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Read our interview with Once Upon a Time guest star Chad Michael Collins, where he talks classic horror and playing Frankenstein’s monster.

We spoke to Collins following the airing of the Doctor Whale-centric episode “In the Name of the Brother,” where he appeared as Frankenstein’s brother and monster Gerhardt. You can also listen to this interview in full via Hypable’s Once Upon a Time podcast Onceable.

Tell us about the filming process.

Chad Michael Collins: We shot everything against a big blue screen, but they had this wonderful CGI program that allowed them to see what the finished castle was going to look like on the playback monitors. Which was really neat for the actors because it allowed you to get a sense and a feel for what the finished product was going to be.

They didn’t want us to commit to any real accents or anything. We did, through the costumes and our tone of speaking, try to give it kind of a more throwback sort of feel to it, something historical. And the great thing with the director (Milan Cheylov) was that he just wanted it to be natural. He didn’t want me lurching around as Frankenstein, kind of the mindless zombie type of deal, so I thought it played out really cool, it was almost modern in the way that [my character] had the thoughts and the feelings. So I liked the way it all came out.

How did you approach portraying such an iconic character as Frankenstein’s monster?

CMC: In the script, basically, by the time he got shot and my character died, to the time where Viktor was finally able to resurrect me, something like a year or two had passed. That was part of the performance, where he’s kind of out of his element, he’s probably got itchy skin and he’s turned off by loud noises and bright lights, and all of his senses are kind of firing back up.

But you know, he still can access his humanity a little bit. He feels guilty when he realises that he killed his father. So it was fun to play that fine line between being out of your element but also retaining your humanity, your feelings, your emotions, and understanding the consequences of what I just did.

Which character did you most enjoy playing, Gerhardt or the monster?

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CMC: Gerhardt is a goody-two-shoes. I play a lot of these roles, the cops, the soldiers, the good son – I know how to play Gerhardt in my sleep, you know? So it was more of a challenge as an actor, and probably a lot more fun, to play the monster. It’s all very primal, he’s getting back in touch with these basic emotions, and they’re very intense and they’re magnified by his strength and confusion and his fear.

The director didn’t want it to be a caricature or a parody, he wanted it to be very real and relatable and emotional. It wasn’t over the top, and I think the show in general does such a great job of taking these wonderful characters – you know, fairytale characters or Disney characters or what have you – and they put such a great modern spin on them. And I think they’ve got their finger on the pulse, they know exactly what they’re doing and how to do it, and I think this storyline completely followed suit as well.

Will you ever return to Once Upon a Time?

CMC: All I was left with was, ‘People come back on this show all the time, even when they’re dead. So we could have you back at any point.’ So I don’t know. I don’t know if David Anders will be coming back and doing more of his stuff, as far as the Frankenstein stuff goes, but yeah, we’re both very alive and well, even though [my character is] a little disappointed that I’m alive because I’m realising what I’m capable of and that I’m a bit of a monster.

But they told me, basically, ‘keep your cell phone on, because you could be called to come back up at any minute, and people have a way of coming back on this show.’ So we’ll see.

What other fairytale characters would you like to have interacted with on the show?

CMC: I was thinking: how cool it would be, since you’re opening the door on classic horror creatures, to get Dracula or a wolf man? At the end of the episode, Henry is basically saying that Frankenstein’s story isn’t in this book. So what does this mean? I think it’s kind of brilliant that they’ve opened the door to other classic characters from any tale or story to come in there, including horror stories. So if Frankenstein’s gonna be around, why not throw in the wolf man, why not throw in Dracula or the Invisible Man, I mean, the door’s wide open. And that’d be kind of fun, to have a little monster squad going on.

What was the atmosphere like on set? Did you get a chance to meet any of the other actors?

CMC: I did meet a few of the cast members in passing. My shooting schedule was basically working with David Anders and Gregory Itzin, who played our father, just about all the time. But just in passing I did get to meet a few of the other cast members, like Lee Arenberg (Grumpy). When Robert Carlyle came in as Rumpelstiltskin he was very courteous, very kind; he’s a very sweet man.

It’s a very friendly set. It’s all smooth, it’s a very well-oiled machine, and everybody likes going to work, you get that vibe. It’s fun, they’re making something fun, and they’re having fun every single day. It was really fantastic and I really hope that I do get to go up there again, because Vancouver is a great city and the cast and crew are wonderful, and very talented.

What can people look forward to seeing you in next?

CMC: I have a film coming out on February 26, it’ll be out on DVD/Blu-ray and On Demand. It’s called Company of Heroes, and it’s a WWII action movie. It’s really fun, it’s based on a video game by THQ called Company of Heroes – and I think they’re re-launching the video game actually. It’s about a bunch of everyday common soldiers at the end of WWII who  take over this mission that sends them into the heart of Nazi Germany, to basically save the planet from a nuclear bomb. It’s the story of the underdog, and banding together, and killing the bad guys and saving the day. It’s a wonderful little movie – it’s got a lot of action, it’s got a Saving Private Ryan feel to it, it’s really cool. And you know, who doesn’t like watching Nazis get killed?

Other than that, I did a film called Sniper: Reloaded with Billy Zane which came out in 2011. I play Tom Berenger’s son, and we’re gonna do a sequel to that movie. We’re probably gonna do it in the spring some time; Billy Zane’s gonna be directing this one, and starring in it alongside me, and I think we’ll be running around in the rainforest and jungles of South America, from what I hear. And I’m very excited to run around and play ‘kill the bad guys’ with Billy – it was a lot of fun the first time so I’m excited to do it again.

Follow Chad Michael Collins on Twitter @ccollins32, and visit his official website!

‘The Space Between Us’ set report: What if a human was born on Mars?

Hypable visited the set and spoke to the film's stars.

12:00 pm EST, January 17, 2017

Could a human be born on a distant planet and later survive on earth?

It’s not only a premise that the upcoming science fiction tale The Space Between Us asks, but a real question and concern that people at NASA have considered as well.

Inspired by his son’s obsession with Mars, and the kernel of an idea from another writer he works with, film producer Richard Lewis picked up the phone and posed the question to members of NASA.

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Could a human be born on a distant planet and later survive on earth?

It’s not only a premise that the upcoming science fiction tale The Space Between Us asks, but a real question and concern that people at NASA have considered as well.

Inspired by his son’s obsession with Mars, and the kernel of an idea from another writer he works with, film producer Richard Lewis picked up the phone and posed the question to members of NASA.

He never would’ve guessed what was going to happen when he spoke to them.

“I called a group of NASA scientists and said, ‘So what would happen if an astronaut turned out to be pregnant on a flight to Mars?’ and there was just silence on the other end of the call. And they said, ‘Are you listening to our phone calls?’ I said, ‘No, I’ve never spoken to you in my life.’ And they said, ‘It’s going to happen, and we don’t know what to do.'”

That was when he teamed up with screenwriter Allan Loeb and started fleshing out an answer. “I thought, wow, that’s the beginning of an interesting story.” Lewis even worked with his father, a heart specialist, to examine how that muscle would develop differently on Mars, and aspects of this research became a big part of the story.

The Space Between Us is an interplanetary adventure following a human boy named Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) born on the distant red planet. His mother, an astronaut, only realized she was pregnant with Gardner after leaving on her mission to colonize Mars.

Once Gardner reaches his teenage years he becomes interested in leaving East Texas (yep, on Mars) and returning to the home of his species. Not only is he curious about Earth, but Gardner has also fallen for a girl named Tulsa who’s literally tens of millions of miles away in the state of Colorado. The two met online and can relate over their outsider perspectives.

There’s just one problem: Tulsa doesn’t realize that Gardner is literally living on Mars.

Hypable visited the Albuquerque, New Mexico set of The Space Between Us starring Butterfield, Robertson, and Gary Oldman in late October 2015. On the day we visited, Asa, Britt, and crew were at the tail end of their 37-day shooting schedule which took them through New Mexico, Las Vegas, and Malibu.

It was Day 31, and indoor and outdoor shoots were taking place at Highland High School located in the southeast quadrant of Albuquerque. Since it was a weekday, real classes were in session as Asa and Britt shot outdoor scenes.

The real students who walked by the production had mixed reactions. Some watched and Snapchatted the excitement, while others passed by as if a Hollywood production wasn’t filming right before their eyes. Later in the day, after the real students went home, production moved inside the school to shoot a scene where Gardner and Tulsa meet in person for the first time. It’s one of the more touching moments in the movie.

Earlier, Asa walked into our press tent carrying a drone in tow. He had recently purchased it to try and capture aerial footage for fun, and was learning how to operate it in between filming his scenes.

Both the aerial device and Gardner struggle to deal with Earth’s gravity.

When asked how he handles playing a character who has never been on Earth before, Asa describes it as a very unique experience. “It’s hard to put yourself in that kind of position because we [as humans] are so experienced in the world, and to completely strip all that back and be absolutely in awe at everything you see — a tree, a doorman — everything’s interesting,” he says.

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Tulsa (Britt Robertson) experiences zero gravity with Gardner (Asa Butterfield).

Living on Mars your whole life doesn’t mean you’re missing hormones, so girls are also of interest in Gardner. On the relationship between his character and Tulsa, Asa tells us, “They both have this longing desire for being somewhere. Belonging somewhere. Tulsa’s been jumping around through various foster homes, she’s never really settled anywhere. Gardner spends his life on Mars. No one knows he exists. They’re kind of united by this experience.”

“He’s an alien, and she’s an alien, and this is the journey of the story,” Lewis tells us. “Watching these two characters connect, and the disconnects, the misunderstandings, and then ultimately they have a connection.”

Those good and bad connections were present in the scene we observed, which finds Gardner surprising Tulsa in her school hallway. As someone who is tough and reserved, Tulsa is understandably frustrated by Gardner’s sudden appearance. The two still haven’t communicated well with one another — Adorably, Tulsa is unaware that when he says he’s from “East Texas” he means the establishment on Mars.

With Gardner now on earth, the two begin to form a close bond as the Mars-born boy tries to discover his roots.

Co-starring in the movie is Gary Oldman, whose character originally organized the trip to Mars. He wasn’t on set the day we visited, but the actor has a very important role in the movie.

The Space Between Us opens in theaters February 3, 2017.

‘Rogue One’s’ best scene doesn’t involve the heroes

It's a nameless character who saves the day.

8:15 am EST, January 17, 2017

Among the many exceptional scenes in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, one of the most poignant ones doesn’t even involve any of the main heroes.

Rogue One  is full of memorable moments, some breathtaking, some endearing in the way we’ve come to expect from Star Wars, and all full of an epic sense of the lengths people will go to in the name of hope. It also stands out because of its representation, with a female main character and a diverse cast of supporting characters. But it’s the scene almost at the very end that makes its story truly unique.

It takes place after Jyn Erso and her band of rebels have already completed their mission, and the Death Star plans that they have given their lives to procure are being physically carried through the Profundity by a single individual, while the ship is under attack. Close at his heels is Darth Vader, finally revealed in all his lightsaber-wielding, terrifying glory, killing rebel soldiers left and right. The door jams in front of the man holding the plans, with only a slight gap left open – just enough for him to fit an arm through and frantically get the device to one of the fleeing rebels on the other side, knowing fully that this is the last action he’ll ever carry out.

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Among the many exceptional scenes in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, one of the most poignant ones doesn’t even involve any of the main heroes.

Rogue One  is full of memorable moments, some breathtaking, some endearing in the way we’ve come to expect from Star Wars, and all full of an epic sense of the lengths people will go to in the name of hope. It also stands out because of its representation, with a female main character and a diverse cast of supporting characters. But it’s the scene almost at the very end that makes its story truly unique.

It takes place after Jyn Erso and her band of rebels have already completed their mission, and the Death Star plans that they have given their lives to procure are being physically carried through the Profundity by a single individual, while the ship is under attack. Close at his heels is Darth Vader, finally revealed in all his lightsaber-wielding, terrifying glory, killing rebel soldiers left and right. The door jams in front of the man holding the plans, with only a slight gap left open – just enough for him to fit an arm through and frantically get the device to one of the fleeing rebels on the other side, knowing fully that this is the last action he’ll ever carry out.

This character has no name, and we know nothing about him beyond this scene. But faced by the most fearsome threat and terrible odds, he abandons fighting and uses his dying moments to get the plans across the doomed ship, and to Princess Leia.

It’s not common to see a scene like this one – scenes that convey the power of the collective action of many people across different areas – done so skillfully, especially in movies that are so character-driven.

In Star Wars, we’ve always focused on Luke and Leia and Han, and more recently on Rey, Finn and Poe. Although we knew that the Rebellion was the fruit of the efforts of many, we never had such a clear look into just how many lives were involved.

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This final scene brings it all together, tying together the various storylines we know in an epic finale, and finally connecting them to Episode IV in a perfect mix of excitement and nostalgia. Without this character, driven by desperate hope rather than fear of his imminent death, Rogue One’s mission would not have ended successfully, Leia would have never received the plans… and none of the story we already know would have taken place.

For once, it was a character whose face we didn’t even see properly, dressed just like everyone else, fulfilling his own small role in a much bigger mission, who saved the day.

This ending, maybe even more meaningfully than the stories of the heroes we know and love, shows us the very essence of the Rebellion: a movement of dedication and sacrifice, full of people like the ones that died on Scarif, that put themselves between the plans and Vader, that drove the mission to success in their dying moments – and that stopped the race to save their own lives in favor of securing the mission’s objective.

We, as the audience, can find ourselves in the nameless rebel soldier and his sacrifice – a realistic and emotional portrayal of what makes any movement for change possible: the sacrifices of a vast number of people whose names and faces we may never know, whose stories may never be recorded, but whose lives were spent in search of a better future for the generations that follow.

What scene in ‘Rogue One’ impacted you the most?

Sherlock season 4, episode 3 is the last new material fans will see for a very long time. Was it a satisfying farewell to the series?

The Sherlock season 4 finale is a healthy mix of emotional highs and lows. But was it, as co-creators Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss describe, “television history?” No. It was not. It was not even the best episode of the Sherlock series.

However, it is what we have to left to unpack as we leave Holmes at Watson in 221B by the fire. Let’s get on with it, shall we?

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Sherlock season 4, episode 3 is the last new material fans will see for a very long time. Was it a satisfying farewell to the series?

The Sherlock season 4 finale is a healthy mix of emotional highs and lows. But was it, as co-creators Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss describe, “television history?” No. It was not. It was not even the best episode of the Sherlock series.

However, it is what we have to left to unpack as we leave Holmes at Watson in 221B by the fire. Let’s get on with it, shall we?

The final problem

The greatest flaw of Sherlock is when it gets stuck in its own heightened story telling. “The Final Problem” is the perfect example of retelling the past and not giving the audience any new information. It’s not hard to deduce. The episode does not suffer for this. Because it is not about the game at all.

Eurus’ game is well-crafted, brutal, and unforgiving. She is a master. The episode goes above and beyond to prove that over and over. Eurus wants to understand the complexity of human empathy. The only way she can do that is to cut the people open and see what makes their muscles move.

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The maze she crafts tests the resolve of Sherlock, Mycroft, and John. One great example of this is the use of Molly Hooper. It should be noted that Molly Hooper deserves so much better.

Using her love for Sherlock as a weapon, Molly Hooper’s life shatters with three words. Unfortunately, all of this is in service to unravel Sherlock with no resolution on her end.

As he smashes the coffin with his bare hands, John and Mycroft are there to reel him back in. They lend a hand to rebuild the walls that are falling down around him. That is until they literally fall at the doorstep of his childhood home.

The final problem is how do you deliver human connection to someone who does not know how to receive it? That desire to feel that her brothers appreciate her for more than her brain. If Eurus’ favorite person, Sherlock, could just take a moment to play her game, everything can end.

The test, it turns out, is for Sherlock to lean heavily on his capacity for emotional connection throwing logic out of the equation. He makes room for John, Mary, Molly, even Greg in his life. Can he find a way to make room for Eurus in spite of everything he just found out?

“You were always the grown up,” says Mrs. Holmes near the end of the episode. Sherlock takes the family into the next chapter of their life. One where music bridges the gap between them and the entire Holmes family can sit together without words getting in the way.

‘I’m a pirate’

The biggest twist, if you didn’t already work it out for yourself, comes when John discovers the bones of “Redbeard” in the well. They are not dog bones, but the bones of Sherlock’s best childhood friend, Victor.

But the best appearance is by far the inclusion of Mycroft’s Christmas gift — Jim Moriarty.

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Moriarty’s obsession with Holmes begins well before Eurus calls him in for a meeting. But did he succumb to being one of her agents? Probably. But Jim likely steered his own course to Sherlock. But the game… well, the game now reeks of Eurus.

Mycroft Holmes

The Holmes brothers, Mycroft and Sherlock, have the most fascinating relationship on Sherlock. “The Final Problem” highlights the complexity of their past and the trajectory of their future.

The most moving scene in the entire episode arrives when Mycroft, John and Sherlock are contemplating the reality of what may be their final moments alive. Hearing that Sherlock appreciated a talent of his, one that is not based on their familial intellect, moves him to a smile. Well before Mycroft sacrifices himself for Sherlock’s partnership with John, he gets the validation that their relationship is full of mutual appreciation.

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The minds of the Holmes siblings may be capable of great feats, but no fortress is entirely secure.

Mycroft’s home at the start of the episode is infiltrated by the combination of Holmes and Watson. Later on, his mind’s security system fails. He is a strong, put together person. After years of arranging Sherlock’s safety behind the scenes, it’s time for Sherlock to step up and do the same.

Is there room for more?

Perhaps we will all meet again at Anemoi. In the credits letters it is typical for the editors to highlight certain letters. The final sequence produces just a single word — Anemoi, the meeting place of the four winds.

While the finale ties up loose ends, recreates the scars that affect the duo the most, it does feel more like a beginning than an ending.

Sherlock may or may not return.

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