With numerous acting credits to his name, Kevin Sizemore has been a part of some of the coolest projects over the last decade; Will & Grace, JAG, NCIS and 24, just to name a few. Keep an eye out for this busy man. Read his interview below..
Feanix: What sparked your interest in acting?
Kevin: It started when I was in Jr. High school back in my hometown of Princeton, WV. I was involved in Show Choir, but that was really all there was to do when it came to the arts at that time. When I was a senior in HS, I was cast in a commercial that came to a nearby town, and that’s what hooked me!
Feanix: Can you tell us a little bit about the film that is coming up, Random Acts?
Kevin: Random Acts is a film that was produced by Flyover and Route 40 Films. When I was approached to do the film, I fell in love with the script and then found out it was to film in my home state of WV. I was fortunate to work alongside some very talented actors, including Terry Kiser (Weekend at Bernie’s). This is a film that can connect with a lot of people during these hard economic times. It’s about a man who has it all….the money, beautiful family & all the materialistic things you could want. Out of nowhere, I loose my job and within no time, my whole family is living on the street. Through Random Acts that occur, the story plays out in a way that makes you think about everything that you do in your life. www.facebook.com/RandomActstheMovie
Feanix: If you could work with a director living/dead who would it be and why?
Kevin: Clint Eastwood because he doesn’t try to throw shiny objects at you to keep your attention for 90 min. It’s all about the actors, and if you don’t pay attention, you’ll miss something important in his films. It’s all about great storytelling.
Crash: I love Film Noir, so I’m excited to see you in one! What is your favorite Film Noir from the original period?
Kevin: WOW….there are so many great ones to choose from! I’m gonna stick with The Maltese Falcon w/ Humphrey Bogart as Det. Sam Spade.
Crash: What do you anticipate your favorite aspect of shooting The Female Panther in the Film Noir style will be?
Kevin: The pacing of the project has to be so specific and spot on. If the actors look like that are acting and trying to be in that style, then the audience will tune out. I’m also looking forward to working w/ some great actors like Bobby Ray Schafer, Joe Russo, Tim Abell & Tony Dennison to name only a few. www.facebook.com/TheFemalePanther
Crash: Red Line looks very exciting. Did you manage to make it through that shoot with no injuries?
Kevin: Heck no! I would have loved to have made it out unscathed, but when your doing an action packed film like that, it’ll never happen. 98% of the film is in a Metro Train that is flipped on it’s side, so you are stepping through windows, rails and seats are sticking out everywhere.
How did you get the role of Red Line?
Kevin: I did a film in the 168 International Film Festival (from start to finish, you have 168 hours to do an 11min film) www.168filmproject.com and our film Useless won Best Film, Best Cinematographer & I was fortunate enough to win Best Actor. After that, casting director Beverly Holloway remembered me from the festival and brought me in for Red Line. I had my wife and child in the car waiting and I went in to do this very heavy scene, and then I left and we all drove to Disneyland. Useless can be seen at www.uselessmovie.com
What was the coolest part of shooting that film? Being able to spar back and forth with some fantastic actors (Nicole Anderson, John Billingsly, Joe Williamson, Kunal Sharma, Keena Ferguson etc) and a cast that is flawless! Our director, Rob Kirbyson, had an impossible task keeping the cast focused and making sure the crew stepped up to the plate as well under the time constraints. Red Line premiers at the San Diego Film Festival Sept. 29th and visit www.redlinethefilm.com for the trailer.
Crash: Which types of movies are your favorite to shoot? Action with lots of stunts or a bit calmer Drama?
Kevin: I have always enjoyed the Lethal Weapon types, with a little of everything, but my focus has shifted dramatically toward scripts that have stronger values / morals. Most actors take every role (good or bad) that comes their way, and don’t come to find out that it was a huge mistake until years later. It’s fun to mix it up and get some action in, but I love a great dramatic story that moves people and makes them think.
Crash: I see you’re a collector of sports memorabilia; what is your most prized item in that collection?
Kevin: This one is EASY…. My Raiders Marcus Allen (Hall of Fame Limited Edition 3 of 32) Helmet my wife got me for Christmas!
Crash: And now for some random ‘favorites’ questions. Put on the thinking cap:
Top 3 favorite movies and why:
#1 SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
It’s like taking your very own private acting class every time I watch it! Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman & Clancy Brown…WOW!
Reminds me of my hometown in Princeton, WV back in the day. I like seeing the under dog prevail in the end.
#3 OF MICE AND MEN
It’s such a great movie, it’s been made three different times.
This can’t be a surprise to many people reading…..it’s just awesome!
#2 CANNONBALL RUN
To have all that talent in one movie is amazing. I think all their outtakes are still my favorite though.
#3 FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
Mr. Hand (Ray Walston) is also Candy in Of Mice and Men.
Crash: Top 3 favorite albums and why:
Kevin: TESLA “Time’s Makin’ Changes
TIM McGRAW “Greatest Hits”
THE SINGING BROWNS (Gospel album my grandma did back in the 70’s)
Have to not sneak in The David Crowder Band & Journey!
Crash: Top 3 favorite vacation destinations and why:
Kevin: ANY PLACE where my son / wife are first and foremost!
#1 My friend of the family for years….(RT)….who has a cabin in WV. There I can isolate myself away from the noise of the TV, phone and computer and just ride 4-wheelers, hang with family and enjoy nature. I just hate I don’t get there enough.
#2 Canton Ohio? WHAT? Yep…..for the annual NFL Hall of Fame weekend. I used to go all the time and it’s the best weekend for a sports fan bar none!
#3 San Fransisco…. I was there filming a commercial about 7 years ago near Christmas, and it was just a magical time. It’s also when my son met Santa for the first time!
Crash: What other projects do you have coming up?
Kevin: I’m doing a faith-based comedy titled “Can I Get A Witness Protection?” that deals with a guy who witnesses a murder, he’s at the wrong place at the wrong time….or was he?
I continue to teach my acting classes…..which I really enjoy and make sure I’m spending as much time w/ my beautiful wife and son, because time goes by too fast sometimes!
Feanix & Crash: