Ashland Child Actor Turned Star: Neville Archambault’s Eerie Role in 13 Cameras Achieves Rave Reviews
The star of the new film 13 Cameras, Neville Archambault, got his start with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival back in the 1970s, when he was still a high school student at Ashland High.
The film recently played theaters in LA and New York, as well as major cities dotting the country, picking up glowing reviews from The New York Times, who credited Archambault for making the filmmaker’s vision become a reality. They said his character’s motives were “deliciously unclear.” As of press time,13 Cameras had a 75% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Ain’t It Cool News, a major online review site, called it, “A Horror Movie of the Highest Caliber.” It’s available now on demand through Time Warner and Xfinity.
When he was just 16, Neville first played Wally Webb in a production of Our Town at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Back in 1973, The Daily Tidings reported that he nearly fainted attempting to suppress a coughing spell, as he had a cold during a performance of Our Town, his first big role. Clearly, Neville had what it takes to make it as a professional actor. Young actors of the Rogue Valley, let it be known—you can be a star!
Neville also appeared on stage for Medford High School, the Southern Oregon Wagon Theater, and three characters in a production of The Unicorn Magic Show. After Our Town, he played China John in The Alchemist at the Shakespeare Festival. On Neville’s Actor/Director Facebook page, Jeff Keith said it was “the very first thing I saw at Ashland and the best production of that play I’ve seen!” Archambault also played William Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Alexander Court in Henry the Fifth.
After making up for missed classes at Ashland High, Neville went on to work in TV and commercials. He took a break from acting, but wound up on a Mexican TV series called “Acapulco Bay.” He went back to acting and has since appeared in movies and TV shows, including “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and the title role in Solomon Grundy, in which he played an 8-year-old’s imaginary friend who has still not gone away when the boy reaches adulthood. He also played “Scary Man” in the Puerto Rican film, Looking for Maria Sanchez. It seems Archambault has likely found his voice inhabiting the darker corners of human nature.
Originally called Slumlord, 13 Cameras has Neville playing Gerald, a creepy landlord who peeps on his new tenants, Ryan and Claire, but this voyeur’s motives are as unclear as Neville’s face, tormented, seemingly held in a trance of exertion, his eyes a kind of dazed, disgusted wonder, his slack jaw lending an eeriness to his discombobulated glasses. Hollywood Report said the film explored “society’s penchant for 24/7 video surveillance,” as Gerald has rigged the house with closed-circuit cameras prior to renting it, supposedly for security. But Gerald soon finds out that the couple’s marital problems are deepening when Ryan is seen cheating on his pregnant wife Claire, and the house spins out of control and into chaos. The film played festivals like Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal and San Francisco’s, Another Hole in the Head.
Archambault is a dual citizen of New Zealand, and is currently splitting his time between New York and Los Angeles, as he reads for casting agents who have only seen the trailer for 13 Cameras. He spends a lot of time with his family in Oregon, where he is still fondly remembered by many from his days on the Shakespeare stage.