From a tortured Marine needing to save himself from his addictions and personal demons, to a British secret operative turned rogue, and a South African mercenary hunting down fugitives, Josh Blacker has brought to life intriguing and diverse characters to the television and silver screen over the past several years. Blacker made his feature film debut in Sony and TriStar Pictures’ Elysium, as South African mercenary “Crowe,” opposite Jodi Foster, Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, Diego Luna, Brandon Auret, and Alice Braga and has not looked back. He recently made a Guest Star appearance on the CW’s Arrow as the brutal and sadistic warden in the infamous Slabside prison.
Fans of Jason Momoa may more recognize him as a Witchfinder Warrior on the hit streaming television show See from Apple TV+. Josh Blacker gave Jason Momoa News an exclusive interview about working on See with Jason, some exciting upcoming projects (including a horror movie with Arrow‘s Emily Bett Rickards), and how he’s using social media to connect with his fans.
Tell us about the role of Witchfinder Warrior in See?
I play The Witchfinder Warrior who is the most elite warrior in the Payan Kingdom and right hand man to Tamacti Jun, the Witchfinder General. In our world everyone has developed a special ability based on their natural abilities. Mine was fighting and ultimately worked my way up the ranks to become the Witchfinder Warrior.
What was production like on the set of See in terms of playing a blind character?
It was an incredible experience in so many ways. Apple gave us every possible thing we could need to prepare. It started with a 2 month blindness and movement camp, which taught us how people in general in a world without sight would walk, communicate, fight etc. And then we learned even more specific tribal ways of doing certain things. When we got on set, there were lots of actors with blindness in addition to our blindness consultant that we could run things by and make sure that we were being authentic to the world and respectful of the daily experience of people with blindness. It all allowed us to show up on the amazing sets built in the middle of the wild and just do whatever was necessary for our character and the overall story.
Without giving anything away, how much does your character interact with Jason Momoa’s Baba Voss?
Well, as fans likely know by now, I am part of Queen Kane’s army and the right hand man to her General, Tamacti Jun. Our goal is to hunt down Baba Voss and make sure his children, born with sight, are killed for being witches. Whether or not we catch him and are able to complete this mission will have to be seen when people watch the show.
Describe what it’s like to work with Jason?
Jason is an absolute force of nature. His energy and commitment to the project and to everyone involved is really something to behold. He’s serious, but also quite playful and always wants to make sure that he’s doing whatever he can to make the best possible show. A fun guy to mess around with when not filming, but very committed to the work.
Any funny set stories with Jason or the other cast members?
On one occasion, I had asked Jason if we could get a photo together for me to send to my nephew who is a huge Aquaman fan. And, even though Jason was in the middle of a big press day among many other things, he made sure to check in with me at the end of it all to get the photo for my nephew. First class response from a first class guy.
What do you want people to take away from See after watching the entire first season?
For me I hope people come away with an understanding that people with disabilities, whether it’s blindness or any other disability, are FAR more capable than we give them credit for. My brother in law is legally blind and he continues to be a top level alpine mountaineer. Their disability does not define them.
With a second season of See confirmed, can we expect to see more of you or is that a spoiler?
People will have to wait and see. Although, if they want to see more Witcfhinder Warrior, it doesn’t hurt to reach out to powers that be and let them know how much they enjoy that storyline.
What has your favorite role been so far and why?
This role is definitely in the top 3. The total commitment from everyone involved to build this world has been an unbelievable experience. From our writers, to make up people, to directors and all the cast and crew, it was an experience I’ll never forget. So many great friendships formed.
Having been in both movies and television shows, which do you like better?
They both have their pros and cons. In film you get so much more time to do the work and the pace of shooting is much slower. However, TV offers the opportunity to tell a really interesting story over a much longer period of time, which can be quite gratifying. Ultimately, I want to tell important stories and play unique characters, so whichever medium offers me that at any given time is the one I’ll choose.
When you appeared on Stargate Atlantis, did you get to work with Jason at all?
We were on set at the same time and chatted briefly, but never had a chance to be in a scene together.
How do you use social media and what is your favorite platform?
These days social media is an integral part of our business. I use Twitter primarily to keep myself informed of world events, sports, politics and the world of film and TV. I don’t post much on twitter and when I do it’s usually about politics or beer. Something Jason and I have in common. I tend to use my Instagram more for fans and to engage with them. I try and post interesting content from behind the scenes on any show I’m on or a little behind the scenes in my life as an actor. So, if you’re interested in that, then IG is the way to follow me. Oh, I also post about beer on that too.
Tell us a little about your production company, Viewers Like You?
It’s a small production company I started with a director friend of mine where we could tell stories (feature and shorts) about ideas and concepts we felt weren’t being seen on screen. We’re in the middle of pre-production on a couple of really exciting feature films that I hope to be able to talk about soon. We also write scripts for other producers for them to take and make. This year, we also ramped up our corporate and commercial digital media side of the business and are doing a lot of video work for small to medium businesses in a way that allows them to have quick turnaround of an idea.
Let us know what upcoming projects you have and where we can see you next?
Well, I just filmed 2 episodes of CW’s The 100 which fans can see later this year and have just started pre-production on a really cool dark comedy/horror film called Rags. I tend to post about a lot of this on my social media so give me a follow and get all the latest news and updates there. I also just finished a one take, improvised feature film about the Corona Virus, which should be hitting festivals and streaming services shortly. Stay tuned for that and other new and exciting projects.
Originally from South Africa, Josh Blacker moved to Canada in his late teens. He went on to attend the University of Calgary intending to study Theatre. However after a year in school, a seed of doubt was planted in him; that acting may not be the most stable job and he changed majors to receive a Political Science and History degree. Josh then went on to obtain his Law Degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. After practicing law for four years Josh realized the law wasn’t for him – he was destined to act.
His first break came in 2006, booking a guest star role on Killer Instinct for FOX. Blacker went on to land a number of roles on top shows such as Supernatural [WB], Stargate: Atlantis [SyFy], Travelers [NETFLIX], and Arrow [CW]. In 2009, he accepted a nine episode arc on SGU Stargate Universe as Marine Sgt. Spencer, his first opportunity to truly explore the depths of a tortured character. In 2010 he returned to FOX on Human Target, and also recently appeared on Fringe [FOX], and Arrow [CW] as the brutal and sadistic Warden of the infamous Slabside prison. Josh has also appeared alongside WWE Superstar The Miz in 2015’s The Marine 4 and WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler in 2016’s Countdown.
In addition to acting, Josh Blacker has a passion for filmmaking, launching his production company Viewers Like You in 2014. He has been a vegan for over 20 years, and is an advocate for animal rights. Other hobbies include traveling, discovering craft beer and wine, and staying fit; Blacker is an avid athlete and holds belts in four different martial arts.
You can check out the filmography page for See HERE, look at a Set Diary, and also get episode recaps for every season one episode. You can follow the official accounts for See at Twitter and Instagram.
In the far future, a virus has decimated humankind. Those who survived emerged blind. Jason Momoa stars as Baba Voss, the father of twins born centuries later with the mythic ability to see—who must protect his tribe against a powerful yet desperate queen who believes it’s witchcraft and wants them destroyed. Alfre Woodard also stars as Paris, Baba Voss’ spiritual leader.
Trailer with audio descriptions: https://youtu.be/03RAKJipMeM
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