It’s a real honour to interview USA, Indie actor, Damien Colletti, since he turned down his last three interviews, he was more than happy to say yes to me, which is just fantastic! Thanks Damien.
Damien is another great actor working on the new indie horror flick “Blaze of Gory”
Q1) How did you get into acting?
Acting was something I always thought about and wanted to do when I was younger. Several years ago I decided to just do it! The first film I ever worked on was Invincible starring Mark Wahlberg. My first day on set I got to meet and talk to Mark who’s a great guy and a class act. After that I knew acting was something I wanted to do. It just felt so right and like I was meant to do it. Soon after that I started studying classic actors like: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Steve McQueen, and Marlon Brando.
Q2) So far, your film credits include No Strings 2: Playtime in Hell, Law Abiding Citizen, Bloodbath in the House of Knives plus many more. Which film have you enjoyed working on the most and why?
That’s really a hard question to answer since I had so much fun working on so many different films and TV shows. I’ve made a lot of great friends along the way too. TV wise would be when I played Officer Daniel Devito on the soap opera As the World Turns. Most of my lines and scenes were with Emmy Award-Winning Actor Michael Park who was great to work with. We filmed it in Philadelphia, PA near City Hall. It was just an incredible day and so much fun. As far as my favorite film to work on I greatly enjoyed working on all the ones you mentioned and more so it’s hard to say which one the most!
Q3) What actor or actress inspires you the most?
I enjoy seeing great acting from a lot of different actors and actresses. I look for dominating performances that leave lasting impressions since that’s what I try to do myself in films. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are definitely two of my favorite actors. I’ve also enjoyed performances by Edward Norton, Mickey Rourke, Kate Beckinsale, and Robert Kazinsky.
Q4) What made you want to be a part of the “Blaze of Gory” horror series?
I really liked the concept for the series that David VG Davies created. To have several of the best Independent horror directors come together as one to form an incredible horror series! Our episode is the only one being filmed in the US which I felt was an honor too. Also I would get to work with two of my closest acting friends Italian actress Anne Reiss and director Robert Noel Gifford. We all worked together on No Strings 2: Playtime in Hell which was a lot of fun. I’m also looking forward to working with Vania Bezerra in the film who was in No Strings 2: Playtime in Hell too but we didn’t have any scenes together.
Q5) In “Blaze of Gory” you play a character called Victor (segment Masque of the Red Rape). What can you tell us about him and when will you start filming your segment in it?
Victor has a lot of psychological issues due to a lot of pain and suffering he’s had in his life. He’s not in touch with what’s real and what’s not which includes his wife, or ex wife? Who’s alive, or is she? I’m hoping our episode can be more of an artistic one in the sense of how Alfred Hitchcock does his films. Our episode is less talking and more visual with emotion. We are suppose to start filming in 1-2 months I believe.
Q6) I only started acting in films last year, what acting advice can you give me and would you consider working with me in the future?
I would say if your heart is in it and you love acting never give up! Stay focused but understand there will be highs and lows on this roller coaster ride called acting but the highs will definitely outweigh the lows! I would definitely work with you sometime Dean! You seem to have a lot of enjoyment and positive energy towards film and acting which is important. Those are the kind of people I like to work with!
Q7 You are an American so you must love sport? Which is your favourite sport and do you support any teams?
I used to play sports a lot growing up. I mostly played basketball followed by football, baseball, and tennis. I mostly watch football with the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers being my favorite teams. I will watch the big Italy futbol games though when they’re on TV and Gianluigi Buffon has been a beast in the net for many years! I also think David Beckham is a class act and I love how he’s always helping others. He has been great for the sport for many years and we need more people like him in the world!
Q8) You live in Pennsylvania, USA. What would scare you the most? Seeing the Jersey Devil, Bigfoot or some kind of giant snake in one of your lakes?
Lol, funny and the US does have some crazy creatures of superstition now that I think about it! Although I’m not sure where they currently reside I think the Loch Ness Monster or Creature from the Black Lagoon would probably scare me the most! The Swamp Thing was a movie that used to scare me growing up with all the crazy looking creatures they had in the film. I used to watch it with my friend Mike Ray growing up when I went to his house because it used to always be playing on his TV!
Q9) What will you be working on after “Blaze of Gory”?
I have a lot of films I’m cast in that I hope to start filming soon so it’s hard to say which one will come up first. I’m cast in the feature films Rendezvous and Huntington with my good friend (and fellow Broncos fan) Alexander Emmert so I’m really looking forward to working with him for the first time. Also there’s always new films coming up all the time that directors discuss with me about being in. I do always look forward to working on new and exciting projects along with great directors and actors!
Q10) Finally, You have expanded beyond acting into writing and so on. Where do you see yourself in five years from now and is your future just in acting?
I hope to keep progressing with acting like I’m doing meaning bigger roles in bigger projects. I do enjoy doing all aspects of filmmaking and I hope to do more writing and directing in the future but acting is definitely what I’m interested in the most.
Thanks for the interview Dean, it was fun!