“When you are a New York City actor, one of your goals is to become Bi-Coastal. Meaning you work both in New York City as well as Los Angeles. However, when the opportunity arose to skip that step and become a Trans-Atlantic Actor, I jumped at it.
“I first came into contact with Raya Films when they were casting VoIP, which was to be shot here in New York City. I auditioned via ‘tape’ (self-recorded video) and won the part. Not only that, but I was offered an even larger part in that project. However, that film was put on hold for the time being. But I stayed in touch. Which is a very important aspect of being an actor. Keep your contacts updated!
“A year or so later, I asked if they were working on anything over in the UK that they thought I would be right for. Sure enough there was, in the role of Morten in Do Something, Jake!
“Morten is the film’s antagonist, something I have become accustomed to playing. Bad Guys are a lot more fun! I grew up in Hackensack, NJ right in the area where the HBO series The Sopranos used to film (and was set in Bergen County, NJ), so this type of character was like second nature. I didn’t really have to dig to deep because I kind of grew up around it, the lingo, the swagger etc.
“Director, James Smith, and myself were also in agreement that Morten didn’t have to be a loud and obnoxious jerk to be brutal and threatening. So I tried to always put on a smile when the character was laying down the law. I also find it more intimidating when the Villain is quiet, collected, smooth, and even sometimes funny.
“My stay in England was very enjoyable, but even though Americans and The British speak the same language, there is always something lost in translation. For instance, one day on set, James said “Rock Solid, Ed” after a take, and I responded “Thanks!” and everyone looked at me like I was nuts!
“You see in the U.S. the phrase ‘Rock Solid’ means: Job well done, awesome, great! … I didn’t realize at the time it meant to stand perfectly still while we focus the camera.
“Another one, (and this is my favorite), “Taking the piss”. In the UK it means: to tell a Joke. In the U.S. it means to use the restroom. So if you are at a pub with your mates and you say, “I have to take a piss”, be prepared to tell more to that story and for it to be funny.
“I very much enjoyed working with all my co-stars who were very committed to their craft, and hope the chance arises again for me to ‘hop the pond’ and come back to work on another project sometime in the not too distant future!”
Ed Bergtold – ‘Morten’
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