‘Sleeping with Danger’: Adam Beauchesne delves into Tom Garvey, says playing 'unwitting accomplice' is his niche
'The movie could serve as a kind of demonstration of both some of the darkest sides of humanity and the most powerful, hopeful sides of it too'
Lifetime’s upcoming thriller, ‘Sleeping with Danger’, inspired by Ann Rule’s true crime stories, follows a flawed protagonist Paul Carter, and his obsession with flight attendant Grace Tanner, whose knight in shining armor turns into a nightmare after his true identity comes to light. Our anti-hero might be despised by everyone owing to his tainted reputation, but he has his pal Tom Gravey to have his back, who is no less of a bad guy himself. Actor Adam Beauchesne, who essays Tom, in an exclusive interview with MEA Worldwide (MEAWW) reflects on playing a not-so-positive role while speaking in length about the different aspects of the thriller movie.
Asked about playing Tom, who is a close friend of a fugitive, Adam said, “You know, it’s a kind of niche I’ve found for myself in this industry. I play villains occasionally, but more often than not, I’m an unwitting accomplice or the son of a bad guy. I’ve always thought the villains are more fun to play. In this case, with such serious subject matter, I’m not sure I’d use the word “fun”, but it’s interesting to delve into characters like Tom who may not be inherently evil, but maybe a bit naive, and definitely flawed. It’s interesting to get to explore all aspects of humanity, even the darker sides, in a safe space like film.” Although his character makes for an interesting one, the actor isn’t sure if it drew inspiration from Anne Rule’s novel the film is based on.
‘Sleeping with Danger’ touches upon serious issues such as abusive relationships and mental illnesses. Talking about the takeaway it has to offer its viewers, he explained, “I think that while the subject matter is quite dark and disturbing, it’s a really empowering story. What the central character goes through is incredibly harrowing, but it demonstrates a person’s resiliency in the face of such intense adversity. And it is based on a real story that makes it ring that much more true.” He further added that one should definitely watch the movie for the “remarkable” performances it showcases. “Elisabeth and Antonio have this incredible chemistry that works so much so well for a story like this.” Besides this, Adam believes the story needs to be witnessed by a larger section of the society as it carries strong and empowering messages.
“This woman’s [Grace] experience needs to be seen to be believed, and the movie could serve as a kind of demonstration of both some of the darkest sides of humanity and the most powerful, hopeful sides of it too,” he said, before stating another reason why one shouldn’t miss out on ‘Sleeping with Danger’. Adam said, “I think it’s just a really entertaining script! David Weaver is such a talented director and storyteller, it’ll be a great watch. I’m a big fan of true crime, and I think this will be a perfect fit for likeminded people!”
Talking about the working relationship he shared with his fellow actors, he explained, “Sleeping with Danger was an incredibly welcoming set. Both Elisabeth and Antonio were great to collaborate with and perfect for those roles.” He spoke about the “huge perk”, which was working alongside the award-winning actress Veena Sood, who is seen as a private investigator in the film. “I’d met her socially just before this project, so it was such a joy getting to spend a couple of days on set with her. She is just so immensely talented and kind, I really hope we get to collaborate again soon!” he said excitedly.
After having extensively worked in television and films, Adam is now more involved in voice-over and audiobooks, which has also kept him involved during the indefinite shelter-in-place. Meanwhile, talking about his upcoming projects, he said, “The final season of 'You Me Her' just aired on CraveTV and will be on Netflix shortly. We wrapped up the first season of 'Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist', which will be returning for a second season hopefully soon! And I’ll be in an upcoming episode of 'Supernatural' on The CW in October, and the new season of 'The Twilight Zone' on CBS when that begins airing again. Can’t wait to get back on set for Lifetime soon as well!”