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I am now living in the heart of the film industry and have been involved in the film and theates industry for almost 50 years.I started out in New York City which was where the acting scene at the Actors Studio (I am a lifetime member) included Robert DeNiro,Dustin Hoffman ,Al Pacino,Robert Duval and other name actors like Martin Landau ,Rod Steiger,Shelley Winters,Paul Newman,Ben Gazzara and the list goes on. That was then and the picture has changed. A stage play in New York names a name Hollywood actor to make a profit. The independent film scene has also changed. Steven Soderbergh commented on that recently at the San Francisco International Film Festival and major companies have taken over the studios.

I still work as an actor in commercials,TV and mostly independent films. I ahve worked with the major directors like Francis Ford Coppola,Sydney Lumet, and  Bryan Singer whom I met on his first feature and the relationship is same even now.

Currently I can be seen on reruns,commercials,short films and indie films.

We are currently shooting this web series

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I have 2 award winning  films on the festival circuit American Bred and Courier X 

http://pro.imdb.com/name/nm0003003/

In addition as a member of the Actors Studio I have taught at Strasberg Institute and Theatre of Arts and created 2 acting academies in Italy and have done workshops in London and other cities.the I have been a judge on many film festivals and worked with Independent Film Projects West as a producer on the feature film program and the Spirit Awards.


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Enter the Void a film trip you must take

 Enter
the Void
a film trip you must take

By Ron Gilbert

Gasper Noe is a director who has a vision which I have never
seen, I did not need to take any drugs to watch this film but I got very high
watching it.For a moment there was a similarity to the films, Requiem for a Dream and You Can Count on Me but this film
enters a whole new realm. Peter Fonda should rush out to see it because of his
participation in the Roger Corman film “The
Trip
” with the late Dennis Hopper and buddies Bruce Dern and good old Jack
Nicholson. The actors would have impressed any methodacting class and the late
Timothy Leary would be applauding. All I can say is:"WOW”!!Gasper is a
true artist painting the screen with sounds and visuals that will impress any
famous painter from Van Gough to Picasso.to Jackson Pollock I cannot fully
express in words how this film affected me. . After I watched it I wanted to
hop on a plane and walk the streets of Tokyo
and visit the locations where this film was shot.

I called some friends who might have seen the film at the
Cannes Film Festival but I realized that they had seen a rough cut and not the
version that I was privileged to see.

Going back to 1991, Noe won the SACD Award at Cannes
for his short film Caren, followed
by the Mercedes-Benz Award at Cannes Festival in 1998 for his feature film “I Stand Alone” and then the Bronze Horse in 2002 at the Stockholm Film
Festival for Irreversible. His
newest film, Enter the Void has
screened at the major festivals like the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival,
Cannes Film Festival and other major festivals around the world. After seeing
the film I had an opportunity to talk with Nathaniel Brown who plays Oscar in
the film

RG

So Gasper said that he was looking for unknown actors for his
film and he found you selling t-shirts in Brooklyn

Nathaniel

That’s right

RG

He also wanted an actor who would not be upset because most
of the film would be shot from your point of view and the audience would only
be seeing the back of your head most of the time

Nathaniel

Well you do get to see my face in a few scenes

RG

Yes that is true. . From the start of I seriously thought
the actors were on drugs just from their movements and sound quality of their
voices with that raspy growling sound,

Paz de Huerta who plays your sister is fairly well known and
you have a close resemblance to her and you seemed to have a close relationship
on the screen, but where did he find the other cast members?

Nathaniel

Gasper is very instinctive and likes casting unknowns but he
needed an actress who could do those melodramatic scenes. He loves women even
though you would not think so by the roles they play in his films .Cyril Roy
(Alex) lives in Tokyo and is very
cool and just happened to accompany a friend to the casting and really is a big
fan of Gasper and just wanted to meet him. Gasper makes it very easy to work
because he is like a child and gets very excited in making a movie as if it was
his first one

For myself I had to bring up experiences as a stoned out
party kid which is not like I really am at all. What he did with Paz was
brilliant

RG

I could feel that just watching the film. I really felt the
brother sister relationship with you and Paz.

Nathaniel

For Paz it was easier because she is a professional actor
and I am not

RG

You were right there with her in your scenes and no one
would doubt that as a beginner you had no bad habits so you were better off

Nathaniel

This was my first movie and a terrifying experience working
along someone like her but she was very kind and gentle

RG

Like a real sister would be

Nathaniel

Yes.

RG

I was very curious as to where those clubs in Tokyo
were and how he was able to get inside and shoot those very provocative scenes.
Was that difficult?

Nathaniel

These clubs really exist but some scenes like inside of the
Love Hotel were shot in a studio on this massive set and we also shot my
bathroom scene there.

RG

The coverage was amazing. How much time did it take to shoot
this film? It must have been intense with all that was involved.

Nathaniel

We shot over 4 months and filming was so intense that I am
just coming down from it because it was very emotional for me coming out of
that film. I would love to do another film like Inception or something that is
groundbreaking both visually and well written. This is very hard to find in Hollywood,
you know what I mean. How do you follow up after you’ve done a film like this?

RG

It isn’t easy.Now
the question is whether you will you continue on that path as an actor or go
into directing which you had intended to do in the first place?

Nathaniel

Well now that I have my foot inside of the acting I would
like to continue because you get this bug and find a different way to express
yourself and are getting paid for it

RG

Ok that is the good part.  

 

RG

. Just see what happens when your film opens on September
24.I think that you will be getting offers

 

http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/enter-the-void

 

 

 

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