SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Bob Saldana: Hi my name is Bob Saldana and I’m an actor and musician in Los Angeles. Born in Laredo, Texas and spent school years in San Antonio.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Bob Saldana: I used to think when I was 6 and watching Shirley Temple movies I’d like to do that. After seeing several films I thought I would have to remember all those lines and shoot the film in one take no way I can do that! When I got older I realized film making is an assembly process. So I decided to put my foot in the water.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Into The Night Dollar Baby film?
Bob Saldana: I had met Actor, Director, Writer Walter Perez through actress Mariana Novak’s invitation to a play they were in….then went to a Photo Gallery showing at Verloren studios. A nice friendship ensued then one day Mr. Perez asked if I would be interested in appearing in a film project he was developing. I jumped at the opportunity and came on board.
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Bob Saldana: Well to say the least Steven Kings tales are frightening and endearing at the same time. Into the Night has characters and cinematography based on one such story that draws you in and the only thing you can sense is something bad is going to happen if you close your eyes… which even today is still very possible…
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Bob Saldana: Like I said before…I believe I got offered the part straight away although Mr. Perez may have seen me in a play I was doing in Hollywood at the Berubian Theater.
SKSM: You worked with Walter Perez on this film, how was that?
Bob Saldana: It was as a great experience. I had an idea of who my character was but he gave me directions that encouraged me to go a little outside my acting box… and he kept turning it up…
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Bob Saldana: Well I do like to joke around, comedy is in my nature and when I got to set I told some of the crew I was the fire marshal and would be making sure PA’s didn’t burn down the set.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Bob Saldana: Adrian DeLeon is someone I see from time to time auditioning in Hollywood. So we chat and plan to work on something in the future. I chime in on Walter Perez tweet’s and passion for the craft associated with working in Hollywood.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Bob Saldana: I perform, produce and songwrite with The B&C Band and plan to go into studio soon and continue auditioning.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Bob Saldana: Yes I am, Stephen King writes some pretty dark stuff for living in a beautiful snowy wooded location… Misery was a favorite film that was tortuous to watch. To think a fan could love their idol so much as to hurt them… and try to intertwine themselves with their creative process. OUCH!
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Bob Saldana: I started out interested in art in grade school dreamed about becoming a car designer after GM came to our school and gave us design kits, but moved to California after High School and my first job here was picking tomatoes in Dixon, California for $1.00 an hour sun up to sun down and slept in the bed of a pickup truck..but I never worried much about it and met some salt of the earth people… ha ha ha…
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Bob Saldana: Hope you enjoy the film and look forward to hearing from them.
SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?
Bob Saldana: I want to thank everyone involved on the film for the wonderful experience I had in making this beautiful Motion Picture… Peace and Love… see you at the Movies.