The duo talked about doing heavy stuff and filming in New Zealand.
Jim is an up-and-coming teenage boxer training under the watchful eye of his demanding and drunken father, who reads the film’s synopsis. When Jim develops a relationship with a male classmate, they are able to avoid the horror of small town life. As soon as Jim discovers what it means to be gay, he realizes how little power he has to do with heroism.
What did you think of Punch when he came to the project?
Jordan Oosterhof: Male. I have a copy. So guys, this is something I really want to get involved in. I got something insignificant about it, even from the first time I read it. I could hear Jim’s words, and the words he said were emotional in the movie. They gave you a script and you like someone, it sounds like something that resonates with me in a deep sense. So it was like that, and then I thought I’ll do what I can to take it into account. At that time he ended up being the head of the group. We were here at the time.
Tim Roth: I just got a note from London from one of my friends that I worked with early on, and it said, Tim, I’m sending you something. I think you should look at this. He then he landed on top of me. I read it. The interesting thing about that story is that it cannot be told seriously either. This could be easily messed up. When you sat down and read it, then I read all the content. I didn’t care about the character I was playing, I just wanted to say something about it. I wanted to let that story wash over my face. You felt like there was someone behind this who really cared.
It was so noorized that you didn’t go, I never thought about that. Is this exactly the case? Oh Lord. Who knew that? They made this journey and were hoping for a new adventure. It’s always refreshing if something is good. That is a rarity. Doesn’t it fall into the void? I could recognize this character. All my life, I have been drinking alcohol. Why is she taking care of herself? Where does her pain come from? How is it expressed or not? What keeps bottled up? Because? Because of him, I found the love for him very genuine, not expressing it, but expressing it in the film, and I felt very lucky to be able to do that. However, I felt fine for a while, even if I had never met or talked to the writer as soon as I read the script.
Tim has been a recognized movie legend. What were your first thoughts when you started producing? How do we work together?
Jordan Oosterhof: When I saw the photo of Tim on the surface, he was like this, is this a mistake? Did someone make a mistake? Why is Tim there? He was so excited, to be honest. Many of my friends and others seemed to be nervous. I woke up like this. It’s like playing football with a Premier League player. That just makes you smile and see how he’s doing. It was a lot of fun and a good task, the whole process was a lot of fun.
Tim Roth: Jordan and I just dove in once they let me out of isolation. So we didn’t have much time. And you mention it, Jordan. We had a few days to try to meet in the garden. He took me to the side of the mountain. We must be in the dream with the cameras and the noise of the observation. While we were going to the beach, we decided to try to learn a little about each other. Sometimes you don’t have time to do that. I thought there was a time crisis. We were able to work it well and we felt comfortable sitting in the scenes we did together.
Jordan Oosterhof: Yeah, we started with a pretty decent hysterical scene. It’s the first time you buy the sandwich and everything you want to do. They were better jobs than taking breaks from the intense stuff first.
Tim, I’ve mentioned this a bit before, but the character is very heavy on alcohol. He has his own human flaws but he’s much more complex. How did you portray him sympathetically and realistically?
Tim Roth: When my father was growing up I had a story. He seemed to be self-medicating from what he was witnessing in World War II. When he went into the war in 1939, he was seventeen years old and he was there the whole time and he saw persecution, he saw death. He then returned very damaged and was already damaged when he returned as a child. It was a lot. Now I grew to like him a bit. He loved him; He was funny. But then the alcohol took over.
So yeah, I’ve had this experience and I wanted to put it out there. That character that Welby [Ings. director] had drawn gave the opportunity. He is very perceptive. So I pooled my experience together, so Welby was very happy with that to put them together a lot and the same thing. So, it was one of those nice things, so if we were lucky enough to have had a chance to try it, we might have done it.
You deal with intense topics in Jordan. You’re a mischievous character, and I think you really expressed that very carefully. What were some challenges in introducing that?
Jordan Oosterhof: I kind of read the script. I have no personal experience with that kind of fighting, but I have seen the truth about it. My twin sister dealt with it her whole life and I saw how it affected my life relationship with her and how my own family acted towards her.
So it was all I could do with him, but we had to take him to the other side with a lot of heart, wisdom and care. Welby needed to trust me with this. No matter what he could do, I did it as honestly as I could and as vulnerable as I could. As a result, anyone in a country like that, around the world, has a unique opportunity to become a man, without what he means to them and who knows it and can’t or can’t achieve it. So yeah, all you can do is try to understand it, feel it and see how it works.
Tim Roth is a waste of time respecting the material.
Jordan Oosterhoff: Yes.
Tim Roth: Yeah, he’s given you that, so you give him everything you think he needs.
They both talked a bit about Welby Ings, director. It’s very interesting. He is also a teacher and filmmaker. How was working on it?
Jordan Oosterhof: He’s like a teacher, not just in the office, but in real life. And if you were to talk to Welby through a camera, he would have this teacher vibe, he cares about you and your future, and his personal stuff. He’s just a great cooperative guy. I’m honest: this is a blessing. I would pay to sit and just be in the corner of a room while Welby talks and interacts. To be able to act like material, to be a part of it and to know the path of it, that’s like frosting on the cake. He’s a pretty good guy.
Tim Roth: It’s very funny.
Jordan Oosterhof: Yes.
Tim Roth: That’s a lot of fun. He is the man who is present for a reason. You’d better talk to him about the construction, so he built his house with his own hands. It is in the forest, in the jungle, and a little bit. It’s so nice, right? That’s very good.
Jordan Oosterhof: Yeah, it was like a real world actor.
Tim Roth: Yes! Completely. That’s funny.
Jordan, what kind of training did you go through to prepare for the film?
Jordan Oosterhof: Boxing five days a week for three months and I’m being trained by Cam Todd, who is also heavily involved in the film. I was working with the Commonwealth Games boxers in New Zealand, so they were Commonwealth Games boxers, New Zealand Championship boxers, then on the side trying to get away and make them forget that one hand is not could work for the first time. month and a half. It was a lot, it was a lot to take on, but it was a very difficult task. And being a sponge surrounded by everyone who was so good made it simple to be able to grab it from time to time.
Tim, how did you film in New Zealand? Have you been before? Why would you receive anything else?
Tim Roth: No, it’s brand new. I had no idea. We lived in a bubble because it was so deep in the pandemic. There were no vaccines, but nothing happened. I was in California, but we were also in a bubble because my in-laws were so dangerous. So we were basting the food, so we were on our way. We didn’t know what was happening. Then I went to New Zealand as I mentioned before, the safest place on Earth. I mean, it seemed like, ugh. But, since I was at the end of the quarantine, it was very difficult to be around people. This was like, I am God. I mean everyone likes hello, how do you do it?
No masks, no nothing, you know? There are a lot of people and a lot of people. There was dinner and ceremony and a joyous ceremony. That night was so overwhelming that the first night was truly amazing. It’s a fantastic place, but despite our film crew, they’ve been making The Lord of the Rings for a long time. Filmmakers from all over the world, they have some of the best film crews. They were looking for anything else. Anything else. And here comes this great independent film. It’s a tough business, all that stuff. That compared to what everyone worked for and immersed themselves in. We liked Matt Henley, who is a fantastic cinematographer.
The whole team was amazing, so amazing, like the best that went to work. So I was in a beautiful place with new actors, which is one of the best moments you can have. A new director who has a story to tell. It seemed that he had a lot of gold. This is incredible. I wish it would have lasted longer. Unfortunately, they couldn’t afford them. You will laugh! You know, the prospect of a four-month shoot was great. Unfortunately, we shot him in a few weeks.
Jordan, is there any specific message that you really hope people take away from this movie?
Jordan Oosterhof: The one that speaks to me the most and that translates into a universal feeling of just wanting to fight or having to fight wherever you belong in the world. Jim and Whetu are confused young people and feel like they’re not really in the right place. Learning and learning. I think anyone can watch a movie and recite this.
People who feel that life is wrong, or that the earth is right or wrong. Their family does not get along with them, their family does not accept them when they are married. I think the opportunity for one person to walk into Punch and feel and be inspired after the end of the movie is enough to find a place where you belong and can be authentically real. I’m totally proud of him for that.
In a new issue, Tim is the only one to have recently joined the fold. This character was more comical and more zen. How did you turn a character into something like that?
Tim Roth: I thought it would be fun and they were willing to let me do it. If you are thinking that you felt this same sensation, I was very surprised when there was a knock on the door, so I said. Let’s go to the show. I met him for the first time and I talked about character and we did all of that. They were different directors, but they shared different feelings about them: blah, blah, all the usual stuff. But they let me play. I think maybe they did the opposite.
When Mark and Tatiana got together it was hilarious. We walked to our first party. We have to break it. He said that the only thing I told everyone to be careful about was that he is sweet and sweet, but not funny. It’s me? I am laughing. Was it because she got him out of prison now? So is that a scam? It was a joke? Is this a shame? Come on, come on, and so on. We had to calm down with that. I don’t know if it’s going anywhere, but doing it was a lot of fun.