Ferreira Fest 28

published April 2012

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Ferreira Fest 28, part 1

And before you know it, it's the 20th of the month again and time for another Ferreira Fest, the monthly newsletter celebrating the acting career of Louis Ferreira (Justin Louis)! This time we have an interview with Bradley Stryker, and Louis answers your questions, plus news about his latest role! So grab a pineapple drink at the free bar and come on in!


Breaking News: TOUCH

Louis' episode of "Touch" airs on Thursday May 10 on FOX. The episode title is "Music of the Spheres" (episode #09, Season 1). Be sure to set your DVR or DVD recorders - check your local listings for exact air times. I won't give away any of the plot - or even his character name - because it would be a spoiler. Suffice it to say that you will see Louis the way you've never seen him before! He is especially proud of this particular role, and you'll understand once you've watched it why it was so important to him. Don't forget to leave your questions at the ASK LOUIS post after you've watched the episode!

PS: The episode will be available online at the official TOUCH web site one week after it airs, so May 17. If there are other sites offering the entire episode they will also be posted here at Ferreira Fest, as usual.


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Louis's favorite website

Please check out the new link in our links list - The Daily Love. Here's what Louis said at the beginning of our last interview:


FF: Ok, Louis, this is Ferreira Fest and we are recording our conversation from now on. Is that okay with you?

LF: Yes, and helllloooo.

FF: All right, so these are questions that were left at the website and I’m just going to go through it, and you tell me when you’ve had enough. So, all right (laughter).

LF: I would like to start though by saying that, um, I’d like to include, I’d like to share something that has become very important to me in the last little while.

FF: By all means.

LF: And it’s a website, that’s called The Daily Love.

FF: The Daily Love?

LF: The Daily Love. And you can download it for free. And it’s done, um, in three different parts, which is it’s basically giving you quotes, and then you have this gentleman, Mastin (Kipp), who basically blogs about different things on the daily. And, I just find him to be, there’s lots of different things you can check out and stuff. And he’s got about 500,000 followers now, but it’s inspirational on many, many levels. He tackles different things and it’s, he’s tackling stuff that really is what I think it’s all about at the end of the day, which is all about us, our search for the best versions of ourselves. You know. The search for our, higher power, or God, as you know him, or as God as you understand him. And I think that that is beautiful.

And so, I’d like to start sharing, like, Daily Love, I’m gonna like, monthly, maybe, gonna pick a favorite quote, and just make that, like, my quote of the month. And people can feel free to share their favorites with me and vice versa or we can all share amidst ourselves. Because at the end of the day, more than anything, this is really what it’s all about, and self growth, and self love and loving others. This is a wonderful way to start. I’ve started my day with this sort of thing, and if it inspires even just one person to do it, then I feel it’s a good thing.

FF: I love that idea.

LF: Yeah, so there it is.

FF: And you know what? I can also make it a permanent link on the website, in the upper left hand corner.

LF: Oh, that would be wonderful. And you know, for example, like one of these quotes for today, for example, today’s quotes, I love this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson that a lot of people know. It’s just very simple. “Insist on yourself, never imitate.” And that has a beautiful, lots of implications, but to me as an artist, there is a wonderful, you know, sort of, obviously, you can take things on many, many levels, but certainly, artistically, I can, the idea of being an original and staying true to who you are amidst, people always borrowing and taking stuff and trying to create, hybrids of people as opposed to just going, “this is my authentic self.”

FF: Right.

LF: So, I love that quote. So that’s, you know, something to share.

FF: Also, it encourages you to be creative, which is also nice, you know, try something new.

LF: Absolutely. And that’s why I think if you include it as a thing, I think that would be awesome.

(listen to the sound file here.)

Thanks to kimmy4eytj  for the transcript!

So there you are! Louis wanted me to call the link "A Little Daily Love from Papa Smurf". Check it out some time, and see how Louis starts his day!

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Interview With Bradley Stryker

Many of you will remember Bradley as the ill-fated Sergeant Curtis from the first three episodes of Stargate Universe. Although his tenure on SGU was brief Bradley has been extrememly busy making his own movies. I've been following his career for some time now and he kindly agreed to do an interview with Ferreira Fest, talking about his experience of working with Louis on his first movie A Weekend to Remember. As usual, you will learn a lot about Louis' talent and craft, as Bradley has some nice insights in his work. Granted, most of you have not seen the movie but I did make some screen caps for you, and hopefully we'll have an exclusive link here at Ferreira Fest in a few weeks. Meanwhile, read on about the process of Independent Film making with Louis below. Enjoy!


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FF: This is Ferreira Fest and I’m going to record this conversation and just wanting to make sure that is okay with you?

Bradley: Absolutely fine.


FF: Let’s start with something simple. Please start by telling us about yourself. Who is Bradley Stryker, what do you do, what is your passion. Tell us about your latest project. The sky’s the limit.

Bradley: Okay, well, okay. Ah, who am I? You know, I am originally from Seattle; I grew up there, then moved down and lived in Southern California for twelve years. I was in college. I went to six different schools in four years before I graduated (laughter). With my time. I ended up graduated from San Diego State, then literally like two days after I finished class, I drove to LA and began my acting career at that point. It actually started about two years earlier when I was nineteen, I was in New York, took my first acting class.

Anyway, so here I am about fifteen years later and still very busy in the acting world, but now, I’ve started making my own films. And that is kind of where my passion is now. I spend most of my days writing. I have six, seven feature scripts that I juggle back and forth between…

FF: OMG, seven? Right now?

Bradley: Yeah, it’s not … (laughter), yeah.  And this is the ones that have made it through the gauntlet. I’ve actually written more than that, but a few of them end up in the garage shredder. I should say the recycle. Just because the idea is, the idea is there, but  just something doesn’t work. So I end up having to start over. The more education I get, the more I … you know, it’s a process. It’s like being an actor.

I wrote my first script like about six, no, … seven years ago. But then it was just kinda on and off and in the last three years have been just solid writing. So it’s been a lot of time in coffee shops, a lot of learning, a lot of banging my head against the wall. You know, all that fun stuff.

I’ve now made four short films, finished three of them and I’m in post production on the fourth. The one I did with Louis was the first one; A Weekend to Remember. Which was, it was good. You always learn the most on your first one. If nothing else, I was just lucky to have good actors on this film. That’s the thing, being an actor first and a filmmaker second, what’s interesting is that I… where a lot of movies fail, especially smaller budget films, is bad acting. I find it ironic because for me, without that you kinda don’t have anything.

FF: Yeah, yeah exactly.

Bradley: So, the first, this film, A Weekend to Remember, it was my first one. You know it’s all about learning at this point. The good thing I was nominated for a Leo Award for the acting in the film, which was cool. It’s like an award thing they have up here in Canada, it’s for western Canada.

FF: Yeah, yeah. Absolutely. Um, is it still going to the, ah … film festival in New York? Is it still in there?

Bradley: Yes, yes, yes …

FF: When will we find out about that?

Bradley: Found out about that a couple of months ago, or six weeks ago. And I’m leaving, I’m gonna go on Wednesday night and I’ll be there for like six days. The film is showing on Sunday (April 15th), this upcoming Sunday.

FF: Oh, really? Wow. Perfect timing.

Bradley: Yeah. So it’s gonna be fun. It’s gonna be fun. We’re gonna get a chance to kinda see a little bit of the public’s reaction, and what not. It’s a tough film for festivals to program, just, the time is long, it’s sixteen and a half minutes, and the content is extremely, like, dramatic. It’s not a very like, you know, fun, it’s not an uplifting, this is fun film. It’s a film that’s like, “Wow, that was heavy.” A lot of people, you know, that’s kinda not their thing for festivals, is what I’m learning.

FF: Right. Yeah.

Bradley: Nonetheless though, we’re excited. It’s a great thing to have it in there. And you know I’ll still submit it to a few more festivals, but of course, now that I’ve got my second movie, which is, my second movie, Ranger Charlie, is also in the SOHO Film Festival, which is kinda, ah, kinda crazy. They didn’t actually realize that I had two films in the festival.

FF: Oh, you have two films in there? That’s fantastic!

Bradley: Yeah, they didn’t even realize until I brought it to their attention, ‘cause that Ranger Charlie is a comedy. So, totally different, totally different. And a lot of fun. And you know, the more I show my films, and then, my third film, Unexpected Guest, is like more of a thriller.

FF: That is the one with Patrick Gilmore, right?

Bradley: Yes, yes, Patrick Gilmore is in that. And we, with that one, the irony of this, of the Unexpected Guest is that it’s a thriller, the short film is a thriller, but I’ve also written a feature film version of it, and it’s more of a thriller-comedy.

FF: Okay.

Bradley: Which is kind of interesting because we kind of missed with the little pieces of the comedy in the short, but not necessarily a hundred percent. And there is a reason for that, it’s because it was only supposed to be a short film, but after we shot it, it went so well, when I got home, I was like, well, I think I need to turn this into a feature, so then I did it after I had already shot the short, and I didn’t realize how much comedy there was there.

So, I gotta redo that short introduction with a little bit more comedy, it’s gonna essentially be a tool we can use to try to present to people the idea of filming the feature. It would have been a little bit more representative of the feature script tied up with a little more comedy in it. Nonetheless, we just finished with that. We’re very happy with that.

And then Patrick and I produced a film together called Found, which is the fourth one. And that’s a silent film, it’s another short film.

FF: Oh, fantastic.

Bradley: That’s a silent film. I acted in that one, as well. So, I’ve acted in three of the four and my hope is to slowly kinda pull myself away from that. Not because I don’t want to, just because, you know, being that I want to be a film maker, it’s better to be on the, just pick a side of the camera.

FF: Right, exactly.

Bradley: And it’s been good, BUT… there’s always a but.

FF: There’s always a but. (laughter)

Bradley: Yeah. It’d be fun, more fun for me I think to just concentrate on the directing and writing portion. The issue I have sometimes is that, the commitment, ‘cause you don’t have a lot of money to pay actors, so the commitment you’re asking for, not even just time, but, like for the last one I did it was like, the commitment I was looking for from somebody, just in the presentation of what I needed them to look like ‘cause it’s about a homeless man, in terms of not shaving, and letting themselves go a little bit, just to be the character. I couldn’t really ask anybody to do it, and, and then I needed to find somebody who I was excited about from a perspective of like they are going to bring some really cool stuff to the table in terms of acting, well, all those people are busy working on professional productions and collecting the nice big paychecks. So I just realized, you know what, I’m better off if I just do it on my own, and I kinda just let myself go for the project. (laughter)

FF: That’s as good an excuse as any.

Bradley: Yeah.

FF: So now listen, Stryke-Force, that is your production company. Great name by the way, I absolutely love it.

Bradley: Aw, thanks.

FF: So is it mostly producing your stuff or is there also other projects that you handle with Stryke-Force?

Bradley: Stryke-Force Films is all mine as of now and it’s not, it’s to be, it’s just the beginning and we’ve done the four films so far. And it’s what do I want to do? That’s what I’m asking myself. What do I want to do? At this point, I want to just start, I want to start having more fun. And that means, I want to start shooting some shorter stuff for a funnier time, shooting some stuff to just put on YouTube, ‘cause everything to this point has been pretty labor intensive where, I mean like, from the writing of the scripts all through the projects is a year or two.

FF: Wow.

Bradley: Ah, through the end of the projects and then you’ve invested a lot of money in it, so then you run into this issue of now that I’ve invested all this money into it, I can’t just throw it up on, like you know, a website and just kinda give it away, I need to try and find some sort of way to facilitate having this project benefit me in some way. And so the plan is to, kinda, just start, maybe, and I’m looking for the team to do this, which is to just start making some fun things, we’ll film on a weekend and spend a couple of weeks editing, then put it online, you know.

Then the issue I’m fighting in Vancouver with that, the people that are willing to do that are so new that the quality is, is a little rougher. And a lot of the people I’ve been collaborating with at this point slowly, like one and two at a time, (laughter) one or two at a time, they’ve been disappearing. And what I mean by that is they, they kinda get scooped up by the professional film world. Rightfully so, and it’s what I want for them. And then their, you know, their rate goes from “yeah, let’s do this film ‘cause we’re excited about it” to they need, you know, they need to get paid their rates. Then, you gotta have the money. And it always comes down to that.

And I think that my future for Stryke-Force Films would be, in the near future, is making these kinds of things, but then, also finding my producer partner, which won’t be me. I’m not a, producing is not my thing. I like to be the creative guy. When I’m forced to do the business part, it kinda of, it’s not my forte, I don’t enjoy it, so I’m like, why do it.

Anyway, I’m gonna look into the next, it’s gonna take a minute, I’m revamping the website and getting everything set up professionally. I’m gonna contact a lawyer and draw up a contract, but I want to find my producing partner, and go into business with, right now, them helping get these short films out there and then the way the end thing that we’re all gonna be trying to gearing our energy towards is getting funding, or getting some of my screen plays out there. Whether we make them on our own or whether we find, we get people reading them, and this will be something to as I get an agent for writing them, that we can kinda of create some heat there, and then whoever my producing partner is will, you know, reap the benefits of their percentage on that.

FF: Gotcha. Ah, right, that’s awesome. Let’s go and move on to specifically to A Weekend to Remember and specifically the movie now. How did you get the idea for that movie? And personally, I’m interested in how you found that absolutely beautiful place for shooting that production.

Bradley: (laughter) Um, we found the location by just driving around. Daily. A lot.

FF: Seriously? You just saw it?

Bradley: We were just driving around Vancouver and constantly finding spots that didn’t work, didn’t work. Then we went online and found that place. They had filmed, that was out in an area called Langley Surrey, which is outside the city, by about forty-five minutes. And then we found this place, really, really nice couple owns it, and they’ve had a few professional productions come through. You know, a Coke commercial, and something else filmed there and you know, those productions pay $10,000 a day or something crazy. And we said this is what we we’re doing, and they were excited about it and they we’re interested and they gave us a really, really, really nice rate. Um, and so we we’re able to film. An essentially all it is, is they have a guest house on their property, which is kinda cool ‘cause they live like, you know, they live in their house which is not too far away on the property from that thing. It’s kinda like their baby, they put all their time into building it. Um, so, that’s, that’s how we found that. And we just found it, found it online, I think it was either through the resource of BC (British Columbia) Film or just looking online.

(listen to the sound file here)

 



Ferreira Fest 28, part 2

Interview with Bradley Stryker, continued from Ferreira Fest 28 part 1

FF: So it was something like that specifically that you were looking for that story? Was it always supposed to be a weekend house?

Bradley: Yeah, I wanted it to be in the mountains, and we couldn’t find it. And we went up, because we searched everywhere, we went up and searched around Whistler, which is about two hours out of Van, and we searched everywhere. So couldn’t find exactly what we wanted. I wanted it to be snowy, couldn’t find that either, because the year we were filming that there wasn’t a lot of snow, which is really ironic. So we ended up not even filming until June just because of scheduling. But, yeah, it was a long search, a couple of months just to find the place.

We also shot in a suburban house, though, too, which is out in that direction as well, for the flashback scenes.

FF: Right, right, the flashbacks, yeah, I remember that was very distinctly different.

Bradley: Yeah, yeah, yeah. And the idea for that story came, I was, years back, I was a bar tender in Venice Beach and a guy came in and sat down at the bar he was, something, something was off about him and you know Venice Beach is a fun place; it’s full of crazies, which is why I love it. I so I thought it was somebody, you know, one of the locals. And it wasn’t. And I was like, all right something’s going on here with this guy and you know he ordered a drink. And over the course of the next couple of hours, I found out he’d, just arrived, just literally got to Venice from Missouri and like six days beforehand, his wife and four year old son were killed, head on accident with a drunk driver.

FF: Oh my goodness.

Bradley: Ah, driving home from a field trip. And the guy I saw, the reason why I was so enamored with him, was the amount of, like, pain he was in. I had never seen, literally, I had never seen it face to face, like, this guy, he was done. He was broken. He was, he was gonna drink himself to death, if not just killed, or I don’t know what he had planned. What he told me is, that he had left, after it happened, he settled up a couple of debts, he left the keys to his house on the front counter, left the front door open, packed a little duffle bag, which he had at his feet when I met him, and got in his car and just started driving. And this is six days later, didn’t have any money left. So I told him, listen, you can just come into here, I work these days this week, and I’ll give you free food and free drink, you know, just because it looked like he needed some help. And he, ah… I never saw him again.

So it was just one of these things where I just, I always wondered what happened. What happened to the poor…

FF: So it’s actually based on an actual story, in a way.

Bradley: Yeah, the core, the core of it is. This is, this is part of the thing, right, is that the question for me was always, I don’t know what happened. So I’ve always kind of bumped around in my head, going, well what, how did that end up? What was the scenario? And so when I finally, major decided to make writing something that I was going to do continuously, ‘cause it was an off again, on again, off again until three years ago when it became a full time job. And when I started doing that, all these ideas just came, they’ve always been there forever, they’ve just been floating around. So like, that story came to me at, like, 5am, I just snapped awake one morning and I was like, oh my, and just started writing. I write tons of notes and forty-five minutes later, the outline was on the page. And you know, I had, I had the first draft done, a couple, two days later just ‘cause I was...

FF: It was ready to happen, huh?

Bradley: Yeah, it was one of those kinds of things. Yeah, and a really good experience. I’m very happy with it. It’s not, and we’ll see, you know, it’s not being received as well I’d like, but you know, in today’s world there’s so many films made. And there’s so, like, you know, at Sundance I think had somewhere around, I don’t know, ten or eleven thousand films were submitted this year. It’s just intense. It’s extremely competitive, so there’s not, there’s not a place for everything. For everybody’s.

So what I’m learning is that you kind of got to stay true to who I am. So I always got to ask myself, “why do you do this” and I do it because I love it. Once I’m reminded of that simple fact, kind of, if I just do it ‘cause I love it, and I, and I take my mind off of any sort of result, then I’m incredibly happy with the first, with this film. Am I getting the result necessarily, that I would have set out to garner, no, but, you know, if I take away all that stuff, then I’m actually doing it for the right reasons anyway.

FF: Yeah, I gotcha. That makes sense. All right now, when and how did you first meet Louis? Let’s scoot on over into that corner.

Bradley: Yeah, totally. I met Louis on Stargate. I worked on the first three episodes.

FF: Right. The ill-fated Sergeant Curtis.

Bradley: Yes, exactly. And, I met him on that. We just, we just kind of got each other. You know, you kind of, your energy just kind of attracted, attracted to certain people. You connect with certain people. And so, you know Louis’ been around a long time, he’s a very talented individual. Incredibly grounded guy, but also very real. Not a lot of, not a lot of bullshit, which is kind of good to me, because I’ve lived in LA for ten years, and I don’t have a lot of capacity for it anymore. I’m over it.

Anyway, so we would hang out off and on, and we were, we went and did the New Mexico thing, and whatnot. And then, I, from just that, I became friends with kind of the whole cast. (Laughter) And then the irony being, when the show got canceled, I wasn’t even on the show anymore, and I was sad. And I was like, “aw, I’ve got friends that are leaving.”

And then when I was doing my project, I just said “hey, I have this thing, I’d really love you to read.” And he was like “absolutely!”. And what I find kind of humorous about the whole thing, is that I had already used Louis for a table reading I had of my first feature that I started juggling around, which is, which is a really kind of dramatic piece, It’s actually ironically, a feature version of A Weekend to Remember, but it’s the same core story. It’s about a guy who loses his wife and child, but it’s a totally different story.

That’s the only part that’s the same. And Louis read it and after Louis read it, he was like, “Ah,” he goes, “Dude,” it’s funny, it’s like, “I want to make that movie.” And I was like, yeah, I know, but the problem is, it’s really hard to find money for a film like that. But he was, he really liked the part. It’s like an actor’s part though, it’s written by an actor, obviously, me, but it’s written for an actor. It’s just that, that particular film it’s called Silent Hero, it’s one of those things that is like, as an actor you only get a few opportunities to play stuff like that in your career. And the reason we’re attracted to it, is, all in one way, shape or form, we all have, we all, are very emotional beings, especially actors for some reason, seem to be incredibly... And so that material is, you know, it’s got a lot to sink your teeth into.

FF: What was the title of that feature again?

Bradley: It’s called Silent Hero.

FF: Silent Hero.

Bradley: Silent Hero. Yep, still re-writing it, constantly. Someday it will come to some sort of fruition. There is different kinds of films that are made, and some are made for money. You know, you make a big comedy for money. You make a horror film for money. The only reason to make it, right. It’s not gonna win an award. Then there’s some films that are for the, whether it be, like an art house film, or whether it would be like, they say this is the film we’re making specifically for, like, to win awards, kind of a thing, that kind of thing.

And that’s like, Silent Hero would more for somebody who wanted to take it on to make a splash and be taken seriously. Not somebody who…

FF: Right, more of a cerebral kind of thing rather than...

Bradley: What was that?

FF: More of a cerebral kind of thing rather than a big money maker.

Bradley: Exactly. And so when you get into those that, those get made when they get into the hands of somebody with power. You know. I don’t know who it would be, some up and coming director even saying, “I’m gonna make this movie” and everybody going, “Gee, do whatever you want. We’ll give you money for it.” And then it gets made. And they go in necessarily knowing, this is, you know, producers will produce that film with that person, just to be part of their party, and then go “Okay, cool, we did that one for you, now let’s do this one for us.” And it just happens to be Saw 5 or something, you know, (laughter) the movie that makes the bucks.

FF: So now, the part that Louis played in that movie was that written with him in mind or did you, was that already pretty much fleshed out when you asked him to play that part?

Bradley: Well, I wrote it originally not having any idea, but after Louis, we did the table reading on Silent Hero, I saw and I got to know him better and he was, like, my first choice and when I asked him, I said “here’s the part” and what he did, which is great, which is what most actors do anyway, but he’s been around so long and you know, he’s doing me a favor, he just made it his own. Which is what, essentially what you have to do anyway, but you have more freedom on a project like mine, to really make it your own. So once he showed up, and we got it filming, I was like, “huh, interesting.” I had never, ‘cause it comes into my head only one way, and I had never seen this version. And I like that’s great, and I liked it better than any sort of idea that I had in my head. So he, what he brought to it, essentially, he made it his own. So I had already written it a time before, but it came out of him different and then, that ended up being what we got and what actually ended up being the best possible choice which we ever could have had anyway.

FF: It’s always nice when your collaborators bring something to it that makes you look at it, you know, with a totally different set of eyes. And you discover something new about it.

Bradley: Absolutely. I mean, he’s a very talented man. So, I didn’t expect anything less, to be honest. And that’s part of, a good part of being an actor first and your friends are these successful actors and “maybe you got a free, you know, day to work on this for me,” and knowing that a free day is asking a lot sometimes, but they usually step up and then, the product you get from that perspective is just great. (laughter) And you sit back and look what I got. Look at that, and it makes the director usually, I didn’t direct A Weekend to Remember, but it makes the director, actually, really look good too, because part of the director’s job is to get, to get the performance that they need. And there it is. “Silver platter.”

FF: That’s excellent. Yeah. Now, do you have any interesting little stories or an event that happened during the making of A Weekend to Remember, that concerned Louis? Anything that you remember that you would like to share?

Bradley: Um. No. I just, I think that the most interesting story I’d have is when we were doing the very climatic scene, the incredibly dramatic scene, which was the incredibly emotional from my side…

FF: The breakdown.

Bradley: Yeah, yeah.

(listen to part 2 of the interview here)


(continued in part 3 below)

Bradley: I didn’t have any idea what I was going to get from him. So we did rehearsals, and then, but I wasn’t, you know, in rehearsals I’m not really charged up emotionally, so when I, from the moment when I actually got charged up emotionally, and we did our first take, all I can do at that point is be present with him, and see what happens. I don’t know, because I don’t know what he’s going to give me. And I remember being so surprised by some of the stuff I was getting and being absolutely, just more than anything else being excited about how he was doing things in a way I just didn’t even see as an option.

And I was like, “Wow! Okay, I didn’t know that was coming.” And it made it all fresh and new, so it actually made it, you know, in a certain sense, it made my job a lot easier, but it also made it a lot tougher because emotionally it became a lot harder to keep it together.

FF: Right, right. Because it’s sort of a little bit of a one-upmanship after that.

Bradley: It’s, you know, what it is, more than anything, we’re playing brothers. When you take that on as a reality, and then you realize this is how this brother would approach the guy like my character and the position he was in, an emotional wreck. It really kind of floors you.

And you know, like, “Wow!, Ugh, this is gut-wrenching.” And then just watching the way Louis had to tip-toe and deal with me in a very specific way. And then also like, you know, him getting, kind of putting his foot down and getting tough with me. It was just like, it was really nice. It was really, really nice.

And other than that, it was just that, I mean it, it just that... What’s cool about Louis is just that he’s a normal guy. He’s doing his thing. You know, you’re just sitting having a nice conversation and then it’s game time and it takes him, he’s just been doing it so long, he just turns around and takes a deep breath and does his thing and you’re like “Wow!” (laughter) “This guy is, I didn’t see that coming. Okay, that’s talent.” It’s not an accident he’s ended up where he’s had the career he’s had. Right?

FF: Right, Exactly. So that actually already segues into my next question here. What do you think are Louis’ strongest points as an actor?

Bradley: Strongest points, I mean? It’s hard to say because he changes…

FF: His best qualities or whatever?

Bradley: Ah, you know, probably mine would be just that, how organic he is, in terms that he’s not, he doesn’t, he doesn’t seem to be married to. As actors, there’s actors that operate with max, with unlimited freedom, and then there’s other people who are, you can kind of see a little bit of a technician kind of working. With him, it always feels like, it’s just completely organic and happening in the moment, which is what we all strive for. He just does it effortlessly.

And for me it’s, more than anything, it’s like, I find him to be really, well like I said, like I already said, a really grounded individual, to be really…He’s not caught up in any of the stuff. He’s just who he is. Just himself. And that makes him, in my mind, that makes him a very interesting individual just to be around. And that’s the thing about, what I will say about the whole Stargate cast, they were an interesting group of people. So when you hang out with them in their group, you were like, “Wow!” There is just so many different personality types.

But, you know, Louis is being one of… had an incredible amount of care and compassion and integrity, but also incredibly artistic. And that’s always, right, it’s a pretty cool combination. And when he talks to you and also in his work he’s so present. He’s not anywhere else. Where I’ve worked with other very well known actors and I’m like, “Well, they’re, (laughter) they are definitely not even here. Don’t know where they are.” Then they are kind of phony in it. It’s not, it’s not their thing.

FF: Right. He’s a very genuine kind of person. I mean I’ve, you know, realized that very quickly when I first met him, that this is who he is, and there’s nothing fake about him..

Bradley: No. I don’t even think he has… I don’t even know if he has the capacity to be that guy, just because it’s with family and friends and growing up kept him very grounded. You know when you’re successful it often takes the people around you to keep you, kind of, in that place. And I think he’s, I just never saw that capacity for this guy losing himself in his own ego. He seems to have, kind of, put that in check, which is nice. It makes it easy to be around him.

FF: Okay, here’s the trick question that every person that I interview for for Ferreira Fest gets: if you had to describe Louis in four words, what would they be?

Bradley: Four words? Ahhhh, okay, here we go… compassionatefun, (laughter), isn’t it fun,… grounded…. and generous.

FF: Okay. Excellent. You’re right there in the middle of the road with what other people also say about him. So this is great. All right, I’m almost at the end here, and I know that, I have a DVD, of course, of A Weekend to Remember because, you sent me one. But, I was wondering if there is any chance at all, by this point, now that the movie has been out for a little while, that the public might have access or at least the people in the fan club might be able to see all of the movie, whether it’s available somewhere online or an address that you could me that I can post that these people could watch?

Bradley: Um, it will be possible soon, yes, very soon actually. I’m kind of setting up the Stryke-Force Films video channel thing. A piece at a time. And yes, what I have to do is figuring out what I have to do to condense it to the correct size, because the one I have right now is too big to put on video. But yes, there will be, there will be a time when the movie is, when you and I will be in touch, and I can get, everybody the link to the channel with the password, because it will be password protected.

FF: That would be fantastic.

Bradley: Yeah, for sure. And there is a trailer for it online on YouTube, for A Weekend to Remember, there is a trailer for it. It’s rather vague, which it needs to be, because to be honest, you can’t give too much away.

FF: Well, of course not. You know, and I don’t want to spoil anything, I’m trying to specifically steer away from spoilers of that kind of stuff in what I write up. But, you know, at some point, we’re having this whole conversation and people have seen a couple of pictures, and you allowed me last year to make a couple of screen caps and I’m planning to do that as long as it’s just Louis and it doesn’t give away the rest of the story. And I’m still happy to stick to those rules until you tell me otherwise.

Bradley: Yeah. And I’ll get you the link for sure, because my… I mean, that’s the thing, that’s the problem I’m having with the way, with putting too much money into these things, is that I can’t. Because ultimately, I just want everybody to watch them. I want to put it out in the world and just say “enjoy!”. But you get into this place, where you’re like, okay, I need to figure out, I need to get everything possible, you know, from this, before I kind of put it out there and let everybody play.

And it is a short film, so you don’t sell it. Generally speaking. That’s never been my plan. But right now, the issue is that I have is that nobody’s ever seen it because I’ve been waiting for to get some premiere stuff done. Like this weekend (April 15) in New York, will be the premiere for the US and so after that I think there will be a lot more, it will open up more. It’ll be a lot more lenient, for sure, in terms of letting people just get in there and watch it. Yeah, so that will be, absolutely, will be in touch, and if you haven’t heard from me in, I would say even like, just a month or two from now, just let me give, just shoot me an email and say, “any word on the Vimeo channel or what not?”

FF: Okay.

Bradley: If I remember, I’ll just send you the link, but the odds are that I’m so busy at times, things slip my mind.

FF: I’ll be happy to, to pester you there about that. I have my to–do list and I can check that and just make sure I can send you a reminder when the time comes.

Bradley: Perfect.

FF: All right.

Bradley: All right, I appreciate it, this was fun!

FF: Okay, thank you so much again for your time, Bradley, and I’ll be sending you the link as soon as it’s up.

Bradley: Okay.

FF: Thank you! Bye-bye.

Bradley: Bye-bye.

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Ferreira Fest 28, part 3

And now: Louis answers your questions!


Q: Throughout your career, what was your favorite role so far in movies or television, and why?

LF: It’s a hard one because I don’t really have an answer, a specific answer. I think that at different times in my life it was different things. I mean the first time I got a job, period, was a huge thing because it was, I was getting an acting job. You know, growing up the way I did, that first job for me was like “Wow, I got, I’m gonna be on television,” and it was that.

Then, I remember maybe, four or five years later, doing Common Ground with Mike Newell (director), and the first time where I realized I was part of something that had a very strong message. It was about the busing system in the 70s in Boston. And um, you know, about all the race riots and the sort of integration and the segregation of the Irish and blacks in that city. And I remember feeling like I was being part of something that was profoundly impactful. And so you sorta go, “Wow, I want to be that kind of actor.” And I was always drawn to that, to do, to have work inspire, so that, you, through your work could touch people, in ways. And when that came out that was something I was proud of. So that triggered that kind of feeling in me.

Along the way, I remember, personal victories, things like Scales of Justice, (Episode 3, Regina vs Horvath), David Cronenberg directing, and there was like an eighteen minutes scene that we shot in one take, with the cameras rolling.

FF: Good God!

LF: That was beautiful, because I had to play a schizophrenic and you know, change people… literally personalities in the middle of the take. And I remember how rewarding that felt at the time. I was playing a real life schizophrenic who had murdered his mother, it was like this legal court case thing that changed actual laws. The show was called Scales of Justice, and they were things that, it changed the actual laws that were in place, or intact, and because of these specific cases that these guys studied the laws were changed due to certain things.

FF: That’s fantastic.

LF: And in this case, was that, he had been hypnotized by the therapist interviewing him and under the hypnosis, he had gone into his, other personality and under that guise confessed to murdering his mother. But the judge ruled it inadmissible because of a lie detector… it was a lie detector test and it has to be voluntary.

FF: Gotcha.

LF: So the argument was that because he was under hypnosis that, in fact, it was involuntary. So they let him off and a month later he killed again.

FF: Oh, wow.

LF: And then, he spent the rest of his life behind bars. So that kind of thing is always interesting.

I think of the comedies. I loved Hidden Hills and what it represented. I love the idea of you know, I thought it was like, for me, a departure as far as playing a type of character that I had never played. It was light to me. It reminded me of sort of, you know, Modern Family, but like, seven, eight years ago, no, longer than that, ten years ago. It was just, it had that kind of single camera…

Comedy seems to be something that for me, I was like, “this is a good fit.” I was really bummed when that went away, but I certainly loved that role of Doug Barber. I felt that was the sort of father that I was and could be and I got to project that because I come from something that was completely different. So I enjoyed that for that.

These are ones that are just coming to the top of my head.

FF: Sure.

LF: I remember getting Trinity in New York with John Wells (producer) was a big deal just because, you know, who John Wells was. This wonderful cast of John Spencer, and Jill Clayburgh, and Tate Donovan, and Sam Trammell, and Kim Raver, and Bobby Cannavale. It was just such a beautiful group of people. And being in New York doing a series, that was just, kind of like, a big deal.

I remember when Gary David Goldberg (creator/ producer/ writer) hand-picked me to be his lead in Battery Park. I didn’t have to audition even. That was a wonderful, sort of, vote of confidence. You know, it’s kind of neat to have these kinds of moments.

Other roles. I certainly loved DurhamCounty because of the feminist view of serial killing. I felt I was doing a service as far as, you know, kind of, exposing men and the kind of men that, abuse women with many different angles, whether it’s the charmer, the abuser, the aggressor, the controller and that was almost like a lesson in psychology for me. And, you know as a feminist view of serial killing and that was, I felt like I was participating in something special there.

Stargate holds a special place in my heart because I became “Papa Smurf.” It was sort of the culmination of me becoming the man that I had gotten to, which was, you know, the Mark Harmon reference that we talked about before.

FF: A little bit of a coming of age, then. Yeah.

LF: Yeah, yeah. That cast was very special to me. And it was also the first time I, you know, I went to my legal name, which in retrospect is probably hurting me a little bit now. But it’s that thing, of what we just read, never, you know, always insist on being yourself, don’t imitate. And so, the stage name was a version of me, it wasn’t really me. And I’m ready to be me. And sadly, you know, the way the business works, it’s that “Wait a minute? Did you lie to us?” and all this kind of stuff.

So I’m figuring that out, but I’m true, I’m being true to myself in a way that I never have. So Stargate was very, very special for me. And I, even this episode of Touch has a special place in my heart simply because I got to, in changing the name, feeling like the universe gave me the gift of going, you know, and being able to have that name associated with why you would have gotten that role. So, there’s a list of several.

FF: Yeah, I figured there probably was not a single word answer to that one.

LF: No. (laughter)

FF: But, what was really interesting too, remember the last time we talked about how Touch would be your 100th credit, but Dancing Still actually ended up being that. But you know, that’s even better, because now Touch is your 101st credit. So it’s like your first credit in the second one-hundred.

LF: Yeah. Yeah. In the second part with the Louis Ferreira name. Absolutely, I thought that same thing.

FF: And I thought that was... I thought that was really kind of poetic.

LF: And you know, what’s interesting - both Dancing Still and Touch are both very, very, both those characters are both very, you know, one is a little more tragic than the other, but they are both, sort of, about two men who believe or still hold out the belief for love. One wonders what could have been, what might have been, and the other one is just relentless in his pursuit. So I love that those are the two, my 100th and 101st credit.

You know, that that is what I got to, sort of, embody, which is very much, sort of, what I’m becoming as a person. You know, I like that idea. You know, I spent probably the first part of my twenty-five years running away from myself, ‘cause of all my childhood. I would think, “Oh, act, that’s escapism.” I don’t want to be… You know, but as I’ve grown and become the man that I am, I find myself moving towards myself, of embracing who I’ve become, which is an interesting dichotomy.

You know, where you have this, you know, this image of this person running and that’s why I’ve found acting to just get away from me, and now going, “Oh wow, I like what I am and what I represent.” And I want to use that. That’s my deeper purpose. That’s my deeper gift. That’s… I think that’s kind of very neat in a way.

FF: Absolutely.

LF: Yeah.

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Q: Is there a type of role, or a profession that you would like to portray at some point?

LF: Oh yeah, I think there’s lots of stuff that I haven’t. I don’t even know what those answers are, but I think within the characters there is, I mean I’d love to be able to just explore… possibilities. I don’t know. I don’t have a specific; again, I don’t have a specific answer. I just know that I would love to be, challenged with things. For sure. I love the… for me one of the greatest kicks you get is when you’re going, “I’m playing what?", or “I’m doing what?” Or I’m just… So that that sort of element of surprise is something that I enjoy. I don’t have a specific thing necessarily, you know. I’d love to do a Western, that’s, you know, I haven’t done that. Really, I haven’t done that. I mean I’d love to go out and…

FF: Well, there’s a little bit of that in The Staircase. It’s not really a Western, but it’s sort of that time period, you know…

LF: No. Yeah, no, that’s more a period piece. I mean I’d have to think… I’d love to… as far as profession… no, not anything really that stands out to me.

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Q: At the beginning of "Intervention", first episode of season 2 of SGU in the fight with the Lucian Alliance leader Dannic Young was yelling “Kill me, kill me” over and over again - do you remember whether that was something in the script or coached by the director or even possibly improvised by you?

LF: No, then, that was, that was scripted.

FF: That was scripted. Okay.

LF: Yep.

FF: Now, which brings me into how much freedom did you have with the script in general. Were improvisations allowed?

LF: Not very much. Not very much. We pretty much stuck to the script. It was very, ah, yeah. We pretty much stayed on the… it’s one of those lovely things though because as much as it’s fun to improv, it depends on the characters. Brad (Wright) and Robert (Cooper) had a very specific direction and you, sort of, have to stay true, to the sort of tone of the show. And because I was playing a very specific type of character, I think that if I, personally, Louis, in my wacky improvy kind of … it would bring me out of Young all the time. So I had to be disciplined, just like the character had to be, in staying in his uniform. You know, almost it’s like, there was something that was connected to that. Because normally, I do love to improv, and I do love to have fun when you can.

But that’s, in this particular case, it was, the whole idea was that this was a guy that was sort of, become this sort of robotic version of himself due to his training and his upbringing. Which is what forms us all, our childhood. So the idea was that, that was those walls would come tumbling down with time because of this, you know, the extremely, ah… the circumstances that existed. In other words, a tin garbage can floating through space.

You know, so that would change you after time. But there is still, it’s like, it’s like, time is a healer. You know, that was what was interesting about the overall dynamic, which is why it's too bad it didn’t go any further, because I think episode twenty, the second season left it kind of, in a real sort of interesting place to see. “Wow, three years later, who are these people, now?” You know that would have been neat. But saying all that, I was very, very disciplined in staying true to the script, because it was so anti-me, that if I got started involving myself in it, I probably would have lost the character a little bit.

FF: So sticking to the script actually helped you with the character.

LF: Yes, in that case, yes.

FF: Okay. Excellent.

LF: Sometimes you look at scripts and go, “Ehh, (laughter) please say anything else.”

FF: Yeah. (laughter)

LF: But, you know, there’s sometimes (laughter) that’s just the reality, but that’s just not always the case.

FF: Yeah, but you know it also depends on, I guess, whether the writer has a good relationship with the characters that they are writing for and can hear their voices in their head and can make it their own.

LF: Yeah, yeah.

FF: And you know when that kind of thing works together.

LF: Absolutely.

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Q: Do you do any other kinds of art such as paintings or drawings?

LF: I like--it’s funny we talked about the camera - not having any, but photography has been a hobby of mine for a long time and I used to have my own dark room.

FF: Really?

LF: I used to love doing photography, especially black and white, l still love being in my darkroom and doing my thing. I’m the worst Pictionary partner in the world. I cannot draw for the life of me, but you know I love writing and I certainly love poetry and I love and one of the things I’m working on now more than ever I feel like part of my journey has been I just know the universe prepares us all in different ways and I feel I’ve got to the point now it almost like and now it’s the time for me to write.

FF: Aha.

LF: Whatever reason that light has gone on and it’s like with all my life and all my stories. I didn’t want to do it in my twenties, because I always felt something that just happened to me where it’s almost like cathartic whereas I’m just like, (deep voice) “And now, you are ready to write.” (laughs)

FF: Right. You have something to say.

LF: Well, you know, it’s something to say and it’s also about being true. I was always worried about when people write at a certain age and they’re like twenty years later, “Oh, I said that then”. Also, there is something about being true and steadfast and you know when you embrace a part of yourself and I think you know the business is so weird because it embraces the youth, it embraces the good and young and good looking and all that and I think there’s… it’s sad and tragic that we don’t have enough…it’s like why my two areas that I specifically care about are either the very young or the elderly. It’s those—one is the innocent and one is the wise to me.

FF: Right.

LF: And the wise sometimes get a bad rep, because I’m like I love hearing stories from people who‘ve lived. It’s - no offense to any twenty year old – but you’re figuring your stuff out. You know, so I can sit across, you know, anybody 60 plus or whatever and have such – and enjoy so much more conversations I might have with him for myself just from the perspective artistically because I find that their journey is much wrought and so much more richer with detail and life and there is something about this business where the demographic is 18 or 40—that’s your demographic and I get it. It’s a business, but to me it’s in getting older that and in aging, you know, an acceptance that you sort of have; it’s just got a different kind of sensibility.

FF: Right.

LF: And I think that’s admirable, because I still very much have a part of me that’s very playful and boylike and boyish in a way, but that’s very different than you know being—does it make sense what I’m saying?

FF: Yeah, it does. I hear you exactly. Yeah, it’s also odd when you watch TV shows, there are 18 year olds but they have the wisdom of 65 year-olds and knowing what to do, and there’s this weird hybrid that you see.

LF: Exactly, exactly. But if they are pretty and sounding old, somehow it’s acceptable. “Oh they’re so smart” and it’s true. It’s basically formula. It’s people being created that the public can buy, what you give them, what you feed is sort of what they believe. There’s something about acting this simple sort of I idea. But I don’t think I can… And it’s very simple. If you believe you are, then you are that and the audience will believe it. More importantly, if you entertain, the audience will forgive the things like “oh this person would never”, you know. There’s a lot of that in our business.

FF: Right. And you know what, when I watch TV and I’m like, I work with that age group every day of my life, and that’s not how they are. They say stupid things, they do stupid things, they come and sit in my office and they cry, and no, they are not the strong people who know exactly what to do. And it’s kind of like strange to see that on television as being, well, these are the young people. And you know it’s not like that.

LF: Yes, sure. And you get this on different levels, too, you know. And it’s gotten better - how many times we see like a sixty or fifty plus year old man and he is partnered with a 23-25-30 year old wife. “Oh, but it’s the movies. All celebrities that are older and are wealthy and successful have young hot wives. Wait, they are playing characters in a movie, it doesn’t make sense,” you know. 

FF: It’s really kind of weird, it’s…

LF: Listen, the business, the reality is it’s a lottery issue. I mean you know there is sort of—reality is, there is no rhyme or reason in this business. Bad people become famous, or not bad people, but like you know not necessarily talented people and everything in between. And you hope for the lottery ticket. And that’s absolutely what it is. I mean it’s like you don’t have to be Sean Penn to know you are Sean Penn, yet you need an agent to believe and make that happen. And sometimes, you know, in my career I’d wish for me I had the chance to maybe gotten into the kinds of rooms that would have given me the opportunity to have done better and bigger things. But I just didn’t. And I don’t blame anyone. It’s just what it is.

FF: Right.

LF: That’s where that beautiful art of acceptance and believing that you’re exactly where you supposed to be at all times, it comes in very—it comes in very handy when you have that faith. 'Cause without it you could really get lost in the injustice of this business, which for me would be ironic, because when at any point did you think there was gonna be justice in this business?

FF: Right. And I mean for better for worse it’s your way, you know? That old song “I did it my way”, I mean it’s really true. For better for worse, it is.

LF: We keep coming back to that quote. It really does apply, doesn’t it.

FF: It sure does.

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Ferreira Fest 28, part 4


And now: Louis answers your questions!

Q: Have you ever been aware that your characters or the characters that you played inspired others to create artwork such as fan fiction or wallpapers?

LF: I got to see a little bit I guess with Stargate – was really the only where I kinda really noticed. They had books and they had drawings and… but it’s not something I‘ve been aware of at all.


FF: Yeah, yeah, I mean it’s an entire subculture and it’s not even something that should necessarily mix. But it’s out there and the nice thing is that people are getting creative by using characters that you’ve created to inspire them to do something with themselves.

LF: Which, you know goes back to what I’ve said, you know having moments of being on something and going wow! when you can impact something. That’s just plain old flattering.

FF: Yeah.

LF: And it’s wonderful.

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Q: If you were forced to choose, would you choose Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers bar or…

LF: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

FF: Reese’s Cups? I am with you on that one.

LF: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, absolutely. And I love Snickers. As a matter of fact I was the voice of Snickers in Canada.

FF: Were you really?

LF: Oh, yeah, yeah. I think that’s where I got my Colonel Young voice for the first time. I think I was just like (deep voice) “Snickers, wolf one down.” Yeah, that was the tag – wolf one down. “Snickers, wolf one down.”

FF: That is awesome.

LF: That’s funny. I remember that.

FF: Snickers, good stuff there.

LF: Ah, but Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with milk. Wooooo… I wanna run out and get it right now. Out. I mean I have been doing boot camp for the last six weeks. So, I’ve been trying to eat and be a good boy but that's just... my daily dose of chocolate is—I’m just craving chocolate now like you don’t know. Specifically Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, so whoever wrote that, thank you. Thanks for that.

FF: Here goes another pound. I hear ya. I think about it and I gain weight. It’s good stuff.

LF: No, I’m just kidding. Of course, it’s just great.

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Q: Do you still have any contact with the people from Stargate Universe?


LF: Well, listen to this, I will tell you. Just spoke to Peter Kelamis today. We will be watching the hockey playoffs together come May when he goes up to Vancouver, ‘cause he’s got a place there. So we watched the hockey playoffs last year when Vancouver went into the finals, so we’re hoping that that happens again, so I will see Peter in Vancouver very shortly. I had lunch yesterday with Mr. Jamil Walker.

FF: Oh, did you? Fantastic.

LF: I sure did. He’s my young brother who calls me Papa Smurf and someone I love very much and care for and that was absolutely lovely to see him. We caught up. We’ve decided we’re gonna try to do a weekly meeting as we support one another. I just think the world of him. I last week had lunch with Elyse Levesque and her mother…

FF: Oh, goodness, okay.

LF: …in the Aroma Café, and we had a lovely lovely lovely time and it was nice to see her mom, ‘cause she had visited the set and I was able to see Elyse. I think three or four days before that I had taken Elyse out, and we went out for Thai food together, so Papa Smurf was called and we had a wonderful time, and then two Sundays ago I ran into Ms. Alaina Huffman at the market, which is every Sunday, they just have that open farmer’s market.

FF: Aha.

LF: And I was walking down the market where in the midst of all the people I was suddenly like “Who’s that beautiful woman?” And when she turned around and it was Alaina, I was like, “Ah, it’s you!” And as a joke and we had a wonderful time. We got to catch up, so…

FF: Did she have the baby with her?

LF: She has four children now.

FF: I know she has four, she just had another one.

LF: The babies were not there. She was out there on her own, and I think she was like, “I’m on my own, can you believe it?” and I’m like, “No.” So it was wonderful. She had some free time to just roam around and she looks great. I think she is doing an episode of NCIS or she just completed that. And that was  wonderful.

FF: Fantastic.

LF: Then I talked to Brian Smith probably two-three weeks ago, who is currently on stage and getting ready to debut with or may have debuted at this point with John Lithgow.

FF: Oh, okay…

LF: On Broadway.

FF: I knew he was in New York and working in New York in live theatre again.

LF: Yeah. And David Blue about a week ago texts me, goes “I think you just drove by me.” He lives like seven minutes away from me and I said, “That’s very possible, Blue, as I live seven minutes away from you.” So I think he got a job on some show. I don’t know what it is, but it seems to me that there’s some picture out there with him and some spooky sci fi looking thing as well. So, have I missed anybody? Oh, of course, Bobby I will always stay in touch with, we are brothers, and so that’s not bad and oh, I did talk to Ming-Na about two weeks ago because she’s adding her name—another name to her name and wanted to know how the name change was for me and I was like, “eh, challenging.” But I got to talk to her and we were planning to get together to have lunch at some point. So, look at that. That’s—you could not have asked me at a better time that question. I feel so proud
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FF: That’s fantastic. That’s almost everybody. Yeah.

LF: It’s not usually the case. It’s not usually the case.

FF: So that’s nice that you guys are still in touch at least, you know, here and there.

LF: Yeah, absolutely it is. That’s what I was saying about that being a special experience. More than any other show what was special about it was the sort of bond that happened between the people there and it was really nice.

FF: Well, that was one thing that Bradley said yesterday, too, that how much of an impact working on that show—of course he was only in three episodes. But even he said that what little time he was able to spend with the cast how special those people were and it was really an amazing group of people that they gathered together for that show and he was very sad to step through the stargate and be gone and nobody had ever heard of him again. But even the time that he did spend he said was one of the best of his life. And he just had a wonderful time. So it’s not just everybody who was there all the time but I guess people who were there for a short time also felt that.

LF: Yeah, Patrick Gilmore I’ll see when I’m in Vancouver, and Jennifer Spence who got married - I mean, you know, there are tons of people, Michael... I mean it’s like, I talked to John Lenic who was the producer, I talked to him last week, he’s doing Halo the series, a web series, so you know we do stay in touch this far, and BamBam the stunt coordinator I talk to, I mean so there is a bond there, there is, and that’s really nice.

FF: And it’s nice when you can keep sort of going with that and it doesn’t just sort of go away after a while.

LF: Absolutely.

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Q: Someone wanted to know whether Bobby (Robert Carlyle) ever got his revenge on you people about that camera prank?

LF: No, no, Bobby, Bobby…

FF: He just took it?

LF: … Bobby does not do revenge. Bobby is more evolved than that. Bobby doesn’t have time for revenge. He enjoys his life as it is, he enjoyed the trick. But no, he did not get… there was nothing. Did he do anything? I’m trying to think. No, nothing that I can remember. Yet.

FF: He just took it like the man he is.

LF: He’s waiting for it. He’s gonna do when you least expect it. It will be “Wait! You remember that? Wow!” I don’t know. Yeah, so no. But he is—like I said I had lunch with him I guess it was three or four months ago in Vancouver. He is having a wonderful time on that show and doing a great job.

FF: Oh, I bet he’s loving it.

LF: Hoping to do an episode with him at some point.

FF: That’s great. That would be fantastic. I know that would be—would make a lot of people happy.

LF: It would be great to see it happen. Yeah, yeah.  

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Q: Do you have any questions for US, the fans?

LF: Oh, isn’t that nice. Errrr…my question of the month … what’s a good question? Ok, because we talked about Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups I want to know what everyone’s favorite chocolate bar is.

FF: OK, that sounds fair enough.  And I am sure people will write in.

LF: I know what I want. Favorite chocolate bar and favorite quote. Two different things.

FF: Favorite chocolate bar and favorite quote. That would be a good assignment for people to do, ‘cause…

LF: That is a good assignment, and we all have quotes, because quotes inspire - and then we can celebrate with our dessert.

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Q: (About Ferreira Fest 27): They really loved seeing you and hearing you talk about your dogs and your cat.

LF: My beautiful beasts which are all lying in the bed with me as we speak, Leo, Giancarlo and Billy - stay there, buddy. You say their names and they are all over you. And Giancarlo and Billy have taken to doing a nightly ritual of licking each other for half an hour or so, they just lick each other’s ears and it’s kind of cute and it’s kind of annoying ‘cause the noise will not let me sleep. I’m like, could you guys cut that out or please go get a room. But it’s really adorable.

FF: Are you gonna take them with you to Vancouver or are you getting…

LF: You know what, it will be the first time that I do not have my animals in six years plus, I feel like Alaina and the babies, but I have a house sitter who is a wonderful friend of mine, an actor that I actually worked on a film (The Lazarus Child) with Angela Bassett and Andy Garcia, and he’ll be staying here and house sitting and dog sitting and I am very grateful to him because the difference between me going up to Vancouver and getting a place and bringing up three dogs and a cat is night and day, so this is almost a vacation for dad kind of going "I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to hold—stay away that long" because I think inherently I will just miss them. So it will be an interesting experiment, but I know that they’re in good hands and they are with me wherever I go and took—I’ve been taking so many pictures of them it’s ridiculous. But even as I look at them now I imagine myself in my bed in Vancouver without them and I think that’s gonna be difficult for a while, you know.

FF: But for them it’s easier probably to stay at home and be in an environment that they’re used to.

LF: Well, except they are used to everywhere I go they’ve been for six and a half years, wherever I’ve gone Charlie and Giancarlo for 6 plus years have been there with me. Billie is obviously the new one, she is turning one this month, she’s now a year old.

FF: Can you imagine?

LF: Yes. So happy birthday, Billie. I know that’s… so they are used to the traveling but as a matter of fact I asked Christopher to – he is my first, I’ve never had a roommate my entire life and I said, I never had a roommate but would you be my roommate for a week? That way you can get acclimated to the house, the dogs, the lifestyle, and he has agreed to do so, so it’s nice. So I have a roommate for the first time in my life at 46 and it will last for a total of a one week and so far I’m enjoying it.

FF: OK. It’s fantastic. At least you know they are in good hands and everything.

LF: Oh yeah and it’s great, so… they are getting used to him, and last night Charlie stayed in his room with him. Tonight Charlie and Giancarlo will stay in the room with him and I’m literally weaning them onto…

FF: One dog a time.

LF: … Christopher, yeah. And so you know, Leo is just the coolest, nicest spirited cat in the world and he comes and goes as he pleases.

FF: He’ll deal with it in his own kitty way.

LF: Oh, yeah. Yesterday we took the dogs for walk in the neighborhood, just around because again Christopher to get familiar with the neighborhood and we had the three dogs on leashes but Leo decided to do the walk with us. Reminded me at one point in the farm I had five dogs and two cats and when I went on a hike with all of them I picked up a stick and I felt like some sort of Pied Piper because all seven animals would come on a hike with me. I gotta tell you that did something to my spirit. I mean it was just like people going, “Are you walking three dogs and a cat?” and I’d be like “yeah, the cat kinda walks itself so… but yes.”

FF: It’s pretty cool.

LF: Yes.

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Thanks to csiguci  and kimmy4eytj  for the transcripts!

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ODDS AND ENDS

kimmy4eytj  reports that Louis' IMDb ratings have been going up for the last several weeks! Check it out every day if you can, and boost that positive trend!

Congratulations to kimmy4eytj
 for snagging the 1,000th pineapple drink at Ferreira Fest!!

ashimon
  has found Season 3 of MISSING on Hulu, and you can watch it for free here!

tiggerrocks1
  and sacredclay  came across a picture of Louis visiting with Patrick Gilmore on the set of Primeval. That classic Louis pose is catching on!

And that's it for this month, folks! Remember to post your favorite inspirational quote and your favorite candy bar below, and please leave your questions for Louis at the ASK LOUIS post! Check out The Daily Love if you're interested, and watch TOUCH on May 10! And don't miss out on the screen caps of A Weekend to Remember!

As always, please PM me or send a message to ferreira_fest@yahoo.com if you have any Louis tidbits to share!

See you in May!

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