David Dastmalchian On His New Film “Animals”

Matthew Sardo spoke with actor, writer David Dastmalchian about his new film “Animals” that will be in select cities and VOD on May 15.

Dastmalchian takes his own experiences to give viewers a gritty tale about love and addiction, set around the confines of the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. The film won a Special Jury Prize at SXSW in 2014.

Sardo and Dastmalchian also talked about David’s love of pop culture and his friendship with Mark Hamill.


Dastmalchian has appeared in “The Dark Knight” and Marvel’s latest film “Ant-Man.”

About “Animals”
Bobbie and Jude are a young couple living in their broken-down car parked alongside Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. Their days are a continuous ritual of theft and scoring until they must confront the difficult truth of their relationship after one of them is hospitalized.

More information: animalsthefilm.com

About David Dastmalchian:
David studied acting at The Theatre School DePaul University. In Chicago, he received acclaim for lead roles in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie and Sam Shepard’s Buried Child. His feature film debut was as the Joker’s deranged henchman, Thomas Schiff, in Christopher Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT. His most recent film performance has gained critical attention, portraying the troubled Bob Taylor in Denis Villeneuve’s PRISONERS. He will be seen next in Michel Franco’s Chronic opposite Tim Roth and Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man (director Peyton Reed). His TV appearances include Intruders (BBC), CSI:Cyber (CBS), Almost Human (Fox) and Ray Donovan (Showtime). As a writer, his short plays THAT’S WHAT THEY SAY and MYSELF OF MY STATE have been produced in Chicago (WNEP, Caffeine Theatre) and his short film, KEEN, was awarded Best Screenplay at the New York Independent Film Festival. David also received the Special Jury Prize for Courage in Storytelling at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival for ANIMALS.

Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.