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Colin Ford and Ellie Bamber are the stars of the new dark comedy-thriller, Extracurricular Activities. The film follows Reagan Collins, a model high school student with a killer after school job. When the parents of his classmates become too overbearing, self-obsessed, or just plain inconvenient, Reagan arranges their “accidental” deaths. But when seasoned detective Cliff Dawkins starts to put two and two together, it becomes a battle of wits. Pop-Culturalist spoke with actors Colin Ford and Ellie Bamber about this must-see film.
P-C: Tell us about Extracurricular Activities, who you play, and what drew you to this project. Colin: I play Reagan Collins.
Ellie: I play Mary Alice Walker.
The film is about Reagan Collins, who is a high school student that
starts a business, which is to eliminate bad parents from their
children’s lives in order to take an insurance payoff.
I was drawn
to this project because it’s so different from anything I’ve ever done.
It’s dark but also very funny. I was attracted to playing a character
that wasn’t an all-American boy, which is something I’ve done in the
Ellie: I wanted to work with Colin, Timothy [Simons], who plays detective Cliff Dawkins, and our director, Jay Lowi. They’re all brilliant. I also love the fact that Mary Alice is an intelligent, forward-thinking woman.
P-C: Extracurricular Activities is a fun, unpredictable ride that keeps you guessing until the very end. When you read the initial script, what shocked you the most? Colin: Besides the story being a total trip, I was shocked by Reagan’s ability to keep cool. Despite everything that Reagan does to the other kids’ parents per their wishes, he lives a normal life. This didn’t stem as a result of something going on at home, it came from a sensitivity to those feelings around him.
Ellie: I was definitely shocked by the twist! It’s an interesting development in the film.
P-C: Tell us about Reagan and Mary Alice’s relationship in the film and how it changes. Colin: In the beginning, there’s a lot of mystery around their relationship. It’s a fun journey to go on because there’s an attraction at the start, but they don’t really know each other that well. Throughout this journey, we learn more about them, but individually.
the third act, when the big twist happens, you don’t know whether Mary
Alice is going to be on Reagan’s side or on Cliff’s. It’s such a big
twist! Once that decision is made, you get to see their relationship
come full circle.
Ellie: I love that Mary Alice doesn’t conform to gender roles. She’s not waiting for Reagan to ask her out. She goes for it.
P-C: How did the two of you approach the dynamic between your characters? Colin: We had a little bit of time to get to know each other before we started filming. However, the dynamic between us…
Ellie: It needed to be mysterious.
Colin: Yeah, it needed to be mysterious.
We made the decision early on that we didn’t want to spend too much
time with each other because of this. It was important to have that
distance early on. Then as it progressed, we spent more and more time
together, and the relationship unfolded like it does in the film.
P-C: Reagan is a complicated character with different personas. Throughout the film, you question his moral compass. Colin, how did you prepare to tackle all his dimensions? Colin: I always had a great relationship with my folks, but I had friends who didn’t necessarily always get along with theirs. That may have been a result of their own behavior, and sometimes, it was due to the behavior of their parents.
think that we all go through a time in our lives when we’re growing up
through this teenage limbo where you think that you’re an adult, but
you’re really still a kid. You look and act like a kid. That time is
difficult to navigate, especially if you don’t have a parent who’s
helpful. At an extreme scale, Reagan eliminates that issue. I think a
lot of us grow up wishing we could grow up without our parents, but that
probably wouldn’t end well.
I think, at the end of the day, the takeaway is that we don’t necessarily all have to become our parents, act the way they do, or value the same things that they do. That’s not to say that their values aren’t noteworthy, but we can make our own choices.
P-C: Going back to Reagan’s moral compass, what is your take on him? Is he a hero or villain? Colin: I see Reagan as a pro-villain, like Robin Hood. He’s doing good by people, but it comes at a cost.
P-C: Is there a scene that you’re excited for fans to see? Colin: It doesn’t necessarily highlight me very much but I’m really excited for everybody to see the pool party scene with Bobby Lee. He’s so funny, man. [laughs]
Ellie: Yes, he’s hilarious! [laughs]
Colin: That scene is hilarious.
Ellie: It really is!
P-C: What do you hope audiences takeaway from seeing this film? Colin: First, I hope they don’t take it too seriously—it’s a dark comedy. Second, like I said earlier, it’s important for this next generation to start new conversions, continue old ones, and revisit things that may not be working anymore.
Ellie: Yes! And we have to
continue to challenge things moving forward. At the end of the day, we
live in a quite broken world, and there’s a lot to fix about it, as
corny as that sounds.
Ellie Bamber attends the LA Premiere of her new movie “Extracurricular Activities” at the Laemmle’s Monica Film Center on May 16, 2019 in Santa Monica, California.
Ellie – who plays Mary Alice Walker in the film – took the opportunity to pose for pictures with her fellow actors.
Our girl snuggled up to fellow Extracurricular Activities star Colin Ford and the film’s director Jay Lowi.
She also posed up a storm with American actress Christine Ko, who took the plunge in a black low-cut sheer top and leather mini skirt.
Extracurricular Activities is a dark comedy which sees high-school student Reagan Collins murder the overbearing parents of his fellow peers.
However, when police officer Cliff Dawkins starts to notice a connection between Reagan and the kids of the dead adults, it results in a battle of wits as Reagan ties to keep his after-school business afloat.
See the all pics of Ellie in premiere by clicking on the thumbnails below.
The site Shock Ya! has posted with exclusivity new trailer and poster for Extracurricular Activities.
In the dark comedy-thriller, EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, Reagan is a model high school student with a “killer” after school job. When the parents of his classmates become too overbearing, self-obsessed – or just plain inconvenient – he offers to get rid of them for a price by setting up a series of “accidents.” But when seasoned police detective Cliff Dawkins starts putting the pieces together, it’s a battle of wits to see if Reagan can keep business booming while the rising body count brings Cliff closer to the truth.
The film stars Colin Ford (We Bought A Zoo, “Supernatural”), Ellie Bamber ( Nocturnal Animals, Pride Prejudice and Zombies), Timothy Simons (“Veep”), Danielle Macdonald (Patti Cake$), Angela Kinsey (“The Office”) and Bobby Lee (Pineapple Express, “Mad TV”). Rounding out the cast is Steve Hytner (Seinfeld), Arden Myrin, Sarah Hay (Flesh and Bone), Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul), Christine Ko (The Great Indoors) and Dileep Rao (Inception, Avatar).
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES is directed by Jay Lowi (Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough, Tangled) and written by Bob Sáenz (Help for the Holidays, The Right Girl). The film is produced by David K. Wilson (Jake Squared, Girl Flu), and Rich Hull (She’s All That, American Psycho II) and Paul Schiff (Young Guns, Rushmore, Maid in Manhattan) serve as executive producers. Lotus Entertainment is handling worldwide sales.