Kevin Howarth: Into the Light

Kevin Howarth as Viktor in The Seasoning HouseKevin Howarth as Viktor in The Seasoning House
Kevin Howarth as Viktor in The Seasoning House

Kevin Howarth as Viktor in The Seasoning House

Most recently seen as psychopathic pimp Viktor in The Seasoning House, Kevin Howarth has become Britain’s go-to guy for nuanced villainy.  But, as he explains to Anton Bitel, it’s the lighter roles he craves…

This is an excerpt from an article published in movieScope 35: July/August 2013

What draws you to the dark side?

Every role—even if it was a romcom or a comedy—you find that character, and if that character has these depths of darkness then that’s what you have to go and find. Funnily enough, the first thing I look for is their lighter sides; the sides of the character that account for what made that happen. Even if it’s not in the script, I have to have some idea why this person became that way, because every one of these guys has got a mother and a sister and they’re somebody’s son. I think we all have a dark and a light side, it’s just that the characters I’ve played are very extreme—and I would imagine their light sides would probably be equally extreme…

Did you have to do special preparations for the role of paedophile pimp/murderer Viktor in Seasoning House?

I always dig very deep; a lot of homework, a lot of reading. I also watched a documentary on the Serbian Tigers and a couple of interviews with that guy Arkan. He had this babyish face, quite a soft voice as well, and looked normal really, and yet he was this monster. I remember thinking, gosh, you wouldn’t think in a million years that this guy was the brutal beast that he was—and he was phenomenally brutal. That was shocking. I got a little bit annoyed with an interview when I was doing TheLast Horror Movie, when some critic said he seemed too normal, and he didn’t have any scar. In fact, that’s how they are, they look normal; they could be someone living next door to you and you wouldn’t have a clue. They could be anybody.

You’ve made a name for yourself playing a certain kind of character, but what is your dream role?

I don’t have a problem with playing dark characters, edgy characters; it seems to be something that I’ve been doing a lot. I would love to do a comedy, because I love making people laugh and having fun, and I think that would be a great chance to show off another side of myself that people don’t often get to see. But emotions are what’s important in front of the camera. I would love to do the range, everything. I’d love to be in a romantic comedy; I’d love to do something romantic and emotional as well, just so I could show a few more facets of me as an actor.

The Seasoning House is available on DVD and Blu-ray from August 12

34-MedRead the full article in movieScope magazine, Issue 35 (July/August2013)

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