Alfred Charles Bowen Jr., known professionally as A. J. Bowen, is an American actor and producer. He starred in The Signal (2007) and A Horrible Way To Die (2010).
Bowen was born in Marietta, Georgia, and attended the University of Georgia along with Jacob Gentry and David Bruckner. He was initially a musician.
LA Weekly called Bowen “mumblegore’s go-to star”. He starred in The Signal (2007) and The House of the Devil (2009). His production company, Normaltown, has recently completed its first feature, Maidenhead, in which he stars. He also starred in Hatchet II (2010). He was part of the Christmas episode of Dread Central’s Dinner for Friends (“Shark Alarm 2009”, the holiday edition of the site’s podcast). He also starred in the thriller film Rites of Spring. He will star in the science fiction film Synchronicity. He co-starred in the film You’re Next (2011) and appeared in The Reconstruction of William Zero (2014).
A. J. Bowen Quotes
I did four movies where I gained, like, fifty pounds. I had curly hair, and I had all of this facial hair. I had put on all this weight for these movies, and I did four or five of them back-to-back. Then I cut the weight and I got fit again. I cut my beard and I took away the mustache, and people were like, ‘What are you doing?’
To have a part that is written for you certainly helps an actor.
I’m an incredibly intelligent, insightful human being.
As an actor, the ambition is to play interesting characters. And in the indie genre world, the budgets are low. That allows me, as an actor, not to have a financial value behind my name, to justify me being in these bigger parts for these types of movies.
To be fair, I don’t think it’s a plague to say I have the misfortune of making movies for a living.
A lot of cable television is shot on a single camera. Our eyes are more trained to that. It takes the camera off the crane, away from observing the action, to becoming a character in the story along with everyone else. People are getting used to that.
I love ’80s horror.