Peter Hamilton: Endless IT Boy

After his recent turn as the psychotic bully Henry Bowers in Andy Muschietti’s stunning adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, Australian born Nicholas Hamilton returns to the supernatural realm with the romantic teen drama Endless. But unlike the menacing violence exhibited in IT, this time round, Hamilton gets to explore his more sensitive side playing the recently deceased Chris Douglas, a misunderstood bad-boy whose sudden death not only leaves him having to navigate the machinations of the afterlife, but emotionally struggling with his own grief at watching those he left behind, especially his girlfriend Riley – played by Alexandra Shipp of X-Men: Dark Phoenixfame – cope with his unexpected demise.

“I’ll be honest.” Reveals the Lismore native when asked about his initial reaction to the Endless script. “It was probably one of the first straight-up offers that I’ve actually taken. And it was the first time that I read an offered role that I really resonated with immediately. 

“To me, it felt like the film would work on two fronts… That it would really resonate with people, and it could just be an easy watch-on-an-airplane or in the back of an Uber. I’m very used to diving into more intense kind of roles like in IT or Captain Fantastic, with very full-on characters. So it was nice to just be a part of something that might be an easy, enjoyable watch for someone.”

To date Hamilton has carved a brief but effective career with complex supporting roles in films like Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the aforementioned IT and Captain Fantastic, as well as local productions Strangerland, and Kriv Stenders 2019 Vietnam War chronicle Danger Close. In fact, Hamilton’s status as a character actor has grown considerably since his 2013 Best Actor win at Sydney’s famed Tropfest Short Film Festival. 

“Obviously, with roles like Henry Bowers, it’s a character completely unlike me.” Hamilton muses. “And I get to just go outside my comfort zone and become someone else, someone that’s entirely NOT me. But I do also love playing characters like Rellian in Captain Fantastic, or any of the other realistic roles that I’ve done. Those are usually just me, there’s not much I have to change about myself to make the role work.

“So it was a really fun thing to do Endless, where I could just be me as I would be in a relationship, and going through the struggles and the emotional turmoil of the story.

“I think it’s actually one of the hardest things to do for any actor, maintaining that sense of realism in front of the camera. It’s a lot easier to over-act, or under-act, than just act like your normal self.”

Having just made its debut on Australian streaming services, its been a long and winding road for Endless to find its audience, having been shot pre-pandemic and effectively delayed thanks to the COVID wrecking havoc across the entertainment industry. But Hamilton remains confident that the films core messages will find its audience, especially considering the times in which we find ourselves.

“There’s the obvious storyline,” He explains, hinting at the film’s supernatural themes. “The plot between Riley and Chris and the way that their relationship progresses over the story. And the more mortal aspects of it, that make it more kind of fantastical and more of a teen drama.

“But if you took away that [supernatural] plot point, Endless would just be a story about a young relationship, trying to get through the struggle of the last year of high school, preparing for college, and the feeling of having to let go of your relationships, which might have only ever been destined to be short-lived, even though they feel like they should last forever. I think at the very core of it, that’s what it’s ultimately about.

    J. Fletcher

    Based in Sydney, Australia. Entertainment Journalist. Critic. Photographer. Coffee Snob. Not necessarily in that order.

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