Dexter Darden Speaks On His New Role In ‘Maze Runner: Scorch Trials’
Actor Dexter Darden, the chorus singer who later became a star from legend actor Paul Newman’s camp, discussed his take on how he landed and prepared for the role in the new movie “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”.
How did you land a spot on this film?
I audition for the role and did fairly well. I soon was called for a second interview and landed it. I heard about the film from my cousin who thought I would be a perfect fit and then I read the book later on.
How hard was it to get into character for this position?
The casting wasn’t as hard, he’s the same type of guy as myself. My goal was to bring this role to life by applying my life into this character.
How was your preparation for this film as far as rehearsing your script?
This was the most physically film I’ve ever done before. It was shot in Mexico, 620 miles above sea level which is hard to breathe from that attitude. Training for that type of physicality of the film was very tough. This film was a fun experience and I really enjoyed diving into the character.
It was tough! Really got me into shape.
Was there ever a time in filming where you completely forgot a line or two?
There’s always time to buff up a line or two. That’s a part of acting. We all have theses moments where you completely forget your dialogue also known as a brain fart. You just have to attack them, more than likely the director will give you another shot.
Describe the feeling of being chased by the cranks in the abandoned building?
In the scene where we were running through the mall from the cranks, we are REALLY running. The director told the crank to come for us, let the kids be afraid of you. All the running is all us. The feeling of being chased from the cranks really had my adrenaline going.
Who was your biggest supporter during filming?
My mom! This was a long process of just months of auditioning. My role was the last one to be cast. The process was long and quite stressful but at the end the key was to remain focused. My mother kept me calm and I really appreciated it because you need someone like that in this business.
Was there a time filming in the desert where you had to stop because of the heat?
We had to keep water on us so we definitely took multiple breaks. This was the toughest part of filming because of the heat and the high altitude.
With the film releasing on September 18th, what do you hope to be the outcome?
I appreciate every moment of filming. The waiting process tends to be a bit stressful because you never know how people will take the movie and all you can do is hope the fans like it as much as you did.