Clive Owen is the British star who’s made it big in Hollywood with films like Duplicity and Sin City. Now, Owen is starring in director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s, Intruders, a nightmarish film about a faceless intruder looking to take possession of two kids. “This movie is about the origin of fear,” director Fresnadillo told Uinterview exclusively. “I need to make some kind of investigation about the time we were kids and we were having our first nightmares.”

Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is a Spanish film director, producer and screenwriter most notable for directing films such as 28 Weeks Later and Esposados in 1996 which won an Academy award. Fresnadillo’s early interest and career began with photography which would later develop into an interest in filming. His first position as a producer began as an assistant to the well-known director, Gustavo Fuertes. Fresnadillo’s first film would be Espodados.

Clive Owen originally had no interest in the acting business as a child or even as he grew older till he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1987. He began his career performing in several Shakespearean plays after winning a position at the Young Vic theater in London. Owens first appeared on the big screen in the romance film,Vroom. Other notable films for which he was cast include Closer, alongside Natalie Portman and Children of Men in 2006.

Now working together in the movie about a hollowface monster, Owen and Fresnadillo find themselves relating their past fears to the movie, reflecting back on disturbing nightmares they themselves had as children. “This movie comes from a very personal feeling I had as a kid,” Owen recalls, “I am completely sure that dark side was affecting my life and it created some kind of nightmares in my life.”

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Q: Clive, what attracted you to this script? - Uinterview User

It’s always the same things. It always starts with a script. Juan Carlos sent me the script. I really liked it. I was really taken away and I thought it was a very unusual, intelligent, sort of, psychological thriller. I was a big fan of Juan Carlos’s films. '28 Weeks Later' and 'Intacto' were both great movies.

Q: Juan Carlos, you created the faceless intruder character. Can you tell us how you came up with that idea? - Uinterview User

This movie is about the origin of fear and how on many levels I think I needed to make some kind of investigation about the time when we were kids and we were having our first nightmares. We were thinking about monsters and those kind of things. So I needed to show, in terms of creating a monster, somebody who, in terms of the visual appearance, had that kind of mystery in the shape of that. The faceless concept was perfect for that. It’s like the monster looking for his identity. I think it’s one of the drives of the movie until the very end. On the other hand, I think when you don’t see the face of somebody, it is really scary. We wanted to make that kind of feeling as well in the movie.

Q: Do you remember having nightmares when you were children? Did that inform your approach to this project? - Uinterview User

Clive Owen: I can’t remember the specific nightmares, but I do remember the intensity of the feeling of them when I was young. I’ve seen it in my girls, as well, that it can be incredibly overbearing and overwhelming before you learn to process and, as you get older, you start to know what’s real and what isn’t real and you come out of the dream much quicker because you wake up and go, 'oh that was the dream.' But for a child, it stays with them for a very long time, it’s a very intense feeling and I remember that.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo: This movie comes from a very personal feeling that I had when I was a kid. It’s related to some stories, some secret that my parents didn’t tell me. I am complete sure that dark side it was affecting my life and it created some kind of nightmares in my life. So, I needed to overcome that and I think the best way to do it was to making a movie.

Q: Clive, have you taken your two young daughters to see this film? If so, what was their reaction? - Uinterview User

You know they are already asking to see the movie. I’m not sure. It might be okay for Hannah, the older one; I’m not sure about Eve, the younger one.

Q: There are many tense moments in this psychological thriller. Is there any particular scene you remember preparing for? - Uinterview User

Clive Owen: It's unusual doing a film like this because it’s often more demanding than it would be if you had two pages of dialogue, sort of because transmitting that kind of fear or tension takes as much work as it does handling lengthy dialogue because you've got to convey that feeling. It has to come out and come across and people have to buy it. It was demanding in a very different way.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo: In terms of making the movie, as a director, I think the challenge here was to split the story in two different countries and two different places because we are jumping back and forth in these cities and these families. As an audience member I needed to follow both at the same time and it was difficult, but finally, in terms of the rhythm, we made some kind of adjustment that really helps the audience to go through.