Life, Vampire Bats and Scooped Up
Vampire Bats is
the CBS Halloween movie starring
Lucy Lawless and Dylan Neal and the sequel to the
ratings winner "Locusts" which aired
on CBS back in April 2005. Maddy Rierdon (Lucy Lawless) is back as a
college professor with a huge problem. In the suspense thriller, Rierdon
discovers that a deadly species of vampire bats are responsible for a
series of bizarre murders, and they must find a way to stop them before
they are completely out of control.
Welcome to AUSXIP, Damon. Let's dig right in here.
Tell Us a Little about Damon Lipari?
Born and raised in Patterson, Louisiana. Graduated from LSU - Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Played basketball since I was 6. Love football season. Favorite food is a Rib-eye. I can eat a gallon of ice-cream in one sitting.
My middle name is Gerard. Named after my Mom's dad whom I never had the chance to meet. My brother shot me off the roof of my house once with a new pellet gun he just bought from Wal-Mart for $45.99. Still have the scar in my thigh. Listen to R&B and Classic Rock. Don't like country music because I worked at a bar once that only played songs about a man and his dog. Love to dream. It sets up my goals.
And my dog Smokey doesn't like being called a mut. I know this.
I took up acting in college. The idea
was always with me, but I don't think I developed the courage to
perform in front of people yet. I was a little shy as a kid.
And with acting, either you swing hard, or you put the bat down.
My first role, and I hate to admit it, was for a movie named
Cramweek. I won't even put it in quotes. I was cast as one
of the leads named Bailey, who so happened to be the high
school quarterback. The movie was the shadow of Wes
Craven's "Scream." What do you do with a terrible script
and bad acting? I don't even think they finished it.
I hope they burned it because someone could have a field day
with my acting.
I play a character named Mickey. Mickey
prides himself on throwing some “LudaCrazy” parties. He’s
a cool kat that has a keen eye for the ladies. He’s one of
those kids that you spot on campus but never see in class.
He makes sure everyone has a “good time” as you will see in the
No, we had about another week left to shoot.
We picked production back up a couple weeks later in Halifax,
Nova Scotia – Canada. What a trip that was indeed.
Good times. Bought a pair of Puma’s up there you can’t get
in the states. Pretty chill people as well. Oh, and watch
out for their beer. Way stronger than ours. They
don’t let ya know it. I guess they take pride in
getting Americans drunk. It’s pretty funny if you think
about it. Tried to smuggle a case of Keith’s beer back
with me. Got intercepted though. I couldn’t zip my
carry-on bag all the way. We had a lot of turbulence
during that flight. Hmmm
No, not until I finished shooting Vampire Bats.
She’s a sweetheart. She remembers
everyone’s name like you were related. The first time I met her,
I was sitting with another actor waiting to go on. I noticed
this woman behind me talking to someone, and I thought she was
foxy. She came up and introduced herself as Lucy. I
was like, well that covers it. Didn’t even know it. Way
prettier in person. I don’t know anyone who didn’t like
Lucy. I mean I got mad at her one day for scooping up the
last egg roll, but hey, survival of the fittest, man.
Not really. I mean, as an actor I don’t
limit people’s personalities to their characters. It’s
very easy to do. But we talked for a good while one night
and I really dig her. She’s real, man. Doesn’t really
sugar coat anything. Just puts it out there.
I think it will be a Halloween treat. It will surprise people. We had a great tag team duo in Eric Bross (director) & Horacio Marquinez (cinematographer). They knew what they wanted. Everyone on set was super cool & I had a great time being a part of it all. Our Exec. Prod. Jill Tanner was on set everyday as well, and it was good to see her involvement. She worked along side Eric and made it fun & easy during production.
What do you mean they aren't really there? Just kidding. I have a wild imagination. I focus my attention on the bats as if they were really there. Then I let my visions run wild. I don't try and control them though. I try to let the visions happen and then just react. Say I picture a bat coming after me, that's pretty scary. Now, if the bats eyes were to turn from black to red. Or say it spit some venom on me or something. I would have to jump back, avoid getting his drool on my new slacks, and kung-fu drop kick it. Am I right?...These visions created freely by my mind set up different reactions. And acting is all about how you react.
What do you do with all the free time you have between takes?
It all depends. How much free time are we
talkin? I usually grab a cup of tea. Make sure I am
comfortable with my lines and scene. Maybe Goof off a bit.
For Bats one evening, we were filming across the Halifax Harbor. Set was
in a psychiatric ward. I went outside for some fresh air and made
my way to this gigantic swing set. I jumped on a swing for the
first time since I was like 4 yrs old. Had my iPod mini on shuffle
mode and watched the sunset as I swung for over an hour. So
peaceful. Felt like a kid again.
What would you like to achieve (career wise) in the next few years?
First off I just really enjoy working. It’s the
toughest thing to be a working actor. But once you find your zone,
you have to work with it and put yourself in the wake of opportunity.
There’s a small window you have to jump in. Secondly, I really
expect a lot out of myself. It’s not about what I want to achieve,
it’s about what I am going to achieve. And that’s passion in its
truest form. I feel that GOD is giving me this opportunity to do
something I love and I need to make the
best of it. I want to change the way people look at things. Send a
good message. I’m a very positive person and I want to spread my
“Good Lovin” to the world.
Craft services. They have the best treats.
Besides that, I love to play characters. The thought of creating a
character from dialogue, bringing it to life for people to enjoy,
is very satisfying. If it wasn’t for acting, Career placement
wouldn’t have an answer for me. I’ve had about 57 different jobs
since I was 15, no lie. I can prove it. Acting is all I want
to do in life.
I just change a little bit up at a time and try to
make it better. The important thing is to make sure it doesn’t
need a manual I guess.
What's next for Damon Lipari?
I just booked a spot as a rescue swimmer in "The
Guardian" starring Kevin Costner. Looking forward to it.
They're sending me to boot camp on Nov. 12. I start filming late
Nov. early Dec. I guess now's not a good time to tell them I'm
scared of heights. Only kidding. I never look down.
Thank you Damon!
Be sure to tune into Vampire Bats at 9 pm on CBS!
(C) 2005 Mary D. Brooks [AUSXIP Lucy Lawless]