He played in Joseph T. Kramer’s Dollar Baby Role Play as Lee.
SKSM: Could you start with telling me a bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Daniel Dutot: My name is Daniel Dutot and I am an actor currently living in New York City. I was born and raised in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Daniel Dutot: I was lucky growing up to live in a town that supported the arts and that had a summer program for kids of all ages. I had started out in the technical side of things (lighting, set building, etc.) but I started getting involved in both comedic and dramatic acting and I realized that I have to be pursuing acting or else I’m not really living a life I want to live. Sounds dramatic, right?
SKSM: How did you become involved in Role play Dollar Baby film?
Daniel Dutot: I had worked on a MSUM student film called The Extramazing Extradventures of Extraman and Extragirl (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLTnk3D2cKg) that Patrick Thompson had also worked on and he asked me if I’d like to do his Dollar Baby project a few months later, which I graciously accepted.
SKSM: What do you think it is in the story that attracts people so much?
Daniel Dutot: I think people always believe that deep down they’re a good person, a hero, but they rarely get the chance to prove that. Nick’s character, familiar with the ‘heroes call’ through roleplaying games, gets a chance to do the right thing (albeit in a slightly dark way).
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Daniel Dutot: Patrick offered me the part (I guess I have a natural unlikeability to me haha) so I like to think he had me in mind.
SKSM: You worked with Joseph T. Kramer on this film, how was that?
Daniel Dutot: Joey and I had also worked with on the The Extramazing Extradventures of Extraman and Extragirl, with him playing one of the henchman I fought. I choreographed our fight so I had a lot of respect for Joey and his work ethic. Nick (the hero of Role Play) also played a henchman in that project.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Daniel Dutot: A special moment was that I lived about an hour’s drive from where we shot so Patrick was so kind as to drive me to the shoot and back. I had just been cast in a production of Assassins as John Wilkes Booth so I offered to pay for Patrick and his girlfriend’s ticket to my show when they saw it. It was great to have them support me and to pay them back. Also, since my character was engaged to Cat’s character, we jokingly shot a fake engagement photo with our makeup still on.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Daniel Dutot: Cat is afraid of spiders, so occasionally I’ll send her an article about spiders to tease her (maybe I AM a jerk deep down haha) and we’re all connected on social media so I’m secretly stalking what they’re doing next.
SKSM: What are you working nowadays?
Daniel Dutot: Most recently I was Ananias Dare in The Lost Colony which is America’s oldest symphonic drama. I had the opportunity to do some intense stage combat (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC22JyWKNxM, I’m the one in red) and I’m currently studying to be an Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Daniel Dutot: I am. I remember reading It in high school and in college enjoying The Dark Tower series.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Daniel Dutot: I can handle cold weather extremely well.
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?
Daniel Dutot: I would like to say ‘thankee sai’ to the Stephen King fanbase and to Óscar Garrido for the opportunity to talk about this project.
SKSM: Do you like something to add?
Daniel Dutot: Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @danieldutot