‘Blackbird’ will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, and video on demand on August 4th.
The coming-of-age film follows Julian Walker’s character as he struggles to find comfort as well as avoid his homosexuality in his religious town in the south. This interesting film was the latest from Patrik-Ian Polk. We got a chance to chat with the two about the movie and learn more about the people who made it.
Check out the interview below:
Tell me a little bit about your character.
Julian: He’s from a small religious town and he’s basically trying to figure out himself…and among his sister being abducted six years ago and his issues with his friends so it’s kind of like a story that a lot of teenagers go through these days.
What was your favorite thing about the character?
Julian: One of my favorite things about Randy was that he’s really relatable. He has his moments where he’s excited, he’s sad. He has his moments where, you know, he’s confused and I feel like a lot of teenagers around that age…they’re really trying to find themselves so they really don’t know a lot of stuff.
What was one of your favorite scenes?
Julian: One of my favorite scenes would definitely have to be the scene with Randy and his father outside of the clinic where Randy’s father is really, you know, opening up to Randy and telling him that he has to follow his own gut and be his own man and I believe at that moment that’s when Randy really understands that, you know, it’s his live to live and no one else’s.
This being your first major role, were you nervous or anything? How did Patrik Ian Polk help you out there?
Julian: Well, yes I was really nervous and, you know, I constantly tell Patrik, along with everybody else that, you know, I’m so thankful of how much help they gave me and in the beginning, you know, when it was just me and Patrik meeting, he really, really helped me out and we would constantly go over the script and constantly read and if I had any questions, he was always there to answer them so, you know, I’m really thankful for how kind they were when it came to, you know, giving me advice on Walker’s film.
What attracted you to the script?
Julian: Definitely the story line. I would say, you know, I’m from Mississippi as well and I come from a religious background as well so definitely I can relate to that part of the story and it was interesting how the twist came in with Randy being confused about his sexuality, so that was definitely a story that I felt that really needed to be told and I just crossed my fingers and hoped that I could be that person to bring that character to life.