Brandon Routh gets lost in simulated space in ‘400 Days’

The new sci-fi thriller film “400 Days” might seem like a reunion of sorts for actors Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz …

The new sci-fi thriller film “400 Days” might seem like a reunion of sorts for actors Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz and Tom Cavanagh, who all star in several DC Comics series on The CW.

Routh and Lotz play Ray Palmer (The Atom) and Sara Lance (White Canary), respectively, on “Arrow,” and starting Jan. 21 both will star in “Legends of Tomorrow.” Cavanagh plays Harrison Wells on “The Flash,” where Routh guest starred.

But the film was actually well into production before Routh knew he would be working with Lotz and Cavanagh on the small screen.

“Actually, [‘400 Days’] was all prior to my role as Ray Palmer, oddly enough,” Routh says. “It was during the last week of filming that I found out that I was going to have a meeting to talk to the producers about a featured role as Ray Palmer. It worked backward.”

In “400 Days,” Routh plays Theo, one of four astronauts (with Dane Cook, Ben Feldman and Lotz) who are on a simulated space mission, kept underground, to explore the effects of being isolated for a long period of time. As you can imagine, things don’t go as planned, building into a tense, psychological showdown.

amNewYork spoke with Routh about the film, opening Friday at Cinema Village 12th Street.

What drew you to “400 Days”?

I had never really done a sci-fi thriller or a thriller of any sort, and I was kind of intrigued by the process. I’m not a huge fan of scary movies, horror movies, but I do like thrillers. I also like the whole idea, the concept of space simulation. And I’d never done astronaut stuff either.

How would you do if you had to be sequestered away?

I’d like to think that I’d do OK. Now, with a 3-year-old son, maybe not so well, just because I’d be very worried about him not seeing me. … That would definitely make a journey like that much more challenging. But prior to having a kid, I’d like to think that I had the mental fortitude to do it, and I like those challenges. I don’t know — a lot of it would depend on the people that you’re with, too. It would make a big difference about how your time goes, the people that you’re trapped with.

This is writer/director Matt Osterman’s second film. How was it working with him?

Matt is great, very passionate about his projects. He’s the writer/director, he came up with this concept and he really has a lot of passion he brought to the set, always coming up with new ideas. [He] was very collaborative working with all of us, because there are a lot of what might be red herrings in the movie and he had to explain all them to us sometimes because it’s such a head trip. There are things happening that I didn’t even realize. … And sometimes you don’t get it until you see the finished product. The film looks great and he had a great ability to communicate with the all cast and crew. And we’re both from the Midwest. He’s from Minnesota, I’m from Iowa. It was awesome to have a Midwest teamup.

You co-star with Dane Cook. How do you think he did in a more dramatic role?

It was the first time I’d met Dane and didn’t know what to expect. He’s a very nice guy, very down to earth. His stage presence is definitely more of a persona he puts on. He’s certainly funny in person, but maybe because he doesn’t want to be the guy cracking jokes all the time. But, he certainly is very witty and very collaborative. He’s a producer on the film, and he helped to make the world the way that it is, very welcoming to me and we had a good time. And I think he did really great job, had a nice, grounded performance. We have a couple heated moments in the movie where our characters get upset with each other, and it was great. He did a fantastic job. I think he has great ability and will continue to do more, I hope.

Scott A. Rosenberg