SKSM: Could you start with telling me a bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Bob Bowersox: I have been an entertainer since I was 16. Started out in music, and during my twenties, I made a couple of albums and did a lot of touring. Became a recording engineer for a while in New York, recording jazz and TV spots, as well as some of my own stuff. Then did a number of other things — produced and engineered national radio shows, started and edited a magazine, was a columnist for a Gannett newspaper. Then I started seriously acting, and haven’t stopped since…been doing it for about 25 years now.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Suffer the Little Children?
Bob Bowersox: I became involved in Suffer the Little Children by auditioning. I auditioned for a couple of parts, but they really liked me for Buddy Jenkins, and that’s the part I ended up doing for them.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Bob Bowersox: As I said, I auditioned for the part.
SKSM: You worked with Bernardo Villela on this film, how was that?
Bob Bowersox: Working with Bernardo and producer Mark was very professional. It’s not often that you get young, low budget filmmakers who treat you with as much respect and support as they did. They knew what they wanted, and it was easy working with them…a very enjoyable time.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Bob Bowersox: My time on the set was very focused and workmanlike. While we had some light moments, there really wasn’t anything that stood out as unusual.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Bob Bowersox: Mark stays in touch with us regularly, usually through email. He’s kept us up-to-date on how the film is doing in the festivals, and what they’re planning on doing with it next.
SKSM: What did you do after Suffer the Little Children?
Bob Bowersox: Since doing my part in Suffer, I’ve done a number of other films — a couple of features, and one or two shorts. The features are VICTIM’S SONG, which is in post-production in Los Angeles at the moment — I had one of the leads in the film, the role of Gordon Bavitch, a homicide cop with some emotional baggage, who ends up doing things his own way to bring a killer to justice. I also did a feature called BAMBOO SHARK, which should be released soon. I played a Hollywood film executive in that one. I’ve been cast in a new horror film to be shot early next year called HUSH…I’ll play the dad of one of the young stars. Other than that, I’ve been doing a lot of writing — I’ve written fiction, plays, and screenplays for a number of years.
SKSM: Have you seen the second version of Suffer The Little Children: The Bathroom Scene by Ryan J Hannigan and if so, what do you think of it?
Bob Bowersox: I have not seen the second version of Suffer. Thanks for the heads-up on it.
SKSM: Are you (or were you) a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Bob Bowersox: Frankly, I’ve not read any Stephen King, but I’ve enjoyed several of the movies that have been made from his stories, particularly THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything else you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
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