SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Luis Delgado: Of course! My name is Luis Delgado and I have regular warehouse job like most. But I’m also a musician and a frontman for Southern California’s Premiere Pantera tribute Trendkill Revolution.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Luis Delgado: I’ve been in performing arts for as long as I can remember. Ever since I was a child I was in school plays or playing in a band. I was also in advanced drama classes all the way from middle school to high school. Just never “grew out” of it I guess.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Rest Stop Dollar Baby film?
Luis Delgado: I’ve been friends with Joe, Clay and Chris for well over a decade at this point. Joe and I used to work retail together and always talked about making horror movies or playing metal music together. We never lost touch and fat forward to now and were finally making it happen.
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Luis Delgado: I think people relate to things that are possible. Where is easy to put yourself in the shoes of the characters and almost live vicariously through them. Plus, we all like a good scare
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Luis Delgado: Since all I did acting wise for the film was be an extra, they just asked and I came down. No lines or rehearsing was needed. As for helping with the music, Joe asked me if I wanted to lend an idea or something to the film. Having my own band and also being best friends with Doc Coyle of Bad Wolves, I asked him and my guitar player Jason Chavez to help with some ideas. They ended up suing some of those for the film and the trailer.
SKSM: You worked with Paul Mortsolf on this film, how was that?
Luis Delgado: This was my first time meeting Paul. He’s a very nice guy. Alot of the same interests as Joe and Clay, so we got along great.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Luis Delgado: Meeting Amanda Wyss was a pretty big deal for me. I’ve been a fan of her since I was a kid. We all remember the first time we saw A Nightmare On Elm Street and her death scene is beyond iconic. She was so nice and letting my wife and I geek out for a bit talking horror was alot of fun.
Plus, all the old inside jokes Joe, Clay, Chris, my wife and I had just came flooding back. So lots of laughing and goofing off in between takes and stuff.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Luis Delgado: As I said before. Joe, Clay and Chris will always be in my life. They’re stuck with me. Ha! Paul and I have kept in contact through Facebook as well as their social media manager, Brooke.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Luis Delgado: Nothing really out of the ordinary. Just the basic day to day job and also playing shows with my band. We just completed a special show for the 25th Anniversary of Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven album. We played it in its entirety.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Luis Delgado: Oh yeah! I feel everyone really should be, but horror fans in general. Hes got some of my favorite stories growing up.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Luis Delgado: There isn’t much at all really. I’m pretty blunt, so what you see is what you get.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Luis Delgado: Nothing other than keep giving indie horror a chance. Some of the best stuff we got going on right now aren’t from the big studios.
SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?
Luis Delgado: If you’re a fan of Pantera please check out my tribute band on FB at https://facebook.com/thetrendisdead and also Doc Coyle and the rest of Bad Wolves new album N.A.T.I.O.N. which came out a couple of weeks ago. And of course anything from Seven Faces Films, I’m sure Paul and guys are going to come up and surprise people with some great stuff in the future.