As the best friend to Evan Glodell’s sweet but disturbed character Woodrow, actor Tyler Dawson has the thankless job of being "Bellflower’s" voice of reason. As Aiden, the caring and concerned confidant of the recently turned emotionally unstable Woodrow, Dawson brings to the explosive Bellflower a performance laced with natural compassion and genuine warmth that truly grounds the film. We continue our ‘Bellflower Week’ with some one-on-one interview time with Dawson, who talks about his reaction upon first reading the script, the intense relationship bond between Aiden and Woodrow and reaction to the film from audiences. Here’s...
ACTOR TYLER DAWSON
What was your reaction when you first read the script for "Bellflower?"
Tyler Dawson: I was interested in the concept of a movie that took a turn half way through and it was something you didn’t expect. It’s such a joyous first two acts and then it takes a turn into something you don't expect – that to me was really interesting. Not to mention the relationships and the dialogue and the characters themselves to me at the time were refreshing and different. I hadn't really seen or read something like it before. I knew Evan’s work and I knew he was innovative, so I immediately knew it was a project worth working on.
Where do you think Aiden and Woodrow initially met?
TD: For me honestly, I think Woodrow and Aiden are friends from childhood. It could have been their moms carpooled to preschool – it was almost not a conscious thing they ended up together. I think for as long as they remember they were best friends and that’s what they knew, so that’s where that loyalty comes from. People are almost taken aback because their loyalty is undying - I mean these guys will do anything for each other. In my experience a lot of times that comes from knowing someone your whole life and having gone through so many different stages and so many different things that you know that the one constant is that friendship. It’s like family.
What would you say was the most thrilling element for you in terms of the various gadgets in the film?
TD: I don’t know if it was the most thrilling, but the first night we actually shot flames out of the car. Because I trust Evan with my life obviously – I mean we’ve done a lot of things. He usually is very confident and feels confident about our safety, but that night was the first time in eight years of working together that he took me aside and he’s like, ‘I’m not really sure – something could go wrong.’ So I’m in the car and he planted that thought in my head - I had never heard something like this from him. So I’m in the car going should I really be worried now? And in between takes I’m terrified in the car – and you can tell. But for me shooting movies goes hand-in-hand with doing extreme things and it’s something that lasts forever, so every time we did something crazy that involved pyrotechnics on-set everyone was excited.
Now that the film is being seen, what has been the most surprising audience reaction for you?
TD: We had a screening one night and an older gentleman came out afterwards and unfortunately his grandson who was a baby had just passed away. I don’t know how this had anything to do with the movie, but for some reason after watching the movie he came out and because he liked the movie he decided to spend fifteen minutes divulging everything that he had been going through to me. And this was a person I’d never met and for some reason I feel like somehow watching the movie made him open up. In a way the movie is about letting go and about forgiveness and about those things and I feel like something in the movie triggered him, that pain that he had – it was very powerful and it blew my mind.
Stay tuned to Starpulse as we continue 'Bellflower Week' with interviews with Jessie Wiseman and Evan Glodell.
"BELLFLOWER" OPENS AUGUST 9 FROM OSCILLOSCOPE LABORATORIES.