The Meg isn’t the only shark movie invading our shores this Summer, ‘Megalodon’ is coming to the SyFy channel in August.
We caught up with lead actor Dominic Pace to tell us all about the film and his character Captain Streeper,
Megalodon is your first major lead role, how does that feel?
It was very sentimental and emotional for me. Since 1994 when I was 18, I’ve always dreamed of carrying a Feature Film. Sci Fi has always been my favorite genre.
Growing up in the 80’s with the Golden Era of Star Wars, Alien, along with so many great Spielberg films, Action/Adventure and Sci Fi was the reason I wanted to become an actor. Megalodon closes in on my, soon to be 100th imdb credit.
So you can imagine the blood, sweat, and tears it takes to come up the ranks in this business for many.
What can you tell us about the plot of the film?
A military vessel on the search for an unidentified submersible finds themselves face to face with a giant shark, forced to use only what they have on board to defend themselves from the monstrous beast.
What can you tell us about your character Captain Streeper?
A compassionate, yet firm Captain. He loves his crew, and there’s many great scenes throughout the film to show his love and sacrifice for not only his crew, but for his country as well.
Are you a fan of shark films?
Yes. I was born in 1975 when Jaws came out. In 2010, I made a specific trip out to Martha’s Vineyard, solely to visit the town of Edgarton and Joseph A. Silva Beach (where the original Jaws was filmed).
I’ve also enjoyed recent one’s such as The Reef, and Deep Blue Sea. It’s a privilege to star in this project from the same company (The Asylum) who have made their fame off of the Sharknado Series. Guys like David Ramawi, David Michael Latt, Anthony Ferrante who produced and directed the Sharknado series… I look up to these gentlemen and hope to work with them in the future.
How much of the movie was filmed in the ocean?
The movie was filmed in the port of Los Angeles in San Pedro Harbor. The Producers had full access to the S.S. Lane Victory. A U.S. Merchant Marine Ship which was used in World War 2, The Korean War, and Vietnam. We also filmed down in San Diego at the Maritime Museum for a week. Asylum does a great job with their Special Effects and CGI so it will definitely feel as if we are in the middle of the Pacific.
Tell us about working with Michael Madsen?
In 1994 I was at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. That was around the time I was taking my first acting lessons in New York City. I remember spending a weekend night in my dormitory where we had our own College TV Station that would play movies. That was the first time I was introduced to Tarantino’s work, along with the coolness and talent of Michael Madsen.
It meant the world to be opposite such a legend from the Tarantino team. Not to mention a character actor with a solid career whose footsteps I’d love to follow. There’s a moment in the film between us that came so natural, as I could’ve easily told him the same words in real life on how much he meant to me as an inspiration.
After so many years of hustling for work, to be opposite such a legend was very emotional for me as there were many times along my path where I almost had to give up.
When can shark fans expect Megalodon to be unleashed?
Video On Demand has a hard date of August 31st. The premiere on SyFy Channel may be a couple of weeks prior but still TBD.
How do you think your film will compare to The Meg?
There’s a lot of symbolism to playing the lead and Navy Captain of this ship. I put this movie on my shoulders. I did not have a 50 plus million dollar budget to pad my performance.
A lot of the tension and suspense has to be created amongst the talent of the cast. Not only did I give all of myself, but I was surrounded by an incredibly talented cast. Michael Madsen, Ego Mikitas, Caroline Harris, Aimee Stolte, Luke Fattorusso, and Paulina Laurent. They all gave so much each and every day. We were not given the luxury of a few pages per day due to budget.
We were averaging about 15 pages per day which meant you needed to ‘bring it’ and be prepared. The good news about this was that everyone behind the scenes.. Director James Thomas, Producer Canyon Prince, the Director of Photography Dante Yore… you wanted to work hard for them. Not only did to their professionalism but because they were just as passionate as putting forth a good project.
There’s a fight scene that was beautifully choreographed by Stunt Coordinator Mario Rocha. The scene got so intense that I almost got a serious injury.
I didn’t even care as it was a reflection of how passionate we all were in trying to keep the stakes up for the audience. I think the audience is going to respect tremendously what James Thomas accomplished with only a fraction of a studio budget.
Tell us about your next project?
I am flying to Seattle for an independent feature to honor the loss of 17 year old Allison Gelfand. Her father, director D. Mitri, has scripted a beautiful peace to pay tribute to the loss of his beautiful daughter, who lost her life in a car accident in 2017. I play one of the leads and I’m honored to be a part of her memory.
Look for ‘Megalodon’ on VOD and SyFy Channel this summer.