Screen Rant interviews Jason O’Mara, who speaks in support of Movember, as well as his new film Your Lucky Day and the Netflix series Blood of Zeus.
- In Your Lucky Day, a dispute over a winning lottery ticket leads to a dangerous hostage situation with high stakes. The film is suspenseful, intriguing, and takes viewers on an unexpected journey.
- Jason O’Mara, the actor who plays Captain Rutledge in Your Lucky Day, discusses his support for The Movember Foundation, a men’s health charity. He emphasizes the importance of addressing mental health issues and promoting open communication.
- O’Mara teases the upcoming second season of Blood of Zeus and shares his experience voicing Zeus in the animated series.
In Your Lucky Day, which releases in theaters November 10th and on digital November 14th, a dispute over a winning lottery ticket shows us just how far people are willing to go for a cut of $156 million. Jason O’Mara plays Captain Rutledge, who catches wind of the winning ticket and proves he will go pretty far to get his hands on it.
Jason O’Mara is an Irish actor, born and raised, but currently living in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre for Drama & Theatre Studies, Trinity College, Dublin. After a period spent in London, working at some of Britain’s finest theaters, Jason came to the USA following the success of the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. Since then, he has become a permanent presence on American and International screens, both big and small. He has been nominated for three IFTA awards, in 2023 for Smother (RTE), in 2018 for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (ABC), and winning the IFTA for Best Supporting Actor in 2017 for his role in The Siege of Jadotville (Netflix). Jason plays Batman in the DCAU Original Animated Movies and Zeus in Netflix’s animated hit show, Blood of Zeus.
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Screen Rant interviewed Jason O’Mara to discuss the importance of the work that The Movember Foundation, the leading global men’s health charity, is doing. He has been an ambassador since 2015, detailing how he struggled recently, as well as why he is such a supporter of the organization. Jason also spoke about his new film, Your Lucky Day, and what he would do for (and with) $156 million. Finally, he teased what is coming up in Blood Of Zeus season 2.
Jason O’Mara Talks Movember, Your Lucky Day & Blood of Zeus
Screen Rant: I loved Your Lucky Day. I thought it was great. I don’t mean this in a bad way, but it surprised me with how much I enjoyed it.
Jason O’Mara: Me too! The thing is, you make a movie and then you don’t really hear from it when they’re off doing the post-production, and they’re editing, and everything. A couple of years later, it comes out and you can half remember it. You can remember the script, you can remember some of the day’s shooting, but you don’t know how well it’s come together. And I sat down to watch it last week, and I was on the edge of my seat. I actually forgot that I was in it, so when I came on screen I was like, “Oh, yeah!” I just thought it was so intriguing, suspenseful, and takes you on this journey. You’re on the edge of your seat and it takes you in unexpected directions. Very twisty-turny. I think people are gonna really enjoy it. It’s really entertaining.
Screen Rant: I love the human nature aspect of it. So I want to ask you, what would you do for $156 million?
Jason O’Mara: I just do what my character did. No, that’s what’s great about this premise, what would you do for $156 million? Do you just applaud the person in the store and go, “Wow, congratulations. That’s amazing.” Or if someone actually took some action, and had a plan, and then someone got hurt, kind of by accident, do you get involved? Because suddenly, there’s a deal to be made? Do you get involved? I hope not. But like, maybe.
Screen Rant: Yeah, I hope I wouldn’t be tempted… But..
Jason O’Mara: Exactly! That’s what’s fun about it.
Screen Rant: You could do a lot of good with that money! So what would you do with $156 million?
Jason O’Mara: Gosh, that’s a good question. But look, obviously, I’d have a great vacation. I’d upgrade my house a little bit. I’d give some away to my friends and family. But I’d still have lots leftover. And, this is going to segue really nicely into Movember, I’d love to set up a foundation for mental health, and for addiction, and depression and anxiety, where people could go and be treated for such things.
The reason why I brought this up is because I’m an ambassador for Movember. As you can see. I’m growing the mustache, but it’s not entirely trustworthy. Once you see this nasty little beginning of a mustache and watch the film, you’re never going to want to talk to me ever again. Really, really dodgy stuff. But yes, I’m proud, every year, to team up with Movember, which is the leading global charity changing the face of men’s health.
I’ve been a loyal supporter since 2015 because I’m really passionate about the organization’s noble mission. And it’s true that four out of five suicides are men. Did you know that? And suicide is a tragedy that affects over 100 people around that person, which has a huge impact on families and communities. So Movember does incredible work around mental health and suicide prevention. And I feel like they really let guys know that being vulnerable is as a superpower.
Screen Rant: What do you think it is that makes it so taboo for men to talk about this?
Jason O’Mara: I don’t know why. I suppose it’s society. I suppose it’s the way we’re brought up, that somehow there’s some strength in silence or something. I’m not quite sure where we pick that up along the way, but it’s just not true. Actually the strength comes from connecting to the people around you in a deeper way, from actually sharing what’s going on with you right now. Especially if you’re finding things tough. People don’t know what you need until you tell them. And I find that with guys, it’s baby steps. But if you trust a guy enough to say, “Hey, I’m not having a great day today,” they’re more likely to turn around and go, “Yeah, I had one of those days yesterday,” and you can start connecting slowly. But on a deeper level, I think there is a bit of trust that comes into it, because we’d rather talk about sports or movies or anything, really. Anything else but I think that it’s about getting more familiar with being more open with what’s happening with our mental health and our physical health.
Screen Rant: What is it about The Movember Foundation that makes you so passionate about them?
Jason O’Mara: For me, it’s the messaging. They do other stuff as well, with medical research, and the whole prostate cancer aspect of it, but for me, it’s the messaging for men. So that we can actually get the word out that there’s the communication. And the connection is really the key through which you walk into healing and recovery. We’re all dealing with, you hear this a lot, it’s a cliche, because it’s true, childhood trauma. We have to process our childhood trauma, or we’re gonna get stuff that goes wrong in our lives as adults. Well, not wrong, that’s the wrong word, but stuff that blocks us from living our lives. From living our healthy lives.
I had an experience during the pandemic, where things got kind of dark. I was depressed and anxious about the way my life was going and the way the world was going. And I needed to reach out for help. And it’s about normalizing that. It’s about just going, well, of course, you have to reach out for help. You’re quarantined, you didn’t know what was going to happen, the work situation was up in the air, you weren’t connecting with people on a daily basis. So of course, you needed help. And it’s just about starting that process and talking about stuff that’s happening now, but also talking about stuff that’s happened in the past.
So it’s really, it’s not very complicated. It’s quite straightforward. But I think more and more so. And I think the women in our lives as well want us to process this stuff and talk about this stuff more. And so I think that vulnerability is key. It just helps you connect with the world, and men and women all around you.
Screen Rant: You’re not alone. I’m pretty sure everyone had those moments. We were all wondering if we were ever going to be able to leave our houses again.
Jason O’Mara: I know, I know. And then you get a taste of what that’s like, what that mental health blip is like, and some people, the pandemic ended, and we got back to our normal lives, but some people suffer like that on a daily basis, and they need to know that they’re not alone. And that there is help, and that we all need to talk about it.
Screen Rant: Absolutely. I am going to shift gears now because I have got to talk to you about Blood Of Zeus. We have season two coming! Is there anything you can tease about it?
Jason O’Mara: I can talk about it because this is voiceover. The only reason I can talk about Your Lucky Day is because we have the SAG-AFTRA interim agreement, but I can talk about Blood Of Zeus. Yes. Season two is coming. Can I tell you anything? Well, it’s bigger. It’s better. It takes everything that was great about season one, and just doubles down on all of it. Zeus is still a very naughty boy. And all your favorite characters are back, including Zeus who’s supposed to be dead. But there you go.
Screen Rant: So you get to voice a literal God, but also a superhero. You voice Batman. What is it like getting in the mindset of a superhero and a God?
Jason O’Mara: Oh, I love it. I love it mostly because I don’t have to go through the hair and makeup thing which you have to do when you’re doing on camera stuff. But it’s interesting. So for me, I think it’s important, with like Zeus, it was important to have someone in mind when I was doing it. So for me, it was, even though I don’t sound anything like him, for me, I was thinking Jeremy Irons, because he’s got that power and gravitas, so as long as I kept thinking Jeremy Irons, it seemed to work out.
But also in season one, I was the old man, which is Zeus’ earthly, that’s how he appears on Earth. And that was different. I don’t know how I found that voice. I once played George Washington in a History Channel thing, and I was sort of using the George Washington voice that I use. So I sort of recycled, or changed it, and brought it back. I love doing voice work. It’s one of my passions. And I’m just so glad that I got the opportunity to do it.
And blood of Zeus was this, again, we didn’t know how that was going to be received. Obviously, the Greek gods are the original superheroes, but we didn’t think, people have so much other stuff on their plate, and we didn’t think they’d respond, but it’s just been massive. And of course, animation takes a long time to produce these episodes. So that was a smash hit, but It’s still gonna be two or three years before we get season two.
Screen Rant: Well congratulations on everything, and thank you for everything you do!
Jason O’Mara: Thank you. And if you want to become a MoBro or MoSister, go to Movember.com and find out how you can donate. And Your Lucky Day comes to theaters November 10th and on digital November 14th!
About Your Lucky Day
When a dispute over a winning lottery ticket turns into a deadly hostage situation, the witnesses must decide exactly how far they’re willing to go — and how much blood they’re willing to spill — for a cut of $156 million.
Your Lucky Day is playing in select theaters and releases on digital November 14th.
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- Your Lucky Day Release Date: 2023-11-10 Director: Daniel Brown Cast: Angus Cloud, Elliot Knight, Jessica Garza, Sterling Beaumon, Mousa Hussein Kraish, Jason Wiles, Sebastian Sozzi, Spencer Garrett, Jason O’Mara Rating: R Runtime: 89 Minutes Genres: Crime, Thriller Writers: Daniel Brown Distributor(s): Well Go USA Entertainment