J-14 sat down with Dustin Milligan, star of Shark Night 3D (out September 2nd), to chat about swimming with sharks, embarrassing moments, and downtime with his costars.
J-14: Tells us about the movie.
Dustin: Since it was shot in 3D, it actually brings you into the world of these sharks and you feel very claustrophobic. It's going to be a scary ride. Basically the kills start happening pretty quick into the film, and it's all about that ticking clock and how are these kids going to get off the island surrounded by shark-infested waters.
J-14: How does your character fit into it all?
Dustin: I play a guy named Nick who at first is sort of the shy, reclusive, and very studious pre-med student. The only reason he even wants to go on the trip in the first place is because he has a huge crush on Sara Paxton's character. But once the shark deaths start pilling up, it's his base knowledge of medicine and emergency situations that he is able to gather from his pre-med studies that kind of force him to become the savior of the group and be the one that sort of takes control and ultimately try to keep his friends alive and get out of this crazy shark infested scenario
J-14: Was there ever a moment when you were scared filming?
Dustin: There is this one bit when I'm under water and there is a free-swimming shark that is not attached to any wires and they were just testing that out. I was sitting there waiting for the new setup to happen and they would kind of brush the tail against my back and it was basically like this actual shark swimming around. That was terrifying me
J-14: Did you have any embarrassing moments on set?
Dustin: There is this one bit where I am supposed to be eating this soup and I just couldn't get the timing right for eating this soup and it must have been like 40 takes of me just eating this soup. And at first everyone was sort of laughing, and then it was like, "Come on kid, eat the stupid soup already! We have to get out of this shot." It was really delicious chicken noodle soup and I don't know if I was too into the soup or not into the soup enough. It wasn't "re-soup-precating" my feeling. So that was really embarrassing.
J-14: What did you do off set?
Dustin: It was a lot of just hanging out. It was really great because there was this huge ensemble cast, but there was no ego involved. No diva attitudes, everybody was just really chill and nobody had really done a film like this before so every body just wanted to go and have fun, and let loose.
Photo: Courtesy of the Cimarron Group