Saban Films to Release Horror/Supernatural Thriller war fighter in theaters, digitally and on demand on January 21, 2022. The film stars Mickey Rourke, Jackson Rathbone
“1945. An American military cargo plane spins out of control and crashes violently behind enemy lines in the middle of the German Black Forest. Immediately, ruthless Commander Johnson (Mickey Rourke) sends a squad of his bravest soldiers on a rescue mission to retrieve the top-secret material the plane was carrying. Led by Sergeant Brewer (Robert Knepper) and Walsh (Jackson Rathbone), the soldiers enter the woods near the crash site. “Soon they discover hanged Nazi soldiers and other corpses bearing ancient magical symbols. Suddenly their compasses fail, their perceptions warp, and walking away from the group leads to deep horror when they are attacked by a powerful supernatural force. Fighting for finesse and fighting to survive, they must uncover the shocking truth behind the force before the Nazis and do everything in their power to eliminate all evidence that it ever existed, even at the cost of their own lives.”
ComingSoon’s editor-in-chief spoke with war fighter star Jackson Rathbone on the film, its supernatural elements, and his love of the Twilight fan base
Tyler Treese: In Warhunt, your character is dealing with a lot of things. There are illusions, voices, all kinds of supernatural things. Can you talk about your approach to portraying this character who is not prepared for the situation and is dealing with so much?
jackson rathbone: I play Walsh, who is a special agent who is sent behind enemy lines during World War II to presumably fight the Nazis. However, there is a certain supernatural element rearing its head that the squad is not prepared for. The more we see of Walsh, though, the more we realize that maybe he knows a little more than he’s letting on. So it was fun to play a character with a sense of mystique and maybe a little contradictory.
This is a natural twist in war movies because the Nazis were doing a lot of crazy research into the occult and stuff like that. What did you find most interesting about that aspect for Warhunt?
That’s what I liked the most war fighter. The idea of kicking Nazi butt. That was great. Then to imbue it with a supernatural element, which is true. Hitler was obsessed with the occult as were certain members of his inner circle, the higher-ups, and I think exploring that within the realms of historical fiction was fun. I think it leads to a funny movie.
That is certainly a rabbit hole you can go through. What kind of preparation did you do for this role?
I have been fortunate that my closest friends are specialists of the highest caliber and I have spent years training with them in close combat and stage combat. So I have that in my back pocket at all times. So when it came time to do fights and all that, I was able to work with the choreographers and the weapons artists and really tried to create something visceral with the limited resources that we had to make this movie.
Also, I’m from the south and grew up with guns, so I know gun safety. It was instilled in me since I was a young boy scout and I remember the first day, when they handed the weapons to the actors, we have many European actors, who have never seen a weapon before, except for a support on stage. They started playing with them, like silly children to be honest. I had to get my dad’s voice out like, “No, no. We are not doing that. Do not point the gun at your own head. Do not point the gun at the other actors.” Then I called a security meeting and said, “This is how we’ll be holding our guns. We hold them, we point them up or we point them down. We never point them at each other unless we’re in the middle of a take and we understand it’s safe and we’ve checked everything. I’m a bit picky about set safety, especially when it comes to firearms. I grew up with that training. So that would be my experience for Walsh.
That’s great, especially with recent events. Safety is so paramount so it’s great that you did that and everyone stuck to it after that.
Yes. We had an amazing weapons handler and our team on that side. They made sure everything was safe. Like I said, it was just that first moment when the guns were delivered with it. There has to be that moment of coming to Jesus where it’s like, listen here, this is what we’re doing, we’re making a story. We’re faking it, and we have to be sure about it, you know? Because safety is paramount and yes, we have seen this in recent times where if you take shortcuts, terrible tragedies cannot happen. I don’t want to go too deep into that, but it’s a shame.
You mentioned getting your dad’s voice out and I saw you did this EP with your son Monroe a few years ago and I was listening to your American Spirit Blues album. How do you balance your aspirations as a musician with acting? Are you working on any new music currently?
Yes, I am always working on music. It’s funny because my aspirations as a musician are nothing more than writing music and I love doing it. Back in my band days with 100 Monkeys, we’d tour internationally and do a 200-day tour, we’d play shows a year and it’s a lot of work and I love it. I love it. But acting is my bread and butter. That’s my first passion and music is something that if I can release an album every two years, that’s all I really want. It is making music and being able to work with my children and play with them.
So the other day was fun. My daughter, I have a full band set up in my basement, drums, keyboards, microphones, guitars, bass, and everything is hooked up, ready to go at all times. My daughter says, “Can we go play?” He’s five years old, so I set up the microphone for him. My nine-year-old son says, “I want to play drums,” so he starts playing drums and I play guitar. My two-year-old son is dancing and we are just playing. for me it is nothing [comparable], even like the biggest sold-out shows I’ve done in Europe. I did a back-to-back gig in London and we sold out and it was an amazing feeling, but nothing is better than just looking someone you love in the eye and playing.
That is very healthy. The first role I saw you was as Justin in The OC. That was one of your first television roles. How exciting was it to be a part of such an established series at the time, and what are your memories of that role?
That’s so much fun, man. Yes, you’re taking me back. Honestly, I think at the time I was young and green enough not to really understand that. The oc. It was such a big show or the cultural impact it had. For me, it was just an audition that I booked and I was young and excited. I had fun with it, getting to a set like that. But it was definitely one of those scenarios where it was kind of a learning experience.
I’ve done it a couple of times recently where I come in for a season of a show and usually to play the bad guy. i did it in find the carter for mtv and the last ship with TNT. The fun thing about being a guest star, especially for a season, is that you can walk in and they have everything set up. Then you can shake things up a bit, it’s like finding a snowball on someone’s desk, give it a quick shake and see what happens.
Twilight was your breakthrough. When you first got that role, did you ever think that fans would still have such a connection with the fact that they still support you a decade after the series has ended, and how amazing of a fanbase is that to you?
Oh man, the fan base of Twilight it is something extraordinary. When I originally got the offer to play Jasper, I said no because I was like, “The weird guy in the background who doesn’t do anything? Yeah. I don’t know about that,” and then Catherine Hardwicke called me in the production office and literally basically read Eclipse to me and I could really see that there’s a character with depth, who is very sorry about his part in the Civil War. , fighting for the Confederacy, and how he was a lamb for so long, and was finally saved by love and essentially redeemed through the eyes of his lover, played by Ashley Green.
That the fans love the performance that I gave and the character, that’s, I don’t know, man, that’s unexpected. I could never have told you in a million years that this was something I would be a part of, and it’s an honor to be a part of it. It really is because of the fan base. They’re so nice, it’s crazy. I don’t like doing fan conventions, to be honest, but I’ve done a few recently and it has blown my perceptions of what a fan base is and can be. Because the Twilight fans, they love each other to support each other and are very kind to us as actors