Feb 17, 2009 10:47 AM EST

Brad William Henke Discusses The Upcoming DVD Release of Choke with FlickDirect

Brad William Henke Discusses The Upcoming DVD Release of Choke with FlickDirect
Brad William Henke, Denny in Clark Gregg's Choke recently had a chance to sit down with one of FlickDirect's staff members, Marco Chacon and discuss the upcoming DVD release of Choke...

Marco: Why did you do Choke? What attracted you to it?

Brad: I didn't know a lot about it.  I read the script the night before, and I like the character a lot.  I felt he was the heart of the film.  He grew, healed and helped his buddy heal.  I was really attracted to that.  Also, they told me Sam was doing it, and I liked Sam.

I also read the book and liked how close the script was to the book.

Marco: Are you a Chuck Palahniuk fan?

Brad: Since I saw Fight Club, I have been.  I was flying to Hawaii, and I started reading Haunted.  That is a book you really need complete concentration for.  I also met him during the filming.  He's a really nice, unique guy.

Marco: What would you tell a non-Chuck Palahniuk fan who is  thinking about seeing Choke?

Brad: Well, if you saw Fight Club, you'll like it.  It has some of the same elements.  Guys-guys will like it.  It has some sexy stuff like Sam's character who sees a girl and imagines what her breast will look like.  For everyone else, there is a lot of redemption in the movie -- so many deep things about how you search for lost love as a kid ... and search for hope.

When the movie came out, I went and watched it -- just as a movie.  I thought it had a really good message.

Marco: The movie has a lot of stuff in it about therapy.  The main characters are recovering sex-addicts.  I know that Chuck Palahniuk spent time visiting 12-step meetings, but not as a person in recovery -- he was a driver for people in rehab.  Do you have any background in therapy?  How do you feel the movie treats the subject of recovering addicts?

Brad: I have had one-on-one therapy quite a bit.  For the show, we went to some sex-addiction meetings.  In the movie, there are guys and girls there; and I thought this would be kind of sexy: people talking about having sex.  When I got there, it was all guys and I thought ... okay, this is different.

Then you hear some of the saddest stories ever.  They get on sex, lose their jobs; it is horrible.  This guy had a business meeting that went wrong. He went to his office and started watching porn on the Internet; someone came in and saw him. and he got fired.  It is a mood addiction. Where I might eat a burrito, they would do a sexual thing.

When Sam and I heard this, we went "oh crap--this is a serious thing and we need to be serious about it."  I think the film treats it with respect.

Marco: You are in JJ Abram's new Star Trek movie.  Can you tell us anything about that?  Were you on any cool Star Trek sets?

Brad: I think if I say anything they can possibly sue me for my house or something like that.  They dropped the script off -- just my scene -- in what appeared to be an armored truck.  I had to sign for it.  What I can say is that Kirk, when he was a boy, lived on a farm and had an abusive uncle.  That was me.

We did the scenes in front of a farm house, but there was also a model of a futuristic farm house -- a small one -- that we were in front of.  The model was only a few feet high, so I don't really know how it is going to look.

Marco: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. Have a nice day.

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