The movie is about an employee, Adam Cassidy, who is a pawn of two double-crossing CEOs of competing telecommunications companies. Till plays Kevin, who is Cassidyâ€™s best friend and tech nerd.
During the press day for â€œParanoiaâ€ earlier this month, Latino-Review had an exclusive interview with Till. We discussed about his involvement in the film and his character. There were also discussions about his love for video games and other projectsâ€”mainly his upcoming â€œX-Men: Days of Future Past.â€
â€œParanoiaâ€ is in theaters today.
Read or listen to the interview below.
Latino-Review: What attracted you to this project?
Lucas Till: I think in the beginning before I knew anything about itâ€”it was the cast. At that point, it was Gary [Oldman], Harrison [Ford] and Liam [Hemsworth].
After that, I read [the script]. I was like â€œWow. Itâ€™s rad.â€ I like that feeling of paranoia. Itâ€™s the feeling the whole time with the approaching doom with the people coming after him. But this also has a very relevant issue with technologies and advancements.
I hate talking about that, because it sounds like exactly what I am. I believe more and more that Skynet is comingâ€¦..
Latino-Review: Like in the â€œTerminatorâ€ movies.
Lucas Till: Exactly. In theory, it would get to that point eventually. But, how soon itâ€™s going to be? Technology is such a double-edge swordâ€”it advances us but also makes us lazy.
Latino-Review: Are you a tech savvy person in real life?
Lucas Till: I used to think that I was. Now I feel like agrandpa. With all the ways things have advanced, I look at all those people with the kinds of energy who are so into their social networking and phones all the time. It turns me off from it so much.
But, I could still pick up anything if I put my mind to it. So yeahâ€¦..I love video games. So if Iâ€™m interested in itâ€”Iâ€™m really into it.
I donâ€™t like to talk to people that I donâ€™t like talking to. I donâ€™t like Facebook that much. I do like getting in contact with people that I havenâ€™t talked in a while. So I guess I do like Facebook. It is sort of that love/hate relationship.
Latino-Review: Itâ€™s sort of blessing and a curse at the same time, right? Like for yourself, you have to put yourself in the limelightâ€”you have to either promote yourself or youâ€™ll have to value your privacy. So which direction do you try to move towards to?
Lucas Till: Right. I donâ€™t like anyone to know whatâ€™s going on in my life at all. That is including my parents. Or anyone. Iâ€™ve always been that way. I like to do my own thing. If you donâ€™t want to give answers then donâ€™t ask questions.
Unfortunately, I give answers. I use Twitter to promote on the business side of things. People end up knowing more about me than I want them to–especially as an actor. Iâ€™m sure I only have three tricks up my sleeve. I donâ€™t let anyone know what those are until I do those movies. Hopefully, I can live off those movies for the rest of my life.
Once I do that, my wadâ€™s blown. I canâ€™t do that. Itâ€™s a double-edged sword. I have to tight rope walk to balance it out.
Latino-Review: Do you double think yourself before you try to post something?
Lucas Till: Yeah. Iâ€™m self-deprecating. Itâ€™s like if Iâ€™m annoying and will people listen to that? Who cares? Why am I giving so much thought to this? Or should I be the way I joke with my dad?
It sounds arrogant. Man, itâ€™s like I have to think about all of this. Itâ€™s too much for me sometimes. Thereâ€™s so much value to it at the same time.
Latino-Review: Video games are kind of interesting. Itâ€™s starting to go in that direction especially with the new Xbox One. Supposedly like it has the Kinnect and post everything that you play. Doesnâ€™t that kind of make youâ€”paranoid?
Lucas Till: Absolutely! I think that they screwed up by announcing thatâ€™s even a possibility. They went back on some of the things they were saying, but the damage is already done.
And I could get into their lack of exclusive titles and all that. Thatâ€™s just something entirely different. Thatâ€™s just nerd speak.
But yeah, whatâ€™s so attractive about people knowing on whatâ€™s going on in your life? I donâ€™t get it. I donâ€™t understand it. Iâ€™m really fired up.
I never liked Facebook when it first started. I donâ€™t want to call specific people out, but there are people like douches out there. All of sudden, they get on Facebook and theyâ€™re pouring their hearts out. I didnâ€™t realize there are all these people with air monologues they want to release. It reveals too much about people that I donâ€™t really want to know. I want to assume youâ€™re cool and not a sixteen-year-old girl at heart on Facebook.
Now it seems like Iâ€™m so bitter about this situation, but I only enjoy it in moderation.
Latino-Review: Now you mentioned for this project that you were attracted to this cast and you read something about it. Were you attracted to the script or the book itself?
Lucas Till: No. I hear that the book is massively different. It was the script that I read. Itâ€™s a shame to admit that I have not read the book yet.
Latino-Review: Thatâ€™s alright. Who were you really looking forward to working with in the movie honestly?
Lucas Till: Gary Oldmanâ€¦..Harrison Ford, but I donâ€™t actually work with him. [Laughter]
Latino-Review: Yeah, I noticed your scenes were very limited with those guys. Most of the scenes were with you and Liam.
Lucas Till: That was that, but I still had a good time. Oh! I did end up getting to push Richard Dreyfuss around in a wheelchair. That was cool.
Latino-Review: Like in the hospital scene?
Lucas Till: Yeah, that one. I had a great time. I had a chance to play something different.
Latino-Review: Yeah, I noticed with this projectâ€”the character youâ€™ve played a whole lot different from the ones youâ€™ve played before.
Lucas Till: Correct! It really is. I had a lot of fun, because it was so different. It was from the socks to the high water pants. Itâ€™s the hipster bull crap. [Laughter]
Latino-Review: You are nothing like your character in real life.
Lucas Till: I do like getting laid like I said earlier as much as Kevin does. Iâ€™m total like a nerd video gamer. But, I canâ€™t stand what he wears in the movie. Itâ€™s disgusting. Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s so much fun to wear it. I would never wear it [in real life] and anyone who does then I will hate them. [Laughter] It was funny and fun.
Latino-Review: Obviously, one of the biggest projects you have coming up is X-Men. You did complete that. And they announced that youâ€™re coming back.
Lucas Till: Yeah, yeah right. I am.
Latino-Review: [Bryan Singer] announced it in a nice fashionable way by tweeting a photo online, which is kind of ironic because youâ€™re trying value your privacy and the director suddenly pushes out your photo. One of the questions had to be asked isâ€”whatâ€™s up with that photo?
Lucas Till: [Laughter] Well, yeah. I would challenge you or anybody else to spot two or three other mutants [in that photo]. At least two. Theyâ€™re in the background there. Theyâ€™re not new to the franchise, but they have been reinvented. And theyâ€™re in there. One has tattoos and one a very distinct feature.
Just zoom in. I donâ€™t know if youâ€™re able to tell. But, theyâ€™re definitely there.
Latino-Review: Theyâ€™re definitely behind you in that photo.
Lucas Till: Theyâ€™re in the room with me. Yeah. Theyâ€™re part of my platoon, I guess.
Latino-Review: So theyâ€™re part of your team. Is that part of your current time? Or past time? Can you say?
Lucas Till: I probably could, but I kind of like people guessing. [Laughter]
Latino-Review: Of course. Were you there at the Comic-Con announcement?
Lucas Till: Dude? So Iâ€™m sitting here working on a movie that Iâ€™m so grateful in doing, right? But, they all go. Iâ€™ve been to Comic-Con like for the past four years in a row.
Latino-Review: I know. I was looking for you in that big montage picture.
Lucas Till: The one year that Iâ€™m not thereâ€”all of them are. I own that place. I run that shit. [Laughter] I always have a good time when I go. Thatâ€™s the first year that theyâ€™re all there. Hopefully, itâ€™ll be different next year. Weâ€™ll see.
Latino-Review: Iâ€™m sure youâ€™re going to end up going to the next five Comic-Cons and playtest all the video games. They invited me to play the â€œMetal Gear Solidâ€ anthology.
Lucas Till: Yeah, man. I actually worked with David Hayter, who was the voice of Solid Snake. He just directed his first movie with me and Jason Momoa. Itâ€™s a werewolf movie and itâ€™s pretty fun. And thatâ€™s at Comic-Con this year too and I couldnâ€™t promote it. I was too busy working. This was a big year for Comic-Con.
Latino-Review: Too bad you did miss Comic-Con. You missed the reuniting of the X-Men. Speaking of projects, what other projects are you working on that youâ€™re so busy with?
Lucas Till: I got one called, â€œSins of Our Youth,â€ which is suspensefulâ€¦..more like a black comedy. Itâ€™s about these four kids shoot their friend on accident. And they way to get out of it is to have a shootout. They will kill each other and the last one left will get a confession tape.
And a movie I just did is a movie called, â€œStrings.â€ I play an underground DJ in New York with a terrible home life. My mom is played by Maria Bello, who is a killer [actress]. And I end up overdosing on drugs and had to go into rehabilitation with a father Iâ€™ve never met in North Dakota. Everything slows down and I fall in loveâ€¦.or fall for abusively with this girl. [The girl] is played by Kherington Payne, who is an excellent dancer. It has a dancer element to it. And Josh Duhamel plays my counselor. Heâ€™s great in it. And Laura Dern plays the other mom with this veteran tone. Itâ€™s all a teenage story and I donâ€™t know how to explain it correctly.
Latino-Review: To wrap this up, you obviously have an interesting resume of playing all these characters. Is there anything else you want to play in your life?
Lucas Till: Man, thereâ€™s still so much that I wanted to do. Iâ€™m glad you recognize this actually. A lot of people just come in and think that I just wanted to do â€œHannah Montanaâ€ over again and over again.
Latino-Review: I didnâ€™t bring â€œHannah Montanaâ€ up.
Lucas Till: [Laughter] Thereâ€™s just so much fulfillment playing Kevin [in this movie] that I never been allowed to play [previously]. I just love it when someone comes up and say â€œThat was you!?!â€ Yes! I scored. I couldnâ€™t put my finger on anything right now that I would love to play thatâ€™s different. Itâ€™s more like how different is it? And will you allow me to do it?
Latino-Review: Not like more thrillers? More horror? More love stories?
Lucas Till: No horror for a while. Iâ€™ve done a lot before. I donâ€™t want to repeat that again. I just want to be a part of good movies. I guess the world is open.
Latino-Review: Going back to â€œParanoia,â€ I loved your scenes. And with the scene of that car accident, I was going â€œWhat? Was Lucas the only one really gets hurt in this movie?â€
Lucas Till: [Laughter] Right? I guess so. Thatâ€™s funny.
Latino-Review: Anyways, thank you very much. I appreciate your time.
Lucas Till: Absolutely. Thanks.
â€œParanoiaâ€ is out in theaters today.