Fehr Hopes to Go Far in Film
By Teresa Contreras
Thu, Jan 30, 2003, 07:01 PM PT
HOLLYWOOD (Zap2it.com) — He’s moved to Los Angeles from Vancouver to become an actor, and the messy-haired handsome 25-year-old Brendan Fehr is known for his three-year stint starring as an alien youth in the TV series “Roswell” — but only now is happy with his acting. He’s playing a role known only as Stunt Man with a bunch of bikers in “Biker Boyz.”
Fehr will be playing a character called Skateboarder in a film later this year called “Paper, Scissors, Stone” and he’s already battled vampires in “The Forsaken” and Death in “Final Destination” to rather limited success.
But now he’s in a movie with Oscar-nominee Laurence Fishburne, singer Kid Rock and “Antwone Fisher” star Derek Luke and real-life gang-style motorcyclists in a gritty low budget film, and he tells Zap2it it’s his best work yet.
“I’m able to express my character better in a two-hour movie, compared to 45 minutes in a TV show,” says Fehr, explaining that he loves the TV drama that ended in 2001, but he enjoys the less-condensed way to tell a story — on film.
This time, he’s a biker who is joining the new club, Biker Boyz, that is put together by “Kid,” played by Luke. Fehr saunters in to his interview at the Beverly Hills hotel looking quite leisurely in a T-shirt and jeans. He greets his co-star Ricky Gonzales, who plays Primo, another member of Luke’s club. He laughs as he kisses him on the cheek and then jokes about the kiss being a picture moment for the press.
Although the $20 million spent on “Biker Boyz”> may have been a low-budget action film in the eyes of Hollywood, Fehr says he feels as though he got everything he needed in this film experience.
“I got to eat whenever I wanted to, I had a place to sleep and X-box was set up,” says Fehr says, looking around to see if he needs to explain the X-Box gaming experience.
“Biker Boyz” ended up being a fun-filled movie while he wasn’t filming, too. He got to hang with real-life bikers.
“We all took shots on each other, it was good natured humor,” he says, explaining that during his down time on the set he quizzed the extras about the life of actual biker clubs — and many of them sent in audition tapes to be in “Biker Boyz.” They were able to answer any biker questions that arose during the shoot.
Fehr says he thought it was nice to have them on the set to show them the ropes; little things, like putting on your gloves and helmet first before hopping on a bike.
It helped the young budding actor, he says, “[They’d] show us the mannerisms of the biker world since I don’t do much research for parts.”