For the release of the post-apocalyptic horror film THE DOMESTICS, Shannon had the chance to speak with actor Lee Perkins about his latest role as Dean the Nailer, the leader of a vicious gang known as the Nailers. During their chat they discussed everything from what inspired his portrayal of the character to what he enjoyed most about playing such a depraved killer.
Nightmarish Conjurings: Hi Lee, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me today. To start things off, could you tell us a little bit about your character Dean the Nailer, and his role within the film, THE DOMESTICS?
Lee Perkins: Dean the Nailer is the leader of the Nailers, which according to the script is the most vicious gang of this new world. Think of a bunch of average guys who wanted to see a change, a more chaotic world. That’s where the Nailers come from. They tend to use ordinary tools as weapons. A chainsaw, a hammer or a double bladed ax with nails in it and enjoy wearing masks. Not to hide their identity, but more as the way medieval knights wore them for battle. In short, they want to rule the world.
Nightmarish Conjurings: What was it about director Mike P. Nelson’s vision that interested you in the role?
LP: Mike’s script was so different than the usual scripts I get. The world he created was so vivid on the page that you could just see that this was going to be special. All the characters were well developed. Dean the Nailer was so twisted, but not your normal bad guy. No cliches here. And the weapons. All the cool ones. I would have killed (so to speak) to be in this film.
Nightmarish Conjurings: When it came to your character, did Mike give you suggestions or inspirations for how he wanted Dean the Nailer to be portrayed? Or were you able to come up with your interpretations for how you saw the character?
LP: A little bit of both. Mike knew the role of Dean very well as he used it in the concept trailer he used to get the funding from MGM. But Mike is the kind of director who will give you the frame work to play in. So there is a lot of freedom to try things to see if they will work. The best piece of advice he gave me was on the first day of shooting where he described my character as “a normal guy with unusual taste.” That really hit home with me, and I knew we were on the same page. I would call Mike an actor’s director. He knows how to communicate with actors in a language we can understand.
Nightmarish Conjurings: I can definitely see the costuming and persona of Dean the Nailer becoming iconic. What did you enjoy most about playing this character as opposed to other characters in past films?
LP: Wow, that would be so cool if Dean the Nailer became an iconic character. Earlier this year I was invited to MegaCon for a panel and I saw all the Cosplayers. One guy was dressed up from “Mad Max”. I emailed Mike and mentioned that it would be beyond belief if some of them next year were dressed up like the gangs from THE DOMESTICS. What made Dean so much fun to play was the arc that the character had. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s say Dean has had better days.
Nightmarish Conjurings: Last, but certainly not least, are you working on any projects for the future that we should be keeping our eyes out for?
LP: The answer is yes, but in today’s world because of the Internet, I’m not allowed to say anything at this time. It seems like every project requires a NDA (non-disclosure agreement), so plot lines are not made public. But good things are definitely on the horizon!
THE DOMESTICS is now in select U.S. theaters as well as On Demand.