SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Doc Phineas Kastle: I am Doc Phineas an actor with 62 years experience in the film industry.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Doc Phineas Kastle: Mute is my 44th movie I started my TV film career at the age of 6 appearing on the Pinky Lee Show, Mickey Mouse Club, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and have worked with legendary stars like Bette Davis, Tony Curtis, Barbara Stanwyck, Doris Day and Nick Cage. I am currently on worldwide TV on Pawn Stars on the History Channel, on Mysteries at the Museum and Haunted Hospitals on the Travel channel, Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBC.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Mute Dollar Baby film?
Doc Phineas Kastle: I loved making MUTE. I so enjoyed playing Cowboy Bob in a fun comic tragic role.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Doc Phineas Kastle: I believe the rôle was written for me.
SKSM: You worked with Rob Darren on this film, how was that?
Doc Phineas Kastle: I love working with Rob Darren. He’s a good friend and so fun and encouraging. He sets the direct for an actor and then just lets you run. I love that because my characters become so much a part of me that I just take those roles to such an amazing place within…
They always reveal something profoundly emotional, vulnerable, fun and tragic at the same time. I have been acting many years its just the way it is with me!
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Doc Phineas Kastle: My favorite moment in making the movie was my scene with actress Donna Hamblin when I picked her up at a bar and took her to a motel. The sexy kinky scene we did in the motel left us laughing hilariously. First Donna is a dear friend and we appear in the new SAG TV series «War of the Gods» together. So when you are playing a love interest with a dear friend… its already funny. I was chasing her around the motel room wearing a mask and we looked at each other burst into laughter and were rolling on the floor!
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Doc Phineas Kastle: My new projects are: I am currently starring in the movie DUDS as Charlie Chaplin. We just won Best Comedy Short at Tokyo Film fest! I am in a great new movie playing the role of Director James in the Steampunk Adventures of Salem Tusk written by Marvel Comics Tom Rasch. I have a new TV Show in development where I star as a psychic detective entitled «Touched».
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Doc Phineas Kastle: I am a HUGE fan of Stephen King.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Doc Phineas Kastle: I am a bit unusual in the Hollywood film industry in that I have a PH.D in archaeology…
I am like the real Indiana Jones and still go on digs in Valley of the Kings in Egypt. I have been on archaeological expeditions in 122 countries. I am fluent in 8 languages including 3 languages from India. I am an author of 5 books and a jazz pianist. I perform with the Good Hurt Band in Las Vegas. I perform on the Las Vegas Strip in the Broadway Show «ALICE». These are some things fans may not know about me.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Doc Phineas Kastle: I loved being in the movie MUTE. I look forward to more film roles with Rob Darren – he is a fantastic guy! A big HOLA to all my fans in España and I hope you love the movie!