Exclusive Q&A: Director Jason Trost Talks Superheroes, Hatchet 3 and Eyepatches!

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I was lucky enough to get in touch with Jason Trost, who you can see in This Is The End, playing a cannibalistic survivor of the apocalypse. The second he popped up on-screen, I may or may not have said “I just interviewed that dude!” to my group of unimpressed friends who are never impressed by anyone I’ve interviewed. Not even Tommy Wiseau.

Anyways, if you haven’t seen this dude’s work, you’re missing out. The FP is nothing short of brilliant and All Superheroes Must Die has become one of my favorite superhero films ever made. It’s a testament to the dude’s ability both in front of and behind the camera that the work he’s generated has been thoroughly enjoyable.

Because I’m a film nerd, I tweeted that I felt Trost was the perfect choice to helm that supposed remake of The Warriors that’s been kicking around Hollywood for a while. One look at The FP or ASMD should make it obvious that Trost is the man for the job. Surprisingly, Trost Tweeted back.

Trost is appearing in the horror film Hatchet 3, which has become a pretty popular series. I know a ton of horror geeks and they celebrate the franchise. Back when I discovered Trost’s work, I decided that if I ever had the opportunity to talk to the guy, I’d ask an eye patch question. If I had the balls. Read on to find out if I did.

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Rob Ottone: The Hatchet franchise has really grabbed the horror community. Can you comment on its popularity and what it's like taking part in the franchise?

Jason Trost: I'm not sure I'm the best person to answer this question. Before the director called me up and offered me the part, I'd never even really heard of the Hatchet films. I've still never met the creator, Adam Green. I hear the movies have a pretty decent following now, which is rad. They're fun movies.

RO: How did you get involved with Hatchet 3?

JT: BJ McDonnell has been a family friend fora long time. He's been my brother's camera operator for years. So when he called me out of the blue to be in a Hatchet movie I was like, "Hell Yeah! Anything for BJ!" And then when the call was over I was like "What the hell is a Hatchet movie?" I immediately went back and watched the first one and remember thinking to myself, "This is going to be a piece of cake, I'll fit right in to this world." And rumor has it, I did. I'm really glad I got to be in Hatchet 3, mainly because it's the best one of the series. BJ really took what worked about the first two and pumped 'em full of steroids. I'm really excited for people to see it.

RO: Any plans to write or direct a horror flick? ASMD had some horrific elements to it.

JT: Yeah, I'm sure somewhere down the line I'll do a horror film, and I'm sure it will be weird and polarizing. I'm not interested in jump scares. I think what's truly scary is an atmosphere that screws with your mind and follows you all the way to bed at night.

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RO: In my review of ASMD, I felt it was a perfect deconstruction of the superhero genre while also being an incredible love letter. Where did ASMD come from? Were you consciously stripping down the concepts of superhero films?

JT: Well, thanks! You never know whether someone is going to shake your hand or throw rocks at you when it comes to discussing ASMD. I've always loved superheroes, I grew up on superheroes, so naturally I had some of my own interpretations of superheroes. The idea stemmed from me wanting to see what would happen if you took the superheroes from all the cartoons/comics we grew up on and threw them into our world. Where people die and you don't always win.

RO: Casting James Remar was pretty brilliant. How did that come about?

JT: James is an old friend of mine. I've known him for almost 17 years at this point. I met him when I was 10 years old on the set of Mortal Kombat 2. My dad was doing FX on the movie. I had nothing to do, but I had a gameboy with Tetris. And the only person who liked Tetris as much as me on set was James. Boom, 13 years later he was in my movie. So short answer, Tetris.

RO: The FP is a wonderfully strange and visually exciting film. How did DDR lend itself to a film's narrative?

JT: I think the only reason the idea for that movie came about was because of DDR. It's making the same movie we've seen a thousand times, but with DDR. Nothing is more non threatening and out of place than DDR.

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RO: How do you respond to some of the criticism of The FP, specifically the racial/stereotype-related criticism?

JT: You know, oddly enough, I don't get a lot of that criticism. It's more people not understanding that it's a comedy. I think what a lot of people don't understand is that the movie was making fun of the generation I grew up with as a whole. Specifically white people. So if the movie is racist at all, it's racist against American mid 20's Caucasian males. Europeans love the movie.

RO: How did you discover DDR?

JT: When I was 16 years old in Reno at an Arcade. I could elaborate, but I think that's already strange enough.

RO: Going back to ASMD, what were your primary influences for the story? There's a lot of Teen Titans/JLA-level bad blood with the team.

JT: Lots of Batman: The Animated Series from the early 90's. That was my main inspiration. Combined with real life scenarios I've seen and just from friends in general and what they disagree on and what they become as they all get more successful in life.

RO: I have to say, this is a personal, sorta' silly thing: I had to rock an eye patch after some VERY minor surgery. Only reason I felt like a badass was knowing that you pull it off perfectly. Which is more difficult: Creating a character like Charge and working around the fact you rock an eye patch or getting producers/casting folks to ignore the eye patch?

JT: Well, I don't think any producer or casting folk would ever dare cast me in anything so I don't really have to worry about that. Everyone told me from a young age (and they're right) that no one will ever cast me because of my eye patch. Unless I'm a henchman in straight to dvd movies who falls over barrels or something, I really only have one choice. I had to take matters into my own hands.

RO: On Facebook, you posted a picture of the ASMD 2 script. Can you divulge ANY details whatsoever?

JT: I can give you vague details. It takes place 3-4 years later. You get more backstory. Lots of people die and it's almost a completely different genre."

RO: If ASMD 2 is not next on the horizon, what is?

JT: Well, hopefully it's ASMD 2. I have meetings and such coming up about it soon. ASMD did A LOT better than The FP. It was actually shocking. But I've got some other things in the works. I've got a couple bigger movies with my brother we're trying to get off the ground and something else I'm writing. But you really never know, I could be working at Burger King by the end of the year."

Thanks very much for taking the time to chat with JustPressPlay, J-Tro!

Jun
20
2013
Robert Ottone • Staff Writer

A natural bon vivant in love with cigars, finery and luxurious booze, SelfieRob aims to make light of the world around him while living the party boy lifestyle. From the Hamptons to NYC and beyond, SelfieRob lives life to the fullest.

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