Actress Margo Martindale took her role in the new dramatic thriller “Scalene” because she found Zack Parker’s screenplay to be suspenseful, complex and well-constructed. She also saw the project as an opportunity to play her favorite kind of character – an extremely complicated one.
“In order for me to have fun, I have to be able to not be buttoned down,” Martindale said during a recent interview with pingroof.com. “I think that who I am emotionally is a hard thing to put your finger on. You try very hard to fit into these boxes but trying to put me in a box is really the wrong thing to do. It has taken me a long time to figure that out and now I try to infuse even the buttoned down characters with something interesting.”
“Scalene,” which will be available beginning Tuesday, July 31 on DVD at retail stores and rental outlets throughout the Valley, is a perceptual thriller told from three points-of-view revolving around the rape of a female college student (Hanna Hall) by a mentally handicapped man (Adam Scarimbolo) and his mother’s (Margo Martinadale) subsequent revenge after his incarceration.
“I think that [my character] was originally a very loving mother but was probably abused a little by her husband – the father of her son,” Martindale explained. “I think that she had gone without any kind of physical contact and any kind of adult camaraderie for so long that she is very lonely. I think that she has been trying so hard to find something to fulfill her outside of her son for so long that she is stretched almost to the point of snapping.”
Martindale claimed that she did not necessarily have to do anything special to prepare for her role in “Scalene.” Instead, she simply used her imagination as she finds that the easiest – not to mention most fulfilling – films are those in which her character comes from her own voice. Having said that, she does believe that her performance in this particular motion picture could have been improved upon.
“As I watched myself back, I thought that I should not have made as much noise as I was making,” Martindale explained, “At least for myself, I was making too much noise in some places. I think that quiet can go a long way. I think that I did not arc [this performance] as well as I could have. I think that I hit my emotional peaks – and vocal ones, too – too many times.”
“Scalene” (NR – 95 minutes) will be available beginning Tuesday, July 31 on DVD at retail stores and rental outlets throughout the Valley.