Andrew Divoff is probably best known in his role as The Djinn in the Wishmaster series, but he has also been in over 70 feature film and television rolls, such as "Another 48 Hours" and "Alias". Andrew was nice enough to give us an exclusive live interview at last year's Haunt X.
Yeah, as a matter of fact, I just went over 51 on the IMDb. I know there’s probably a few things missing there. But sometimes people ask if I had to give them one film, which one would I tell them to watch, and I can’t do that… so I usually say there are three of my favorites; one of course which is Another 48 Hours, the other is of course Wishmaster, and then there’s one called Deadly Voyage. It’s pretty hard to find and it was a movie that we filmed over in Africa about a true story. Basically, it’s kind of called “Die Hard on a ship”. It’s about these stowaways who were one by one hunted down on the ship and thrown into the Atlantic. I played a guy named Roma Shanko. And he’s the guy that, when they finally arrested the gentlemen who was responsible for all this, he was the one who took the police around for the forensic explanation of what happened where.
I guess that’s about it, Another 48 Hours, Wishmaster, and this film called Deadly Voyage are ones that I’d say, if you wanted to know a little more about my career, check those out.
Yeah, I started riding for Another 48 Hours. As a matter of fact, when I went in to do my interview for that, I remember the casting director asking me if I rode a chopper. She didn’t quite understand the Harley world and the fact that a chopper is a different thing from what you might ride everyday.
But there’s a place called Bartell's, and thank God for those guys — there was a guy who sort of put me on a bike. I trained and I got to keep that bike for six months. Then the bike that I got in Another 48 Hours, myself and David Anthony Marshall ended up buying them. I actually ended up having that bike for a while. But yeah, long story short, I do ride.
Running Cool was a good movie. You know, it showed the other side, everybody sort of said Another 48 Hours was the so-called one percent of the bikers, and that’s how they are. I would say most of them are like Bone in Running Cool, who went out of his way — this was kind of about doing a run to save the wetlands, and you can see that he had a heart. It’s funny you bring that up, I really haven’t heard that a whole lot.
One of the other characters that you play quite a bit in your movies are actually Russians. Now I’ve noticed that you also speak and write eight different languages fluently, and that’s absolutely amazing. Can you name some of those languages you speak and how they’ve actually helped out your acting career?
Absolutely, it’s funny you said nine. I actually spoke nine. My ninth language was Romanian. And I did a movie in Romania. I knew I was going to be over there so I started studying with the books, you know, got the phrase books out. So by the time I was there for some two and half months, I left and I was doing my interviews in Romanian. But I must say, because of the fact that I had nobody to speak with, (and I never believed that this would happen), but I actually forgot. I literally forgot it!
What movies are we going to see you in in the future? I know you have a couple in the works. One’s The Rage, and actually you’ve been in three different movies that have “rage” in the title.
My suggestion to young actors would be to do your due diligence. Go get into a class; usually you start with a cold reading class just to get used to reading off a page, looking up and making eye contact with whoever is reading with you, which will probably be a casting director. And filmmakers/directors — boy, I’d be the wrong guy to ask for advice there, other than to say, just be diligent. Young actors — I would tell them keep their ears and eyes open and keep their opinions to a minimum until they really feel like they're in their own skin in this world.
And frankly I wish there were more art councils in the states that would support this American art, which is filmmaking. It seems to be sort of blowing everywhere in the wind these days, leaving the states, and after all it is a very American iconic thing; I mean filmmaking is American storytelling. It would be nice if we could support with endowments, with grants, whatever, up and coming artists. We need more artists, we‘ve got enough businessmen. Enough corporate dudes, and more art.