Fans who hated Levi Dunkleman on GENERAL HOSPITAL can now enjoy actually rooting for portrayer Zac Garred as he plays a hero in the new sci-fi blockbuster Occupation: Rainfall, hitting American theaters on Friday, June 11! “Yes, he’s a proper good guy,” the Aussie actor assured Soaps in Depth of his role of Dennis in this sequel to 2020’s Occupation. “In the first one, he’s a little morally ambiguous, if I can put it diplomatically.
“In the first one, he’s a homeless artist who’s living on the streets and trying to survive,” Garred continued. “When the aliens invade, he becomes the resistance group’s only chance of survival because he knows how to live in hard times. But in doing so, he kind of helps himself to a few things to make his life better until he comes around. In Rainfall, he’s a good guy. He’s like the vanguard for humanity. It’s a massive military operation worldwide, and his job is essentially to make sure that civilians and humanity aren’t lost in the midst of this colossal conflict.”
in the conclusion of Occupation, some of the alien invaders break off and sue for peace, but the bloodthirsty majority are determined to win this war one way or another, forcing the human resistance fighters to do whatever it takes to defend Earth in an action-packed science fiction adventure full of impressive special effects and action sequences. “My stunts weren’t nearly as intensive as some of the other cast members like Daniel Gilles and Dan Ewing,” Garred admitted. “They had the really heavy stuff. But I was on a bus that exploded which was pretty enjoyable!”
For this sequel, Garred not only returned to his role of Dennis, but also took on a new role behind the scenes as an associate producer. “My job was essentially that of a creative sounding board for the director, Luke Sparke,” he explained. “But I was also on the financial side of things, too. I’d help the film get a little bit of financing and helped it get through to completion.”
This meant a lot of extra work on top of preparing for his scenes in the movie. “On GH, you go to work, you perform with your castmates, you do your thing and go home,” Garred revealed. “But when you’re in the producing side of things, away from set you’re planning ahead. At the end of the day, I’d hang my costume up and wash all the dirt off and I’d go home, but then the E-mails start coming in for the next day and the week ahead. So you don’t really switch off.”
But all that hard work paid off in the end and Garred is extremely proud of the movie they all put together. And he also thinks GH viewers will enjoy it, even the ones who loathed his character back in 2014. “When I played Levi, I really enjoyed it because the more people hated Levi, the more exciting it got for me!” he laughed. “But yeah, playing a character where you’ve got people on your side is a very different experience. It’s just as rewarding, of course, but I think the GH fans will find this movie really entertaining and exciting. It’s just great escapism. It’s real classic old-school big action cinema!”
Check out the action-packed trailer below and get ready to enjoy Occupation: Rainfall when it premieres in select theaters as well as streaming on demand on Friday, June 11!
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