The latest horror series from Netflix Brand new cherry flavor is out now and it’s incredibly unique with kitties, vampires, weird sex scenes, and a lot more. Rosa Salazar stars in the series as the aspiring filmmaker Lisa Nova, starring Catherine Keener, Eric Lange and Jeff Ward.
“Lisa Nova is coming to LA to direct her first film,” reads the official synopsis. “But when she trusts the wrong person and is stabbed in the back, everything goes wrong and a dream project turns into a nightmare. This particular nightmare has zombies, contract killers, supernatural kittens, and a mysterious tattoo artist who likes to put curses on people. And Lisa has to find out some secrets from her own past to get out alive. “
ComingSoon editor-in-chief Tyler Treese spoke with Brand new cherry flavor Stars Eric Lange and Jeff Ward talk about their character’s fate on the show, this embarrassing but inventive sex scene and much more in a spoiler-filled chat.
Tyler Treese: Eric, I found Lou’s character arc really interesting because he’s this total scumbag producer, but even then, as a viewer, I had a little sympathy for him. You can see that he really does care about his son and there is a very human element there. Were you glad it wasn’t just a one-note character?
Eric Lange: Yes! Secure. Thanks to Nick [Antosca] and Lenore [Zion] also to make it so. It’s easy to turn it into a caricature. I feel like when you look at the mountain of famous people standing on top, it’s easy to judge. It’s easy to assume that their life is nothing but quiet and partying, but I like to see under the veneer and behind the facade, so to speak. As I said a few moments ago, I feel like it’s so easy to drop him into this category that my job is to somehow get the boxing match I’m in to get the audience to mine Bring side.
Even if it was inappropriate, despite these outbursts of violence, as if I could regain some sympathy, that would be an interesting challenge for me. He has things that he loves and cares about, and he’s human. He is experiencing a loss and he is experiencing this dwindling career through which he is struggling. So, I see Lou as pathetic more than anything. I’m glad I got a little hook in your side so as not to just hate the guy.
Jeff, you can play this very interesting character. He is a self-destructive actor who is really just looking for meaning in his life. He’s a rounder character than in the novel. He has a much smaller role there. How did that play your part?
Jeff station: Yeah, it’s interesting that you bring that up because when I was watching the novel it was obviously so creepy, not scary, but madly possessed, you know, kind of a psycho, not a psycho, just madly possessed. Psycho is relative in this world. But he’s this crazy obsessed movie star and then he goes and gets beheaded right away. It’s so shocking in the book, but I think what Nick and Lenore did, taking the same arc and story and stretching it over the whole season, I just found so smart, because I think so, by posting this Curse the world, Lisa cost Roy, who would have been much more than the movie and much more than anything else, her ultimate prize. It’s in a classic Pandora box scenario. It’s as if what she didn’t even know would be the most precious thing is literally being ripped away from her.
Eric, I would like to know what really captivated you about the script and what made you want to work on this project? Because it’s so unique. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Longing: Well that is your answer. I’m fortunate that I’ve had a lot of work in my career, but when you look back, things like that are being done, especially nowadays there are a lot of remakes. There are a lot of formulaic things and they do it because it works and it makes money. I get that, but you don’t often get to the edge of something on the edge of this vastness, what will people think of it? When we did that, I sometimes thought it was like watching a car accident in slow motion. Those YouTube videos or whatever. Some people are fixated on them and love to watch and other people, it scares them and they turn them off.
But the arc of the curse and just the real weird going on in this matter was just more curious than anything else. How should we do that? It was such a unique, unique challenge, unlike anything I have ever participated in. I like it for the audience because I feel like it is, as you say, just completely outside of the standard we are used to seeing. As an actor, I have a lot of things to do that I haven’t tried on any other work.
Jeff, this has one of the weirdest sex scenes I’ve ever seen with the chest wound. I’m sure it was like a prosthesis, but how strange was that to be filmed?
station: Incredibly strange. I thought maybe because we were discussing it earlier, when I was reading the script, it was very shocking, but in all honesty it looked so real that it was horrific. It’s really cool because I think that [way the] The entire show is filmed, there is no handheld on the show and for this scene it suddenly breaks off and becomes a handheld take as she crawls over the bed and towards Roy. To me, it’s such an amazing directorial and cinematic film, Matt Sobel directing, and Nick, and choosing to literally break out of the shape of producing the show. I think when you’re handheld you’re in that position with them and you think what’s going on, that’s so crazy that you can’t believe it’s real and somehow related to this crazy one.
I mean, I think when you run into someone who is vomiting kittens is a site that sexually stimulates them through, maybe not that weird, but it was really shocking to read and then it was crazy to try and perform . I love pink in this scene. Then it was funny because there was a take that landed on the show. That was the last recording we made. It felt very electric and real, and that was what you ended up seeing. Hopefully it translates that way because it’s such a surreal set piece that is so different and interesting. The game is, you can make it meaningful and relevant and not just be a cheap set piece, but be something that actually means something. I think you can do both. It’s breathtaking because you’ve never seen anything like it before, but it also feels like weirdly it fits into the show and its dynamics and story, and it fits.
Longing: The engagement in this scene. I said earlier that you see the zombies and the blood and the guts and the kittens. But when I saw that, the first time I thought in my head was, “My parents, I don’t know if my parents can see this show.” Part of it is to credit them, Rosa and Jeff, that level of engagement That feels so real, feels It’s disturbing in such a real way.
Eric, Lou loves movies so much, but he’s blind and he’s lost so much. But he’s one of the few characters who can make it out alive. How do you feel about the fate of his character? Do you feel like it’s almost a punishment for him to be alive the way he is?
Longing: Yes. I think the line is something like this, it turns on a movie and he says, “If I can’t see it, I don’t wanna hear it.” It’s kind of purgatory that he’s stayed in. Telling her so lucky is that … You did that. Here is the cake. Here is the bed you made, now get off and lie in it. I do not know. I find the ending kind of pathetic.
Jeff, you mentioned that you met a pretty gnarled fate in the last episode. I would like to know what you think of the death scene and what it was like to film your head ripped off?
station: It was crazy. It was a lot of prostheses and a lot of time. These few recordings took many hours. It’s weird that you ask because I remember when we were filming it, everyone was in those white suits that look like Hazmat because there was so much blood everywhere that it was like everyone who was in and had to went out, these are wearing white suits. At one point when we were filming the head actually being torn off, there was a moment where everyone thought, “Oh, this is so exciting. Can you believe your head is going to be ripped off? Well, come on, we’ll watch! ”I thought to myself, why is everyone so excited? Everyone is very, very pleased to crowd around and watch my head get ripped off.
But it was, it was amazing, and I think it looks amazing. I love it because it’s such a violent and terrible ending, especially because he’s a movie star. It feels very shocking and very, you know, but I also love it because it’s like Eric just said, this is your bed that you made. He doesn’t just die. He’s being torn to pieces and eaten and beheaded, reflecting his guilt for his sister, who I think was a self-fulfilling prophecy just because he was with Lisa so much. I think deep down he was trying to get that. But yeah, it was a crazy thing to film, so much blood and a lot of reverse shots, but we made it as practical as possible. I think it looked really cool, if terrible.