02.24.03 (by Bonnie Laufer)
Scott, do you miss home (Toronto) at all?
S.S. Sure, I miss home, but I get back quite often to see my
family and friends.
Now, you went to Earl Haig High School, but acting wasnít your
original career goal.
S.S. Thatís right, I was in the gifted artist program but I was
in the academic program for gifted athletes. I was a swimmer and
when I quit swimming I started hanging out with the actors.
You were a really good swimmer from what I hear.
never made the Olympics. I was good but I knew I was never going
to be a great swimmer. I went to the Olympic trials in 1992 but
right after that I got injured, so there went that career. I got a
neck injury from over training when I was younger and when I was
16 my shoulder took the brunt of it.
You started acting when you dropped out of university.
S.S. Yeah, when I started to take acting seriously I did some TV
movies but I did some short films at the Canadian Film Centre and
that was one of the best things that I did. It really got me
started and I got to work with some good, young directors.
Coming off of a TV series like Felicity would you say
that Dark Blue is one of the most dramatic and darkest
projects that youíve worked on?
S.S. Yes, for sure. I have done some other dark things but as far
as mainstream stuff this was a little different for me. Itís a
lot darker, yeah.
Was that kind of an abrupt change?
S.S. It didnít feel like it at the time. To be honest I am kind
of drawn towards darker material so to me it was just exciting and
it was a chance to do something different other than a television
show, so it was fun to get out there and do it.
Judging by the audience that I saw the film with, I think it kind
of scared some people.
S.S. L.A. is an interesting place because you can live here but
you can really hide yourself away from some of the stuff that goes
on in the movie. You can drive around this town for hours and see
all of these million dollar houses but there are some pretty nasty
areas around here.
Did it trouble you at all?
S.S. No, I never felt scared, I was more interested in seeing
another part of L.A. because I spend a lot of my time in Santa
Monica where itís all nice and pretty. So it was cool to get out
there and see another side of L.A., as some would say, the real
side of L.A.
These days itís almost taboo to say anything negative against
the NYPD, but here we have a movie about the LAPD doing all the
S.S. I donít really know why that is but I will say that I think
there have been a lot of scandals here that allows for that. There
has been a lot of stuff that has happened that even the LAPD have
admitted have gone wrong.
Where you a fan of author James Ellroy before you made the movie?
S.S. No, I hadnít read any of his stuff but Iíve seen some of
the films adapted from his work, like L.A. Confidential. Dark
Blue is totally different than that film, but I really
thought that the script was great and I was pleased to get a
chance to work on it.
Where do you hope that this very intense role that you play will
S.S. I donít really know; itís going to take me where it takes
me. I donít really think about it in those terms. If it brings
me lots more work thatís great, but if it doesnít then
thatís okay too. I hope it will bring me different work.