I wanted to chat to this guy
before anyone else, as I could tell when watching his latest movie that
we're going to be seeing a lot more of him. Kurly Tlapoyawa is the new
definition of cool. His performance in the new indie film 'The Stink of
Flesh', sees him kick some ass and gets some ass without even breaking
into much of a sweat. Read on for a chat with the man, the myth, the
When did you first become
interested in film?
Yesterday. No, Iím kidding. I have always been into movies! When I was a
kid my mom bought me The Art of Star Wars. That was the first time I
actually saw how it was all done - how a movie was made. What a script
looked like, concept art, storyboards, models, etc. I used that book as a
guide to get my own little projects going. Of course, back then my family
couldnít afford a camera, so my friends and I would act everything out and
record it all down on audio tape. Which probably made that life-sized
Eiffel tower we built for ďA postcard for FrenchieĒ a huge waste of our
time. Two summers! Two summers we wasted on that goddamned thing! I
probably still have some of those tapes in a box somewhere.
What types of movies do you
I watch everything. Japanese horror, sexploitation, dramas, kung fu,
foreign classics, you name it. I own a cult/alternative/trash video store
here in Albuquerque called Burning Paradise. I named it after a really
kick ass Kung Fu flick that Tsui Hark and Ringo Lam made back in the day.
We carry everything, and I watch everything we carry. Right now Iím big on
70ís films. Movies back then just had so much more balls than they do
Are you a fan of the horror
I love horror films. I think Night of The Living Dead and Texas Chainsaw
Massacre are two of the greatest movies ever made. Not just the best
horror movies, but two of the best movies made - period.
How did you meet Scott
Scott used to own a video store called Wavy Brain. This was several years
ago. I think I was maybe 16 at the time. I would go hang out and talk
about movies with him. I never had any money though, so I hardly ever
rented anything. Iím sure it bugged the hell out of him. But I shoplifted
"Man, every day was a blast".
How did you first hear about
the Stink of Flesh and how did you manage to nab the lead role of
I got back in touch with Scott a few years ago. My family and I had just
moved back from Texas where my wife was a reporter for the Fort Worth
Star-Telegram. I was working as a graphic designer at the same paper, so
when we moved back I took a job as an artist at the local Albuquerque
paper. It turned out that I was working with a friend of Scottís who told
me that Scott was getting ready to make a short film called Science
Bastard. I made it a point to go check out the premiere screening. Thatís
when I hooked back up with Scott. We would go have lunch together every
week or so, and he told me that he wanted to make a feature.
Did you have any prior acting
Yeah, but nothing major. I have been doing theater since I was a kid.
You guys seem like you had a
blast during the shoot, was it really as much fun on set as it looks on
Man, every day was a blast. It really felt like the cast and crew became
tight with each other. And believe me, this helps when youíre shooting 18
hour days in the desert for no pay.
Scott has stated that he felt
as though he hardly had to give any direction. What direction did Scott
give you for the sex scenes, and did he manage to put you at
Scott just told me to play the sex scenes like fight scenes. I didnít have
any problem doing the sex scenes. Iím pretty comfortable with my body. In
fact, Iím not wearing any pants right now. The only time I felt
uncomfortable was at the premier, because my mom and my wifeís grandmother
were in the audience. I tensed up a little during the sex scenes then.
What was going through your
mind when you had to appear nude on set in front of the cast and
Behold my manhood you bastards!
You choreographed a lot of the
fight sequences and stunts. Have you done any actual training besides
backyard brawls when you were a kid?
I train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. Iím extremely proud of the way the
fight scenes came out in Stink. In fact, Iíll even go so far as to say
that we have the best fight scenes of ANY indie horror film made thus far.
Thatís something that is usually missing from indie films in general - the
fight scenes usually suck ass, and not in a good way. Our fights
"I think it stands shoulder to
shoulder with the best of them ".
You also run your own video
store. Can you tell us a little about that?
Burning Paradise Video is Albuquerqueís ONLY cult video store! So if you
are a fan of pyschotronic, exploitation, sexploitation, greasers, bikers,
beatniks, giant Japanese monsters, masked Mexican wrestlers, cult sci-fi
and classic horror, we got you covered. You can hit us up on the web at
burningparadise.net. In fact, you can buy autographed copies of Stink on
the site. I also set up my own site; you can get there at
What was the most valuable
thing you learned about filmmaking during the shoot?
Never, EVER turn your back on Billy Garberina. Iíll just leave it at
Have you been surprised by the
positive reaction that the film has received?
No, honestly. That probably sounds obnoxious, but Iím proud of the film we
made. I think it stands shoulder to shoulder with the best of them.
Would you be up for a
Hell yes! Scott and I talk about a sequel all the time. Iím hoping I get
to do some full frontal next time around.
Any more plans to appear on screen?
I have a small part in Billy Garberinaís new film Necroville. I will also be
appearing in Laser Squad Action Force! by the good people at Blank Stare
Pictures. Also, Richard Griffin mentioned he would like me to star in a
future project he is developing. You canít get rid of me, man. Iíll be
around for awhile.
"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview
And we wish you the very best of luck in the future."