Joseph stars in the new film Armistice as a Royal Marine who finds himself trapped in a house occupied by inhuman enemies. We caught up with the London native to hear how he prepped for the movie, his biggest challenge on it and his dream role.
1: What made you want to play A.J. in Armistice?
JM: When the director pitched it to me, it was just the concept of a man alone in the house with himself essentially. The idea of playing this man who is kind of struggling with his demons--both literally and metaphorically. And not having another actor to bounce off--just doing that is probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an actor.
2: How did you prepare for a role that required you to be stuck in a house the whole time?
JM: I just came straight off doing a mini series so I was physically--I felt more ready for it. I've been through a kind of boot camp. Then I worked a lot with our producer and military adviser who was a royal marine. Luke [the director] and I spent a night or two in the war house improvising scenes and playing with ideas.
3: What was your biggest challenge while working on Armistice?
JM: It was certainly exhausting mentally and physically because there weren't many breaks. We had one day off a week when we were shooting. There wasn't anyone else to share the burden with--that was extremely challenging. Because the script changed and developed so much as we shot it, it was certainly a more emotionally challenging role than I anticipated. It was a very lonely role to play.
4: The Originals is a big success! How do you feel about the spin-off?
JM: It feels really good. It was a long time coming. It's been really rewarding to explore that character to a greater level. To have everyone who is a fan of that show watching the other project I've done and getting them excited is very rewarding as well. I feel very lucky that the fan base is willing to come over and show an interest.
5: Every actor has a dream role, what is yours?
JM: There are so many different things. I'm a big reader so I suppose I would be interested in playing a role from a book I love. But I read a lot of genre, so I don't think I'm looking for another sort of vampire or werewolf part. I'm happy to be still playing [Klaus] on The Originals, but in terms of looking for something else--I suppose anything from a Stephen King novel would be great. Anything that meant I could get to meet Stephen King would be a great role for me I think.
Armistice is now available on VOD and iTunes and will be in theaters on January 31.