Foreword by Adam Brannon: A few weeks ago I got the chance to interview Steps’ Lee Latchford-Evans to discuss his journey into the world of acting. For those that don’t know Steps (and if so, where on earth have you been for the last 20 or so years), they are a British pop group who shot to fame in 1997 with hit-after-hit of wonderful 90s pop.
After the band split in 2001, they all went their separate ways, embarking on different projects, but since 2017, they have been giving the UK pop scene more smash-hits. Anyway, I digress (you can tell I’m a big fan) – I decided to sit down with Lee to discuss a new comedy horror film he had decided to star in – Paintball Massacre.
Shot on a micro-budget of just £100,000, Paintball Massacre was filmed in the heart of the English countryside in Somerset and has secured physical and digital distribution during the Covid pandemic, which is a feat in itself. This is what Lee had to tell me about working on the film – enjoy!
What attracted you to the Paintball Massacre project?
The astronomical fee that they offered me ha ha! No seriously, the script was brought to my attention from a friend and fellow cast member Brendan Carr. We have worked together previously on British Feature film Ten Dead Men and he thought I’d be great to be involved. I read the script, thought it was something different from my previous work chatted to him and Joe Hallet and was invited to a script read through.
You’ve done quite a bit of acting in the past, is this something that has always been a passion?
I’ve been involved in plays and musicals from a young age but studied dance and acting professionally from the age of 17. Acting has always been a passion of mine and I’ve now been lucky enough to star in London’s West End and the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in musicals and plays. Paintball Massacre will now be my fifth British feature film. l love acting and hope to do much more of it in the future.
If you could work on one film franchise, which would it be?
Easy, Would have to be Star Wars. I’ve been a fan of this franchise since I was a young boy. I knew the script of Episode IV growing up as I used to watch it every Sunday morning. I think I wore the VHS out!
Who would be a dream cast mate for you?
This would all depend on the type of film and my character. If we are talking action and adventure it would be Henry Cavill or maybe The Rock. If it’s a rom com I’d quite fancy working with Emily Blunt All time greats for me would be Al Pacino or Robert Di Niro.
One we ask everyone at Movie Met, what’s your favourite film?
Growing up I used to love all the John Hughs collections. Bearing this in mind an all time favourite of mine is Some Kind of Wonderful.
And another, what’s your favourite cinema snack?
It’s always sweet popcorn with a large double scoop ice cream, strawberry and vanilla or choc banana.
How would you describe Paintball Massacre in your own words?
Horrifyingly funny! I think it ticks a lot of boxes and if you just take it for what it is then you’ll enjoy it, unless you’re a little squeamish when it comes to blood ha!
Have the other members of Steps seen the film?
As the film isn’t actually released in the UK yet no they haven’t had chance to see it. They are busy doing their own things away from steps with families and I’m not sure Paintball Massacre is your standard family sit down movie ha ha.
Will we be seeing you in any film projects in the future?
As I mentioned earlier I love acting and would love to be involved in more projects. So if anyone reading this thinks they have a part for me ha ha. In the meantime Steps album What the Future Holds is out now, we’ll be releasing new music and touring the UK Nov/Dec 2021.
I’d like to thank Lee for taking the time out of his busy schedule to take part in this interview. The film is due for UK release on 5th April on DVD and Digital courtesy of 4Digital Media and you can pre-order it from Amazon now.