Thomas Sadoski on his acting career and ‘The Mimic’
Thomas Sadoski has had as diverse of a career as any theater actor could. Working under Neil LaBute, Kenneth Lonergan, and Craig Lewis on stage, to acting alongside Jeff Daniels in The Newsroom, Sadoski has been as diverse with his roles as one can be.
But Sadoski isn’t done changing it up yet. In his latest film The Mimic, Sadoski plays The Narrator, a man who befriends a new employee at the town’s newspaper, The Kid. But the world is not what it seems, and The Narrator has to investigate The Kid and find out the truth.
Working alongside Jake Robinson (The Carries Diaries) under director/writer Thomas F. Mazziotti, The Mimic puts Sadoski into the comedy world for a change. In honor of the film’s release, we sat down with Sadoski to discuss his extensive career and what to expect from The Mimic.
Tell us about your history in acting. How did you start your journey?
I went to theatre school at Circle in the Square and then after I graduated I started to make my bones in the off-broadway theatre community in NYC a little over 22 years ago. It was an amazing time to be coming up in the community at that time. You have to remember that we were the tail end of the first generation to come up after the AIDS crisis had stolen so many of the amazing artists who would have been our mentors. And the artists that survived were rightfully furious.
They were activists and they were unapologetic. We had titans like John Guare and August Wilson paving the way for Kushner and Wasserstein and Sarah Kane and Lynn Nottage and Neil LaBute and Suzan Lori Parks and David Henry Hwang and so many more; it was fucking electric. It was better and more worthwhile than anything happening in Hollywood by an incalculable margin.
What great actors are you inspired by?
The actors of that same electric NY theatre generation: Mary Louise Parker, Viola Davis, Mark Ruffalo, Elizabeth Marvel, Bill Camp, Jeffrey Wright.
Are you involved in any acting communities? Would you suggest new actors seek these out?
I am involved in my theatre community; the community of theatre artists that I came up with and the folks we are following and those we’re making the way for. If you’re interested in being an artist, seek other artists. If you’re interested in being famous . . . I got nothing for ya.
What was the one movie you saw that made you want to go into acting?
Oh, man. Inherit The Wind, In The Name of the Father, Robert Shaw’s monologue in Jaws. That’s the first stuff that leaps to mind. Impossible to choose!
How was working on The Mimic? Tell us about the filming process.
It was crazy. It’s a crazy movie! We were constantly trying to get our feet under us but it was a great cast and a great crew. We had a lot of fun.
What was it about the script for The Mimic that drew you in?
I thought it was just so . . . odd! And I laughed and laughed at how absurd it was and I wanted to figure out what it was all about, this mad story.
There’s a lot of comedic banter in the script. Did you and Jake Robinson do a lot of rehearsal?
Not a ton. We really just dove in and trusted each other.
How was working with writer/director Thomas F. Mazziotti?
I love Tom. This is his story so he’s really specific about what he’s looking for and he’s got such a wonderful and bizarre sense of humor. So he let us play around within reason.
Why do you think our audience will want to watch The Mimic?
I personally think it’s a wonderfully weird little film and it’s got some really great actors in it. Who doesn’t need that in their life right now?
Tell us about your show Tommy, why should our readers watch it?
It’s all about Chief Abigail Thomas, played by Edie Falco, who is the first female chief of police in the history of the city of Los Angeles. It’s all about her negotiating this new job, this new life and all of the work that goes into leading a city. It’s like The West Wing meets Law & Order. One hell of a cast. Really a great network show.
What tips do you have for new actors?
- I waited for years in this industry under the mistaken impression that I had to be given permission to do what I loved to do. You don’t have to wait. Now more than ever, just make your own stuff. Find your generation of creators and create.
- Don’t base success on “likes” or certainly not on reviews, god, do anything but listen to those cretins.
- Find power structures and question them, relentlessly.
- Always, always find a way to be of service to the world outside of this industry and this craft.
- If you become blessed enough to have a platform it is your responsibility to give back to the younger generation of artists and it is your duty to speak out on social issues. Never, under any circumstances, let anyone limit your voice because of what you do or who you are.
- And remember this; Harvey Weinstein was not the only predator in this industry. Speak up. You won’t have to fight alone. I promise.
Any new projects in the works?
I have a couple of film projects in the works that I am producing/developing that I am incredibly excited about but it’s a little too premature to say officially. But I can confirm that I’m directing my first play this summer at MCC in New York. PERRY STREET, by the great Lucy Thurber, is a harrowing look at artists and benefactors, class and hunger. We open in June 2020.
Have you worked with mentors in the past? How would you recommend people go about finding them?
Everyone is a mentor if you adjust the way you view things. Watching people in rehearsal and on set has taught me a lot about what kind of an artist I want to be and what kind of an artist I don’t want to be. Find the people who are dedicated to their craft and who treat others with respect and dignity. Watch them closely.
Who would compose the soundtrack of your life?
Mike Ness or Tim Armstrong.