I don’t know any joy as an actor better than getting to do character work. There is so much freedom in playing the weirdos, the misfits, the villains. Maybe it’s because I always felt like one of them growing up. Still do. Well, not the villain, LOL… but the kid who belonged on the other side of the tracks. So getting the opportunity to play roles like those are the “icing on the cake” for me as an artist and the rare times when I really get to totally disappear into my work.
I’ve always felt like a character actor stuck in a leading man’s body so opportunities to play “character” roles don’t come along that often. So when I got the call from producer and friend Gabriela Revilla Lugo inquiring about my interest in playing a creepy, repulsive, sociopath in “New Years Eve”- part of the horror anthology HOLIDAYS she had helped produce (Gabby produced “Christmas”) being directed by SOME KIND OF HATE‘s Adam Egypt Mortimer – I didn’t just jump at the opportunity… I took a swan dive into it!
After sending Adam three possible looks for Reggie’s hair – and he picked the absolute worst one – I knew I was onto something good. And so it was, a few days later, I found myself reveling in the repulsive, greasy haired, rotten teeth splendor of Reggie as I crawled across the floor of a sound stage in downtown LA – dirty, bruised, exhausted and covered in fake blood. It was bliss, ladies and gentlemen. Pure bliss.
What an honor it was to find out last month that HOLIDAYS would be making it’s World Premiering at the prestigious 2016 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL, releasing world-wide following day and theatrically a few days later! How cool is that! Sometimes the stars align and you just get lucky.