David Dastmalchian & Liam Cunningham Talk ‘The Last Voyage of the Demeter’ – Interview
*These interviews took place before the dual WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike. Without the hard work of writers and actors, The Last Voyage of the Demeter wouldn’t have become a reality, and everyone working on bringing our favorite stories to life should be properly compensated for their work.
The Last Voyage of the Demeter is set to introduce audiences to a brand new version of one of the most recognizable monsters in the history of film. An entire crew will be trapped in the middle of the ocean with the deadly creature, without a way to communicate with anyone on the mainland about what’s happening on the titular ship. Directed by André Øvredal, the story will be based on a single chapter from the original Dracula novel, but one with enough storytelling potential to pull off the execution of this adventure. No one will be safe from the winged creature burdened with a thirst for blood.
Check out the interview with David Dastmalchian and Liam Cunningham below:
Liam Cunningham and David Dastmalchian play Captain Eliot and Wojcheck, respectively. When asked what the dynamic between their characters looks like, Dastmalchian replied, “The captain, Liam Cunningham, Captain Eliot, for me, Wojcheck, he’s the person that has taught me everything I know about how to run a ship. He’s the person I look to, who I assume I will be working under for the rest of my career if I’m lucky. The ship that he commands is my home, and this is my family. And for him to put his hand on my shoulder metaphorically and say, ‘I trust you. You’ve done such a good job. This ship will be yours.’ As our story begins, it’s like getting the trophy before the race is run.”
Cunningham added, “That relationship was very – there was a gentleness to where we discussed what we were going to do and a mutual respect. And I’ve seen David’s work, and I know how good and what a chameleon that man is, and it was very important because what you have to remember here is this is a movie of a monster. To make this in any way different, you’ve got to care for the people he’s attacking. You’ve got to give a sense of reality that the audience can go: ‘We don’t want anything bad to happen to these people; we recognize them; they’re decent people.’ And that work is very subtle. It’s very nuanced. You don’t want to be on the money with this sort of stuff; it’s part of the journey as you’re going along. And if you’ve got good writing, which we have, and you’ve got actors of the calibre of David working on board, it just makes your job a lot easier and makes you work harder as well. It was a joy from beginning to end working on this.”