented guy :(
Less than he's been anyway :-)

Let's cross our fingers for further seasons!
idreamedmusic
Jun. 12th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
Less than he's been anyway :-)

True, dat!
And thank you for all the Shattered updates! Was away from home with limited internet access, so you were my daily CKR-fix person ;)
shelley6441
Jun. 9th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
With the end of "24" and of "Flash Forward", what are your projects?
We just finished filming "Shattered" one month ago, so I’m recovering! It’s a good answer?


I love this guy so much. *hugs Cal tight*

Thank you for the post!
neu111
Jun. 11th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!
thursdaynext_27
Jun. 9th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Thank you for translating and posting these.
neu111
Jun. 11th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked!
dvldb
Jun. 9th, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
Thank you! I used google translator to read this before, and yeah google translator sucks.

Oh, it’s probably because I’m kind of tormented myself!
Aww :(
neu111
Jun. 11th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
google translator sucks
That it does! Sometimes it helps to get the basics, sometimes it's just more confusing.

And don't be sad, I think he's doing okay with his work as a therapy :-)

love_jackianto
Jun. 9th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. I'm so excited about this show!
neu111
Jun. 11th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's good to have some news - at last!
love_jackianto
Jun. 12th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Now if only we could see it on screen, finally.
bluebelle789
Jun. 10th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
Look at me! Evil is written on my face, right?

Heh. Bruce McDonald didn't call him 'Satan' for nothing. *g*

Interesting he mentions the 13 year old boy as one of the personalities. Maybe they didn't stray too much from the original plan after all?

Thanks for posting! :D



neu111
Jun. 11th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
Bruce McDonald didn't call him 'Satan' for nothing.
You're right. He likes it too much :D

And yes, seems the same personalities are at play.
c_regalis
Jun. 13th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Ooh, interesting. Just the son in this version, not both of them. Oh, and they are saying kidnapping, please don't let it be a thing like with Mulder's sister or something. No offense, Ben, but I hope your son is dead. Ahem. (Also, I am glad they got rid of the "girlfriend in the freezer" part)

And okay, we have: "the detective, and also a young guy, an alcoholic party guy and a somewhat crazed guy" which are the same as "a 13 year old boy, an angry alter ego bent on revenge, a very smart guy and another one who’s an inveterate party guy".
So I guess young guy = 13 year old boy, alcoholic party guy = inveterate party guy, and... okay, is the detective the revenge guy or the smart guy? Or does the detective count at all? *is confused now*

I kind of like his take on BSG. Nice.

\neu/ Thank you!
neu111
Jun. 13th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
I read it already in some french article (:D), that the disorder had been triggered by being victim of a shooting and his son's kidnapping. I'm not sure about that either. Maybe in the young boy personality, he incarnates his son?

I am glad they got rid of the "girlfriend in the freezer" part
Seems he's got two in the oven now... /n\

Shall I confuse you some more?
From the original pilot, three personalities were clearly identified: a "quiet little boy who surfaces when Kyle is at his most vulnerable" (= young guy = 13 year old boy), "a brash alpha-male alter ego" (= somewhat crazed guy = an angry alter ego bent on revenge, which seems to fit the Jack we've seen in the first trailer), "a teenage nerd who personifies Kyle’s analytical and introverted side" (= a very smart guy). Plus, in the cast, a mysterious "hostess" (= the missing "and another one who is an inveterate party guy"??).

Interestingly, at the time, Colin Cunningham - playing Jack - said "Basically, there is the 'guy' Callum, and 3 others that play 'him' as different people. I play 'JACK' his edgy, violent personality... He doesn't know who is who in terms of the personalities (he doesn't know if they are male or female, gay or straight). He thinks there are 3 personalities."

So maybe you're not any more or any less confused than Kyle/Ben - or Callum for that matter.

Yes?

He's pretty smart about BSG. Also I think he was glad it was over!

<3
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