Robert LaSardo „In movie theatre I could escape into a world very different from my own“

Robert LaSardo ist ein US-amerikanischer Schauspieler, der fast am ganzen Körper tätowiert ist und daher sehr oft Filmbösewichter verkörpert. Bekannt ist er in seiner Rolle des Drogenboss Escobar Gallardo in der Serie Nip/Tuck – Schönheit hat ihren Preis.

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Robert LaSardo "In movie theatre I could escape into a world very different from my own"

How did your passion for acting develop?

It developed by accident. When I was a kid I was left at the movie theatre often. There was something magical about being alone in the dark staring up at the gigantic screen. For a time I could escape into a world very different from my own.

Do you remember a particular moment in your life when you decided that you wanted to be an actor?

No I don’t. I just remember enjoying the feeling I got while performing. I felt the expansion of my self without limitations being lifted beyond the ordinary circumstance of every day life. Imagination became my doorway into a world filled with all sorts of possibilities.

In Germany, many actors start their careers at the theatre and proceed to work in television / the movies only later. Is it the same in the US? How did you start your career?

I started out in the theatre in New York City. I spent three years studying at the High School for Performing Arts in New York City. I auditioned for films mostly early in my career. I booked my first studio film for Warner Brothers Pictures in 1987. I was flown to Los Angeles under contract for three months to co-star with Richard Pryor in a comedy called Moving. My first work in television became prominent in 1989 on the American television series China Beach.

One of your current Projects is The Human Centipede III You playing the Inmate 297. Tell me something about your character in that Movie.

From a social or even political view, I see Inmate 297 as the ultimate heretic. The personification of anarchy without the motorcycle or tailored artifice. He is the primal nature of man without restraints that is generally categorized as anti-social or crazy. Yet, there is an intelligence there and a vulnerability that makes the character engaging.

How much freedom did you have to interpret your character?

Complete freedom. Tom Six is an amazing director. He lets you explore the manifestation and layers of character without hindrance and knows just when to assist you. He sets the stage with just enough tension positioning his characters in such a way to cause authentic conflict to occur.

One of my favorite German actors, Dieter Laser, is playing a big Role in Human Centipede and is still playing in Human Centipede III. How are your experiences with him?

Dieter Laser is an extremely disciplined actor. It was refreshing to work opposite an artist who takes the work so seriously and was not afraid to go deep within himself to conjure such a powerful presence. 

You played a many bad characters in your career, which is your favorite?

Prior to Inmate 297, there are three.

  1. Roland from the independent film Dirty starring Cuba Gooding Jr.
  2. Memmo Fierro from C.S.I Miami and
  3. Escobar Gallardo from Nip/Tuck.

What are your plans for the future?

I am writing a book about my experiences as an actor working in Hollywood and as a youth growing up in New York City.

Where will we see you next?

I just finished three films;

  1. The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) starring Eric Roberts, Dieter Laser and Laurence Harvey
  2. Jurassic Block starring Ray Wise and
  3. A Certain Justice starring Dolphe Lundgren and Vinnie Jones.

When you think about Germany, what’s your first thought?

I wish someone would invite me. I have never been there.

Do you want to say something special to the German fans?

Yes I do. Thank you for all the compliments, your letters and emails over the years. I personally read them all. They’ve kept me going!

With who would you not like to sit in a sauna?

Donald Trump.

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