Portrait of an Actor, Zach Booth
The film seems so intense and demanding. How did you physically prepare for the role?
I spent a lot of time in the gym with my trainer Peretz Scheinerman. Whenever you have to take your clothes off on camera it can drive you a little crazy. I tried to put on a little muscle both to satisfy my ego and also to give [my character] Paul a more mature look. The story takes place over ten years so the characters age quite a bit. In the past I've played a lot of "boyish" characters so I wanted to make sure Paul looked physically older and more developed. I started eating a few more calories every day and going a little heavier on the weights. There was also the challenge of shooting the scenes which occurred in the middle of his crack binges. There is a joke about the "crackhead diet". For this scene I wanted to lose a little weight and appear a bit more gaunt. I did a lot of research and found a very healthy juice diet from Organic Avenue. Between the juice, extra cardio and some time in the sauna, I was able to drop a couple of pounds right before the day and I think the effect really worked.