|Directed by||:||Bruce Macdonald||Produced by||:||Bruce Macdonald David A. R. White||Written by||:||Jason Baumgardner, Zach Smith||Starring||:||Taylor James, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Zane, Caitlin Leahy||Music by||:||Will Musser||Cinematography||:||Trevor Michael Brown||Production company||:||Pure Flix|
Exclusive: Samson star Taylor James on playing a flawed biblical hero
Taylor James has been a working actor for over a dozen years now.
In his native England, he has appeared onstage in everything from modern musicals like Footloose and Guys and Dolls to Shakespeare plays like The Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet, the latter of which were produced by the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. James has also had bit parts in big-screen films like Mamma Mia! and last year’s Justice League.
But now, he’s tackling his first major lead role in a big-screen movie — and the part he’s playing is none other than Samson, one of the most flawed but iconic biblical heroes.
I spoke to James by phone about the making of the film, which Pure Flix is releasing to theatres this Friday. What follows is a lightly edited transcript of our conversation.