I fired some questions at Strippers Vs Werewolves star Simon Phillips.
Can you recommend any decent gentlemen clubs? I imagine to visited a couple, for research?
Stringfellow’s, Angels, The Windmill, Heaven… WAIT! HEAVEN?! That’s a gay club which I wondered into a few times by accident… I say a few times because I had to make sure… you don’t believe me do you? Dam.
So, what is the film about and tell me about your character, Sinclair?
Strippers vs Werewolves is basically a Boys VS Girls film… and true to life the girls always come out on top. A bunch of werewolves take umbrage with strippers who accidently kill a werewolf whilst giving him a private dance (well if you’re gonna die, then that’s the way I guess). My character is kinda a vampire and werewolf hunter, like Van Helsing – only less cool… infact a total geek. But I happen to the love interest to one of the strippers… yes my life is that awesome.
How did this film happen?
Jonathan Sothcott came up with the idea about 2 years ago on a drunken night out that we were having at another one of our film premieres, now perhaps it should have stayed a drunken idea – but you know what guys are like when they get an idea in their head! And here we are with an outrageous film that was loads of fun to make.
So what appealed to you in this film? What made you want to be involved?
Are you kidding? It’s called Strippers Vs Werewolves… they had me at ‘strippers’.
What was it like working with Freddy Kruger?!
He was awesome. I grew up with him scaring the bejesus out of me as a child, but he was very friendly and was fantastic as the Alpha Wolf.
What do you think was your favourite scene to shoot?
I think my favorite scene was with Lucy Pinder and Sabine as vampires about to kill me, whilst trying to take a phone call from my very pissed off girlfriend was great fun, and directed by Martin Kemp – so that was a very nice day and scene turned out really well.
Were there any parts that stuck out for you?
I very much enjoy the Robert Englund/Billy Murray jail scene as they seemed to get on very well together, and it really showed in the performances. I also enjoyed the Franklin character (played by Nick Nevern) – he’s a very good actor but always underrated.
I’m always interested to find what films/music you are you saw or heard while making the film?
We were stuck in a strip club for three weeks in Croydon, so I mainly heard stripping music and only saw posters of Naked women for a fortnight… it sounds awesome, but actually it seemed less sexy after the 10th day… I was happy to get out of that place… you could smell the seedy sweat of guys that had been in there before!
What’s your future looking like?
Really busy at the moment, which is very good. We have 6 films coming out over the next 6 months; White Collar Hooligan (with Ricci Harnett and Billy Murray), Airborne (With Mark ‘Luke Skywalker’ Hamill), The Hooligan Wars (Nick Nevern and Glen Murphy), Riot (Which was my directorial debut), UFO (with Jean Claude Van Damme) and of course Strippers Vs Werewolves… people are either gonna love me or start saying ‘who the hell is this guy and where did he come from!’…. but it’s good to be busy!