SKSM: Could you start with telling me a bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Carlinhos Duarte: My name is Carlos Eduardo de Castro Duarte Filho. I have 47. I spent 12 years working in Hotels of International Networks standard 5 stars, where I divulged the City of Recife, inside Brazil and Abroad.
With the crisis of the tourism, I went to study Radio and later Theater, because since from child I participated of pieces in the college.
I help my brother working with the representing the commercial area of a company. I maintain my vocation by studying Theater and Cinema in courses. I am also a volunteer at the Catholic friary Frei Damião, here in Recife, where I work as a theater teacher twice a week.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Zornit Dollar Baby film?
Carlinhos Duarte: I always liked Theater. Then I started to make TV commercials through a casting agency and I liked the audiovisual. I started looking for casting tests at the university cinema and I liked the atmosphere.
I made a selection for the short film “Uma Volta Comigo”, directed by Larissa Reis. Marcello Trigo was the casting coach at the time. But I did not pass. However, in that selection, Marcello knew at the time that I could take a character in a science fiction film he was planning. It was Zornit.
SKSM: What do you think it is in the story that attracts people so much?
Carlinhos Duarte: The imaginary world we have created since childhood, talking with toys. In Zornit, does my character create things in his mind, or was the alien really there?
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Carlinhos Duarte: It was as I explained above.
SKSM: You worked with Marcello Trigo on this film, how was that?
Carlinhos Duarte: We formed a kind of family, sharing space in an apartment in the city center of Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. Everyone was part of this atmosphere. I had the privilege of nominating my companion of scene, Surete Martins, who does my wife. And had also worked with Emília Marques, the actress who plays the android. Everything fit. Less in my head. Sometimes I did not understand the script. Marcello created changes in some lines on the set. But it was all very enriching and fun.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Carlinhos Duarte: In independent cinema, we do as best we can. We created a lot of things on the spot. We had a room with air conditioning, where the actors rested, but in the other rooms of the house the heat was great. This forced me to use feminine absorbent in the armpits.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Carlinhos Duarte: Yes, with Marcello Trigo himself, and also Viucine, as I continue to make other films, Zornit being my main work on the poster, much praised by my colleagues, opening new horizons.
SKSM: What are you working nowadays?
Carlinhos Duarte: In the feature film “Haunted Recife”, with Portela Productions and Viucine.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Carlinhos Duarte: I did not know him, I was not a fan. I’ve never been suspense or terror fan.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Carlinhos Duarte: I wear capillary prosthetic after I entered the cinema. I have baldness in the middle of the head, in ZORNIT I saw this and I changed.
SKSM: Is there anything else you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Carlinhos Duarte: The cinema has its magic and enchants. The sound, the dubbing, the soundtracks … the actor is enchanted how everything is embedded.
It’s wonderful to see, from the opening to the credits, to realize how many people was needed to put that story together, like a jigsaw puzzle.
Zornit was simplicity, discipline and pascience throughout the filming period, almost a therapy. The director is a partner and also actor himself, he knows and understands the need to change or alter, or accept suggestions from his actors, within the story.
SKSM: Do you like something to add?
Carlinhos Duarte: Everything in life has its motive, live today intently with if there was no tomorrow.
I dedicate my work to my daughter and my new life.