Your new movie All
American Bikini Car Wash -
in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your
character in it?
American Bikini Car Wash
is the story of how college student Jack
Miller's hard-partying ways catch up with him when he learns he is failing
out of college. I play Stuart Miller, Jack’s father.
Stuart is a stern but loving father that only wants the best for
What did you draw upon to bring your character to
life, and how much of you can we find in him, actually?
My inspiration for Stuart was my own father. He was a
strict disciplinarian but there was a mountain of love and compassion
behind his stern exterior. I find a lot of similarities with Stuart and
myself as I raise a teenager in real life.
Your first thoughts when you heard the title "All
American Bikini Car Wash"?
My first though was “this could be really fun…” and it was! Cars
and girls in bikinis? I mean… c’mon!
How did you get involved with the project in the
I auditioned for the role of Stuart after my agent
spotted the role on a casting website.
Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set
American Bikini Car Wash
was a really fun experience.
Shooting a movie in Las Vegas is a great backdrop for a comedy and
the whole cast and crew really brought their A-game to the movie. I
developed a lot of great friendships on the set with my fellow actors and
crew that have continued into several new projects.
Any future projects you'd like to share?
Upcoming appearances include the dramatic short film
Trompe L’ Oeil, the TV movie Sunny Side Up and the upcoming TV pilot
I am shooting a short film called Fallen this fall
and two new feature films next summer.
What got you into acting in the first place, and did
you receive any formal training on the subject?
The amazing Edward Asner encouraged me to pursue
acting after a chance meeting at a staged reading that he did with a
friend of mine. I thought about it for a bout a year and then began
pursuing roles and some acting classes. I have studied with Brian Reise
and several other coaches in the past.
What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to All
American Bikini Car Wash?
on set with Kayla Collins
I had done a number of student films and small budget
productions prior to filming All
American Bikini Car Wash. Several of those projects are headed
to the festival circuit this year.
I started off my acting career by doing some
background work on some great TV shows like Hawaii 5-0, The
Man Standing, Scandal, The Mindy Project and
Sullivan and Son.
How would you describe yourself as an actor, and some
of your techniques to bring your characters to life?
As a middle aged actor, I have the wonderful
opportunity to bring a lot of my real life experiences into the characters
that I play. I’m also 6’3” and a former athlete so I can bring a
large physical presence to the screen when my characters need to do so.
Actors (and indeed actresses) who inspire you?
Morgan Freeman and Mark
Ruffalo are two of the actors that really inspire me because they both
really didn’t emerge in Hollywood until later in life and they both have
built up some amazing bodies of work. I’m a huge Meryl Streep
fan and I love all of Amy Schumer’s work.
Your favourite movies?
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The links below
will take you
The Godfather, True
Grit, Animal House, Top Gun, Casablanca,
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Apocalypse Now, It’s a
Wonderful Life, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
... and of course, films you really deplore?
Heaven’s Gate, From Justin to Kelly, Gigli, Jack
Your website, Facebook, whatever else?
Anything else you're dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
I wanted to be John Wayne and marry Ingrid Bergman when I was a child!
Thanks for the interview!