Saskatoon's Michael Eklund revels as villain in 'The Call'

Michael Eklund says he had a great time working on the Hollywood film 'The Call' which is now playing in theatres in his home province, Saskatchewan.
Saskatoon's Michael Eklund talks to CBC's Adam Hunter about 'The Call'. 2:05

Michael Eklund says he had a great time working on the Hollywood film 'The Call' with Halle Berry, which is now playing in theatres in his home province, Saskatchewan.

The Saskatoon-born actor is known for roles in movies like 'Watchmen' and Al Pacino's '88 Minutes'.

Eklund also had a starring role in 'Ferocious', the last feature film produced using the Saskatchewan film tax credit, which was canceled by the provincial government in a controversial move last year.

'Ferocious' debuted in the province last week.

In 'The Call', Eklund plays the bad guy who kidnaps a young girl.

He says working on a big-budget Hollywood feature is just as challenging as filming on a soundstage in Saskatchewan.

"The work is the same," Eklund said. "Between 'action' and 'cut' there's no difference what kind of set you're on."

Eklund did note, however, that adding star-power, such as Halle Berry, to a film, is a good thing.

Most of all, Eklund said he is thrilled people at home are seeing his work.

"Just having the opportunity to have it in a theatre and show it, that's the whole point," he said. "Getting to entertain someone and having someone see your work, is what we all aspire to."