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EVERETT-SCOTT, TOM : An American Werewolf in Paris

AN AMERICAN ACTOR IN EUROPE
It took four hours each day to do the icy cold, sticky make up that transformed Tom Everett Scott from a clean cut American to a messed up werewolf victim but, he tells ANDREW L. URBAN there were compensations, like seeing Europe, working with Julie Delpy and jumping off the Eiffel Tower.

Its a still, cold, January night in Manhattan, and Tom Everett Scott is at home with wife Jenny, in their apartment overlooking Central Park. The 27 year old actor finished shooting An American Werewolf in Paris over a year ago, but he remembers it well, especially Europe: "I was over in Europe, primarily in Luxembourg, for about four months; it was a lot of fun. It was my first visit to Europe and I got to see Paris for a couple of weeks, also Munich, Amsterdam and Bruxelles. But we worked mostly in Luxembourg and I had a quaint apartment there; it was very nice."

He also remembers vividly that bungee jump off the top of the Eiffel Tower in which he literally falls for Julie Delpys character, Serafine. One of the early sequences in the film, this quite dazzling scene looks like the real thing. Of course, it couldnt be.

"They hooked us up to wires and turned on big wind machines," Everett Scott explains. "They shot it in front of a giant green screen and superimposed us against the back drop. Its all done with computers. So its really some of my best acting (laughs). But we did go up the Eiffel Tower - that was a real gas. We were up there between midnight and sunrise and noone else was on it. Were lucky, us actors."

"I do like that bungee jump sequence, I think its my favourite part in the film."

Pieced together seamlessly, that sequence too the best part of the four month shoot to actually manufacture.

"I do like that bungee jump sequence, I think its my favourite part in the film. You know we filmed that one sequence over the entire shooting schedule piece by piece. If it rained and we were supposed to shoot outside, wed go inside and shoot a little bit more for that scene. It was hours and hours and hours, of angles and hanging from wires and being suspended on a bungee inside a studio. I saw all the work that went into it and it came out looking fantastic. To me thats a great example of the fun of making a movie."

Everett Scott had liked the original, An American Werewolf in London, and when he read the script, he liked the fact that the mix of humour and horror were retained in a fresh adventure but based on a similar notion. Here, three young Americans on a European trip, come across a beautiful young woman who is more than she looks. Her dreadful secret brings them all into her nightmare in the ancient catacombs beneath the streets of Paris, where unimaginable horror lurks.

Coming from a theatre background, Everett Scott was nevertheless a movie fan. He had seen people he would later work with on the screen, people like Delpy and Tom Hanks.

"I saw Julie Delpy in a few movies before working with her, like Three Colours White, Before Sunrise and Killing Zoe. I liked her acting work quite a bit, so I was glad to work with her."

"Hes great, hes very funny and I also saw a lot of myself in him." on Tom Hanks

And the actor who had a great influence on him? "Well first of all, Tom Hanks; and I also quite like Paul Newman. But Tom Hanks, even before working with him (in That Thing You Do, Tom Hanks directing debut), I was a fan. Hes great, hes very funny and I also saw a lot of myself in him. And I thought if hes making it work, then maybe I could have a shot. But then, getting to work with him was truly kind of crazy. And he did really hand out a lot of great advice. Things like Dont eat too much while youre shooting. (laughs). No, Im kidding; just little things, tactful things."

Quietly spoken, economical with his answers, Everett Scott was brought up in Boston, Massachusetts, where he graduated from Syracuse University. "Nobody else in the family is in this business," he says with a hint of surprise. "My dads an engineer and my mum works in insurance. They put their four kids through college - three sisters and me, and we all grew up in a small town. The furthest I got from there was when I went to DisneyWorld in Miami in high school. But Id never flown on a plane until after college and I got a job in a TV commercial in Miami. I was 22 years old."

"I liked being the centre of attention."

Although he flirted with a course in communications ("I had no idea what Id in that,") he was destined for showbiz from an early age: "As a kid I liked telling stories whether they were true or not and I liked being the centre of attention. I like telling jokes and making people laugh and I think I just naturally just got into acting. The school play just kind of jumped out at me as something I would like to do and I did. I liked it very much."

Now, with a few films under his belt, he has warmed to the filmmaking process:

"I get the biggest kick out of just doing it. I dont really know how to describe it. And I really get off on working with a lot of people to make something happen in film."

Now, with the New York winter evening cloaking the view from his window, Everett Scott is at the end of a string of interviews and has serious plans: "I think were going to go and get something to eat right now. Some Italian place."

Tom Everett Scotts next films to be released are Dead Man on Campus, and River Red, which screened at this years Sundance Festival.

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