Written by Laurence Fuller
Q: Explain to us: How did you arrive a few years ago in Los Angeles and How did you feel when the production called you for your first lead role in Los Angeles
A: I remember punching the floor with excitement when my agent called me telling me I’d booked the role.
The first draft that I read when they called me in to audition was initially a full 90 minutes of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. The casting director Billy Damota initially brought me in for a much smaller role, it was one of the apostles that I think was actually cut from the final draft, the piece was a monologue, a moral dilemma.
Jesus had just told his 12 disciples that one of them was about to betray him, of course we know in hindsight it was Judas, but the narrative explores what was going on in the minds of the apostles in that moment, their doubts and insecurities, as they wrestled with their humanity.
I remember the final line was “is it me lord?” as in, is it me that betrays you?
As I was walking out the audition the casting associate Dea Vise stopped me and said ‘wait Laurence, there’s another role they wanted you to read for’, she then handed me a 20 pages script titled The Fisherman about a Roman soldier talking to an older apostle as he is progressively converted to Christianity.
— To be continued in our July 2020 issue of Cut Frame Magazine. —
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