The Filmcraziest Show – Robert Bockstael for Fatman (2020)

Here’s another episode of The Filmcraziest Show featuring a Christmas film, as I chat with Robert Bockstael (pictured in the featured image in the background on the right) who plays Captain Jacobs in the new Mel Gibson film Fatman.

In Fatman, a rowdy, unorthodox Santa Claus (Gibson) fights to save his declining business by taking on a government contract proposed by the military, represented by Captain Jacobs (Bockstael). Meanwhile, Billy (Chance Hurtsfield), a neglected and bratty 12-year-old, hires a hit man (Walton Goggins) to kill Santa after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking. The film also stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Eric Wolfe, and it is written and directed by Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms.

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Robert Bockstael. (Courtesy of his Facebook.)

On this episode, we talk about what it was like for Robert filming so close to home here in the Ottawa area; shooting a rifle; the candy buffet and some improv with cookies; what it was like working with Mel Gibson and meeting one of his heroes; talking about some of Robert’s in-film death scenes and what it’s like to have a squib explode on you; comparing Fatman to old Westerns and auditioning for Unforgiven; as well as his son’s YouTube channel and a virtual walk across Spain. There’s much more in between, too.

You can listen to the episode below or go here to download it.

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