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Crossing: Actor Spotlight on John Prud'homme

From the continuing series on the people who made Crossing... this week’s focus is John Prud'homme.

When I asked John what made him say yes to his role in the film, his answer wasn’t about the character or the story. He simply said, “Well, I was gonna hang out with you anyway, and making a movie sounded like it would be fun.”

It’s a stark contrast to the reasons his fellow cast members offered, but I think part of what made John a great fit in his role was that he had absolutely no experience acting prior to our first day on set. Tom is a unique person to portray, and his persona benefitted from John’s equally unique approach to developing him, answering every question and rising to every challenge from the perspective of a non-actor.

Part of what John said he enjoyed most about being on set was getting to meet and work with new people. “I only met Rachel and Eleanor at their auditions, so we sort of started in this almost professional relationship, and then become friends as filming went on.”

John noted that one of the moments from set he most enjoyed was his first day of filming with Eleanor. The first time any actor works with another, especially when some degree of chemistry is essential to the story, there’s always some apprehension. Luckily, in our case, it was short-lived: “We got over our nervousness very quickly and just did the scene. It was great.”

John is most looking forward to hearing the music in the final film: “When we’re on set, we’ll watch playback, but it’s hard to imagine what it will really look and sound like in the final cut.” He remarked that although he’s heard pieces of the music here and there, he’s very excited to hear it all added to the film.

When he’s not acting, John is a controls engineer. He’s also learning how to play the guitar and enjoys long boarding and hanging out with his friends. And procrastinating. Took him forever just to answer all my questions so I could write this article!

See John as Tom in Crossing on December 11.

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