The Cast
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RC EVERBECK as David Wellman
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, RC is a USC graduate who now resides in Santa Monica, California. He played the starring role of Billy in the film “Billy the Kid” and has had roles in “Spiderman,” “Sneakers” and “Pretty Woman.”

He was Executive Producer on "Monty" (a Montgomery Clift biographical film), a Newman/Tooley Films production, and "12 Bucks," which he financed. He also secured the star-studded cast for "12 Bucks" that included Jonathan Silverman and Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine. Acquired by BlockBuster, which gave it a national release, the film went on to become Official Selections at the 1998 AFI International, Atlanta, and Chicago Film Festivals.

RC also produced the short film "The Translator," starring Molly Ringwald, which was shot by 5-time Academy Award cinematographer nominee Alan Daviau (“E.T.,” “The Color Purple,” “Empire of the Sun,” “Avalon,” “Bugsy”). In addition, RC has produced numerous short films, commercials, public service announcements and music videos. He was interviewed during post-production.

Interviewer: How were you cast in the film?

RC: I was living in Los Angeles and heard there was a film in Portland called "Lie Detector." They had their cast and crew but not the lead. Scott Forslund, the director, got in touch with me and sent the script, which I really responded to. I worked on a few scenes and sent those as videos, then we discussed the role at length. Eventually he asked me to fly up for a meeting and do a couple scenes with other cast members.

Interviewer: How did your first meeting with the director go?

RC: It was a little funny because I was doing a scene with Richard Topping and Karla Mason, and halfway through the audition process Scott pulled me aside and in a solemn tone said "We want you for the part, dot, dot, dot…" He just left me hanging there. "And?!" I asked. And he said, "No, we want you for the part." So it was a big sigh of relief, but we got along famously right out of the gate. I could tell it would be a great collaboration.

Interviewer: What was your approach in taking on the character of David Wellman?

RC: I had a real connection with the character's backstory. My family has a long history in the military, back to the beginning of this country, so that was easy. At one time I even considered becoming a fighter pilot like my grandfather was in the Navy. So I've spent a lot of time thinking about that sort of lifestyle. The FBI and clandestine services have always intrigued me too. So it came down to the family aspect because I'm not married and don't have kids.

Interviewer: You play an aphasia patient in the film, can you explain how that affected your work?

RC: My approach to the aphasia was quite different. I didn't know anything about it at the time. Most of my research revolved around playing it accurately, being true to the role. Scott turned me on to some sites I could research and I did more on my own. Plus I read two books on it. There are different kinds of aphasia, and ours was specific to where there's a full recovery, with side effects that make this movie such a unique piece.

Interviewer: What was it like working with Richard Topping?

RC: Richard was amazing. He and I hit it off immediately, which was great because I didn't know anybody in Portland, so he became my new best friend. Because it's a physical movie, we spent a lot of time at the gym where we broke down scenes and worked on them till they felt realistic; each with our own approach. His style is more off the cuff, instinctual, where I use a deeper thought process until it feels right. So his first takes were perfect, where mine sort of came along on subsequent takes. But it was a really great partnership. I couldn't have asked for a better co-star.

Interviewer: And Karla Mason?

RC: Karla's wonderful; she comes from a theater background. You never walked on set without her having down exactly the way it's supposed to be. That was good because our scenes were a lot more intense. She made such great choices it was easy for me to just react. Working with her made difficult scenes so much easier than they could have been.

Interviewer: Your scenes with Nick Hughes who plays your son in the film were very authentic. How did you approach working with a 12-year-old?

RC: That part's easy; I have three brothers and three sisters. In fact, one of my brothers is Nick's age, so working with him felt really natural. And I have like 30 cousins and my Mom runs a day care. So when it comes to working with kids it's pretty much second nature. It was easy to connect with Nick; just a couple of guys on set. He sort of looked to me like a father for advice on stuff. But he was his own person too, and made his own choices, because he really has natural talent and could do just about anything Scott asked him to.

Interviewer: Michelle Hasson played your daughter. What was it like working with her?

RC: Like a lot of teenage girls she had her own thing going on, but that felt even more like a father-daughter relationship to me. We didn't talk too much about the scenes, but because we came from such different backgrounds it brought something interesting to our interactions. In fact, our friendship on set completely shut off when we got into scenes. But we goofed around too, she was a lot of fun.

Interviewer: You're from Los Angeles, what was it like shooting a movie in Portland?

RC: I'm from Boston actually, go Sox, but I do live in Los Angeles now. It's great getting out of town when you're shooting with a quality cast and crew. I've been on plenty of out of town shoots, smaller budget films that just didn't have the level of professionalism that the "Lie Detector" cast and crew did. When you're on a big studio film you maybe don't have as much freedom, but Scott cultivated an atmosphere of openness to new ideas, and I think that allowed everyone to make the best picture we could on a relatively small budget.

Interviewer: You shot some scenes in a real F-15. What was that like?

RC: It was a dream come true. If I could choose five different lives, or career choices, being a fighter pilot would have been one of them. Sitting in a real F-15 with real pilots around me, supporting us with their knowledge and experience; it was a thrill of a lifetime.

Interviewer: Did you have to do any special preparation for the role? Particularly for the climbing scenes?

RC: The two major things I had to prepare for, as I mentioned before, was the aphasia aspect of the film, which was a mental game, but the physical aspect was almost more challenging. After I was cast in the film I flew back to LA and contacted my friend Ascanio Pignatelli, a professional rock climber. Every day for three months we went rock climbing. He started me at a gym with the basics. By the end we were climbing some impressive rock walls. There was also the element of not only climbing well, but making it look good for camera. To me it was very important to look authentic, to respect climbing and the guys who do it for real.

Interviewer: Were you ever in any danger shooting the climbing scenes?

RC: There were a few instances where I was very appreciative of the technical advisor, Erik Sloan, and his climbing crew who rigged the scenes. When an actor does his own stunts, the risk is acceptable and appreciated. I enjoy doing my own stunts because I'm a physical guy, although I did have stunt doubles for the more dangerous stuff. I was fortunate to have a director that would let me do these things, but also have a safety crew around to make sure I didn't go beyond my capabilities.

Interviewer: Didn't the director ask you to climb up a 30-foot chimney without any safety lines on the very first day of the shoot?

RC: You know, he did. It's funny; our first day of shooting there involved little dialog. They basically took me to Yosemite and put me on rocks. Like, go climb. I figured they did that in case I couldn't climb, then they could recast the movie before they got too far in (laughter). It was exciting and terrifying at the same time. But after we got into it, the chimney didn't scare me because I was trained so well.

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RICHARD TOPPING as Spence McKenzie
Richard Topping started his career as a bar manager at the Beacon Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, and then went on-stage as a stand-up comedian on the London club circuit in the late 1980's. He moved into television in the 1990's, co-hosting several shows including BBC's "This Multimedia Business," "The Technophobe's Guide To The Future" and ITV's "The Web Review."

He moved to Sky Television's computer channel as host of "Masterclass," which ran for over 500 episodes, and was a regular guest presenter on "Chips with Everything," "Blue Chip" and "Buyer's Guide." Topping is also the author of several books on television and film including "Kevin and Perry," "Monty Python: A Celebration" and "Kenny and Me," the ghostwritten autobiography of actress Cleo Rocos. His first children's book, "Magical Uncle Urlich" was published by m2f Books in 2005.

In 2001, Topping moved to the United States to pursue a career in acting and writing. Recent work includes a guest star appearance on "Leverage." In 2010, Topping was the voice actor of Daniel for Frictional Games's Amnesia: The Dark Descent. He currently lives in West Linn, Oregon, and was interviewed during post-production.

Interviewer: I heard you auditioned for a supporting role, but ended up co-starring. How did that come about?

Richard: That's right. I originally auditioned for the part of Billy, and during auditions Scott felt that bringing me on-board as McKenzie would add an international dynamic to the story. It was a great honor to be offered a co-starring role, and Scott and Tim reworked the entire script to incorporate McKenzie's backstory with Wellman.

Interviewer: The chemistry you share with RC Everbeck is remarkable, you do seem like the best of friends even though your characters are very different types. What's your take on that?

Richard: RC and I were both aware that if the chemistry was to work on-screen, it had to work off-screen as well. We spent the entire shoot hanging out together and turned an on-screen friendship into an off-screen friendship. RC's a funny guy - it's hard not to get caught up in his energy and enthusiasm for everything he does, even if it is tormenting the crew with practical jokes.

Interviewer: There's some rock climbing in the film. How did you prepare for that?

Richard: Fortunately, I was a keen rock climber in high school, and am fairly comfortable hanging from a rock face. Most good climbers are very wiry and athletic, so I trained hard in the gym for the six months prior to shooting and dropped a good 25 lbs before we set off for Yosemite. RC and I also spent a lot of time at a local climbing gym as well to make sure we were comfortable at rope and equipment handling. We had an excellent stunt team on-set who made sure we were safe at all times, so I never felt nervous about some of the huge heights we were working at.

Interviewer: What was it like working with other cast members on the shoot?

Richard: Scott assembled a phenomenally talented cast, and it was a real privilege getting to work with them. Many of them have theater backgrounds and they brought a great deal of depth to their characters. It was a very supportive environment and I'm very grateful for the help and guidance they offered.

Interviewer: You're originally from the UK; is there much difference in the film industry there as opposed to here?

Richard: We drink more tea on set.

Interviewer: You played a scene at night, in pouring rain, in October; that seems like a chilling experience. Care to elaborate?

Richard: To get rain to show up on camera, you have to supersize the raindrops, which means a lot (and I mean A LOT) of water. Jerry Buxbaum, our stunt coordinator, used a system which connected directly to a fire hydrant and sprayed the water out of giant shower heads on 30 foot poles. It was a bitterly cold night, and within one take I was drenched. Since the scene (like any scene) needed a wide establishing shot, medium over the shoulders for both RC and myself and then close-ups it was a long, long, long night. We ran out of dry towels about halfway through so my emotional response at the end of the scene was as much about my incipient hypothermia as it was about David Wellman's breakdown.

Interviewer: You shot for a day at the Oregon Air National Guard in an actual F-15. What was that like?

Richard: That was an amazing experience. Scott strove for authenticity in every aspect of the movie, and having a chance to 'co-pilot' a genuine F-15 fighter, wearing a real high-tech flight suit, was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Very cool.
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KARLA MASON as Kate Wellman
Karla Mason’s professional acting career, both on stage and on camera, has taken her from the West to East Coasts and back again. She is currently based in the Portland Metro area.

Her prolific stage credits include leading roles at regional theaters across the country as well as leading appearances in Off-Broadway productions in New York.

Film and TV credits include "As the World Turns," "America’s Most Wanted," PBS’s "American Masters: None without Sin," and the independent feature film "Unremembered," along with countless commercials and industrials. Radio and commercial voiceover work are also in her resume of accomplishments.

Karla has had the pleasure of working with some outstanding names in the industry, including sharing the stage with and being directed by Dylan Baker, and acting under the direction of Tony Award winners Bart Sher and John Rando. She has toured nationally, and taught and directed under the auspices of the California Theatre Centre.

She was interviewed during post-production.

Interviewer: You play a strong character in the film who is also a wife and mother. What was your approach in developing her?

Karla: I always start with the script itself. A good script – like ‘Lie Detector’ – can provide those details that become “ins” or hooks to the character. Katharine is someone who had a challenging, rewarding and exciting career on the rise at the time she met David (RC Everbeck), one thatspoke to a woman who was not only strong, but independent and committed to her work. The choices she made once she became a wife and mother to me showed just as much strength and fierce commitment. While I’ve not been in the same extreme situations she has, looking at her whole story – past as well as present – there were definite parallels I was able to relate to.

Interviewer: The chemistry you have with RC Everbeck, Nick Hughes and Michelle Hasson - your film family - is very believable, like you're a real family. Was that just lucky casting?

Karla: It was a combination of good casting, good talent, and a very supportive atmosphere on set. Scott really helped set a tone of ease with all of us and particularly with the kids, which I think contributed to what you see on screen.

Interviewer: What was it like working with RC Everbeck?

Karla: RC is totally committed to his work and was incredibly committed to this project, which was inspiring. I enjoyed working with him a great deal.

Interviewer: And Richard Topping?

Karla: Richard brings so much to the role of Spence and to this film. I never get tired of watching his work – and felt the same about acting with him. He made it easy.

Interviewer: What about Nick Hughes and Michelle Hasson?

Karla: “My kids” were talented troupers during the course of the shoot – professional and present. It was a natural thing to fall into family mode with both Nick and Michelle.

Interviewer: What do you think of the current state of women in film?

Karla: Overall, women continue to be grossly under-represented within the film industry – on both sides of the camera. Having said that, we are making inroads, however small. Films by and about women – with women in less stereotypical roles and of a “certain age” – have been among some of the higher grossing films in recent years. Female audiences wield a lot of muscle when it comes to dropping dollars at the box office, and assumptions on the part of the industry about what audiences are interested in seeing are oddly blasted out of the water when the audience is provided something other than the Hollywood formula film.

Scott and Tim proved what they could do creating a smart, strong character with Katharine. Perhaps they can start thinking about a film about two female FBI agents, former fighter pilots, who are best friends…

Interviewer: You've worked with a lot of stage directors, how did that compare to working with Scott Forslund?

Karla: For me, coming from a lot of stage work, it’s always about “taking it down” for film. Scott’s energy and directing method suited me well. While he was always very focused and knew exactly what he wanted of a scene, he was also open to collaboration which lent itself to a very supportive environment. I loved working with him – and so admire what he’s accomplished with ‘Lie Detector.’

Interviewer: Any interesting anecdote you'd like to share?

Karla: I’ve rambled on enough. No lie.

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SHELLY LIPKIN as Derek Archer
Born in Pennsylvania, Shelly was trained at the U.S.I.U. School of the Performing Arts in San Diego, which has led to a distinguished career as an actor, director, author and teacher.

His film roles include "Mean Creek" (2004), "Extraordinary Measures" (2010), and "Population: 2" (2012), and his television credits include "Laverne & Shirley" (1980), "Quincy" (1983), "Lois & Clark" (1994), "The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer" (2003), "Leverage" (2009), "Portlandia" (2012), and "Grimm" (2012). Shelly's teaching credentials include The Portland Actor's Conservatory, The Art Institute of Portland, Northwest Children’s Theatre and Marylhurst University, and he has directed such plays as "Night School & The Collection," "The Setup," "To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday," and "The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man In The Moon Marigolds."

Awards have included a 2012 Drammy Award for Best Supporting Actor in "Collapse" for Third Rail Repertory Theatre, a 2011 Drammy Award for ensemble acting in "Thief River" for Profile Theatre, and the Dramalogue award for Best Director – West Coast Ensemble – “Valentines and Killer Chili.”
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DON STEWART BURNS as Norman Zeller
Don was born in Portland, Oregon. His film credits include "Management" (2008), "Mr. Holland's Opus" (1995), "Path of Evil" (2005), "Punk Love" (2006), and "The Sasquatch Gang" (2006).

His roles in television have included "Nowhere Man" (1995-96), "Leverage" (2012), and "Grimm" (2012). He has also performed in regional theater and resides in the greater Portland area.
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NICK HUGHES as Matt Wellman
Nick grew up in West Linn, Oregon. He had some commercial and print advertising experience, but never auditioned for a feature film prior to "Lie Detector." He was interviewed during post-production.

Interviewer: This was your first audition for a feature film?

Nick: Yeah, my Dad said you're probably not gonna get this part, just go in there and do your best. It was the first audition I'd ever done in my life, except for a play I did. But when I heard I got the part - a movie on my first audition - I was so excited because I'd always wanted to be an actor. It would be so much fun to do that.

Interviewer: What was your audition like?

Nick: I don't get nervous; I don't have stage fright or anything like that. I was excited to be there. Auditioning is like reading a book, like when you're into it and somebody's talking to you; you're not hearing them and then you snap back; you're back in the real world. It's like that except you are becoming somebody else.

Interviewer: Did you think some other kid might get the part?

Nick: Oh yeah, there were so many other kids that had these fancy pictures and huge resumes. My Dad just took a picture of me in my friend's yard, and my resume was a couple plays, one little film thing from school, and I was thinking these other kids have been in other movies and commercials, and who am I to be in here? But I pulled through and I got the part, amazingly.

Interviewer: What was it like playing RC Everbeck's son in the film?

Nick: It felt like a father-son thing, especially in the hammock scene - it felt like something a father and son would do. He's a really nice guy. He's funny; a good actor. I got to know him on set, we talked and hung out together.

Interviewer: What do you think of Richard Topping?

Nick: He's a cool guy. I like his accent. He's funny; he's a good guy too.

Interviewer: And Karla Mason?

Nick: Karla was really nice. She was very mommish. She was good.

Interviewer: What do you think of your director?

Nick: Scott is a very nice guy. I met him like on the second audition. He tells me what I need to work on. If it's not exactly right he tells me and gives me an example so I know, okay, this is what I need to do. Which is good feedback, to tell me what I need to do for the scene to work. He's just a good director.

Interviewer: What if you could detect lies in people?

Nick: I would like that power; that would be cool. It would make my life so different. I would know who is lying to me, and that would be, like, amazing. But it would almost be a burden type thing too because some people could lie to you to make you feel better and you'd know it.

Interviewer: What do you do for fun?

Nick: Just hang out with my friends. I play lacrosse and hip hop dance, and break dance, and I play soccer.

Interviewer: Haven't you done some diving?

Nick: That was awhile back, I did platform diving. I quit though because I was scared to go to practice because they'd say go up there and do a back flip, and I was like, 'I've never done that before,' and they said, 'Just go.' And I was up there thinking I don't want to do this and he was like counting, 'One, two, three, go!' And I said 'No, I'm not gonna go.' It was scary. So I quit, it was a little too intense for me.

Interviewer: Can you describe yourself? What kind of person you are?

Nick: I would say I'm funny. My friends say I'm funny. Nice, I hope. I just like to play and have fun. I like to do whatever makes me happy.

Interviewer: Well, thank you.

Nick: Thank you.

Nick's current educational interests include Mathematics, Architecture and Environmental Studies, and his favorite winter sport is snow boarding. He now resides in Wilsonville, Oregon.
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MICHELLE HASSON as Emma Wellman
"I started my career at an early age in Portland, Oregon, where I discovered my love of film, commercial work and the stage," says Michelle Hasson. "It was only natural that I follow this passion to Chapman University, where I earned a spot in the competitive BFA Screen Acting program. In this program, I was able to to cultivate my craft in various theatre techniques such as Meisner and Stanislavski, as well as gain invaluable on-screen performance experience."

She earned a BFA Screen Acting Degree at Chapman University while also developing other production skills at the world renowned film school. After graduating in 2010 she moved to Los Angeles where she hopes to continue working in film.

Her television credits include hosting the series "Jammin With the Blazers," with stage work in "Julius Caesar" with Theatre Unleashed, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (Lead), "Tuck Everlasting" (Lead), "Claus" at Oregon Children's Theatre, and "A Christmas Story" at Portland Center Stage.
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RACHEL PATE as Rose Dumaine
Rachel Pate lives in Seattle, Washington. Her varied career in film, television and theater is impressive. Film and television credits include "Frayed" (2007), "William Never Married" (2010), and "Fat Kid Rules the World" (2012). Theater credits include "Ibsen's Note" (Theater 9/12), "Addy, An American Girl" (Seattle Children's' Theater), "Rumors" (Bellevue Civic Theater), and "Something's Afoot" (Civic Light Opera).

Her wide ranging interests and skills include weight training, roller skating/blading, jazz and ballet dance, and gymnastics. She is also handgun trained and is a NASDS certified scuba diver.
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MARIO DePRIEST as Don Mansfield
As an actor, Mario DePriest is known for such films as "Body of Evidence" (1993), "Dr. Giggles" (1992) and "Payback" (1997), but he is also a rising star in the world of jazz.

A Los Angeles native, Mario has quickly developed into a premiere jazz artist, being the first to introduce the live American jazz vocal performance to the Russian far east where he appeared on television and concert venues in 1992. He has also performed at the Mount Hood Festival of Jazz as well as the Bumpershoot Jazz Festival in Seattle, Washington, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival and in jam sessions at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

He has been featured with such jazz giants as Leroy Vinnegar, Billy Higgins, Bennie Maupin, Richie Cole, Red Holloway, and Andrew Hill. "First Things First" is his first solo project in which he brings together Blue Note saxophonist Javon Jackson, former Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn bassist Frank de la Rosa, drummer Mel Brown, saxophonist extraordinaire Rob Scheps, trumpeter Thara Memory, pianist Jof Lee, and guitarist Dan Balmer, with percussive contributions from Akbar DePriest and Ron Steen.