SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Christian Tribuzio: I’m Christian Tribuzio. I wear many hats, I suppose. When I’m lucky I get to act.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Christian Tribuzio: I was young, inspired by comedy films starring Jim Carrey and Steve Martin. It seemed like they were having fun. Hey, I thought, I like to have fun. Eventually I discovered theatre and live performance, and I was hooked.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Mute Dollar Baby film?
Christian Tribuzio: Kyle Dunbar is a good friend, and a talented director. We’ve been fortunate to make several films together before Mute (2021). When Kyle calls with an opportunity to work on a Stephen King Dollar Baby, you say yes.
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Christian Tribuzio: Mute (2021) offers something for nearly everyone, and I look forward to hearing what people take away from it. The story is bizarre, but it’s not so far-fetched. It’s the kind of story told by a friend of a friend, it’s up to you to decide what to believe.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Christian Tribuzio: I’m sure Kyle considered a few actors for the part of The Priest, but I believe he had me in mind early on. Fans of the short story will know that the original character is much older, so while staying as true to the source material as possible, we crafted The Priest into someone that felt authentic to us.
SKSM: You worked with Kyle Dunbar on this film, how was that?
Christian Tribuzio: Another in a long line of great experiences.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Christian Tribuzio: Every opportunity to make movies ought to be savoured, and this experience definitely created countless memorable moments. For many reasons, this one was a special kind of special all its own.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Christian Tribuzio: We speak often, we’re all friends and filmmakers. The level of comfort and efficiency on-set was the perfect environment to play in. The whole cast and crew are big fans of Stephen King, we were eager to just go for it.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Christian Tribuzio: Well, every filmmaker has at least one script waiting to go into production.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Christian Tribuzio: It’s probably fair to say I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to Stephen King. I’ve sprinted through his short stories, and I’m continually marathoning the novels. Creepshow and Creepshow 2 (the movies) are just so good.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Christian Tribuzio: I enjoy camping, hiking, and spending time outdoors. My favourite place to be is on-set, but a close second is on a canoe in the middle of a lake.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Christian Tribuzio: Thank you for the interview! To the fans and readers alike, I’m grateful for your time and interest. I hope we entertained you.
SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?
Christian Tribuzio: Go your way and sin no more.