The following accommodates minor spoilers for Into the Deep, which debuted in theaters, On Demand, and Digital on Aug. 26.
Matthew Daddario is cannonballing into uneven waters with Into the Deep. The twisted thriller follows Jess (Ella-Rae Smith), a small-town resident nonetheless haunted by visions of her mom’s demise. One evening, a mysterious and hunky vacationer, Ben (Daddario), sweeps Jess off her toes and takes her again to his boat docked close by. After a whirlwind night of romance, she wakes as much as uncover Ben has taken them out to sea. Despite her preliminary issues, Jess buys into his allure and guarantees of time.
However, their journey will get interrupted when an unconscious Lexie (Jessica Alexander) and her jet ski stumble upon their boat. What ensues is a bender of alcohol, medication, and intercourse. When the festivities take a flip for the more severe, Jess finds herself entangled in a cat-and-mouse sport of lies and deceit. Who can she belief? Jess should piece it collectively and select a facet if she’s hoping to outlive. Daddario just lately spoke with AnimeFillerLists about enjoying Into the Deep‘s unhealthy boy.
AnimeFillerLists: Into the Deep virtually has a Dead Calm vibe. Were you aware of that 1989 thriller, and was that one thing you gravitated in the direction of?
Matthew Daddario: It was undoubtedly a dialog. I learn quite a lot of issues on the web. There have been plenty of issues like, “Three folks on a ship. What sort of movie is that this? Three folks on a ship.” I’m like, “That’s a factor? That’s a style?” You put simply sufficient folks on a ship and entice them, [and] it creates an surroundings the place folks query one another. Dead Calm was undoubtedly a reference. You undoubtedly have related themes. Once you might be on water, on a ship, it creates this uncomfortable world, particularly if one individual turns into a legal responsibility.
As an actor, you might be at all times mixing up genres. What did you discover enticing about your character Ben and the Into the Deep script?
I have not actually performed a foul man earlier than, definitely not one that’s this type of unhealthy, which is considerably of a manipulative and harmful individual, and who would not outright make that clear. He’s not evil on the earth of Shadowhunters, the place evil may be very outlined or maybe not outlined nicely sufficient. Evil is obvious, and customarily, they appear evil.
Ben would not look evil — or I hope not, no less than at first, until there’s something I ought to pay attention to. He would not look evil. He would not appear evil. He would not appear unhealthy. The actuality is it is extra complicated than that. Playing a personality like that was new for me and one thing I’ve wished to do for some time. It’s actually one thing I wish to do once more. It was very attention-grabbing. Sometimes you play hyper-optimistic characters, who’re good characters, who comply with the regulation however are much less complicated. It’s good to play a personality, even when that character is basically a foul dude.
Ben retains Jess and the viewers on the sting. It’s tough to find out his motivations. How did you strike a stability between being charming and menacing?
Kate Cox, our director, allowed and inspired and instructed me to do quite a lot of takes. For instance, there is a scene when Jess arrives on the boat. I’m form of patching her up. In that scene, Ben may be very odd. His reactions to her, how he stares at her… It’s virtually like he is observing, watching, nevertheless it’s not precisely clear what he’s doing or why he is behaving that method.
They have been capable of edit collectively a group of various variations I performed, or I performed some that have been the place he is performing like, “This is bizarre. What are you doing? What’s occurring right here?” Others are the place Ben is totally congenial, utterly good and regular, and Jess appears unusual as a result of she is re-acting naïvely to what’s completely regular conduct. That allowed them to make the choice in components as a result of we needed to toe that line. How a lot goes to offer it away? Even the slightest little bit of a sinister high quality will promote instantly that this individual isn’t just barely unusual however that he’s demented ultimately.
Ben surprises Jess by bringing her out to sea whereas she’s sleeping and with out permission. She buys into his rationalization, however how does Lexie’s sudden look change the narrative?
I feel there are particular cracks, initially, after we are watching Ben and his reactions to her. He says the precise issues on the proper time. In reality, he virtually places you comfy, very successfully, when he says, “You are proper. I tousled. This is all flawed. I ought to return.” He’s at all times superb at that. Any time that the stress begins to return on, he one way or the other misdirects and makes it virtually, “You are confused. I do not know. You are clearly overreacting to one thing that I did not imply to do. It’s only a mistake. You misinterpret the state of affairs. You are placing out bizarre vibes. You are the bizarre one.”
Once Lexie comes, that turns into tougher. She can also be enjoying him slightly bit as a result of she has a objective. Once she is on the boat, Ben cannot fairly manipulate as simply as a result of he has to navigate what her deal is and Jess’ deal. It undoubtedly places him in a bind. I nonetheless sort of marvel, “Did he assault her in that machine room, or did she come out of nowhere and assault him?” I simply do not know. I do not actually know. It’s up for the viewers to resolve.
That’s the enjoyment of flicks like this or within the vein of Jagged Edge, the place audiences do not get solutions till nearer to the top.
It does go actually late till you notice, “Wait. No, no, no.” Honestly, it is in the intervening time the place Ben is choking Lexie up. That’s onerous for me to observe. Thank god for Jess as a result of she was so good, and she or he’s so powerful. When she drags me, when she is dragging my physique, she’s truly dragging my physique. I do not actually know the way she was doing that. That’s not precisely a easy activity to pull any person throughout a carpeted ground who’s considerably heavier. She did that. She’s powerful. So, that choking-out scene… His full disinterest in her well-being, and the best way he treats her physique virtually prefer it’s only a factor, actually provides you the worst feeling.
Into the Deep unfolds on open water. Three folks. One boat. Can you discuss among the logistical challenges of filming this film?
Filming exterior is at all times powerful. I say this on a regular basis. Some folks have the tendency to be like, “Oh, it is not such a giant deal,” however it’s. Weather actually messes issues up. Hot, chilly… For actors, it is extremely tough. There are instances I’ve filmed in conditions the place it is so chilly, and I’m carrying clothes applicable for a lot hotter climate, and your face will get so chilly that you would be able to’t truly pronounce your phrases. You must be like, “OK, let’s attempt to do that.” You smack your self round a bit, however finally, there’s a restrict.
Adding to this, you might be on a ship. It’s confined. All round you is potential demise. You are being monitored by individuals who know precisely what they’re doing, people who find themselves educated for this. There are individuals who will get within the water instantly, who’ve scuba fits on, to get you and prevent. Still, there may be this fixed worry ingredient to it. On prime of that, the boat is rocking. People get sick, they usually do get actual sick. Not me. I did not. I took my drugs. So, sure, it is a very powerful surroundings to movie in. However, it is extraordinarily rewarding, and we received very fortunate with [the] climate. It was truly surprisingly heat and [had] plenty of solar. It was good. You must thank the Cornwall, England folks for that.
Lastly, on Shadowhunters, your character Alec was a superhero in his personal proper. Do you’ve gotten any need to spandex up and play within the DC or Marvel sandbox?
There was this stereotype about comedian e-book characters that they aren’t written all that nicely, or they aren’t written in some significant method… that it is not a real arc. I’ve discovered over time… I see a brand new character come round, and I begin studying the Wikipedia. I see these are very attention-grabbing ideas. People are pondering intensely about character growth. They are actually attention-grabbing, intricate characters — typically higher than characters I’m seeing in what we might think about extra formal types of writing and artwork.
That is one thing I would like to be part of, one thing the place it is all a personality examine of one thing barely uncommon. That’s what makes these heroes so attention-grabbing. Some exhibits are doing it. Some films have delved into it. I do not know what character is on the market, however there are undoubtedly just a few that I might discover very attention-grabbing to play. It’s a world that has much more space to discover.
Your Shadowhunters pal, Dominic Sherwood, talked about to me that he could be up for enjoying Captain America. Could you be the villain to his Cap?
Oh, in a heartbeat. If he needs to be accountable for Captain America, if he needs to fill these boots, and he needs to do this… My buddy from England… He needs to play Captain America… now we have to have a dialog about that. But I’ll play the evil villain from England.
There’s the vampire Baron Blood, who could be up your supernatural alley…
Oh, hey. As lengthy as I’m preventing towards Dom as Captain America, and so long as I win right here and there, I’d be completely satisfied.
Into the Deep releases in theaters, On Demand, and Digital on Aug. 26.