Interview with actor, writer, producer Kit Lang
Today on What On What’s Good with Host Jovin Tardif, I am here with writer, producer, and actor Kit Lang. Fun fact: Kit was selected as one of the 20 Emerging Artists at the Reel World International Film Festival. Today in our interview, we discuss his appearances on ‘Murdoch Mysteries‘, ‘Money’ and ‘Remember Me’, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), his role in ‘Battle Scars’, tips for producing films, and information about upcoming Romantic Horror film ‘Seeking Esperanza’.
1. What was it like being on ‘Murdoch Mysteries’?
‘Murdoch Mysteries‘ was my second time being on a network show. It was fun, “getting into costume.” It was my first “big production” gig. One of my main lines was delivered into a theater filled with hundreds of extras, hundreds of crew members, with multiple cameras shooting simultaneously and having to run in and hit my exact mark. 101 acting stuff, but that was my start after all, and I loved every moment of it.
2. Describe your roles in Netflix Thriller ‘Money‘ and Universal’s romantic-comedy ‘Remember Me‘ Any fun stories from behind the scenes?
Those are a couple of bits I’m proud of being a part of.
“Money,” I play a detective at the end of the film, putting the final pieces together
“Remember Me”, I play an administrative coordinator of the retirement home staff.
In “Money,” days before shooting, one of the main roles hadn’t yet been cast. I was asked to rehearse with the main cast, including doing some of the stunt choreography, but one day before shooting, they ended up locking in Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), who is fantastic in the role, and I was then cast as the detective, in the end, I almost got that part though.
“Remember Me” was shot in Spain, and I fell in love with it. My first night was in this northern town called Olite, where they had a festival and a Disney-like castle. So the producers and I went to check it out, and they were doing their annual ” Fiesta of the Bull Run.” It was incredible.
Long story short, I got drunk, twisted my ankles, and unbeknownst to me, misread my call sheet, and had to shoot my main scene with Bruce Dern the very next morning. Rough! But he got a kick out of it, and we had a laugh!
3. What did you learn about PTSD before writing, producing, and acting in the film ‘Battle Scars‘?
Firstly that I, like many others, had huge assumptions about what PTSD is. I thought it was simply haunting flashbacks and memories. What I learned was that I knew nothing. And I’d say the learning was and is still on-going. I didn’t know that the term PTSD as we know it didn’t even come into fruition until after the Vietnam War. That tells you something, and we are still learning things about it today. Too many people suffer from this disorder in silence today, not to mention back then. It’s a horribly misunderstood, terrible, and invisible disease. But there is help and hope out there today. I’d say that spending time with Vets, spending time with a doctor at a Veteran’s hospital, reading, and our director being a combat vet with PTSD himself were all instrumental in getting any sense of this.
4. What do you take away from playing the role of Michael Delucca in ‘Battle Scars’?
Playing “Mikey” changed my life in many ways. First of all, I got an opportunity to learn about being a Vet, about the service and the sacrifice. It was an honor for me to play this role, and I feel very grateful. It also was my first starring role in a film. It’s a lot of responsibility to carry a film, and it was completely educational for me. I also had to learn about things like my own pace and stamina. If you falter for one second, the camera will catch it. Also, going in as deep as I did with “Mikey” changed my perception about many things. Not just about PTSD, but my own beliefs and compassion. What brings a person to despair, to reach out for substances, or even to crime. To have these assumptions and having to have these intense experiences challenge them was profound.
5. Can you provide any information to new filmmakers about producing a film?
In a nutshell, I’d say: Rule #1 Do not bore your audience. Rule #2 Make the movie you would want to spend 90 mins of your time watching. Tell the story you are passionate about like no one else is. Rule #3 Find your mentors. Learn from others; there’s value in learning from other people’s experiences, always keeping in mind its context. Rule #4 Find your team. This is a collaborative business. Don’t try to do it all by yourself. You’ll lose years. Recognize your strengths as well as your weakness—partner with those whose strengths are your weaknesses. Work together. Make it happen. And Rule #5 Stick with it. Don’t despair, do not give up. It’s a long haul, but you’ll get to the finish line. It’s worth it.
6. Can you offer any information about the international Romantic Horror film ‘Seeking Esperanza‘?
I’m very excited about this film. It’s set and shot in Mexico. Ironically, it also has themes of war and its psychological effects on a person as well. We were on hiatus from shooting the film, and we were supposed to resume shooting this past summer, but unfortunately, things are really bad with Covid down there at the moment, and so we had to postpone until next year.