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Interview: Scoot McNairy talks new films ‘Blood For Dust’, ‘Speak No Evil’ & ‘Nightbitch’

In the film, McNairy plays Cliff, a former salesman with a chequered past.

Scoot McNairy has long been one of THN’s favourite actors. Ever since his appearance in Gareth Edwards’ Monsters, McNairy has starred in an array of fascinating projects. From big budget productions such as Batman Versus Superman, to awards season darlings like 12 Years a Slave, to more independent gems such as Aftermath, McNairy has shown a talent for all types of film. This trend continues with his latest film, Blood For Dust.

In Blood For Dust, McNairy plays Cliff, a former salesman with a chequered past, who is pulled back into a life of crime after losing his job. Desperate to keep his family afloat, lured by his old colleague, Ricky (Kit Harington), into trafficking drugs and guns for a cartel. As Cliff delves deeper, his once straight-laced life turns into a high-stakes game of survival. This gripping thriller from director Rod Blackhurst, was hailed by Variety as “Breaking Bad meets Fargo.” Blood for Dust includes a supporting cast featuring Josh Luca, Ethan Suplee, Nora Zehetner, and Stephen Dorff.

As always, Scoot McNairy gives a fantastic performance. He manages to make his character of Cliff relatable to the audience. His performance is still his outward stillness masking Cliff’s inner turmoil. Ahead of the US theatrical and digital release of Blood For Dust,  THN were able to discuss the project with Scoot. Our conversation (which can be watched in full below) covered why he signed on, getting Cliff’s demeanour just right, and how Kit Harrington is as a scene partner. We also discussed his stacked 2024, touching upon both Nightbitch and horror remake, Speak No Evil. 

Blood For Dust arrives in select US theaters and on Digital from Friday 19th April 2024, a UK date is still TBC. Scoot McNairy will next star in Speak No Evil which arrives in cinemas 16th September 2024.

Kat Hughes is a UK born film critic and interviewer who has a passion for horror films. An editor for THN, Kat is also a Rotten Tomatoes Approved Critic. She has bylines with Ghouls Magazine, Arrow Video, Film Stories, Certified Forgotten and FILMHOUNDS and has had essays published in home entertainment releases by Vinegar Syndrome and Second Sight. When not writing about horror, Kat hosts micro podcast Movies with Mummy along with her five-year-old daughter.


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