These are the questions asked to the gang in latest action heist movie Plastic. Directed by Julian Gilbey, who directed the horror film A Lonely Place To Die (watch that too, it’s incredible,) Plastic tells the story of a group of teenagers who jet off to America to clone credit cards to pay of a debt. Starring Will Poulter, Alfie Allen and Sebastian De Souza, this is a movie with a hard, shiny edge.
There are spoilers here, so watch your step!
Hello Sebastian, how are you?
I am very good thank you very much.
Are you excited for the premiere?
I am indeed. You are very sweet us. I am very excited.
This is your first feature film, how was the transition from theatre and television?
Good question. To be honest, I’ve never really thought about it. There isn’t a huge difference, especially now especially as the apparatus is the same. The logistic are different though. With a film its one place, saturated promotion and you see how it goes, moving on to the next place. With television you get to geek out over a long period of time.
In Plastic, you get to work alongside other British talent such as Will Poulter and Alfie Allen. Who did you get along with most?
There wasn’t one particular person, I got along with everyone. It’s a humbling experience as it is not very often you all get along. It was a small group too and we’ve all kept up with each other since. I am very glad, I’ve made excellent friends.
Rafa is quite passive alongside pretty dislikable characters. Is there any part of him you relate to?
Why do you say he’s passive?
Well, he is the one less active in the cons. He is taking for a ride a bit and does whatever his friends tell him to do.
That’s true. I think his story is quite a sad story. He is a bit like a loyal dog and a bit of an idiot. He goes along with Alfie’s Yatsey and gets into trouble when he didn’t really want to. I don’t guess I don’t relate to him but I wish I did more. I am pretty impulsive and I usually go head into things.
How do you feel about his end? Has he learned a lesson? If so, what?
It’s funny because straight from the beginning Julian (Gilbey) said that the one guy who is going to be alright, that he wants to be alright, is Rafa. He wanted him to start afresh because he is so passive. His eyes have been opened to how much of an instrument he was and how he was played. Who knows how weird it will be to go on, but let’s hope he will be ok back in the garage.
Plastic is a heist thriller, what makes this genre still so popular with audiences?
Because everyone wishes that they were Ed Speelers characters Sam. Or Billy Ocean in Ocean's Eleven. It does take a lot of balls so we wouldn’t do it. Plus we probably wouldn’t get away with so it is always fun to watch people who do. More often than not, in heist movies, the hero is the underdog trying to steal money for the villainous rich or government. And people love to see the underdog come out on top.
I’ve definitely a “money can’t buy me love” kind of guy. A small part of me wishes I was the latter because more often than not they become the richest. I don’t value money and I am very happy to spend it on friends and have them sitting next to me as I pay for dinner. I’ll never have the amount of money the “money makes the world go round people” do but I’ll be in a better place.
What’s your most extravagant purchase?
Hotels. Posh hotels. I wasted my money on an apartment in Los Angeles but it was definitely fun.
Out of the four different locations you filmed on, what was your favourite?
What do you think? Miami. Don’t get me wrong, London is one of my favourite cities in the whole entire world. But when we were filming it had been the snowiest I’d ever seen it and packing my bags to get off to Miami was bliss. I literally had to judge through snow when I got back though.
Is it as glamourous?
It’s one of those weird and wonderful American cities.
You’ve penned new film Kids in Love alongside Preston Thompson. What’s better, acting or writing?
They are not mutually exclusive to one another. One is relatively passive whilst one is very active, there’s a difference. I am always writing and it’s great to have someone to write with. Me and Will (Poulter) write together. In many ways, it’s annoying to be an actor who writes; you are constantly imaging yourself acting out the scenario and you play everything out in your head. You’d write things in a way if you didn’t act and playing everything out in your head. Thought it’s very helpful as you can apply your experience from acting to the script. For example, it stops you from writing a seven page monologue that no one can bare to film. So it’s useful being an actor who writes, useful and annoying.
If there is one thing people could learn from Plastic, what is it?
I hope that the message is not go steal millions of pounds worth of diamonds. There is also a message about being able to think outside the box. I’m not endorsing crime, more start your own thing, your own business and make something of yourself.
Thank you very much!
You can catch Sebastian in Plastic, hitting cinemas tomorrow!