David Snyder came to us from the Concord Community Players theater group, where he had starred in their production of Marvin's Room. Cary and Teri Gladstone had worked with him previously and I was extremely fortunate that they thought to contact him about our film.
The Sacrifice was his first film role.
I'd originally written the part of David to be a little more of a country boy, to reflect the fact that he'd grown up in a small town his entire life - his dialog was a little more 'quaint', with fewer obscenities, and he came across as somewhat naive. When David Snyder showed up to read for us, I was immediately struck by how self-confident he was, and how aggressive his interpretation of the character was. I wasn't quite sure if it would work.
But I was also struck by how funny the lines were, when David delivered them, and I soon grew fond of the extra vitality he'd brought to the character. During filming, David would often say things like, "Pissant little town? Who talks like that? Can't I just say shithole?" Usually, I let him have his way, and the end result has been a character who sounds far more natural than the one I wrote.