Derrick Scott played the role of “Pip” who was Doctor Michelle Herman’s assistant in “2010: Moby Dick”. Sidekicks can make or break a film and Derrick did an excellent job as Doctor Herman’s reliable, comical, and witty go to guy in the film. This was his first of hopefully many more Asylum films and he was kind enough to share his experience with us.
Most of “2010: Moby Dick” was filmed in the submarine. How did filming go being in the same confined setting all the time?
Derrick: It was good for me because it helped me stay focused and in touch with what I wanted to accomplish as Pip. And it gave you something tangible to feel and see, which I think helped with how I reacted to certain things.
How was working with Renee O’Connor and Barry Bostwick? I can picture them buying a round of shots and telling jokes after a day of shooting.
Derrick: Working with those two was a blessing. They both were really supportive and gave me the confidence to do my best work. Barry was hilarious and had the whole set in stitches pretty much every day! He showed me you can be professional and still have fun. He made it look so easy. Renee was a sweetheart, she was very kind and allowed me to just create moments. We got along really well.
You’re originally from Arkansas? How and when did you decide to make the leap to Los Angeles to be an actor?
Derrick: Yes, I made the move to LA a year after I shot a film back in Omaha, Nebraska called Imitation Life. A friend told me about the film and thought I should audition for it, so I did. I end up getting cast, and it made me realize what I had known from a young age. That I wanted to be an actor, so here I am five years later, making things happen for myself. The biggest thing for me as an actor is to make people feel something they never realized they had or knew they had but were too afraid to show.
Do you go back to visit Arkansas at all? If so, do you get any “celebrity perks” at local establishments?
Derrick: Never, It’s beautiful back there but other than fishing for croppy or hunting, not much to do. I do miss the cooking and the freeness of being in the country. It was peaceful. So no perks, but lots of Facebook and twitter love from friends and family!
What do you do when you’re not acting?
Derrick: I’m a big reader, love reading about acting and the people in the business. Right now I am reading True and False by David Mamet. I also am a father of two, so I love spending time with them. My son just started T-Ball so that’s really exciting. And I’m starting to box also, I love the sport.
There’s no doubt we should see Derrick in future films by The Asylum. In the meantime, to see what Derrick is up to, be sure to check out his links below and follow him and “like” his page.