Elle has a quick little interview with Antony that has the most interesting title, but is about the physical side of doing the stunts on Banshee.
Taking a Cold Bath With Antony Starr
By Tasha Stratis, Elle, 6th March 2014
As Lucas Hood, an ex-criminal posing as a small town sheriff on Cinemax’s racy Banshee, it’s nearly impossible not to fall victim to blue-eyed, New Zealand import Antony Starr’s bad boy vibes. The show, which is the 38-year-old Kiwi actor’s first leading role in the U.S., has gained popularity for its boundary-pushing sense of morality—plus some serious action sequences. In anticipation of the season two finale (next Friday, March 14 at 10 P.M.), we catch up with Starr, who talks about the physicality behind the role and gives us a few tips for our own workout recovery:
How do you get yourself into the mindset of a character, with whom you don’t have much in common?
Actors tend to draw upon their experiences whenever possible, but I don’t really know what it’s like to be in prison for any sort of time—let alone 15 years-so it was quite challenging to get that mindset going. I guess you have to look at it from a human point of view. I might not know what it’s like to be in prison for 15 years, but I think a lot of us know what isolation is like.
You do a lot of your own stunts on the show. Do you enjoy that aspect?
It’s a really fine line with the stunt work because you’ve got people doing stunts all the time who aren’t trained to do them. The risk factor goes up exponentially. All of a sudden there is a much greater risk, but you’ve got to weigh that risk against the reward. There are a couple of fights that I would have loved to have my stunt double do. As we go on, I have a much better understanding of what I can and can’t do as well. I’m very happy to put my hand up and tag out with my stunt double. There’s nothing fun about getting injured.
How do you prepare yourself for the physical demands of the show?
We have a trainer that comes out and tries to keep us in as good as shape as possible. I did martial arts for eight or nine years when I was growing up. I know how to throw a punch and that has helped hugely. There’s a difference between knowing what to do when you’re rehearsing it, and being able to do it once you’re adrenalized and emotional. That’s when the injuries occur. Actors all want to try to pretend that they’re experts at everything, but we’re not.
Are there any tricks you’ve picked up to help with your recovery?
Getting regular massages and doing whatever we can to maintain good physical condition. I was told to have an ice bath once, which I did once, and it was the most horrific experience. In my head it sounded like a great idea, so I filled my bath with ice and water and it was absolutely horrendous. In my brain, it was going to be something completely different, but the reality of it, I could only stay in it for 30 seconds.