Lost star Matthew Fox might not be the obvious choice to play a well-dressed gunslinger who tries to rescue some townsfolk from the clutches of cannibal cave-dwellers in a horror-western called Bone Tomahawk. But, then, who exactly would be?
Certainly, Fox looked happy enough atop his horse when your writer visited the scorching-hot Old West town set of the movie, which costars Tombstone legend Kurt Russell, Richard Jenkins, and Patrick Wilson, and is out in theaters, VOD, and iTunes today. “I grew up in a ranch in Wyoming,” explained Fox, during a break in shooting. “Being on horses is something I love.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What attracted you to this project?
MATTHEW FOX: I have always wanted to do a western. It’s been on my list of things that I would like to accomplish while I’m in this business. I’ve always loved westerns, and then this script (by Bone Tomahawk director S. Craig Zahler) came along. I read it a couple of years ago and just thought it was absolutely fantastic and became an immediate fan of Craig’s. So it was a no-brainer. The fact that I’m in a western with Kurt Russell is pretty cool
Tell me about your role.
He’s a very mysterious character. His name’s John Brooder. He’s a very well-dressed gentleman, and a bit threatening. So, the juxtaposition between a man who’s dressed in fine clothing, and carries himself that way, and then has a pearl-handled six-shooter, and looks like he’s a guy that knows how to use it. There’s some people taken from the town — abducted — and he volunteers to go along and assist. We don’t really know all that much about why. All of that is sort of revealed in the arc of the story.
Craig’s a first-time director. What’s it been like to work with him?
He’s been great. We’ve had a lot of fun and he absolutely knows what he wants. Which is the best thing, for me as an actor anyway, when a director knows exactly what they’re looking for and can help you get there. So it’s been fantastic, so far. Other than the heat, really. The heat has been oppressive.
For the record, I would just like to point out that even as we are talking our mouths are filling with…
…with dust, yes, yes. Well, it’s actually nice to be on outside on a day like this. When you add a couple of lights for the lighting of the scene, and sometimes we’re [shooting day-for-night inside] and it’s blacked off, and the heat on some of the sets was [pauses] extraordinary. So, its nice to be outside and catch a little bit of a breeze. So, this is good!
What’s it been like working with Richard Jenkins?
He doesn’t, in real-life, seem to be as comfortable on his horse as the rest of you.
Oh, it’s perfect for the character. He has sort of an old, stubborn, unattractive horse that he loves, and I have this beautiful mare that I love. And [our characters] immediately get into a little bit of a jousting match. These two characters have a cool little arc where they start off antagonizing each other and by the end of the film they’ve become friends. A lot of the movie is about these four men, very different in their characters, that on this road trip way out into the wastelands, become closer.
You can see the trailer for Bone Tomahawk, below.