Danny: "I love his style and he is
an amazing person".
Conducted by Phil
July 12th, 2006
Danny Lopes first appeared on the
horror circuit at the tender age of 15 back in 1997, when he appeared in
Dante Tomaselli's Desecration.
Danny and Dante have since worked together on each of
Tomaselli's film projects, but Danny is keen to branch out and make an
impact on the industry in other areas too. Something which he certainly
managed to do last month, when he bared all as a Playgirl centrefold.
Read on to see what Danny's current plans for the
Introduce yourself to your
public. Who is Danny Lopes?
I consider myself an energy with the ability to channel. I am an actor,
producer, and entrepreneur.
You first appeared to horror
fans in Dante Tomaselliís Desecration. How did you meet
At an audition for his first feature length film, Desecration. Two weeks
before the shoot, back in 1997. Wow, time flies...I was only 15 years
You have so far appeared in
each movie Dante has made, is this relationship likely to
Of course. I love his style and he is an amazing person. He has been my
mentor and has taught me more than I would have ever learned in film
school. We understand each other and are best friends.
Which of Danteís movies has
been your personal favourite to shoot and why?
All the shoots are fun. I don't think I have one topping the other. Each
film has a different aura. Desecration will always be my "first" movie.
That film I will forever hold on to.
Is that also the film which is
your favourite to watch?
Right now, I've been glued to Satan's Playground. Anchor Bay will be
releasing it this summer.
"It's scary yet a lot of fun".
Horror fans have been eagerly
awaiting Satanís Playground. Do you think it will be worth the
Definitely! This is what horror fans have been waiting for. It's scary yet
a lot of fun.
Did you enjoy working with
such an excellent cast on Satanís Playground?
I was so comfortable. Everyone got along. We all respected each other and
were very proud of everyone's achievements. The cast was phenomenal. I
learned so much and have such great memories.
Are you a big fan of horror
Yes. I love watching a good scary movie. I love finding horror films on
DVD that I would have never known about. Italian horror is very cool. I
love the colors.
Do you ever get nervous about
working with such big stars of the genre?
Yes, and I also get very excited. I am extremely proud and honored to work
with the people I work with. I love it so much.
You model as well as act, what
are the main differences between the two professions?
Acting comes first. I feel an actor should be capable of playing a model.
The two professions in my eyes are really one.
You were the Playgirl
centerfold in May, how did that come about?
I was in touch with the editors of the magazine for years. Randy Jones
(The Village People) and Will Grega are close friends of mine. They
introduced me to Greg Weiner who took my test photos. A few weeks later I
got a call saying I was in. We did the shoot about 9 months ago... I never
thought I'd make centerfold and it would be selling out the way it is.
"I never thought I'd make centerfold".
Were you nervous to appear
naked in front of the world?
Not really. Growing up I was always wrestling...we had to weigh in for our
classes and usually we would all strip down to shave the extra ounces... I
am comfortable with nudity. My family is from Europe, there are nude
beaches and TV programs that push US standards. Also, not too many people
know - but, there is a scene in Satan's Playground where I am naked.
You have worked in various
other capacities in the film industry. Is there anything else you would
like to do?
I want to lock down the funds to produce Dante's next film, THE OCEAN. I
am ready and confident to work in the industry. There are many
opportunities waiting. Also, as many people know, I am executive producing
Dante's first audio CD. "Sex, Death & the Supernatural" is going to get
people very excited and it will feature cameos from many different famed
Whatís the latest on The
Ocean, I believe it ran into some distribution problems and lost a cast
member (Adrienne Barbeau) too?
Well, The Ocean is definitely going to happen. When Dante says he's going
to make a movie - he does. Since the production date has been pushed back
casting is likely to change. We now have Margot Kidder (Superman) and
Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos) on board. Also, we have genre icons Felissa
Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Edwin Neal (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Ellen
Sandweiss (The Evil Dead), Judith O'Dea (The Night of the Living Dead),
Lynn Lowry (Cat People) and many more. The Ocean will be rising
Whatís next for
One day at a time. I plan to continue acting and working behind the
scenes. I am working on many small business ventures and hope they will
all be successful. I have some more photo shoots coming up and also have
been receiving scripts for future films. I want to keep busy, that's the
important thing. Spread my energy around and let people have the chance to
get to know me. I'm here to make an impact in the industry.
"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview
And we wish you the very best of luck in the future."