Michael Kelly and Jesse Ray Sheps are a dynamic duo in the SXSW dramedy ‘All Square’
‘House Of Cards’ actor Michael Kelly and newcomer Jesse Ray Sheps created a strong bond both on and off screen in ‘All Square’.
At the Los Angeles press day for the SXSW dramedy ‘All Square’, Meaww got to sit down with its two charming stars Michael Kelly and Jesse Ray Sheps. The film is about a middle-aged bookie named John (played by Kelly) who takes bets exclusively on kids baseball. After a one night stand, John bonds with the woman’s son Brian (Sheps), who just so happens to be in the youth baseball John takes bets on. A fascinating yet morally ambiguous premise, ‘All Square’ is a film that will make you both laugh and cry.
At just twelve years old, Sheps has the sophistication and humor of a full grown adult, making him very similar to his character. While Kelly is mostly a dramatic actor, he and Sheps certainly had a ball on set and bonded just as much as their characters did on screen, as Kelly tells us.
“We have a great relationship. When you have someone that comes ready to kick ass when he gets there and be fully prepared it’s great. If you’re both incredibly prepared to do the scenes for the day, then you have time to cut up and get to know one another and we did that and it was great.”
While ‘All Square’ has its darker moments, Kelly thrived in the comedic parts of the film, which was a whole new world for him as he very typically ends up in dramatic projects. Additionally, the roles he typically plays are clean cut in appearance and in ‘All Square’ he was able to explore a more scruffy and offbeat persona.
“It was such a treat to first of all to not have to put on a suit and tie, to not have to shave and to be a little more myself in a relaxed way. And also to explore that other side that I never get to explore in doing something where my character is a little bit funny. So it was a real treat to not have to be in that dead face world. For me when I read something, if I love it that’s what I want to do, whether it’s comedy or drama. But I do hope this opens more doors for me in that comedy world. It’s fun, man. It’s equally hard but it was really fun,” Kelly says.
At the start of what will likely be a promising and long career, Sheps has high hopes for his future and is a renaissance man in the making. A desire to play a superhero combined with his other artistic endeavors, Sheps is sure to be a Hollywood success.
“I definitely want to be Spiderman or Deadpool, but I’ve been working on a couple of albums, writing a lot of lyrics and composing some chords on my guitar for them.”
‘All Square’ released in select theaters and on demand on October 12th.