American audiences familiar with Ryan Kwanten's work on the sexy vampire drama "True Blood" will see a different side of him in his latest project, the feature film "Red Hill." The movie, which hits theaters today, is a Western thriller set in rural Australia. And Kwanten is speaking with his natural Aussie accent — something that proved challenging for the 33-year-old actor.
"It was actually kind of bizarre because I had been working in the States for eight years, and I was so used to hearing the word, 'Action,' and jumping into a form of the American accent," he told MTV News (in his Aussie accent). "This was the first time in eight years I had done this particular voice [while working as an actor], and as ridiculous as it sounds, there was quite an adjustment period."
While he never accidentally slipped into Jason Stackhouse's Southern drawl while on the "Red Hill" set, his Yankee résumé didn't escape his costars' notice. "The crew called me Captain Hollywood for a while," he said with a chuckle.
Stepping back into his natural accent wasn't the only challenge Kwanten faced while portraying a country cop hunting an escaped convict. To get to the remote, 150-person hamlet where "Red Hill" was shot, the cast and crew had to embark on treacherous six-hour drives through the Australian countryside. "I may as well have been shooting in Antarctica because it was such a remote, one-horse town," Kwanten said.
But the rugged setting proved integral to the film's narrative. "I feel like the isolation and the huge mountain countryside was somewhat of a character," he said, "because as the film progressed, it added to that feeling of claustrophobia."
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