Ahead of the UK release of Bad Samaritan later this month, the film's star David Tennant and its creators Dean Devlin and Brandon Boyce have been talking to Starburst Magazine about the nailbiting thriller. Written by Boyce and produced and directed by Devlin, the film stars Robert Sheehan and Carlito Olivero as a pair of parking valets and petty criminals who stumble upon a terrifying secret during a break in. David turns in a chilling performance as Cale Erendreich, the psychopathic homeowner, who makes it his mission to destroy the lives of the hapless burglars. Bad Samaritan also stars Kerry Condon and Jacqueline Byers.
Here's some of what David had to say:
On why he wanted to play Cale:
"The character is tactical and calculating in his methods. I wanted to explore the dark side of human nature. When I read the script, I jumped at the chance to play him."
On how he prepared for the role:
"He’s a psychopath without guilt or remorse. I read a lot of books on psychopaths to see how they functioned and in that, you have to find your character. What would it be like to live a psychopathic life?"
On Cale's backstory:
"He doesn’t have one, but you know he’s damaged goods. He has a lot of unanswered questions and self-awareness himself, but he’s a broken man who doesn’t know who he is as he’s psychopathic and nomadic in his actions."
On his own significant childhood villains:
"The only character I can think of is the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang. Even now, I have to look away when I watch that film, so if you see Cale on the screen, you decide if there’s a bit of the Child Catcher in me on the screen."
Bad Samaritan premieres in the UK on Thursday 23rd August at Cineworld Leicester Square as part of FrightFest 2018. There will be a limited cinematic release from Friday 24th August followed by a DVD release on Monday 8th October.