MovieHole spoke with Joseph about inspiration, TV versus film, the return of Klaus, and joys of Twitter just one day before the premiere.
How did you become involved with this film?
I worked with Luke on a short film I co-directed with Matt Ryan, he knew Luke from his days in the RSC and so we called him up to ask if he wanted to DP our short. I had an instant creative connection with Luke so when he asked me if I’d be interested on working on a feature with him I jumped at the chance.
What attracts you to a character?
I’m always attracted by a good character arc. A journey that changes the character from the beginning of the film to the end. Warhouse certainly had that. It was also a wonderful opportunity to explore how far someone would go when they were totally alone, when they had no one there to judge them.
This film goes into some pretty dark places psychologically, how do you prepare for that?
I listen to music that has emotional significance to me. I allow myself to be absorbed by the scenario. Mostly it’s convincing myself the situation I’m in is real and then allowing the madness to emerge. We all have a little crazy inside, over the years I’ve learnt how to access it.
Do you think you could survive in a house like that?
I would find it pretty difficult to survive in the Warhouse. I like my alone time but I also crave regular human contact and that is what would drive me mad I think. A J Budd has his training as a royal marine commando to fall back on – Improvise, adapt, overcome. For me it would be much harder.
What made you want to become an actor? Was there a particular film that inspired you?
I had always watched movies and assumed I wanted the job of the character. For example, I watched ‘The Italian Job’ and thought I wanted to be a professional bank robber. Then I saw Brad Pitt in ‘Twelve Monkeys’ and I thought that’s the kind of part I’d love to play. I realized that I wanted to try out being all these different people, not actually choosing one path but dipping into lots of different lives. I’ve also always been an avid reader so a job that was essentially to be inside stories had obvious appeal.
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Warhouse premieres at Cannes Market this weekend. Unfortunately, Joseph can’t attend the event because of work commitments.