Matthew Modine may be Hollywood’s most reliable touchstone

A familiar face on tv and film screens for years, Modine can most just recently be seen on Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” and his most current job, a scary movie called “Wrong Turn” on Amazon Prime.

CNN spoke with the star about his long profession, how he’s selecting his functions, and how he’s stayed a part of the Hollywood discussion for many years.

“It’s wonderful to have had a long career and been able to continue to work,” Modine informs CNN, including, “You know, luckily ‘Stranger Things’ came along. What you always have to do is remain a part of the conversation and, you know, remain relevant in the industry. Because if you’re not a part of the conversation, there’s a good chance that you won’t get employed.”

In “Wrong Turn,” a reboot of a 2003 scary flick, Modine plays a dedicated daddy whose child goes missing on a walking on the Appalachian Path and he does whatever in his power to discover her.

In his objective, he comes across a hazardous cult who strongly assault outsiders who cross their course.

Why a scary movie this time?

“Because it wasn’t about zombies and monsters,” Modine describes. “It was about real-life monsters and things that things that are relatable. I mean, you can say that young Trayvon Martin made a wrong turn and went through a neighborhood that was very much like the circumstances of this film. My daughter is hiking with her friends on the Appalachian Trail, very innocently and they make a wrong turn. They go to someplace where there’s this community of people that before the Civil War made the decision to create their own community up in the mountains and divorce themselves from the rest of the world.”

In order to get into the right state of mind for the function, thinking of the worst for your own kids, Modine states the sensation of safeguarding them came easy, and likewise remembered a frightening memory from his own life.

“It was easy because I have a daughter and a son and God forbid anything should, should ever happen to them. Where they get put into harm’s way, but you would do everything as a mother or father to protect your children and to help them through a situation. And so that, that was easy.

“And it occurred to me as soon as when my kid was just about 2 or 3 years of ages, we remained in Washington Square Park in New York City City. He was riding his bike with training wheels. And the park was truly, truly jam-packed with individuals that day. And he stated he desired a hotdog. I tried to find where the hotdog cart was and I saw it. And because 10, 15 seconds, my kid vanished, vanished, and I could not discover him.”

Modine says it was at the height of his career when strangers were approaching him and asking for autographs, and all he wanted to be was the person finding his son.

“It had to do with definitely terrible up until I discovered him,” he says, adding that he found his son “simply continuing to market his bike,” to his relief.

The new movie requires some physical strength on Modine’s part, as he attempts to track down his daughter. He eats well and walks six miles each day, he says. At 61, Modine adds he is approaching stunt work a bit more carefully these days.

“If you return and take a look at movies that I have actually carried out in the past, particularly ‘Cutthroat Island,’ there was a great deal of physical things where I was hanging from ropes and pressing Gina Davis off a cliff,” Modine says, “I was hanging from a 300-foot cliff and I captured her one handed.”

He says that stunt ripped his right arm out of the socket, and he “discovered my lesson,” but he still wants to be believable on screen.

“When you remain in a genuine physical environment and you’re climbing up a mountain and leaping out of the method of challenges and hazardous things, you simply need to respond to the scenario,” he says.

Modine still loves to study people, too, in order to be able to play all different kinds of roles.

“I simply drove throughout the United States since of Covid, I simply was tired of remaining in quarantine. So I entered into my automobile and drove throughout the United States,” he says. “And I did that since like Atticus Finch states in ‘To Eliminate a Mockingbird,’ ‘You never ever truly comprehend an individual up until you climb up into his skin.’ And that’s what I do when I’m acting, I try to get in the skin of another person and see things from their point of view, and oftentimes we lose touch. We’re not seeing America. We’re not seeing what people are suffering through.”

While Modine says luck has played a role in his success, selecting the right projects has also been key.

“I heard somebody say the other day that when you meet as a soldier, you want to have someone who’s got dents in their armor, since that indicates they’re fight evaluated,” he says.

You don’t want to go into battle with somebody with bright, shiny armor because they haven’t experienced the war. And I feel that way as an actor, that I’m battle tested. I’ve had some tremendous successes and been a part of some films that are and continue to be a part of the conversation that are as relevant today as when they came out. And then there’s some that weren’t so successful, and so I’ve got some dents in my armor, but both the good and the bad are part of life.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.