Like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Dave ‘Drax’ Bautista, Nathan Jones is a wrestler-turned-actor done good. After bit parts in testosterone heavy flicks like Troy and The Condemned, Jones has joined the big Apocalyptic leagues as one of the big bads in Mad Max: Fury Road. At 6.9ft, the gentle giant plays the dominatrix destroyer Rictus Erectus in George Miller’s latest. With a love of spectacle cinema and experience directors, Jones sat down with Graffiti With Punctuation to share his Five Star Film. Which is ….
“Alien. I really like science fiction and I really like thrillers, so it’s the perfect combination. It was truly scary and the way the whole environment is created and the atmosphere…. Sigourney Weaver’s performance is really strong. She has that great strength about her, mixed with the survival instinct. It’s the whole package, it’s perfect. It’s just the perfect film.”
Speaking of perfect films, Jones got to work closely with fellow tough guy Tom Hardy on Mad Mad: Fury Road – an experience he says helped better him as an actor.
“When you have blue or green screen there’s nothing to act to, but standing alongside this with the roar of the engines and the smell of the fuel it gets you in the zone and Tom Hardy… he was really cool. He’s intense – he doesn’t mind mixing it up which is great because I come from a wrestling background so I don’t mind that contact. He had some unusual ideas and I went ‘Oh cool, that sounds great’ and went along with it and kept trying different things out. He and I would show George and George is really open minded and he listens to everyone’s opinions, he’s not one of those people who’s like ‘It’s my way or the highway’… He’s very patient and he’s always in control.”
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Sydney, Australia. Getting her start as a police reporter, her writing on pop culture has appeared in publications such as the New York Post, Guardian, Penthouse, The Daily Mail, Empire Magazine, Gizmodo, Huffington Post, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, i09, Junkee and many more. Previously seen as a presenter on SBS Viceland’s nightly news program The Feed and as the host of Cleverfan on ABC, she has been a journalist for over 15 years.
Her best-selling debut novel Who's Afraid? was published in 2016, followed by its sequel Who’s Afraid Too? in 2017, which was nominated for Best Horror Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2018. Who’s Afraid? is being developed for television by the Emmy and BAFTA award-winning Hoodlum Entertainment. Her Young Adult debut, It Came From The Deep, was released globally on October 31, Halloween, 2017 and is a twist on The Little Mermaid meets Creature From The Black Lagoon.
Her fourth book, The Witch Who Courted Death, was released on Halloween, 2018 and nominated for Best Fantasy Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2019. Her fifth novel set within the share supernatural universe is due for release in October, 2019.