Who were your first performing influences -
Robert Englund getting all bloodily sarcastic
with a group of frightened teens? Gene Wilder and
Richard Pryor making it funny and living the
truth in 'Stir Crazy' - The
honored legacy of sports figures turned actors
like Rosey Grier and Shaquille O' Neal?
My first acting influence would have to be Will
Smith. Watching him as I grew up in his hit
television show 'Fresh Prince in Bel Air'
. When I was young and I didn't know I wanted to
be an actor and didn't really fathom what it took
to be one. Now my influences are Denzel
Washington, Jim Carrey, and of course Jamie Foxx.
He is a multi talented actor and I appreciate him
as an entertainer and an artist.
How did you initially hook up with Ryan Nicholson
the first time I met Ryan was at the audition way
out in Langley in April of '07. When I arrived it
felt like I was entering a horror movie of my
own. Getting lost in the industrial back roads
and once I finally realized that I was in the
right area I went up to a door which was well
protected by pit bulls. Heading in the opposite
direction I found Ryan and Michelle safely
waiting for me to arrive.
What was the most exciting aspect of being
involved with 'Gutterballs'?
Getting paid to do what I love. Acting with new
people and new crew is always exciting and that's
one of many reasons why I enjoy what I do. But I
was mainly excited for filming a feature length
film where I play a principle character for the
Even when you weren't on call did you find
yourself hanging out on the 'GB'
set, checking out the effects and just absorbing
I only made it a couple times to set when I
wasn't needed for filming. It was long nights,
11pm to 8 in the morning. So when you had the
chance to sleep you jumped on that opportunity. I
came for the food as well. It would help build
camaraderie with the fellow actors to be there
and help keep them awake. What I do remember was
the night I came and they were shooting the
bathroom death scene with "Sam". It was
just as hard to watch live as it is on screen.
Lots of Blood.
you noted, that the hours on 'GB'
were long and hard. What was the most difficult
aspect of filming for you?
on only a few hours everyday. Being an upcoming
actor you have a regular day job. So I would go
and shoot the film, get home for 9 am and head to
work for 12pm-8pm. Then sleep for an hour or so
and head to set for 10-11 pm. I'm telling you it
can get really exhausting. Even eating heavy
pasta at 5 in the morning was an adjustment
difficult but worth coping with.
you have a favorite, balls-out bloody special
effect from 'GB'?
What a question. There were a good 13 kills I
believe and all so much fun. My favorite, well it
would have to be the end scene where I find all
the dead bodies. Because that's where there was
the most blood and guts sprayed. Also it being
the pivotal moment in the film the stakes are
driven a lot higher so there's a certain
adrenaline you must bring to set and I enjoyed
the challenge of that.
If you could create a film for yourself to star
in, what would be your character and the
I don't know why I have chosen this but I would
want to be a serial killer in a high suspense
thriller, where the killer plays multiple
personalities. I think it would be fun to explore
the possibilities of having different characters
in one individual and having the film keep people
on the edge of their seat until the end when the
truth is revealed.
any words of wisdom (IE: Never defend your drag
queen friend when a crazed killer is on the
loose) and/or future projects that you'd like to
tell us about? And - thanks for doing this! It's
been wilder than bowling a spare!!!
Well, if there is a killer in the building get
out, cuz everyone is suspect. - As for future
projects, I have recently finished filming a
sketch comedy show, which should be released
either this summer or this fall. Today actually
is the first time I see the final product, wish
me luck! The show is titled 'FineLine' so
keep an eye out. - Thanks again! Keep your head