Movies are one of the most popular forms of entertainment for people all across the globe and the film industry is also one of the most sought-after career fields. There are many small and independent film companies that aim to produce quality work at fairly low budgets while also helping to boost the careers of aspiring screenwriters, actors, directors, film editors, and set and costume designers.
Many indie companies take on movies that fall into specific genres; horror, suspense, and thriller films are among the most popular types of movies that cater to fans of underground and semi-low-key cinema. These are also the precise sorts of movies that give aspiring actors and actresses their first big breaks. “Buddy Hutchins” is just such a movie. According to the synopsis on the official press release:
“Buddy Hutchins is just a regular guy doing his best to support a wife and two kids. A recovering alcoholic, Buddy hasn’t had a drink for the better part of a year, but it turns out the only reward for his good behavior is a failing business and a cheating wife. Throw in a ruthless bounty hunter and an hot-tempered ex, and Buddy’s already short fuse is about to blow. Pushed over the edge and armed with a chainsaw, Buddy Hutchins is out for blood.”
Named one of Wicked Channel’s Top 25 Films of 2014, Buddy Hutchins stars Jamie Kennedy (“Scream,” “Tremors 5,” “Son of the Mask”), Oscar Nominee Sally Kirkland (“The Sting,” “JFK”), and Sara Malakul Lane “(Kickboxer,” “Vengeance,” “Scouts vs. Zombies”).
Actor Demetrius Stear also stars in “Buddy Hutchins,” playing the part of Ryan. Demetrius actually had some prior success, having gotten his start on the long-running television soap-opera “General Hospital.” From there, he landed roles in genre classics including “Born Bad” and “12/12/12.” Demetrius recently starred in “Atlantic Rim” and he will also be seen in the upcoming comedy “School’s Out” with Eric Roberts and Ron Jeremy.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Demetrius about his experiences working in the film industry and his advice for young people aspiring to enter show business:
Q: You have partaken in a number of films and television programs of various lengths and genres. What is your favorite kind of film/TV show and why?
I prefer crime dramas with grit and action that can grab my heart and soul and take me for a ride. I’m a big Michael Mann fan. I love his films “Thief” and “Heat” in particular. For me he (Mann) mixes the perfect alchemy of style, beautiful visuals, emotional intensity, and music. He’s had me hooked since day one. As far as TV goes, “Breaking Bad” took the cake for me. The writing, the acting, the journey the characters go thru is a whirlwind.
Q: To date, what has been your favorite acting role and why?
“Buddy Hutchins” was a lot of fun for me. It was my 3rd film working with Jared Cohn. We have a great relationship. He’s an awesome director and a very hard worker. Being able to work with Jamie Kennedy and Sally Kirkland was a blessing as well. They both were very professional and set the tone for the entire shoot. When you have that type of experience leading the way it makes it so much easier for other actors and actresses to go out and do their job.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about the character you play in “Buddy Hutchins”? What made you interested in playing this character?
I play Ryan, Buddy’s last employee and his only friend. I guess you could say his right hand man. In my back story in preparing for the role, Ryan had been in and out of jail for some petty crimes. Buddy was one of the few guys to give him a job and help him get his life on track for the better. I believe that Ryan is the type of guy who values loyalty. For that reason, once Buddy got himself into a situation Ryan had to be there for the only guy who was there for him in a time of need. I like to believe they have needed each other in different times of their lives.
Q: It sounds like you have quite a few projects lined up for the future. Are there any that you’re particularly excited about?
I have an upcoming military film where I play a soldier coming home from the Iraq War with PTSD. I’m really excited about the project because it’s an important issue that I feel gets swept under the rug on a daily basis. It’s going to be filmed in Death Valley so that means many hot days and cold nights!
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to enter the film industry?
I think the best advice to give someone wanting to get in the film industry is to make sure you have the passion for the business. Without passion you have nothing to push yourself towards daily. You should also have a vision. It is important to know what you want and create a plan on how to achieve it. It is best to set small goals and develop relationships with like-minded people. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to fail and fall in love with the process!
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