In upcoming buzzy project The Forger, Tye works alongside acting greats John Travolta and Christopher Plummer (who starred in the original Sound of Music, guys!), and the plot gets intense pretty quickly. "My character's been diagnosed with a brain tumor and was given two months of life expectancy. So my dad, played by John Travolta, is in jail, and bribes the guy he used to work with to bail him out," Tye says. "Then he's forced to do an art forgery job in return. My character has a family coming together through crime, and sometimes that feels like it's the only way they can be together."
Tye has another project on his plate that you're going to be hearing lots about before too long: The Stanford Prison Experiment, a film based on professor Philip Zimbardo's infamous 1971 psychological tests on college students. And it sounds intense. "In the experiment, Zimbardo wanted to see what would happen if he put good people in a bad environment and see if the bad environment took over as they became their assigned roles of guards and prisoners," Tye says. "The experiment was supposed to be held for two weeks, but it only lasted six days before it was called off because people were going crazy."
Tye plays one of the few prisoners who decides to rebel against the guards. "We all start out kind of taking the experiment as a joke, but it gets really dark when the guards start humiliating and dehumanizing the prisoners in front of their peers," Tye explains. "They take away their mortality. It's very real." Trust us: It's a must-see.
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