Jeffrey Donovan and His ‘Villains’ Directors on Their Dark Comedy Thriller

     March 17, 2019

One of the many films to world premiere at this year’s SXSW was co-writer/directors  Robert Olsen and Dan Berk’s Villains. The dark comedy thriller stars Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe as two amateur criminals who break into a house after a gas station robbery looking for a getaway car. As they explore the house, they stumble upon a dark secret that the mysterious homeowners (Jeffrey Donovan and Kyra Sedgwick) want to prevent from getting out. If you’d like to know more about the story, you can read Eric Vespe’s review here.


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Shortly after seeing the film, Jeffrey Donovan, Robert Olsen and Dan Berk stopped by the Collider studio at SXSW. They talked about what the film is about, how Berk and Olsen started collaborating, the biggest disagreement Berk and Olsen had on set, how the directors put together the cast and what drew Donovan to the script, why the film is set in one location, how that affected Donovan’s performance, and more.

In addition, in the second half of the interview, they played “Get to Know Your SXSW Attendee,” which includes a number of questions like what TV show they’d like to guest-star on, what they collect, what’s their favorite fantasy or sci-fi movie, their first movie or TV show crush, and a lot of other fun stuff.

Check out what they had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about.

supper-suite-logo-sliceFinally, I’d also like to take a moment to give special thanks to our Collider Studio partner, A-List Communications. At the Supper Suite venue in Austin, libations were flowing courtesy of El Tesoro Tequila, Blue Moon Belgian White, and Hint Water. Without these fine folks, we wouldn’t be able to share conversations about movies like Villains with all of you, so another big thank you to our partners for their support.

Jeffrey Donovan, Robert Olsen and Dan Berk:

  • Do Burn Notice fans still stop Jeffrey Donovan on the street?
  • What Villains is about and what their roles are in the film
  • How Berk and Olsen met and started collaborating creatively.
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    The biggest disagreement Berk and Olsen had on set.

  • How the directors put together the cast and what drew Donovan to the script.
  • Why the directors asked the actors to really go for it in a heightened tone.
  • Why the film is set in one location and how that affected Donovan’s performance.
  • What TV show would you they to guest-star on or guest-direct?
  • What is their favorite fantasy or sci-fi film?
  • What do they collect?
  • Their first movie or TV show crush?
  • Which TV show they have watched all the way through more than once?
  • What made them want to get into the entertainment industry?

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