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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

20 questions with James Hutson

This Vancouver-born actor's latest work, Dark Harvest, is a gritty tale about the illusive pot industry

Meet Vancouver-born actor, writer, director and producer, James Hutson.

Hutson’s latest project Dark Harvest, is a gritty tale about a marijuana grower forced to partner up with a suspended narcotics investigator to solve a murder. Hutson wrote and directed the film and stars alongside acclaimed method acting teacher A.C Peterson, and comedic icon Cheech Marin.

Meet James Hutson

Classically trained at Oxford by John Barton, Kevin Spacey and Alan Rickman, James has played roles from Richard III to American Buffalo’s ‘Teach’.

The Vancouver-born actor’s life-long mentorship with Ben Kingsley developed after Oxford’s theatre faculty selected James to play Vladimir in Waiting For Godot directed by Kingsley.

James’ biggest cinema breaks came from being a ‘reader’ during casting sessions for Insomnia and Reindeer Games, where directors John Frankenheimer and Chris Nolan were drawn to James’ mix of American and English acting styles. The two legendary Hollywood directors opened up opportunities for James to rehearse and perform with Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron, and Ben Affleck.

20 Questions with James Hutson

1 Your first job.

Delivered the Vancouver Sun.

2 The job you always wanted as a child.


3 Your pet peeve.

People taking up two lanes to turn right.

4 Your hero.

Philip Seymour Hoffman.

5 Your biggest indulgence.

Earnest Ice Cream.

6 One thing no one knows about you.

I flipped burgers at McDonald’s.

7 Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

A big palm tree full of coconuts (that’s one, right?), a tent, my collection of plays.

8 The one word your best friend would use to describe you.


9 If you were not pursuing a career in film, what would you be doing?

A race car driver.

10 Hero or villain?


11 Your life’s motto/mantra.

A job worth doing is a job worth doing well.

12 The song that gets the most play on your iTunes playlist.

“Waiting On a Friend” by the Rolling Stones.

13 The one role you are destined to play, and why?

A godfather from the post-apocalyptic future. It would be a highly intelligent survivor, an undefined role, which I can become.

14 If you were a cartoon character what cartoon character would you be and why?

I’ve been told that I’m Bugs Bunny. I agree.

15 What will it say on your grave marker?

James Hutson: Built the door and walked through it.

16 Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Jennifer Connelly & Amy Adams … was that two?

17 Your idea of happiness.

Making movies with my best friends.

18 The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

My relationships with my family, both alive and gone.

19 If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 20-year old self?

Dude, you can write.

20 To be or not to be?

To bear those ills we have as they turn out to be the depth of our wisdom and love.

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