Eric Lalor Q&A
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"
How did this film and part get brought to your attention, and what was your initial thought upon reading the script?
It was my agent who notified me about the film. She showed me an email from Bryan Rossney who wanted to chat to me about it. Before meeting Bryan, I read the script and I loved it so was very enthusiastic about it during the meeting.
What was it about your role that you found the most interesting and/or relatable?
Every kid growing up wants to play a soldier in a war film! Aside from that, I liked the human side to my character, the family man missing his family, the compassion he has upon first meeting the enemy.
What was the most fun or challenging part about performing in a short film that contained such dramatic and emotional weight?
I guess the challenge came in that neither my character or Stephen Mullan's character could converse in the same language. My character didn't understand German and his didn't understand English. There are a lot of moments in the film where nothing is being said and they are the most difficult scenes to play. You have to just feel it and hopefully it comes through the characters.
Also, I had never done an actual fights scene before so it was fun trying to choreograph that scene when it was being done.
What do you look for as an actor while reading a script, and what was it that you found in In The Valley of The Moon that spoke to you?
I'm a stand-up comedian so was looking for a script which would have drama, which would push me out of my comfort zone. Despite this being labelled as a short film, a lot goes on and it's a real journey for my character. My character is an ordinary man with a family fighting in a war he has nothing to do with against men in the same position as him.
Can you tell us about any upcoming projects you may be working on for the near future?
I play a villain in a soap here on Irish television. It's called Fair City and is very popular. I'm filming with them for most of the summer, but I am looking at one or two scripts at the moment and am very keen to do more acting work. I have the bug!