I had the privilege of speaking with the “From Dusk Till Dawn” cast back in June at ATX Festival. In this article, Jake Busey (Professor Tanner/Sex Machine) and Brandon Soo Hoo (Scott Fuller) discuss their characters. Be sure to check out the newly released trailer for season two above. “From Dusk Till Dawn” season two airs August 25 on El Rey Network.
Q: You mentioned that you think of Professor Tanner/Sex Machine as kind of a Greek Chorus. Could you expand on that?
Jake Busey: The reason that I spoke to my character being sort of a, a quasi-Greek Chorus, and actually kind of ripping off one of our writers on that one because it’s a line from the script, but I’m not one of the core group. I’m not a Gecko brother. I’m not a Fuller family person, and really the show, and dating back to the film, it’s the Geckos and the Fuller family smashing together, and then winding up in this hellhole. I’m an outsider who, all on my own doing, has been studying this Meso-American history and been infatuated with it my whole life. Season two will expand on that and expand upon how and why I came to be a professor at the university. We had big plans in season one for the character of Professor Tanner to be more expanded upon, to see more of the professorial side of him in his educational world, but kind of [Busey snaps his fingers] jumped right into the twister. And I think season two there will be options for us to see a little more of who Professor Tanner originally, why he’s there, and what his own motives are. So he’s got his own infatuation with all of this, this Mayan lore that average people on the streets don’t even believe exist.
Madison Davenport [Kate Fuller]: Well yeah you went so far as to sacrifice people. [Everyone laughs]
Busey: I don’t know anything about any sacrificing…so yeah, my character, he’s an outsider. He’s not a Fuller or a Gecko. I feel like at times, he’s a little bit of what the Greek Chorus was in Shakespeare’s plays. He sort of relates to the audience as much as he’s relating to the plot lines going on. He’s almost a bridge at times, maybe at times a little comical bridge, you know? A little comical relief from all the seriousness of what’s going on, people transforming into snakes and things.
Brandon, your character Scott is going through some transformations as well. I was hoping you could explain what’s going on with him throughout the course of the show.
Brandon Soo Hoo: Well Scott, he initially started off, he had a pretty rough childhood, he was adopted. You see him kinda coming into terms with his past a little bit in his own kinda somewhat dark way. The way he slowly transforms is he already had some skeletons in the closet, and as he grows up, he’s trying to find ways to deal with it. But then, when he enters this whole world, he never really is able to resolve any of his issues, and it kinda just manifests into this darkness that’s inside that character, and you’ll see a lot of that sprout out in season two. He hangs out with Carlos who really isn’t a good influence on him either. While the entire time, he’s kind of rebelling against his, not rebelling against his, he’s kinda separate from his sister. He doesn’t really want to reunite with her, and the entire time she’s trying to find him.
Davenport: I don’t know, I think rebel is a good word. It’s kinda like when, like Rumspringa, when all the little Amish kids go do everything they’re not supposed to do.
Busey: [laughs] Hell of a Rumpsringa!
Soo Hoo: So Scott becomes Amish in season two. [everyone laughs]
What did you think of the interview? Don’t worry, there’s so much more from this interview that will continue to be posted as August 25 gets closer and closer. What was your favorite moment from the season two trailer? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.