You only very recently starred in In
Fear of's episode Autophobia: Fear of Abandonment - in a few
words, what is it about and what can you tell us about your character in
Mickey is your classic “Nice Guy” that always finishes
last. He is a hopeless romantic that is pissing his life away in the name
of love, however thanks to the demented mind of writer director Scott
W. Perry interview - click here] there is definitely a new twist in this classic theme.
What did you draw upon to bring your character to
life? And is the fear of abandonment something you can personally relate
I would be surprised if there was a man or woman alive who
hasn’t at least once in their life been the victim of an unrequited
love. I have definitely been there and I had even explored the theme in
one of my early films, Done.
Related to that, What are you personally afraid of?
Running out of time. Not getting to do all the things I
want to do, and tell the stories I want to tell before I go.
did you get involved with the project in the first place?
I met Scott and Steven-Mark Glassner [Steven-Mark
Glassner interview - click here] at the Macabre Faire
in Long Island , they were promoting In
and I was promoting Jacob. We all really dug each others work.
Then we met again at Monster Mania and it was there we decided to
Larry with Scott W. Perry
can you tell us about your director Scott W. Perry [Scott
W. Perry interview - click here], and what was your collaboration
Scott is a super great guy!
I had great confidence
and trust in him from seeing his work.
Do talk about the actual shoot for a bit, and the
This shoot was one of my favorite experiences to date.
There was a real spirit of team and everyone just clicked. You could feel
the chemistry. We shot on location in Beaumont Texas and the sets were
incredible. Local film commissioner Thomas Hall went above and beyond
providing everything we needed and I must say the cast was amazing, the
beautiful Mayra Leal was phenomenal we connected really quickly and had a
great time working together. Matthew Carter and Nick W. Nicholson
absolutely killed it with their performances as well. And our crew was
top notch, Scott and Steven had a clear vision and knew exactly what they
wanted and the rest of our crew rocked! It was a blast!
Larry with Scott W. Perry, Mayra Leal
Any future projects beyond Autophobia:
Fear of Abandonment?
I am doing a lot of work with Blanc Biehn Productions,
first up in November I am acting in a movie called Altered
Perception directed by Kate Rees Davies, then in December I am getting
back in the director's chair for a few flicks, Night Maire, a dark
thriller staring Jennifer Blanc Biehn. After that is my western called The Sound of Thunder staring Grace Powell and a few others I can't
mention yet, followed by The Night Visitor IV and Reptilians and some of the other projects I acted in will be
released such as Shawn Welling's thriller The Legend of Darkhorse
County and Patricio Valladeras Hidden in the Woods. The best way
to keep up with me is by following me on Twitter, Facebook or IMDb.
What got you into acting in the
first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
It is something I just fell into. I never was formally
trained. I learned most of my skills working
in the haunted house business, I picked up the filmmaking aspect much
later from reading books, watching behind the scenes featurettes and
working on actual film sets.
you got into movies, you spent many years working with various haunted
attractions, right? So what can you tell us about that part of your
I grew up during the 80's home video explosion. So every
weekend I would take home movies like Nightmare on Elm
Street, The Evil Dead,
Nightbreed or science
fiction movies such as Star Wars, Terminator and Aliens. Then I would
buy copies of Fangoria or Starlog and spend countless hours trying to
recreate the special FX and building props. Had I grown up in California I
probably would have become an FX artist, but Alvin Texas is nowhere near
there and I had no outlet for my creativity. Well not until a friend took
me to a professional haunted house in downtown Houston and I got hooked!
I started building my own haunted houses in high school with one
goal in mind. I wanted to
deliver an experience like no other. From the time you stepped through the
door I wanted everything you could see, everything you touch, taste or
smell to seem as real as possible. I eventually grew to the point where I
was running haunted attractions that had budgets well into 6 figures and
employed over 40+ Actors and a team of special FX artist.
Eventually I was getting really burned out. I would spend a ton of
time and money creating these perfect scenes and I would get frustrated
because they never stayed perfect. The guest may come through and catch
the actor off guard drinking a soda or half way through the night an effect
or prop would break or get destroyed.
After one particularly stressful night I had about had it when
someone walked past me and said “You should take a picture, it will last
longer” and it hit me. I was already writing themed stories, building
sets, costuming and training actors, building props and special FX? I just
needed a camera.
How did you get into films then, and what can
you tell us about Game Over: The Secret Life of Game Store Clerks,
which I understand was not only your acting but also your writing and
Game Over is what I would consider my film school. It is
where I was allowed to run free do exactly what I wanted and most
importantly fail. What I learned making that movie has been invaluable to
me over the years. It was really hard but I didn't quit. Making movies is
my passion so I reevaluated everything, adjusted and moved forward.
Hopefully it is something the world will never see. Definitely not meant
for mass consumption!
You of course also have to talk about
your latest films as a director, Jacob, and how do you think you've
grown as a director?
Other than telling you the names Night Maire and The Sound of Thunder there is not a lot I can share other than that
I am extremely excited to be working on them.
As far as growing as a
started off trying to control everything. I wanted to touch every piece
that you see on screen to ensure my vision was coming across - learned the
hard way that I can't do it all. A good director understands and embraces
the art of delegation. You can still realize your vision with out being
the lone ranger so to speak. I can be a more effective director by putting
the right people in the right places. You get department heads that you
trust and they own what they do. That way I can focus on performance with
the actors and getting what I want visually with the cinematographer. That
is the only way you can capture the feeling you are going for and want to
share with the audience.
Any other films of yours (in
whatever function) you'd like to talk about?
I think I covered it all above, I am really excited about
all the projects I am involved in, whether I was just acting - Darkhorse
County and In
Fear of -, producing - Hidden in The Woods and The Girl
-, or directing - like the
upcoming movie Night Maire and The Sound of Thunder. I am
seriously stoked and feel very blessed!
you describe yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to bring
your characters to life?
I have one golden rule, in acting and directing. No False Moments - I strive to make everything as real as possible. I immerse myself
in my characters 100%. I feel everything they feel and try to play it
honestly. I think about the situation, what is at stake and how I would
feel in the same situation and I go for it.
I know when I am watching a movie or TV show if the actor on screen
is not 100% in it and I don't believe them it ruins the story for me.
Actors (and indeed actresses)
who inspire you?
Michael Biehn is my favorite actor. I
grew up watching him in many of my favorite
movies. The thing that makes Michael special to me is that you
always believed him. It didn't matter if he was fighting Terminators from
the future or locked into a life or death showdown with Doc Holiday, there
was never a false moment.
Your favourite movies?
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My favorite movie of all time is Jaws. It is a classic
that still works even today, the characters are classic and played to
perfection by the cast and beautifully willed into being by Steven
and of course, films you really deplore?
The Village by M. Night Shyamalan.
I don't know why but I am still really bent about that movie. He
was so close but... oh well.
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