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FIDO

"There's been a war, and in victory the humans have subjugated the zombies into a serving class. Collars corral them. It's a Zombie movie with a Marxist perspective. How perfect is that?” 

The uncommonly brilliant comic actor TIM BLAKE NELSON plays Mr. Theopolis, a "wacky neighbor” in his words, who takes advantage of the collar to have a zombie concubine half his age. 

"I'm proud to say that this is the first zombie movie where a human gets to kiss a zombie full on the lips and I'm the guy to do it,” Nelson proclaims. "Tammy collapsed dead when she was shopping for candy with her mother and they slapped the collar on her before there was much deterioration.

"As a character actor, it's surprising the way I look but I've got some good action. Some of it coerced by blackmail (Jennifer Aniston in The Good Girl) and in this film, a dead girl with no free will. I take it where I can get it.”

An actor who charges that he likes to "get out of the way and respond to what the writer has put on the page and the director needs,” Nelson works to come up with the truest vision possible. 

"In FIDO, that involved some horn-rimmed glasses and a cigarette holder and the right clothing. It's been easy, which is usually a good sign. It's like keeping a feather aloft with your breath. 

"One of the blessings of doing a movie rather than theater is on stage you have to imagine amongst a very stylized version of the landscape. In movies you're just there and you can inhabit the space as if what's occurring is being witnessed. Especially on location in Kelowna: there is such a strong production design you don't have to think about it, it's very specific to the world of the film. You can open yourself up to it in a very porous way—makes your world that much more open as an actor. 

"One of my favorite scenes is the one with Timmy and Fido as they come to my basement to repair the collar. 

"In the first few takes I was putting too much of my own personal response to a wild zombie being in my basement and I was playing it worried—worried he was going to get loose, or hurt me or the boy. 

"It took a few takes to realize that was something I'd brought to the scene, rather improperly. And that actually this character would be having the time of his life. He'd be laughing, grinning, and enjoying the danger. 

"Discovering that as an actor and learning once again that you have to forget yourself when playing a character, and you have to respond to the script and the world of the movie, was particularly delightful.”

"Another thing I like is that Andrew has wisely cast monochromatically for this movie; you only see conspicuously white people as the ruling class. That's politically incisive. It turns the world on its head.

"This is a film about America and a genre of American movies that could only be made by a Canadian. It has aloofness paretic to the Canadian attitude about the United States. Canadian's inherently friendly and decent people are also very critical of the U.S. so what you get is a very good natured but ironic critique of an aspect of America and American films from a distinctively Canadian perspective.” 

Bio: Tim Blake Nelson has appeared in over twenty-five films, including "Meet the Fockers," "The Good Girl," "Wonderland," "Holes," "Minority Report," and "O Brother Where Art Thou." Nelson can currently be seen in the HBO movie "Warm Springs" and will soon be seen in "Syriana," "The Moguls," "The Big White," and "Come Early Morning." Nelson's New York theatre credits include "Beard of Avon," portraying William Shakespeare at the NYTW, Caryl Churchill's "Mad Forest" at NYTW and MTC, "Oedipus" at CSC with Frances McDormand and Billy Crudup, "Troilus and Cressida" and "Richard III" at NYSF, "The Innocents' Crusade

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