Interview with Vince Lozano- Actor/Producer/Writer (Pirates of the Caribbean: Return of the Black Pearl
Vince Lozano- Writer, Actor, Producer
It would seem Vince that the creative minded seldom have only one iron in the fire... the sparks that prevail scatter the artistic disposed to multi tasking at astounding rapid fired bits of swirling pieces of odds and ends. Leading them all to an accumulative point where they can be myopically drawn out, executed and given... the gift of life. Thank you for taking the time to share with us not only your newest film, “Halfway to Hell,” but for sharing all the numerous projects you're involved with.
There isn't much you haven't touched from your role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Return of the Black Pearl, and the numerous TV shows- Becker, E.R.- just to name a couple... that you live your life- walking the talk. Including playing several sports, to dance, to public theater, commercials, acting, producing, writing, feature films, independent films, screenplays, even your own clothing line- Shark Wear (www.sharkwearonline.com) ... and the many charities you are involved with- Penny Lane, Pirates for Children and MDA... you are a broad spectrum of ignited living.
Song: Its been said you’re an 'overachiever' that sounds like a boxed definition about someone who legislates personifications. Would it not be better to say, 'Why not?' How do you view this trait that has been projected when one engages in all your past, present and future interests and projects?
Vince: I don't consider myself a overachiever. I would say I'm a risk taker. Who tries to attack fearlessly. Like a boxer in a ring. I completely agree with you: "WHY NOT?" Why not risk and take a chance instead of wondering if you can or if you can't.?
S: Is it a determination learned by your early environment, developed along the way or did you just pop into existence with a grit for using your creativity to its fullest extent?
V: It's something I learned as a kid and i just kept developing as I got older. This will to fight and this will succeed. We're judge by people everyday, they have an instant opinion of us good or bad. Regardless if they want to admit it or not. I wasn't gonna let that fear of what people think of me hold me back. From doing what I love to do. I'm gonna be who I am and if I succeed or fail at least I can look in the mirror and say I gave it my best shot. Ill attack again tomorrow.
S: In your latest endeavor to be showcased, Halfway to Hell, written by James Brannon (and as I understand it director/producer Richard Friedman along with you as producer/actor) have created a taboo works of sorts. A halfway house in middle class suburbia... which showed at the 'Dances with Films' film festival recently, and has now be accepted in the 'New York Film Festival” in October, depicts several variations of crimes, various takes on 'degrees of sin...' Or do you feel taboo is too strong of a word to describe this work? Is there a better presentation other than uncomfortable subject matter?'
V: Taboo is a great description. Edgy, gritty, and honest and real!! We don't apologize for this film or these characters they are who they are.
S: Your character name is, Frank, and you play the role of a 'repentant' child molester. How did you come to the decision to be a part of this movie? And better yet, what was it like going into the role of a 'repentant' child molester?
V: I struggled with the decision, but at the end of the day I'm an actor and I want to challenge myself. When you feel your stomach turning and you feel a little nervous. The answer was yes I have to take on this role and see if I can bring humanity to it and make people like this character even though they don't want too. Very challenging and very exciting as an artist to bring something different and unique to a character that society hates.
S: Anyone who follows your works knows of your wonderful devotion to children and some of the fund-raising you're involved in, were you afraid of any backlash from any of the organizations you raise funds for?
V: Not at all. They know who I am as a person. I’m actor first and I’m not gonna give a role because of what friends or family or colleagues might think. It wouldn't be fair to me. I've played killers, drug addicts, con man, and now a pedophile it just another interesting character that I've added to my list of roles,
S: Has society advanced enough you feel to understand art form in telling a story and reality of what may or may not be?
V: I think so. With reality TV and you tube truth and art is in our faces everyday so I think society has sense of what truth is and what art is!! (I have people all time surprise with I love independent films- so gritty and real)
S: Did the role help you empathize with one side of this delicate situation over another?
V: No!! I empathize with both sides. It's such a fine line because we all want be good human beings.
S: As you were seeing through the eyes of what society views as a monster... and what the convict actually viewed outwardly about society, it had to give you pause to think introspectively at times, did it not?
V: I'm gonna answer yes. Keep it @ that. Lol!
S: What do you think Frank viewed inwardly about himself and how did you relate it to the audience?
V: That he truly is a good person. But he has this monster that has control over him and he's trying to get that control back so he can be that person that he wants to be. By trying to find the good and the heart and vulnerability of Frank and get audiences to sympathize with me and hopefully that came across.
S: Has the role changed your perceptions of child molesters? Did the film change your perceptions of convicts attempting to re enter society in general? Was there a crux, a message through the film you all were conveying? Do you feel after seeing and hearing others watch it - that you all succeeded?
V: It's changed with the ones that possibly have a mental condition, maybe I'm a little more sympathetic towards them. Not the ones who do it because they love the power and control that they get from hurting and damaging innocence.
I think the message is that we make you look at yourself as a society and as human beings. Are we really compassionate to others and forgiving? We hold that mirror up to you and ask what side are you on? Are we really as good of a person that we think we are?
Do we give convicts and others a second chance at life? Or do we leave them locked up? I think we have succeeded, for it has created a heated dialogue. It's made society look at themselves as a community. It really gets people thinking as a filmmaker and actor- what more could we ask for?
S: The film certainly shows both an imploding household of people, and an exploding circumference of people afraid for their own... a collision course that almost seems to have no solution within itself. After making this film and reflecting back- is it possible in your gained knowledge now for a half-way house to exist in any neighborhood? Is there a plausible solution?
V: Every neighborhood will react differently most of the time it will be with anger. Honestly probably not. I don't have the answer, I wish I did.
S: What was your biggest challenge overall in this film? And lastly, in summation what do you want the audience to take away about Frank?
V: The house next door to where we were shooting was being demolished... the week when we started filming, but we were able to overcome it.
As for Frank, he was a good person and he was truly remorseful- this helps others to care for him, even though they didn’t want too.
S: Would you care to give us a teaser on your next film project in the works, “Swelter” with Jean-Claude Van Damme?
V:Tarantino 'esque crime drama. Well directed and written by Keith Parmer, who did a fabulous job with the characters and dialogue. He had a great vision of what he wanted.
S: What would you like to see change within the art community for actors?
V: Just more work and more opportunities. For the state California to give more tax credits for filmmakers here. So we can keep the work here were it belongs.
Thank you for taking time, as your life is filled with well... living and it seems you've plenty to keep sharing with many others in all that you touch - you give humble gratitude and that is a rare and valuable gift. Thank you Vince. - Song River.
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