Walking the Line
Cityscape caught up with one of the country’s hardest working slashies – musician/television personality/actor Stan Walker, who’s currently starring in locally-filmed flick The Stolen as Māori warrior Matai – about life on set and his new version of ‘Find You’.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE STOLEN’S SCRIPT?
That it was a period film, my character, Matai, and all the physical things he had to do and how much of a challenge it would be for me.
YOU PLAY A MĀORI WARRIOR/GUIDE. WHO OR WHAT INSPIRED YOUR PERFORMANCE?
I’m not sure. I just kind of felt it and tried to do my best at being at being Māori, but at that time.
WHAT SORT OF TRAINING DID YOU HAVE TO DO FOR THE ROLE?
I had to learn Karakia and Māori movement, which was challenging; especially having to learn how to fight using Māori weaponry and how they used them back in the day.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR ON-SCREEN TA MOKO.
I had to show them what to do, ‘cos what they had was not Māori at all! Only a day before filming we got it right – I based it off one of my ancestors who was a chief, Taiaho Hori Ngatai.
WHAT WAS YOUR HARDEST DAY ON SET?
Working in the cold water that came from the snowy mountains.
YOU’VE RE-RECORDED THE APPROPRIATELY TITLED ‘FIND YOU’ FOR THE MOVIE; HOW DID YOU APPROACH THIS?
I wanted something more bare-minimum and raw, but beautiful and strong – stripped back.
WHO WAS YOUR FAVOURITE CO-STAR AND WHY?
I think it would have to be my horse – LOL! Best company and a lot of fun.
WHAT DID YOU GET UP TO WHILE YOU WERE FILMING IN CHRISTCHURCH?
We went paintballing and just ate at some good pubs, and visited Hanmer Springs a bit.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVOURITE ON-SET EXPERIENCE.
Riding in the open country on the horses and carriages in the midst of creation.
DID YOU GET ANY SOUVENIRS FROM THE SET?
No, but I should have!