We fell in love with Steve while watching him on the screen in our living room and waited with baited breath for his next acting job. And then we discovered Steve loves to direct and wants to do more of it, and we feared we would never see him in front of the camera again. Recently, we found his name attached to numerous projects as the executive producer. So what can we expect from Steve in the future? Will he stick to acting and performing on stage? Will he disappear from the screen altogether, and we’ll only see his name scrolling down in the credits?
Hopefully, Steve can help answer these questions.
Simply Moyer: We’ve had some conversations between us about some of the roles that you’ve fit into, whether it be executive producer, director, actor. Got a favorite?
Steve: Directing. I’ve wanted to do it all my life. When I was about 14, my Uncle and Auntie were entertainers and my Uncle Tony, I adored and he’s dead now, but when I was about 13 or 14, they were entertainers. They were a double act, him and his wife, and I was round at their house one day, and he said to me, ‘What do you want to do, son, what do you want to do when you’re older? Have you got any ideas yet?’ He knew I sang and stuff in the school choir and I was doing shows. I said, ‘I think I want to be an actor.’ And he said, ‘Yeah. I think you’re a director.’ I said, ‘Oh.’ I didn’t even know what a director was. He said, ‘I saw you walk into the room today.’ Little bossy fucker that I was, you know, I was walking around telling people what they should be doing, moving chairs and arranging shit. And I’ve been doing that all my life. And I love it! And I love photography! You know I always have a camera with me. I’m always shooting. I’m always composing images in my head.
Steve: That said, you know, I adore acting. Whenever people ask me this question, especially family and my son and stuff, it’s like … acting’s vocational, you don’t just choose not to do it. It’s like, if you get a couple of bad reviews, you don’t go, ‘Oh fuck it! I’m not going to do it anymore.’, because it’s nothing to do with them, it’s nothing to do with what you think about what I’m doing. I do it because I have to do it. I do it because it’s part of me. I’ve been doing it since I was ten. I don’t know what else to do and it’s not that I don’t want to do other stuff … I do. But ultimately, I still return to the acting part of it because it’s my … it’s a method of me being.
Simply Moyer: You’re passionate about it.
Steve: Yeah, it sounds wanky, but it’s who I am.
Simply Moyer: Can you picture doing anything else besides acting and directing?
Steve: Yeah, you know, I want to write. Finding the time is tough, but I want to write, and I’ve always done bits and pieces of that. I’m excited about producing. Me and Anna have got a project that may well go the beginning of January that will be me producing and her acting and so, it’s all creative. I’ve written music for plays twenty five years ago, you know, I want to do that. All sorts of things.
Simply Moyer: Typical Libra
Steve: Yeah, exactly! It’s absolutely true. One of the things that I’ve always wanted to do, me and my best mate Alan and I used to laugh about it, I’ve always wanted a lathe, I’ve always wanted to turn wood and be a carpenter. I love architecture as well, so I’ve always wanted to build a house and me and Anna are kind of doing that at the moment somewhere, so all those things play into the creativity of making stuff, you know. I love it! I love it! The next thing I’m going to do is build a tree house, so I’m really excited about that. That’s going to be in the next couple of years. I’ve done one already in England, so I’m going to do one out here.
Simply Moyer: Executive producer … what’s it like gathering all that money?
Steve: Fucking frustrating! It’s very, very hard to get it. It’s really, really easy to spend it. And there’s never enough. So you’re always trying to … you know, we’re not in, our skies aren’t in a situation where we are making 150 million dollar projects, and truthfully, it’s not what we want to do. So, everything that we do is in the under 15 million scenario, and mostly under 10 million, truthfully. So, within those budgets you’re always looking at something that is … getting that kind of money is hard. If you attach Leo Dicaprio to something, you’re going to be given 80 million dollars, but it’s not as simple as that. There’s very, very few people who attract that kind of budget. So the stuff that we want to do, which is usually very dramatic or very small, emotional stories about character, without speedboat chases, it’s gonna be under 10 million dollars. That sounds like such a lot of money, but it isn’t, because you’re, you know, it costs you 80 to 100 thousand dollars a day to shoot something, so you’re immediately up against it, trying to create it. So, it sounds fabulous to have all that money, but it’s not my experience so far!
Simply Moyer: So, do you actually enjoy that part of it?
Steve: No, that is not who I am! Cerise, who works for us, who is a joint partner in our company, that’s what she does. I’m interested in story. I found Free Ride, which was our first film, I found that script and took it to Anna. The script that we’re starting in January, if that happens, that is something I found and took it to Anna. So, I love doing that. I love finding that stuff. I love working on that. I love the creative aspect of it. But, the actual finding of the money is, I couldn’t be less interested. I just want people to give us the money and fuck off!
“I just want people to give us the money and fuck off!”
We love this line, so it seems the perfect place to end this segment of our interview. But, first we want to share a few photos of Steve showing how passionate he can be while having a conversation. We know you all love that part of him.
If you’ve missed the previous installments of our interview with Steve you can catch up.