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Chris Mark Talks w/411 About His New Film Kill Order

February 6, 2018 | Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz
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The 411 Interview: Chris Mark

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Chris Mark is an actor and stunt performer from Canada who has been in the movie business since 2006. Mark has performed stunts for both television and movies, working on such shows as Unnatural History, XIII: The Series, and Star Trek: Beyond and movies like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, the Carrie remake, Suicide Squad, and the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix, among others. Mark’s latest movie, Kill Order, is directed by his brother James Mark and is available on home video starting February 6th, 2018. In this interview Chris Mark talks with this writer about making Kill Order, working with his brother, his stunt industry career, and more.

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Bryan Kristopowitz: How would you describe your Kill Order character David?

Chris Mark: David is a shy, socially awkward teenager that is trying to figure out his purpose in the world. He was the subject of an experiment that allowed him to unleash super human abilities while at the same time adopting a second personality. This alter ego is a trained mindless assassin with only one purpose, to kill.

BK: Did you have to audition for your David character in Kill Order?

CM: My brother James wrote the script and the character of David with me in mind. We’ve worked together for over 15 years so he knew what I was able to bring to the table.

BK: Is it hard working for a sibling on something like Kill Order or does the familial bond make it easier?

CM: Going into the shoot I thought it would be difficult but I was surprised on how smooth and easy the process was. We both knew our roles on the film and used our abilities to bring the best product to the screen.

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BK: What was the hardest aspect of making Kill Order for you? The easiest?

CM: The hardest part were the fight scenes by far! I’ve been doing stunts for over 12 years working on Hollywood productions and Kill Order was by far the toughest. Not only were the fight scenes extremely physically demanding, the emotional energy I had to give in my acting performance had me drained. Luckily my body kicked into hyper drive more than a few times and I was able to push through. The easiest part was lunchtime. That was some good catering. 🙂

BK: How did you get involved in the stunt business? Was being a stunt performer always a sort of life goal or was it something that you discovered later in life?

CM: I started out doing live stage performances and YouTube videos with Team Ryouko. During that time I was also a business student at Ryerson University. I soon found out about the stunt industry through some of my Ryouko teammates and thought “You can do this for a living?!”. I made a goal to try to establish myself in the stunt industry by the time I graduated and it worked out!

BK: What’s it like working on a big studio movie like one of the X-Men movies compared to a considerably smaller movie like Kill Order?

CM: I love working on big studio movies, especially movies I can geek out on like X-Men or Warcraft. The thing I loved about working on Kill Order is we had total control of our action choreography and directing. We were able to showcase some of the top stunt performers in the country by letting them play characters and doing their own stunts.

BK: From your perspective, what do people not quite understand about movie stunts?

CM: Some people don’t understand that the stunts and fight sequences they see are never done just once. They have to be performed and rehearsed multiple times until you get the perfect shot.

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BK: How different was it for you to be the lead in a movie like Kill Order as opposed to just being a stunt performer?

CM: Fighting with a reason. Most of the time when you are performing a fight scene as a stunt performer you fight an actor and get knocked out. While being the lead the choreography and the fight have more meaning. You have a specific purpose to why you’re fighting and you do whatever it takes to get what you want both physically and emotionally.

BK: Do you want to continue acting or do you want to continue to focus on your stunt career?

CM: I love acting. I want to continue working on my craft and playing different characters. I love the process of fight creation and action design and hope to continue to merge the two.

BK: Who are your movie making heroes?

CM: Donnie Yen! He has amazing style and speed when he fights. I’ve always been a fan of Donnie Yen since Blade II came out. His character’s name was the Snowman and my brother and I made up a handshake for him. It’s embarrassing but we still do it to this day, “Do it for the Snowman!“

BK: Any upcoming projects that you’re excited about?

CM: My brother and I are planning to shoot a new movie this year. I can’t tell you much about it but I’m excited to take it to the next level. Currently I’m the fight coordinator on a new TV show called Titans. It’s a martial arts superhero show and I’m excited to see come to life.

BK: Would you want to have a glowing eye in real life?

CM: Lol! Ummm maybe… I wouldn’t mind blue eyes but I don’t think I’d want them to glow or else I might scare people away.

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A very special thanks to Chris Mark for agreeing to participate in this interview and to Tatum Wan for helping set it up.

Check out the Kill Order Facebook page here

Check out Chris Mark’s imdb page here

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