Fantastic Fest 2010 Video Interview: LET ME IN actor Elias Koteas

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
September 28th, 2010

You may not know the name Elias Koteas off the top of your head...but you should. To some, he's the "Oh, look! It's...that one guy from that one thing." The reality is, Koteas is one of the greatest working character actors today - think equal parts Daniel Day Lewis and Robert De Niro - with scene-stealing roles in films like THE THIN RED LINE, ZODIAC, and of course SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL. Alas, you cannot mention Koteas' body of work without mentioning the role that, in my opinion, started it all. At least with those of us that grew up in the late '80s and early '90s. The film is 1990's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. That role is the hockey mask-sporting, baseball bat-wielding badass that is the Sporty Spice of crimefighters, Kasey Jones.

Fast forward to now, where Koteas has a supporting yet significant role in LET ME IN, CLOVERFIELD director Matt Reeves' take on the 2008 Swedish vampire film LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. You'll be surprised to find that Koteas, whose role is one of the differences that sets the two films apart, has not seen LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and had not yet seen LET ME IN at the time of this interview. You'll also be not-so-surprised to see what a brilliant actor and humble human being this man is.

All this and more in our interview for LET ME IN from Fantastic Fest after the break! Oh, and if you're wondering, the answer is yes. Yes, I did take the opportunity to ask him about TMNT and Kasey Jones. After all, I am a professional.

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