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[Interview] – Richard Goss – Actor

 

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Posted November 12, 2017 by

 
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Richard is an up and coming Swansea born Welsh actor, currently based in London. Since beginning his acting career in 2011, he has performed in 9 feature films and 12 short films as a varied range of characters, including:

  • The starring role of a small time drug dealer in the independent crime comedy TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS, directed by Swansea filmmaker Simon Pearce.
  • East End London gangster Tommy Taylor in Lionsgate’s THE RISE OF THE KRAYS.
  • NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: RESURRECTION, filmed in and around Swansea, also released by Lionsgate.
  • A young British sergeant in the WWII drama, THE FINAL LEAVES OF WINTER.
  • A special action fight performer on the Warner Brothers blockbuster WRATH OF THE TITANS, starring Liam Neeson, Sam Worthington, Rosamund Pike and fellow Welsh actor Luke Evans.

His next film, CAIN HILL, recently premiered at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square, London and stars Emmerdale & Hollyoaks actors Mike Parr and Gemma Atkinson, and Sky 1’s Alex Zane.

He is now preparing for his next movie role in THE DARK RETURN OF TIME, an American crime thriller, alongside Oscar nominee Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, Expendables).

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Interview:

To begin with, tell us about your career to date, what are your recent releases?

My most recent film releases were CAIN HILL, which premiered at Leicester Square earlier this year and TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS, an independent crime comedy in which I played the lead role of ‘Toby’, a drug dealer who has a very long day when him and his business partner Mark accidentally kill a local gangster, starting a domino effect of accidents, suicides and murders.

I prefer not to stick to one ‘type’ of role, I try to always push and expand my range, so other roles have included East London gangster Tommy Taylor in RISE OF THE KRAYS, Sergeant Jones in the WWII drama FINAL LEAVES OF WINTER, the homeless nomadic Scruffy in ALL THUMBS, a born-again Christian with violent, manipulative tendencies in GENESIS and a sword fight performer on Warner Brothers WRATH OF THE TITANS.

How did you get involved with industry? When did you decide to pursue a career in acting?

I was a musician with absolutely no plans to become an actor. I was a classically trained violinist from the age of five until sixteen, before I picked up a guitar and got drawn into rock music. I toured across the UK, Europe and Japan until my early 20’s, when life started to push me in a different direction. A few things happened when I got back from Japan, which I won’t go into, but it made me make some major changes to how I was living.

I watched The Godfather and then Heat which changed everything. I was absolutely mesmerized by Robert de Niro, Al Pacino, Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. The atmosphere of those films captured me and I thought what an interesting world that could be. I decided right there to pursue a career as an actor.

The next morning I started figuring out how to go about it, because obviously I had no formal training, but huge amounts of drive and confidence from performing on stage from such a young age. So I began emailing production companies, got my headshots, built up enough professional credits to get my Spotlight membership and then packed my bags and moved to London.

What would you consider to be the highlight of your career so far?

My first time on a real film set, working on Wrath was amazing. Receiving my Spotlight membership. Auditioning for Marvel. My first lead role in a full movie, Taking Care of Business, that’s a big challenge and responsibility to ensure you’re living up to the teams vision for the film.

Do you have a favoured genre, both personally and through performance?

Drama, Crime, Thriller for sure. I love comedy, but only to watch. I can watch older comedies like Only Fools and Horses, Bottom, Blackadder, King of Queens, Frasier, etc for hours and hours. I think it’s quite a hard genre to act in and to do well.

What are your influences as an actor?

All the great actors, Christian Bale, Daniel Day-Lewis (such a shame he’s retiring), Tom Hardy, Robert de Niro, Brando, Duvall, Pacino, Heath Ledger, all hugely influential actors for me.

I also consider Stallone and Schwarzenegger as influences because of their sheer determination and work ethic to be successful in the film industry. They both overcame a lot to get where they are and I always find that so inspiring.

I can be influenced from a piece of music, or a situation. I might be in a shit mood, or ecstatically happy, or working out in the gym, and an idea for a character will come into mind and I’ll file it away for future use somewhere. It happens when I’m in a café or a bar too, just observing people, it’s fascinating. Their mannerisms and expressions can all be used.

Are you interested in any other aspects of filmmaking? Director or writing perhaps?

No. Acting is my focus.

What advice would you give to any aspiring actors or actresses?

You’ve got to want it more than anything. And I mean anything. Because you will have to sacrifice relationships, time, money, just to be within a shot of achieving your goals. People will try to discourage you. You’ll face endless challenges. But if you have that fire and will, then you can stand a chance.

What is the next step for you? Do you have any films or projects in production?

I’ve been auditioning the last two weeks for a couple of great films so we’ll see what happens, and I’m also going to Los Angeles in the new year.

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