Matthew MacCaull, aka our new favorite Canadian, gets his cinematic break in Disney’s Tomorrowland, one of the most anticipated films of 2015. And although his character Dave Clark is not seen eating up too much screen time like his heavy hitting co-stars, the Montreal-born actor will definitely leave you thinking “hey that mysterious dude protecting the likes of this strange but cool theme park is pretty rad.”
Tomorrowland, which also stars George Clooney (Frank Walker), Britt Robertson (Casey Newton), and Hugh Laurie (David Nix) is one of those Disney Summer blockbusters you’re not going to want to miss. A fun for the whole family type adventure that will transport you to an out-of-this-world theme park filled with secrets, futuristic sights and no shortage of mysteries.
In addition to his role in Tomorrowland, MacCaull can be seen starring alongside Rose McIver (Liv Moore) in the CW’s hit new series iZombie. He can also be seen in the upcoming film Vendetta, from WWE Studios. Basically what I’m trying to say is that you definitely should be watching this actor as he’s on the verge of taking over our TV’s.
MacCaull was kind enough to chat with me about his upcoming acting gigs, his hopes for the future (hint: flying cars, and world peace) and even dished on his favorite zombie films.
Let’s get to it!
NO WHITE NOISE: Can you give us an overview of the Tomorrowland and tell us about your character Dave Clark?
MATTHEW MACCAULL: Tomorrowland is a family action-adventure movie about a young woman (Britt Robertson) who’s been given a special pin that allows her to see the future. When she sets off on a mission to find the man (George Clooney) who may be able to help her get to the future they attract the attention of my character, Dave Clark. He’s mysterious and smooth and is very interested in protecting the future at all costs.
NWN: What drew you to this role? I’m sure it was a perk signing on to an awesome project with a stellar cast.
MM: Honestly, the character was the biggest draw for me. I really enjoy playing interesting and stylized characters and the whole team allowed me to take a real creative license with this role. It was so much fun to play this guy. The fact that it was a Disney film with Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof, Hugh Laurie and George Clooney attached to it was certainly a huge selling point. But I really wanted to make my own mark on this film to give audiences something they aren’t expecting and I just hope I’ve done that.
NWN: If you went to the future, what would you hope to see– flying cars? Doc in the delorean? Artificial Intelligence?
MM: Well I think we’re not too far off from artificial intelligence as it is, but yes, definitely flying cars! However, what I really hope to see is a greater concern for one another on this planet. As the population grows the world seems to be getting smaller. The more we can learn to tolerate and appreciate one another’s differences the better we’ll be able to solve some of the greatest problems we will face in the future.
NWN: Did you grow up watching Disney movies? Do you recall any from your childhood that you loved.
MM: Absolutely! I must have watched Mary Poppins with my cousins fifty times. At least it seems like that way. But I loved oldies like The Barefoot Executive with Kurt Russell and a chimpanzee and just about any Goofy cartoon.
NWN: What would you say is the biggest difference between acting on a television series and acting in a movie?
MM: The biggest difference for me is time. In film you have more time to prepare the character and more time to try different approaches while shooting. In television it may only be a day or two between the audition to the time you’re filming the finished product. They usually have far stricter time constraints in television and that can really affect the quality of your performance.
NWN: How has it been working on iZombie? Can you tell us about Sebastian and his partnership with Liv.
MM: You bet! I play Sebastian Meyer, a character who is brought in as someone who is just as concerned as Liv is about this Zombie epidemic. He wants to help Liv find her answers and bring down those responsible for the outbreak. And as the story continues through the next few episodes my character goes through some dynamic changes of his own. But by the time you read this article my first episode will have already aired. So if you watch the show you’ll be able to see beginnings of exactly what I’m talking about.
NWN: Are you a fan in general of zombies? Have you watched films or shows that revolve around it.
MM: Yeah, I’m definitely a fan. I really like what Alex Garland did in 28 Days Later with fast moving Zombies. I also loved the first few seasons of The Walking Dead. I thought the amount of interpersonal drama and tension in that series was just fantastic. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Shaun of the Dead. Now there’s a Zombie movie that will stand the test of time!
NWN: If you could star in a movie from the past, which would it be and who would you want to play?
MM: I would love to have had Kevin Costner’s role in Dances with Wolves. Not only because it’s such a beautiful film with rich storytelling, but also because Costner was involved with that movie from day one and was ultimately responsible for it getting made. It takes true talent and conviction to do all those things and it’s a challenge I’d like to put myself up against to test my mettle. I also really enjoy a good period piece. That movie has it all.
NWN: What are three random facts people might not know about you?
MM: I’ve never lived in Prince Edward Island but I call it my home, I used to be a travelling toilet-brush salesman to make extra money in University, and I still work as a lifeguard on the beaches in Vancouver every summer; I love the water.
NWN: What shows are you currently hooked on? Do you partake in binge-watching?
NWN: Social media– love it or leave it?
MM: Love leaving it, but love it too.
NWN: Winter or summer?
MM: Endless Summer
NWN: Go-to candy?
MM: Peanut Butter M&M’s
NWN: Pet peeve?
MM: Why don’t people use their turn signals when they turn? It’s the easiest thing to do. The little lever is right there, like an inch away from your finger. Just flick the lever and let people know what you’re doing! Jeez!!!
NWN: Horror or comedy?
MM: Comedy, but psychological horror like The Audition or the first three Paranormal Activity movies is gold!
NWN: Lastly, you have some great projects coming up, including a WWE film called Vendetta, starring alongside Paul Wight aka BIG SHOW and Aleks Paunovic (also of iZombie). What can we look forward to when it comes to this movie and the character you play?
MM: The movie stars Dean Cain and was directed by the Soska Sisters. These ladies take no prisoners even when they’re making a movie about taking prisoners. Ultimately this movie is about revenge and it all goes down inside the walls of a penitentiary. I play a corrections officer named Ben Pearson who doesn’t make it clear whether he’s a good guy or a bad guy until close to the end of the film. There’s great dramatic tension and tons of testosterone fuelled action. Leave the kids at home and get ready for hell in a cell!