Brian: Since your father was an actor
was a performing career something you embraced or
was it something that you resisted, at first?
First of all, I find it completely stunning that
anyone is reading anything I might write. I'll
try to answer questions despite my shock... My
dad was definitely a big influence on me - but
mainly by example. He never pushed me into the
business and I came to it very much on my own. I
certainly didn't resist, but I didn't grow up
thinking I would end up an actor. - Baker,
lawyer, farmer - but not actor until after high
What was the experience of working on 'Glory'
Funny you should ask. It was such a great project
and there were some really amazing people in it.
I remember sitting with Morgan Freeman on the
tailgate of some truck asking him about a theater
piece he was in called 'The Gospel at
Colonus'. In the end however, I left
early because I wasn't really needed. There were
about eight million Civil War re-enactors there
camping out in tents volunteering to be in the
movie - and looking like they steeped out of that
time. (They had real buttons from the Civil War
on their jackets, for God's sake!!) They
didn\rquote t need some gawky actor type
pretending to be one of them and doing a worse
job of it. So I asked if it was okay that I
You appeared in '5 Corners' , a
neighborhood kidnapping "dra-medy" with
Jodie Foster. Do you have any specific memories
about that experience? Also, did working with Tim
Robbins in that lead him into casting you in his 'Cradle
Will Rock' years later?
Daniel: Oh wow. - Lots of fun memories. My favorite:
Being stuck in an elevator shaft with an actress
who kept chanting "Nom-yo-ho-renge-kyo"
endlessly after every cut. Still - a great time.
I think Tim remembered me fondly, but I doubt it
influenced his decision to cast me in 'Cradle.'
You portrayed actor, Will Geer, in
'Cradle Will Rock'. Did you do a lot of
research in preparation for playing a semi well
We did do a great deal of research because of the
historical nature of the script. What I should
have done research on is how not to get run over
by camera hungry theater actors! I still have the
Ouch! How did you get involved in 'Infested'?
Did you have to audition or did you know the
people who were making it?
think Robbie and the gang lost someone at the
last minute and they called me in. We knew each
other from a short lived series that shot in
Jamaica, 'Going to Extremes.'
Was 'Infested' your first
experience of playing an out and out villain?
- on film at least. Man, is that fun.
It seems a lot of CGI and computer effects were
used for your scenes. Was that difficult to work
Heck no. We've all seen so much of this kind of
thing- it's not hard to imagine what it might
look like. Also, there were no special set-ups
because they shot in 24P, which apparently makes
it quite easy to lay effects on afterwards.
Have you been bombarded by 1000's of angry Sci-Fi
fans for bumping off 'Star Trek: Voyager'
regular Robert Duncan McNeill in 'Infested'?
I've been given a medal by the Klingon Board of
Decent Acts Committee. It was a really weird
ceremony - I basically had to dress up like a
You worked, mainly, with 'Felicity's'
Amy Jo Johnson - whom is a musician. Were you two
able to bond over your musical backgrounds?
Daniel: Amy Jo basically said three words to me:
"Who are you?" Wait. Maybe she was
trying to bond over Roger Daltry or something...
Man. I am such an idiot! Is anybody still reading
I imagine that stage work is your first love. Was
being nominated for a Tony for 'Big
River' a major turning point in your
theatrical career? Also, do you have a favorite
role out of all the parts you've performed on
Yes, I guess you could say it's my first love.
But in general, it's what I get hired to do. If I
just did industrials in Dallas, I'd probably have
to say that was my first love... No, I
really adore what I do and feel truly blessed
that I get to do something I love. 'Big
River' was indeed a huge break and
opened a lot of doors for me, but I think it also
pegged me as a bit of a "musical theater
actor" whatever that is. So I think I've
most enjoyed the roles in straight plays I've
gotten to do. - Like "Prior" in 'Angels
in America' . Also, straight plays are
SO much easier... Not as much vocal stress,
generally. Would somebody please shut me up??
appear in 'Joshua' with up and
coming Vera Farmiga. IMDB describes this as a
"psychological thriller". Do you have
any ideas on when this will be released and/or
can you share your memories about the filming
Not sure when this comes out. I liked these folks
a lot. I just did one day on it, but I basically
got to write everything I said. I was in a
basement ranting and raving - kind of a homespun
revival meeting. - Screamed myself hoarse.
Any last statements?
I'd like to thank all of the folks who made it
this far. I feel your pain. Great site, Brian -
keep up the... uh... really creepy work!