Alain Chanoine is one BADASS. Well, he plays one in the upcoming highly-anticipated horror feature film EVIL FEED, making its world premiere during the 2013 Toronto After Dark Film Festival. You may recognize Alain for his world-class martial arts skills, his stunt work can be seen in films such as Immortals, Percy Jackson & The Lightening Thief, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Blade: Trinity and more. Alain was also part of the team that came up with the concept for all the action scenes of the box-office hit, Resident Evil: Retribution. Upcoming, Alain’s stunt work can be seen as Atticus’ stunt double in the highly-anticipated 2014 film Pompeii, starring Kit Harrington, Emily Browning and Kiefer Sutherland.
EVIL FEED is a horror-action-comedy about a sinister Chinese restaurant that kidnaps elite MMA fighters off the streets, forcing them to fight to the death Pit of Gore, and then serves up the loser for dinner to paying guests. Alain’s character in EVIL FEED is Tyrone, a 70’s leather coat wearing, Karate loving and vengeful badass. When his friends get in trouble Tyrone goes in head first to save his friends – but of course, with swag and style.
Born in Montreal, Alain spent most of his early life in Haiti. He began acting with his high school theatre company when his family returned to Canada. With a dream to pursue professional acting and stunt working, he felt this would never happen. Originally enrolled in college to become a police officer, Alain noticed an audition sign and decided to go for it.
I had the honour and the opportunity to interview Alain as he gets ready for the premiere of EVIL FEED.
You’ve trained in Karate…when did you start? And were you inspired by any actors when you were younger?
I started Karate I was already 12 years old. It is going to sound weird but the movie that really inspired me to start Martial Arts was “Teenage mutant Ninja Turtles” Live Action Movie. I was a kid, they were turtles, they were funny, cool and were kicking ass. I seriously would not be where I am today without that movie. I can’t wait to see the new one coming out.
Do you train (or have you) in any other forms of martial arts? What’s your favourite and why?
Of course, I’ve been practicing Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) for 8 years now and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for one year. I love all Martial Arts. I do not have a favourite one. Whatever works for you. In sparring I include my fancy Karate kicks in Muay Thai and it works because people are not used to it. Martial Arts are just like life and I’m a big fan of Bruce Lee’s philosophy (Even if I never practiced Kung Fu): Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
What are your all-time favourite martial arts movies?
Like I said earlier TMNT is a big one. There’s the first 2 MATRIX. I mean Wow, talk about an action flick with a solid story. “Warrior” with Tom Hardy is the best MMA film ever made. If we talk strictly about action well Donnie Yen is the best Action Hero in Chinese movies.
When training for stunt work, what is a typical day like for you?
We start with a warm up, then choreography. We make up new choreography every day to keep our creativity going, gymnastics, acrobatic reactions, sword work, mini Trampoline, high falls. And once every couple weeks we’ll workshop Wire work, Stunt driving, Big trampoline and other things.
In this role as Tyrone in Evil Feed, what do you love the most about your character?
The Comedy, he is such a badass and takes himself so seriously but is straight out of a cartoon, a 70’s cartoon for that matter. It was so much fun to play.
How does this role, in this genre, differ from the others that you’ve done?
EVIL FEED is a specific genre of its own: Action, Horror, Gore, and Comedy. I’ve never seen any movies like that before. And I’ve never worked on one either. It is like taking all the movies I did in the past and all the genres and put them all in one.
What “juicy bits” of information can you share with us while you were on the set of EVIL FEED?
Hmmmm… Not sure what I can or should not share. I’ll tell you that when I give you the “Signal” in the movie I’ll need your help… You’ll have to see it 😉
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Great question! Back in Haiti we had a rooster in the backyard, I had nothing to do during the day so I would just feed the rooster and chill. We became friends. One afternoon I asked my aunt: “Matante, where’s Gerry?” (That was his name) And she answered: “You ate it this afternoon, don’t you remember? It was delicious”. God, I felt like I just ate a human being and sadly enough it was actually delicious.
Where some of your favourite Chinese restaurants and what are your favourite dishes?
I love “VIP” In Old Montreal and “Tsui Hang” at Granville and Davie Street in Vancouver. When it comes to food, I love my classics: Any meat fried rice, Orange chicken, sesame chicken and all the good old stuff.
What’s next for you? Or what’s your dream role?
Well, after the After Dark Festival next week in Toronto, I’ll be promoting the APTN’s show, Mohawk Girls and hopefully start the second season very soon. I have to play Toussaint L’ouverture in the historical, for now inexistent, Blockbuster film about the Revolution of the first black Republic in the world. The Haitian Revolution against the French. That would be the role I was born for.
EVIL FEED is making its world premiere during the 2013 Toronto After Dark Film Festival on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 9:30 PM.
For more information and film synopsis visit evilfeed.com and I’ll just leave you with this….