Earlier this year I visited the set of ‘Stan Against Evil’ where they were filming their second season. I had the pleasure of meeting Mick Ignis, a talented actor who plays many of the demons and witches on the hit show. Last night, I was able to catch up with Ignis about his roles in the supernatural series which premieres on November 1st.
Horror Fuel: “I absolutely loved the first season of ‘Stan Against Evil’. Can you tell us a little about your roles in season one?”
Ignis: “I’m so happy to hear that! ‘Stan Against Evil’ is an absolute blast to shoot and it was such a pleasure to drop in for the first two episodes last season. I got to introduce audiences to our first monster, a vindictive witch named Stella Stanas, who’s the first to take advantage of the town demon-hunters death by killing her husband Sheriff Stan Miller…fortunately the only thing she ends up killing is his reputation. From there, the battle against the 172 demons takes off as Stan and new Sheriff Evie are plagued with the Willards Mill curse. Stella was an exciting and fun character to play, especially as we found the meshing of horror and comedy that this show so excels at. And to then switch off every other day of shooting to play the hellish Baphomet beast for episode 2 really pushed me to develop and differentiate the characters. Every character I get to play on the show is a new game and a new monstrous persona to play with!”
Horror Fuel: “You looked amazing as Baphomet. How long did it take you to be transformed into the demon, makeup-wise?”
Ignis: “Baphomet and Stella both took about 3 hours in the makeup chair before I arrived on set, but that number kept going down as my amazing group of artists got more comfortable with each application. I’m truly lucky to have this makeup team (lead by Autonomous FX and my on-set artist Dave Snyder) to make me look that gruesome each day.”
Horror Fuel: “Will we get to see you in season 2 of ‘Stan Against Evil?”
Ignis: “You absolutely will! You can actually spot two of my new characters in the trailers for the upcoming season. Without spoiling anything, I both got to share a character with a brilliant guest starring cinema veteran (who my sister and I were huge fans of as kids) and bring back a familiar face for a massive, action-packed finale. I’m pretty happy with my kill count this round and there’s a particular death scene in the seasons closer that may be one of my favorites of my career!”
Mick and I also discussed his role in Stan Lee’s The Sandman, premiering on Syfy on October, 14th.
The Sandman, co-starring Tobin Bell (the Saw franchise), Shaun Sipos (Texas Chainsaw 3D), Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Rick Ross (Aliens), and Haylie Duff (Napolean Dynamite), was written and directed by Peter Sullivan. Stan Lee serves as executive producer alongside Gill Champion, Barry Barnholtz (Leprechaun), and Jeffery Schenck (The Crooked Man).
Horror Fuel: “You have another project which is about to be released, a film titled ‘The Sandman’. The trailer is fantastic. Is there anything you can tell us about the film that the trailer doesn’t reveal (without giving spoilers of course)?”
Ignis: “I can tell you that the trailer is only the briefest glimpse of the evil the Sandman unleashes. When I first got ahold of the script, I had the biggest grin on my face as I read through all of these terrifying scenes that were planned. This is such a unique unfurling of a new horror creature and the action and suspense will hopefully keep viewers at the edge of their seats and follow them straight into their nightmares.”
Horror Fuel: It sounds great!
Horror Fuel: “How did the other actors react when they first saw you in full makeup? Did it freak anyone out? I mean, let’s be honest, you look pretty scary.”
Ignis: “As is usually the case with me on projects like these, I can’t help but lurk around set and try to scare unsuspecting crew members once I’m fully suited up. Seriously, don’t let me know you’re afraid of me or I’m TOTALLY gunning for you between shots. I got a great response from my castmates when they saw me fully done up, which made keeping the fear natural during shooting easy. As terrifying as I look on screen is about as terrifying as I looked on set. Funny enough, the one every was most concerned about being afraid of me the first time was our young actress Shae Smolik. When she DID catch her first glimpse of me as Sandman, she thought it was awesome and was beyond excited to summon me forth!”
Horror Fuel: “That sounds like a lot of fun actually. Shae sounds like a cool kid.”
Horror Fuel: “Who was the FX team behind ‘The Sandman’?”
Ignis: “I hope so! I usually hit several comic and horror conventions every year but, with all the projects that will be releasing this season, I’d love to expand the number of shows I do and make my way to areas of the country I’ve yet to spend time in. I love meeting with fans so, hopefully, I’ll find a way to guest at some conventions in the near future!”
Be sure to check out Mick Ignis in season one of ‘Stan Against Evil’, now on Hulu, and season two that premieres on November 1, 2017, and The Sandman premiering on October 14th.