Your new movie The
Laughing Mask - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you
tell us about your character in it?
I play the character Brock
Washington. Brock is of the film’s lead investigating detectives
assigned to the laughing mask case. Brock comes from a long line of
decorated officers and is a highly intelligent “by the book”
detective who carries a high testosterone level and can get down and dirty
if need to be. So in a straight up bar fight, he would be the guy you want
on your side.
How did you get involved with the project in the first place?
Speaking of bar fights, that
is really what drew me to audition for The
Laughing Mask. A bar brawl! I have a history as
an actor in going toe to toe and fighting horror icons, ie: Michael
in Legends 2: A Halloween Tale. So, I auditioned for a role as a THE
MUSCLE of a gang called the Rancors that required a lot of smack talk and
a one-on-one brawl with The Laughing Mask. Approximately a week later I
received a phone call from the director, Michael Aguiar [Michael
Aguiar interview - click here], stating how
impressed he was with my audition and offered me the role and I accepted.
month or so later we had our table read with The
Laughing Mask’s cast
and that’s when fate decided to step in. The actor who was cast as
Brock Washington was unable to make it that particular day and in addition
to my part, I was asked to read for Brock. So long story short, I was
upgraded and was offered the role of Brock Washington. The magic behind casting:
Anything is possible.
can you tell us about your director Michael Aguiar [Michael
Aguiar interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?
was a pleasure to work with and he is blessed with a very supportive
loving family. Who also can cook delicious Columbian food - I think it was
While on the topic of support on the set, Michael also had a top notch
DOP, script supervisor and solid crew working behind the scenes. All in
all, I was very excited to wake up each morning knowing I was going to be
on set with some great people, hot on the bloody
trail of the laughing mask.
What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the
The on-set atmosphere was a hoot! There was never a dull moment with the cast and crew. Lots of
positive energy, smiles, laughter, food and lasting friendships. I chalk
that one up as a “Win.”
Any future projects you'd like to
Future Projects…. Hmmmm
Yessssss. The Fran Rafferty pipeline J
Currently, I just wrapped on a
in Savannah Georgia entitled Headlocked, written and directed by the
talented Brian O’Grady. I play the lead antagonist Vladamir The Impaler.
Headlocked is an entertaining comedy about a couple of down-and-out
former pro-wresters who never met in the ring during their careers as professional
wrestlers. Crusher, played by Mark Troy and Vladamir The
Impaler eventually run into each other after the fame, glory and money are
gone. They take the “disputed” championship belt to the streets as casino
greeters and an epic fight to be remembered. Lol good times. Think
of a younger version of the Grudge Match staring Sly Stallone and Robert
De Niro, but in the world of professional wrestling.
2016 is going to be a
fun-filled acting adventure that will be taking my career to new heights.
Too many projects in the makes to mention, but be on the lookout J
What got you into acting in the first place, and
did you receive any formal training on the subject?And what
can you tell us about your filmwork prior to The
A little history about myself:
Born andraised in the Coal
Regions of Pennsylvania, an Irish Catholic family consisting of two
sisters, a hard working father who was a coal miner, and my loving mother
who was a stay at home mom. I
was raised strict, we were accomplished and driven. I went to high school
at Cardinal Brennan Catholic school where I excelled in academics and
sports. I received a full
academic scholarship to Wilkes University where I majored in Pre-Med and
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During my college years I also trained as a competitive teenage
bodybuilder out of Karpy's Fitness Center, located in Shenandoah
Pennsylvania, where I appeared in Iron Man Magazine, Flex
Muscular Development. I have
been involved in bodybuilding and the fitness industry since I was 12
years old, and still remain passionate about it ‘till present day.
My acting career was launched in 2010 after studying Film/Theatre for
several years in Harrisburg Pennsylvania at Open Stage under the teaching
and leadership of Anne Alsedek education director.
In 2012, I was diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer and had undergone
16 weeks of intense chemotherapy. I took a break from filming and
bodybuilding for one year and am now cancer free. Since then, I have made
a tremendous comeback, secured leading roles in The Trade (Godbout
Entertainment), The Anniversary (Epic Media Studios) and
Headlocked. In 2014, I
found the love of my life, Jo-Ann Bartina, and we were engaged in May
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