I recently had the opportunity to exclusively interview Mitchell Cole to learn five random facts about himself and what inspired him to be a part of Anchor. Check out my interview with Mitchell below:
Loryn: What inspired you to be a part of this film?
Mitchell: I wanted to take on a role that challenged me as an actor. Alec is a complex character in that he has two sides to his personality. He has his public persona that everyone sees and adores. Hidden underneath the surface, Alec is very selfish and displays narcissistic characteristics. Alec’s character arc that we see in the film and the amount of depth that there is to his character definitely played a big part in me taking this role.
Loryn: What lesson do you hope fans take away from this film?
Mitchell: I hope that fans of this film take away a lesson in consideration. Oftentimes, decisions that individuals make will affect not only their own lives but the lives of others. I don’t believe that anyone should make a decision without considering whether or not that decision will impact someone else in a negative way.
Loryn: What lesson has your character taught you?
Mitchell: The character that I portray in the film, Alec Benson, has taught me what I’ve always known and that is that evil always prevails. It saddens me to say that, and I wish it weren’t the case. There are so many instances, some of which are never reported, where an individual performs an act of evil and gets away with it because of who they are or who they know. It’s not right, and that simple fact drives me to be a better person every day.
Loryn: What’s something we should know about the film that might surprise us?
Mitchell: The fact that the shed scene between Sierra Green and myself was not actually shot at night might surprise a lot of people. The scene was filmed during a bright, sunny day. It was pretty hot inside of the shed when we were filming and you can see in a few of the shots just how sweaty we were. The crew did a wonderful job ensuring that no outside light bled through any of the windows of the shed. I think it is a perfect example of the magic that you can achieve with film-making.
Loryn: What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
Mitchell: I actually did a lot of work for the role of Alec. The character is a swimmer competing at a national level. I usually weigh somewhere around 200 pounds and didn’t feel that my physique was very convincing. For the two months leading up to filming, I ate almost nothing but protein and worked out every day. I ended up getting as low as 180 pounds and had more muscle definition than I have had in my entire life.
To learn more about the film Anchor go to: https://www.anchor.film/home/ .