Lacey Chabert and Wes Brown star in “Haul Out the Holly” a new, original movie premiering Saturday, November 26 on Hallmark Channel. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with Wes Brown about his experience in the making of this movie and what fans can expect. Check out the full interview in the article below!
What’s been the main element in Jared’s character and the movie in general that fascinates you the most and drew you to join Haul Out the Holly?
WES BROWN: One of the main elements around this film, especially Jared’s character, is just the complete enthusiasm that they have for an ongoing tradition with this neighborhood that they have. He’s the president of an HOA that definitely wants to make sure everything is taken as seriously as it can. As far as sticking to Christmas traditions, the lights of the displays, he wants this display to look as good as it’s always been. It’s been like this for decades since at least Lacey Chabert’s parents are somewhat retiring and Jared’s taking over. And it’s an enthusiasm not only with himself, but the other members of the neighborhood and the HOA that Lacey is just not she’s not ready for yet. So it’s a pretty wild and fun ride, a very unique movie that I’ve got to be a part of.
Is there any particular feature in Jared’s character you can relate to on a personal level?
Ohh, absolutely. His love for Christmas lights and displays and decor is something definitely that’s personal to me. I’m an interior decorator. I always have been. I have a love for neighborhoods that tend to do this. I’ve lived by a couple places in my life that have done this and it’s been a tradition to go and see these places and we always look forward to seeing what they’re going to do. So it’s a very memorable moment and he’s just trying to keep that alive as old participants leave and new ones are on the way. He’s definitely trying to show her a bit of what that means to everyone. So I can definitely relate to that because I’ve been a part of it.
To all the fans that are looking forward to watching Haul Out the Holly, how would you describe the movie if you had just 3 words?
A – True – Comedy
The true comedy in a sense that this is one of the biggest supporting casts that I’ve ever gotten to work with and it’s some truly great comedic actors that brought their game. So it forces you to come up. We had a great comedic director McLean Nelson, who I definitely think this movie sets itself apart than others that I’ve been a part of because of the true comedic element to it. Yes, it’s a beautiful christmas story. Yes, there’s some romance involved, but it’s funny. And you know, with Stephen Tobolowsky, Melissa Peterman, Peter Jacobson and many, many more, they just got some big heavy hitters that come from a huge background in comedy. It was just a really special project to be a part of. That’s what I’m going with. It’s a true comedy.
What’s been the biggest challenge for you in portraying Jared?
Biggest challenge for me is to always stay true to this character that we’ve created through, who we always wanted him to be.
With my producers and our director, we had an invision forum and it was always to stay true, to have him be not too much of a roller coaster, but to maintain this enthusiasm and we got to really play and try new things. But it was definitely a especially working with other great comedic actors, just a challenge to bring that every single day and new ideas. And it was nice to have a production that would let us try new things. If some didn’t feel like it was working, we could go back to something else. The actors on set were very, very giving, always wanted to try new things. So it was a very unique special place that you don’t get all the time. So this was a nice one.
If you could choose any other character on the movie, apart from Jared, that you would have loved to play, which one would it be and why?
I’ll go with Peter Jacobson’s character, because he’s out on some nice, beautiful tropical vacation down in sunny South Florida. But I love Jared so much. I mean, I’ll go with Peter because I have to make one. But I just- I really loved playing this character. Peter did a great job. That’s also weird too, because I would have to, like, take someone else’s job, and everyone else was so good at their job, I’m not sure I would have done anything else justice. I just tried to do what I did.
The interview with Wes Brown has been edited and condensed for lenght and clarity. Watch the full video at the top of the article!
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