We recently got the chance to sit down and talk to Timothy J. Cox from New York City. Timothy is an actor working in theater and film, having appeared in over 50 films, with appearances in numerous independent short and feature film productions, in roles large and small, classical and contemporary.
Hi Tim, its great to get this chance to sit down and chat with you.
What inspired you to get into acting?
I was always a bit of a ham as a kid, so I guess you could say I was always an actor. My family, of course, was my first audience, so I used to act out characters, do impressions of Brando and George Burns for them. When I decided to become a professional actor, they weren’t really that surprised.
Ah, so the acting bug bit you at an early age.
When did you decide this is what you want to do for a living?
The moment that I saw Jack Lemmon in the “Days of Wine and Roses”, I was hooked. I saw what he did with that performance and was blown away at how he could inspire, enlighten and illuminate, as well as entertain with that performance. The moment I saw that performance I knew I was an actor.
How long have you been acting professionally?
I moved to New York in 2001 and ever since then I’ve tried to do a little bit of acting every day that I’ve been here.
We know as well as film you have done quite a bit of theater, how do the two compare and do you prefer one over the other?
I’m about 50-50. I love the theater because you can’t beat that live reaction and the fact that every performance is an opening night. It’s always different. It’s different for you the actor; it’s different for the audience. That’s what makes it exciting.
Live theater sounds like a great experience and quite different to working on film.
You have done a lot of short film over the years, to the point where you could be considered a veteran. Do you still get the same kick out of it?
I still get the same kick out of working in general, whether it’s film, theater, commercials. My job is as an actor so the profession is kind of stuck with me.
That’s excellent to hear that you still get that kick from working.
We have recently seen you in a number of shorts on Movie-Blogger.com in various different roles. What draws you to a role or what do you look for?
The script above all else is what draws me in. It has to be on the page for it all to work. It has to be unique and different and fun and dangerous.
Dangerous?! I didn’t realise acting was so risky?
A healthy dose of danger is important for an actor. It keeps things interesting and fun.
How do you prepare for your roles?
I try to learn the script cover to cover and try to be as prepared as possible, but I also like to leave room for spontaneity, for those “happy accidents” as Peter Sellers used to say.
We noticed on your IMDB that you have done some background/uncredited work in TV and movies. How was your experiences working on those bigger productions?
It’s been couple years since I’ve done that, but it was a very educational experience. I think every actor should do it; if anything just to get a sense of how a film set runs. You see examples of how to conduct yourself on a film set and you see examples of how not to conduct yourself on a film set.
How does doing independent productions compare to doing TV work?
In my experience, independent productions are more laid-back and relaxed and fun. On the big projects, time is money, so things move much quicker.
Independent film sounds like a great fun to work on.
You have collaborated with writer/director Sean Meehan on quite a few projects over the years. Do you have a good relationship with him?
I do. He’s a very close friend. I really think he’s one of the most creative and unique people that I’ve ever met in this work. From the moment that we first worked together on “Over Coffee”, we just clicked.
That’s really good to hear.
You have mentioned that Donald Sutherland and Jack Lemmon as inspirations. What are your favorite movies featuring these actors?
Donald Sutherland, in one of the last scenes in “Ordinary People”, specifically his last scene with Mary Tyler Moore knocks me out every time. What a career that man has had! As far as Jack Lemmon, he was such a class act; a real Everyman. I’ve seen all of his movies and love them all.
Another interesting fact is you are a fan of professional wrestling. What is your favorite movie featuring a pro wrestler?
As a guilty pleasure, nothing beats “No Holds Barred”. It’s just a really entertaining, fun film that features two really great character actors, whose work I have always enjoyed: Kurt Fuller, who is just having a grand old time playing the bad guy and David Paymer, before he did “City Slickers” and “Mr. Saturday Night”. It’s such a gloriously over the top movie.
Awesome choice, we love “No Holds Barred”. Rip ’em! Rip ’em! Rip ’em!
If there was to be a movie about your life who would star in it and who would direct?
Haha…Well, of course the easy answer would be that I would play myself, but that would probably be too scary.
It wouldn’t be too hard for you to learn the lines!
Do you have any upcoming projects you can let us know about?
Yes, I’m working on the web series “Stills” for two episodes this season. (Details Here)
I am also working on a two-part film, the first part is titled “One Of Too Many”, which is being produced by Sustained Entertainment.
I just wrapped the comedy “Gary From Accounting” from Chirality Films.
The comedy/drama “Hell-Bent” from MKazsuba Productions in currently in post production.
Of course, I’m excited that “Total Performance”, “Dirty Books” and “Here Lies Joe” continue to garner strong reviews and hope that the films receive festival consideration.
Wow, you are pretty busy then. That’s good to here.
What does the future hold for you?
You know, I just take one day at a time and take the time to enjoy the ride and the good times. I go out there and try to do the best work that I possibly can do. It’s a great life.
It’s been excellent catching up. Thanks for your time Tim.
You can find Tim at his very own website here or on IMDB.
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