Fish, also known as Benedict Denniston, remains something of an enigma during SOTB (although his story is fleshed out later during Waking Rose). Like his brother he enjoys art, music and poetry, but is more cautious and cynical. He remains on the borders of SOTB, but is much more critical to the plot than he first seems.
Playing Fish is Anthony, who also agreed to give us some time and answer some questions about his previous acting experience and why he chose to take on the character of Fish.
(Photo by Cypress Dreams Photography)
Elena: So, Anthony, how long have you been acting?
Anthony: I have been officially acting since 2005.
Elena: Officially meaning-?
Anthony: Officially meaning I had no acting experience before that.
Elena: Wow. So your first project was Lights Out? That's really impressive! I mean, your acting in that film was amazing.
Anthony: Thank you.
Elena: Can you tell us a little bit about that project? I know Hannah mentioned it in her interview. What is it about? How did you get involved with it?
Anthony: I was actually dragged to an audition by a friend- almost literally. I auditioned at the last audition to be an extra but the director felt that I could play one of the leads.
Elena: That must have been a surprise!
Anthony: It was definitely a surprise. I got an e-mail notifying me that I could be an extra and then a week later I got a phone call from the director asking me if I would play T.J., one of the leads.
Elena: And you said "yes," obviously. What was that like, going from no acting experience, to suddenly being a major part of an independent film project like that?
Anthony: Um, crazy. It was incredibly crazy. I felt kind of scared considering that out of everybody there I probably had the least acting experience. But the director said just being yourself was the best way to go, so I almost had no choice but to do that.
Elena: Two more Lights Outs questions: What was your favorite part and least favorite part of being on a film set?
Anthony: Favorite part was the people. I got to meet a lot of people that I wouldn't have otherwise. Many of my current closest friends are from the movie. Just the experience of doing it as a whole was - as far as I can remember - the best time of my life. As far as what I didn't like...there were some pretty late nights in some pretty cold places. But even that was definitely worth it.
Elena: "Pain is temporary, film is forever, right?" So are you excited to be taking on another project? (i.e. SOTB)
Anthony: I'm very excited about taking on another project, especially this one. But I also have seen the amount of work that goes into a film, so I'm trying to prepare myself.
Elena: Well I certainly agree with that. Thinking about this project is...intimidating at times. Definitely. So with that in mind, what made you decide to come on board SOTB?
Anthony: I love the idea and I love the characters. The story drew me in right away. It's so picturesque. Usually when I read a story or see a movie I find myself imagining what it would have been like if I were a character in that story but with SOTB I found myself playing Fish instead of another character of my own making.
Elena: Do you find yourself connecting with Fish in any ways?
Anthony: Yes, very much, very much, in an almost scary way.
Elena: Even the cynicism? Because I don't really see that in you.
Anthony: Let's just say it's tempered. I definitely relate to Fish in that regard.
Elena: And what about the way he and Rose communicate? They have such a hilarious and fascinating relationship- do you see yourself connecting to that at all?
Anthony: Well personally I haven't found my "Rose" yet, so I can't completely relate or understand, but I love the character of Rose. I would say there should have been more written about Rose. I agree that Fish and Rose's relationship is pretty funny.
Elena: Oh yes, their conversations are some of my favorite parts in the series. And speaking of favorites...final question now...what scenes do you think you are looking forwards to the most?
Anthony: As far as the scenes that I'm doing- all of them. I'm very excited to work with both Jed and Sharayah. They're both such talented actors. I would say my favorite scene, the one that I'm looking forwards too the most, is probably Fish and Rose in the Park.
Elena: Not the torture scene?!?
Anthony: Not the torture scene!
Elena: Awww! But that's going to be so fun!
Anthony: Oh, it definitely will be....
Elena: There's that cynicism!
Anthony: Lucky you. But really, the scene in the in the park- it's not only the start but the essence and a window into what their relationship becomes and the relationship between our four characters.
Elena: You should start a blog..."Inside the mind of Fish"...
Elena: All right, well thank you very much for giving us your time tonight! I can't wait to get working on filming in earnest!
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We premiered the project on June 23rd, 2011 at the St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis, MN to a delighted audience of over 100 viewers.
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