Working with Kevin Bacon – How I Got My Taft Hartley

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Juan-Carlos Guzman’s dedication to character got him on his first SAG film alongside Kevin Bacon!

I was Taft-Hartleyed through the movie Death Sentence. I went to the Fincannons in Wilmington, NC to audition for the part of “Sammy, the bartender.” The scene called for the character to eventually have his face smashed into the bar by the lead of the movie. I went all out to the point of having my head bent as if pinned against the bar delivering lines. I’m pretty certain I looked like a fool because Mark, the casting director, told me I could stop doing this. However, as I found out on set, it’s what got me the part. The director, James Wan, really appreciated me going all out and staying true to what the character was experiencing.

Fast forward to the week on location, It was surreal watching Kevin Bacon walk on set to rehearse the scenes. I felt my heart pounding out of my chest, but I kept my cool and focused on the character. We have a tendency of bestowing superhuman qualities to those we see as superstars. Thankfully, though, the rehearsal allowed me to see another human being made of flesh and bone in front of me. We choreographed the scene and went to work … and as they say, “The rest is history!” Later that night, I hung out with Kevin and the rest of the cast at the hotel. I learned he isolated himself from his family in order to experience an inkling of what his character, whose nuclear family gets killed off one by one, undergoes throughout the movie. A true professional who has gotten his share of the limelight, yet behind-the-scenes his “sweat and tears” of research, sacrifice, and dedication transcended into all that success. It’s a high-risk, high-reward environment. You will only get out of it what you put into it. Needless to say, I learned quite a bit from this experience. I’m now living in LA …in the grind, per say. 😉  Much Love, Peace and Thanks.”

– Juan-Carlos

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