Into the Badlands is an American television series. The series is set in a post-apocalyptic world approximately 500 years after a war that left civilisation in ruins. The Badlands, somewhere in the former United States, is a feudal society which has developed to fill the power vacuum left by the war. Barons control land and monopolies over commodities like opium and fuel, trading amongst themselves to maintain the peace. Each baron is served by a massive workforce of slaves called "Cogs", as well as a prostitute class called "Dolls". A Baron maintains power through a force of "Clippers", highly trained and loyal warriors at the apex of the feudal society. Clippers are forbidden from marrying and having children lest their loyalties be divided.
Brendan Sheehan has played a role in 2016 and this week, Philip Coffey got a chance star in this futuristic world. I asked Phillip about his experience..
Q: Tell me about your first day on the 'Into the Badlands' set
A: I was collected at my hotel and whisked right through to the set where I was immediately shown to my trailer. It was very nicely laid out, my costume and call sheet in front of a well lit mirror. They made to feel like a part of the family right away. Then it was on to hair and make up before been driven onto set with my co-star shortly after.
Q: How did it differ from other sets?
A: It was the size of the production. Everything was very professional but the sheer scale of the set up: trailers, sets, crew (50+), dressing rooms etc. were beyond anything I'd experienced previously.
Q: What training did you receive beforehand?
A: I spent a day in Bray for wardrobe, hair and make up tests, but the highlight was being shown how to drive the truck my character would be using in the show - a huge 1972 Army truck! Anthony, an excellent stunt driver, was my guide, and we had a lot of fun in that truck! It helped me massively when it came to the shoot.
Q: Meet any famous actors?
A: I was lucky enough to share a scene exclusively with a main character in the show, played by Sherman Augustus. He has been in a variety of US films and he was a fantastic guy and very welcoming, I was delighted to have just him and me working a scene! -Very cool.
Q: Your Director was Toa Fraser - what was he like?
A: Toa Fraser was amazing - his CV is is impressive, directing no lesser than Peter O' Toole and Sam Neill in the past, so again, I felt really privileged to be working with him. He was very calm and cool and got exactly what he wanted with not too much fuss!
Q: Best memory?
A: All of it. From start to finish a truly wonderful experience. Hope to go back soon!