FANTASTIC! Talking With Rocky Marquette
by Owen Keehnen
Michigan born Rocky Marquette made a
lasting impression to horror fans this
year in the award winning film
Shallow Ground playing The
Boy, who arrives mysteriously in a
sheltered community drenched in
and once this young man
appears some very strange and frightening
things begin to occur. In his
non-speaking part Rocky Marquette is
simply unforgettable. Its a very
creepy performance in a truly worthwhile
fright flick. With Shallow
Ground under his belt he promptly
moved further into the horror genre with
a main role, as Grady in Tobe
Hoopers upcoming film
Mortuary with Denise Crosby,
Alexandra Adi, and Dan Byrd.
made his film debut only last year as
Cousin Jake, the crystal meth addict son
of Rosanna Arquette and John Savage in
Iowa, followed by The
Guy in Row Five, and
Andersons Cross with
Joanna Cassidy and Samm Levine. And he
looks like hes going to be busy
filming for the next year with such
upcoming projects as Conrad Janis
People of the
Fog, The Gene
Generation with Ling Bai and Karl
Yune, Bondage, A Softer
Touch, and Triloquist.
Looking over his resume it seems this
guys road to success in films seems
anything but umm...rocky.
Rocky Marquette was cool enough to take
time from his busy schedule to answer a
few questions for rackandrazors
||Owen: Rocky, always good to see
a Great Lakes boy doing well. As a Muskegon
Michigan kid what compelled you to pack your bags
and make a go at Hollywood?
Rocky: First I want to thank you
and Racks and Razors for the interview. I
love Michigan - its my home. But I
also knew that if I wanted my dreams to come
true, I would have to pack it up and move to
California. And the Golden State
Owen: Congrats on the great
reviews you are receiving as The Boy in the award
winning horror film 'Shallow Ground'.
What was it that attracted you to the project and
specifically the non-speaking but central
character role of The Boy?
Rocky: Thank you. Acting
is reacting. So, this role was a challenge
because of the fact he didnt speak and yet
had so much to say. An actor always likes
to get their feet wet. (Laugh) In this case,
Owen: Director Sheldon Wilson
said he knew during your audition that you were
perfect for The Boy and that you had "nailed
it"? Have you asked him or do you know
what exactly about your audition performance he
was referring to?
Rocky: They auditioned a ton of
people for the role of the boy. Sheldon
picked me right on the spot because he said I was
the only one that kept it small and spoke
Owen: As The Boy you show up in
a small town --- you are unknown, naked, and
covered in blood. How did you emotionally
connect to that? What did you use as your
primary tools for getting into the character of
Rocky: For every character that
I play, I chose a song and that best fits
him. It took me a while to find that song
(laugh) but I found it. Then I sit and
really break down the character. Then every
time I listen to the song, he pops back into my
head. (Pause) I never tell anyone what the songs
Owen: What was used as all that
blood in the movie by the way?
Rocky: Syrup and food dye.
Owen: In 'Shallow Ground'
you work with so many horror veterans...Steve
Easton from 'Nightmare on Elm Street:
Freddy's Revenge', Lindsay Stoddart from
'The Ring', Timothy V. Murphy
from 'Skeleton Man', John
Kapelos from 'Mimic: Sentinel',
Stan Kirsch from 'The Highlander'
series and last but certainly not least Patty
McCormack from 'The Bad Seed'
and 'The Mommy'. Did these
established scare stars give you any tips about
acting in horror?
Rocky: Nope (Laugh). I
tell you though; working with Patty was a
blast. The entire cast was fun to work
Owen: Were you familiar Patty
McCormack's work prior to filming? And if
so, how was she different from what you expected?
Rocky: The spooky thing is,
sometimes you look at Patty and you still see
that little girl from THE BAD SEED.
Owen: Was 'Shallow
Ground' key in your being cast in Tobe
Hooper's latest film 'Mortuary'?
How did that role come about?
Rocky: Any experience betters
you as an actor. For Tobes new film,
I went in and read for him and he liked what he
Owen: 'Mortuary' recently
wrapped filming. What was your predominant memory
of the shoot?
Rocky: Man, it was a blast to
film. Working with Tobe Hooper, that kicked
a**. Its going to be a good one!
Owen: Can you give me a little
teaser about the film?
Rocky: Sure! It is not
like a typical Tobe Hooper film. Be ready
for a fun ride!
Owen: What sort of director was
Tobe Hooper? The man is a horror
genius! How does the talent behind 'The
Texas Chainsaw Massacre' and the sequel,
'The Funhouse', 'Poltergeist',
'I'm Dangerous Tonight', 'Salem's
Lot (79), 'Invaders from Mars',
'Eaten Alive', 'The
Toolbox Murders', 'The Mangler',
etc. elicit chills on screen?
Rocky: He loves his
actors. And that really helps us out.
He would push us to the limit of getting to the
place we needed to get. The man is horror
Owen: You've also been recently
cast in the Conrad Janis film 'Bad
Blood...People of the Fog'. Can
you tell me a little bit about that
Rocky: They are still in
Pre-production on that film. Im sure
new information will come out about it soon.
Owen: In the past couple of
years you've also done a number of non-genre
films such as 'Iowa' with
Rosanna Arquette and John Savage in which you
play a crystal meth addict, 'Anderson's
Cross', 'Guy In Row Five',
as well as several upcoming projects. For
someone relatively new to the business that's
great? What do you think is key to your
success in the failure-prone field of Hollywood?
Rocky: Believe it to be true and
meet yourself there. Plus, you have to love
what you are doing. Life will chuck good
and bad stuff at you, but if you know in your
heart where you are headed... you have no
Owen: What projects do you have
lined up in the future?
Rocky: I am currently shooting a
new film called TRILOQUIST
directed by another horror genius Mark
Jones. Visit my website (http://www.rockymarquette.com) for updates on that.
This film is going to be great! Right after
that I will start shooting the film BONDAGE,
a drama directed by Eric Allen.
Owen: What about being a Taurus
makes you especially qualified for stardom?
Rocky: (Laugh) Just listening to
my heart. Life is pretty damn cool.
Owen: What scares you in real
Rocky: CLOWNS! Freak the
freak out of me man!