What up yo.
Little update before I begin:
This is from Brother Joe (Bad-Ass Actor Joseph Gatt), who plays The Albino on Banshee:
— Voices Film & Television (@Voicesfilm) March 29, 2014
— Joseph Gatt (@MeetJoeGatt) March 30, 2014
How fucking awesome is that!
So he saw, he read, he dug.
Ok, so listen…any Fanshee knows this scene.
At this point in In this groundbreaking series we had seen quite a few things transpire already. But once we saw this scene, we knew that not only did this show mean business…
This show was going to douse every other series it competed with in high-octane gasoline and burn them all to the fucking ground.
Quickly, let me give you a little background first, and I only do this because of the following:
I sent the link to this scene to 2 friends of mine I work with the other day.
Shawny put his earbuds in and watched while I sat next to him. And man…
He squirmed, covered his eyes, murmured things like
“oh my god…”
“this is horrible”
“oh my god…”
By the time the scene ended, he had his hand over the laptop screen, his eyes were half shut and he looked awful. Pale.
I had wounded him. And this is a nice guy.
The clip ended he sat staring at his MacBook keyboard in shock.
That’s when I started to apologize profusely to him.
“Oh my God Shawn, I’m so sorry man.”
Then Matty wrote me. He sent me the following text:
“Dude…That scene was fucked up. Hardcore. “
Incidentally, I also sent the scene to Duke. His response was this:
The next day, I brought the scene up to them both.
Shawny now had his color back, but they were both looking at me a little strangely.
The looks were looks of concern…
They thought I was fucked in the head.
I then began to explain to them the backstory to that scene and why the albino needed to go down.
They listened to me intently as I explained what I’m about to explain to you, my VoicesFILM soldiers, and when I was finished Shawny said:
“I wish I had known this before I watched that scene, watching it disjointed without any reference or pretext to why it is taking place…it’s just wicked and brutal and horrible.”
Here’s the backstory you need for this scene:
Lucas Hood (Antony Starr…excellent, this actor can outperform most of the “Hollywood stars” working today)
Hood and Anastasia fall in love, but hide this from Rabbit as he will not approve and would consider this a betrayal.
Theirs is a tragic romance. Ever hopeful, they hatch a plan to run away with each other and to start a life and family. To do this, they decide to keep the earnings from a $10 million diamond heist they are about to perform for Rabbit.
But Rabbit knows.
He sets them up, and while they are leaving the scene…police arrive and begin to chase them.
Hood, to protect his love, creates a diversion so she can get free with the diamonds and run while he gets caught. She resists, but he pleads and promises he will find her.
He is arrested and sent to prison. When he arrives, he is led into a room where Rabbit waits for him.
Rabbit confronts him. Hood is defiant. Rabbit wants to know where his daughter is, Hood doesn’t know where she is, that she has in fact gotten away safely and with the help of Hood’s “I Know A Guy” hacker mastermind partner, Job. (Played by a scene-stealing, hysterical & electric Hoon Lee)
has run away, changed her identity and moved to a town called “Banshee“, pregnant with their child.
Rabbit then introduces Hood to “The Albino”
(a perfectly cast Joseph Gatt in an unforgettable, scary, awesome performance that scored him a role on the upcoming season of “Game Of Thrones“) and explains that The Albino is going to brutally beat the ever lovin shit out of Hood for the next 15 years.
The Albino does just that, and while Hood is on the ground…beaten to a pulp…The Albino finishes him off by sticking a knife into his ribs sending him to the infirmary for three months.
When Hood is released from the infirmary, he meets with The Albino again and asks for a truce.
The Albino refuses.
The Albino promises pain.
The Albino wants Hood to submit to him sexually and be his bitch.
The Albino wants Hood to go down on him. He explains to Hood that he could force him to…but he doesn’t want that.
He wants Hood to beg him to give him head.
Hood must do something to save himself, he isn’t a violent man, but he is wicked smart.
Out of know where, he violently attacks The Albino’s boy-toy lover and takes a razor blade to his face, slashing his mouth open.
This violent act gets Hood thrown into the hole for 30 days. This buys him time.
He recoups, works out and devises a plan.
We as the audience knew that Hood, once he has left prison, was violent.
He’s an amazing and skilled fighter. Tactical. He fights dirty, but powerfully, and he takes down everyone that he comes up against.
But the Hood we saw in prison was softer, a bit innocent.
He had never taken a life.
Then we saw him get released from the hole.
We didn’t know how Hood became the man we knew until we saw this scene.
You’ve been prepped. You’ve been warned.
Prepare to guzzle gasoline.