He played in Mark Hensley’s The Man Who Loved Flowers Dollar Baby Film as Detective Sal Deangelo.
SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Phil Idrissi: I am principally an actor, but have been doing a bit of writing as well. I’m a late-bloomer to the arts having spent the first 25 years of my career in Sales, Marketing and Business Development, mostly in the Insurance, Software and Packaging industries.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Phil Idrissi: I was almost 40. I had been working on my first film in Seattle called “The Scratch” and we had just wrapped a gruling 9 hour shoot in the cold, pouring rain of February. I was exhausted, driving home from that shoot and just caught a glimmer of the sunrise over the horizen. I just knew, at that moment, this was what I was supposed to do with my life.
SKSM: How did you become involved in The man who loved flowers Dollar Baby film?
Phil Idrissi: I knew Mark Hensley and Peggy Lewis from a previous Project they wrote and directed. He reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in playing the role.
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Phil Idrissi: Well, unfortunately it’s a pretty timeless portrayal of mental illness and the pain, both endured and inflicted by someone dealing with a devistating loss.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Phil Idrissi: I’m sure there were many people that Mark could have asked to do this, but I just got lucky.
SKSM: You worked with Mark Hensley on this film, how was that?
Phil Idrissi: Mark’s an amazing director. It was a very organized and efficient shoot, despite the normal challanges of shooting in a dense urban setting. It really couldn’t have gone any smoother.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Phil Idrissi: There was a debate about the amount of blood they should use to cover the corpse (played by Peggy). That was a humerous moment.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Phil Idrissi: I occasionally see Guy Picot in my Cold Reading Group, LA TUESDAYS @ 9. Also, Mark and Peggy are my neighbors so we see each other occasionally. Mostly though I keep up with folks on Social Media
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Phil Idrissi: Up until the COVID19 Pandemic, I was enjoying a busy Network TV Pilot Season here in Los Angeles. Hopefully, it will resume after this condition passes through.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Phil Idrissi: I’ve read parts of several of his books and, sure you could say I’m a fan. Horror, in general is not a genre I seek out in particular, however.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Phil Idrissi: I’m terrified of needles which has saved me from both experimenting with IV drug use and getting tattoos.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Phil Idrissi: Thank you for watching our Little film. I hope you enjoyed it.