We had the pleasure of chatting with Zack about this current role, as well as what else he has on tap.
The Tidbit: What can you tell us about your soon-to-be-released project Hunters?
Zack Schor: Well, it’s a show about vigilante Nazi-hunters in New York in the 1970s. The “Hunters” are led by Meyer Offerman, Al Pacino’s character. I play the same character in a series of flashbacks during the Holocaust.
TT: What was it like to work with Jordan Peele?
ZS: Jordan Peele and Monkeypaw brought an extra level of attention to the project and that always attracts the best people. I was really lucky to work with some of the writers, directors, and actors in the industry. Along with a really talented crew, all that made for a really special working environment. We were all in it together trying to tell an important story that matters.
TT: What was it like preparing for this role?
ZS: It was intense. My grandparents are Holocaust survivors, so my character’s story felt very meaningful to me, and I wanted to do justice to that in my portrayal. So I took it upon myself to lose a bunch weight — 35 pounds — and I learned Polish for the role. I was really invested in playing my character, Meyer Offerman, as honestly as I could, so I buried myself in Auschwitz and Holocaust research, which is a dark place to live. The process of shooting was an emotional rollercoaster. Every scene we shot was incredibly emotional and we had the gift — and the weight — of unbelievably realistic sets, which was incredibly immersive.
As intense and challenging as it was, it was such a gratifying creative process bringing Meyer to life. Or rather….it was gratifying because of the challenges and intensity, not in spite of them.
TT: What other projects are you working on that you can tell us about?
ZS: I have a few different things on the horizon on both fronts, acting and writing. Nothing I can talk about yet, but I’m excited. We’ll see what takes off first.
TT: I understand you grew up in Chicago! In addition to entertainment, Chicago is the heart of The Tidbit. What’s your favorite part of the Second City?
ZS: I did! I love Chicago and I try to get home as often as I can. Apart from my family, a lot of which is still in Chicago, my favorite part is my sister’s restaurant, Split-Rail; the main restaurant is in West Town and they are also featured at the new Time Out Market in Fulton Market.