Inside “Max” – A Conversation With David Lewis
Our casting continues with the announcement that we have cast David Lewis in the role of "Max", a triathlon coach. We caught up with David after his first day on set (seen above in Whistler, BC) and asked him to tell us a little more about himself...
Describe one moment in your life when you knew you wanted to be an actor?
Grade 10 I started taking drama because I was told it was an easy class and you were almost guaranteed to get a B. But then it turned out I really enjoyed the scene study and improv aspect of class. And I “got it”. I was actually pretty good at it. And from there I was in all the musicals and I was hooked.
What do you love most about being an actor?
Definitely the collaboration aspect. Working together with the director and actors and the entire crew in general. Everyone passionately working together to create something, and if someone doesn’t pull their weight for the team it can easily fall apart.
What is it about the movie project (13 Miles) that interested you?
Partly it’s getting to work with Helena and Anthony again. I really enjoyed the work we did on The Quiet Canadians. I love that character and would be interested to see where he goes. And as far as 13 Mile I think watching a character that used to be at the top of their game try to make a comeback, especially a character like Trever who isn’t necessarily that likeable, is very interesting.
What is it about Max's character that you relate with?
I relate to parts of Max in that he isn’t the alpha male anymore but has settled into the older teacher. I’m in my 40’s and so I see a lot of young actors in Vancouver going through what I went through 20 years ago. Occasionally I coach actors. And sometimes being really honest with an actor can be uncomfortable. They ask for help but don’t always want it.
What is it about Max's character that you think resonates most with people?
I’m not sure. Maybe for some men and women that are at that point in their lives where perhaps they feel their best years are behind them. That point where you examine what you’ve done with your life and were you a success? When we’re young we feel like we are gong to take the world by storm but then suddenly a few decades slide by and you don’t recognize that person in the mirror. Max is trying to recapture some of his past glory. Growing older is an interesting thing as we live in a society where youth is everything.
What attracted you to the role of Max?
I like that Max thought that he was going to be bigger than he was. But now he coaches. I’m sure Max has sleepless nights thinking about where he’s come from and where he’s going. Or not going. He is challenged by the ego of Trevor but still has a soft spot for him probably out of loyalty. Max is hanging on looking for that athlete that will propel him back into the limelight. He’s an athlete himself and that drive never really goes away. These types of characters are so complex I find them fascinating.
Have you completed a triathlon before?
Uhhh….that would be no.
List 5 Fun Facts About Yourself:
- I was born and raised in Vancouver as were my parents and my grandparents.
- I love Golf. Almost more than my children. It’s very close.
- I still read comics. I’m a closet nerd.
- The carpets match the curtains.
- When I was 17 I was pretty sure I was going to be bigger than Michael J. Fox. I may have misjudged that one….
What question have we not asked you that you wish we had?
We’ve bought a 40 foot trailer for your dressing room. Would you like it stocked with beer or scotch?
David Lewis's Biography
Born and raised in Vancouver BC, David James Lewis knew from an early age that hewanted to be an actor.
At the beginning of his career David cut his teeth on commercials, independents and numerous short films. One of them being 1999’s “Shoes Off” which won the Best Short-Film at the Cannes Film Festival.
David continues to enjoy and contribute to the independent film scene and in fact finds it some of his most rewarding work to date.
Over the years David has worked opposite Ashton Kutcher and Michelle Pfeiffer in“Personal Effects”. “The Day the Earth Stood Still” with Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly and William H. Macy in the award winning film “Door to Door”.
Previous television work includes “Dead Like Me”, “The L Word” “X-Files”, “Supernatural”, “Fringe” and every third Movie of the Week over the past 10 years.
David has had recurring roles on “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce”, “Rogue”, “Motive”, “Intruders”, and“Dirk Gently Holistic Detective”.
Also a writer David, worked on writing and helping with the creation of the web series, “Parked”, as well as writing a variety of short films.
One of them being “Stalled” which went on to play in 23 film festivals worldwide.
He has a Leo award which he keeps next to his bed.