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Ben Bruce On American Satan: “A Week Before Filming Started, I [Said] ‘I Can’t Do This, I’m Out…’”

Rob Sayce
Rob Sayce 15 October 2017 at 16.01

Ben talks about his acting debut with the Rock Sound Podcast.

Ben Bruce has spoken to the Rock Sound Podcast about the ups and downs of making American Satan.

Here's a taste of what he had to say.

Andy [Biersack] has said he had to do some ‘emotional heavy lifting’ and film difficult scenes... did that extend to your character?
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To be completely honest, the whole thing was difficult. Andy dabbled in acting when he was younger, but for me this was the first time I’d done anything like this. Even as a kid at school, I was never part of the school plays or anything like that, so just acting in general for me was quite difficult to begin with. A week before filming started, I actually called Ash [Avildsen, director] and said, 'I can’t do this, I’m out'. I got too nervous. And he was like, 'You can’t do this, there’s millions of dollars riding on this film, you’ve put in all this time and effort and also you’re going to kick yourself if you don’t do it'. So I ended up going."

"Then the first day on set, I was like, 'Oh man, I need water. I need water. Water please! Water please!' I couldn’t talk, my mouth went dry, so it was just a huge learning curve for me in general and then, like Andy said, there are some quite dark themes and scenes in this film, so obviously having lost my best friend Chris a few years ago, some very similar stuff happens to [Ben's character] Leo in the movie and that brought back all those memories of when Chris died and that made it seem even more real, which in turn made it quite difficult to film."


Was revisiting that early innocence before Asking Alexandria took off difficult in that sense?
"Kind of, if anything it was more eye-opening though because it made me realise what I do have now. I don’t want to say that I’ve taken everything for granted because I really haven’t and I’m very thankful for what I do have, but you do get caught up and these last 10 years have gone by very quickly, so being where I am today, that’s what I think about – 'okay, this where I am, where am I going?' I kind of almost forgot everything I had to go through to get here and filming this just re-opened my mind and I was like, 'Oh man, that was a difficult time, we did work really hard, this is crazy'. So it was really interesting to go back into that headspace and relive it all over again."

So it was a very eventful experience on set?
"It was! It quite honestly might be the highlight of my career so far, which is a crazy thing to say because I am a musician and I’ve accomplished some incredible things and I’ve got way more goals ahead of me that are just as exciting, but this was just so out of my comfort zone and it ended up being such a pleasure to work on the movie."

American Satan is in cinemas now, and Asking Alexandra will tour with Black Veil Brides next year.

Listen to the full interview with Ben below or subscribe here!

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