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Frank Roman interview
Date of publishing: 22th December 2005

Frank Roman interview When you think about actors who have paid their dues, in Hollywood, don't forget to think of Frank Roman. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he migrated to Miami and with theatre, television and film credits to his name, he has become an exciting talent in Hollywood. When Frank made "the move" to Los Angeles, he was quickly discovered by Mel Brooks, who starred him in his comedy "Life Stinks". The two funny men worked together again on two more Mel Brooks' comedies. Frank is known by sci-fi fans for his role as Rafael in Stargate SG-1 season 7 "Evolution - part 1 & 2" and in The X-Files on the ninth season "John Doe". You can read is journey on the set of Stargate SG-1 here.


Gilles Nuytens: Can you talk about your current projects? On what are you working?
Frank Roman: I’ve completed a one act play about Ellis Island and the immigration of Europeans during the late 19th century and early 20th. The play was a performed through monologues with each performer telling how different groups came to America from all over Europe and what it took for them to get to America. Some of the stories were told through monologues and some done with music.
I performed the eight different characters from different parts of Europe. I have a knack for accents so I utilized my Russian, Polish, French, Italian, Scottish, Irish and English skills and had a lot of fun changing in and out of wardrobe. It was a great acting challenge to create these very different ethnicities and make them all believable migrants of the the last century. The play was well received.

Frank Roman & Richard Dean Anderson
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Frank Roman & Richard Dean Anderson
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Gilles Nuytens: In Hollywood it is not easy to find a good role when you are an “ethnic” actor. I had an interview recently with Kevan Ohtsji, a Canadian actor originated from Japan. He said that this is evolving but slowly. You probably have to be a BIG star such as Antonio Banderas to get some leading roles in movies when you are Latino or Asian. There isn’t much Asian stars in Hollywood, most of them come from the Hong Kong industry (Jackie Chan, Jet Li, …) and same for Latinos I think.
In Europe, Latino’s stars are usually very popular, so why do you think there are so few roles for Latino’s in Hollywood? Can you talk about this subject or give some personal examples from your experience?

Frank Roman: I can only speak from facts. In 2004, only 3% of leading guest star roles went to Latins both male and female. That’s not a good number. This year in 2005, the percentage was a bit lower. I’d like to say it’s just that one year or that things are changing but I can’t. What I’ve learned is that there are some stereotypes in life that get reflected on TV and movies. Simply put, there are more ‘white’ Americans and as such they tend to get more representation.
Throughout my career as an actor, I have been fortunate to land the roles that were written for a Latin man. So I stayed busy and employed. However, on the other side of the coin, I can share about Hollywood being open to hiring a good actor and not just casting a role based on “race”. I worked a CBS show called Dave’s World. Initially a role for a nervous music teacher was intended for a white older man. The casting director had met me two months earlier for another “Latin” role and decided to bring me in on this “white teacher” role. I kicked ass with the scene and landed the job. In this case, I think it was because of my performance and not my race that landed me on that sound stage. There’s work and if you’re good enough you can even change their mind about the look of the character or his ethnicity.

Gilles Nuytens: You like photography and to visit the cities where you go to take picture of the wonderful landscapes around it (I like that too!). Do you sometimes do it for professional purposes? And what attract you in photography?
Frank Roman: No I don’t photograph professionally but I did study it for my degree in Communications. However, back then we used 35mm Bl/wh Film, lol. I do have a facility for photo-composition and I enjoy capturing moments.

Bill Dow & Frank Roman
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Gilles Nuytens: You had a lot of “comedy” roles but your face is also known as the perfect guerilleros (in Stargate for example) or the bad guy from Central/South America (X-Files, …). What are the things you prefer on those 2 opposite kind of roles?
Frank Roman: I think the question is about what I prefer in working in comedy or in drama. I like the comedy of a sitcom set. I like going to a studio and work-playing with other actors and being in front of a live audience. It’s a blast being able to win people over and have them laugh at some silly thing I’ve said or done.
But then, in serious roles, the audience can be moved emotionally and that has a deeper effect as well. Serious roles give me a chance to go to a place in my head that helps me find that tough guy and act him out. I mean how many times can we really walk around in life, intimidating others and not get in trouble for it? So I get to be a bad boy for a while and I don’t hurt anyone while doing so. lol

Gilles Nuytens: In the 2 episodes you played in Stargate, your scenes were supposed to be in Central America but were shot in Vancouver! Not really the same environment! But on screen we really believe it was shot in Central America.
Isn’t that strange to move from L.A. to Vancouver to shoot scenes supposed to take place in Central America jungle?

Frank Roman: Yes, shooting in one city that substitutes as another is not a big issue unless the city is a character in the movie. Understand? I’ve shot in Romania and it was supposed to be anywhere USA and I’ve shot in the Philippines and that was supposed to be Columbia. The producers make the set very believable and as an actor we just have to pretend it’s the city where the action takes place and not the real city where we had to shoot. That’s our job.

Gilles Nuytens: In what kind of movies/shows would you like to play? And what is THE role of your dreams?
Frank Roman: I enjoy both the dramatic and the comedy roles. It exercises two different parts of my personality. The role of a lifetime for me would be one that exercises both of these aspects in one role. That would be a dream role. Getting people to laugh and then making them cry or scaring them all at once would be great!

Gilles Nuytens: Any future project on a science-fiction production?
Frank Roman: I have no plans for any sci-fi projects as of this week. But you know how this industry can change that at any given moment.
That’s the great part of this business.

Michael Shanks & Frank Roman
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Michael Shanks & Frank Roman
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Gilles Nuytens: What was the most difficult or the most challenging thing/role you had to do on your career?
Frank Roman: There have been many challenging roles throughout my career. It’s difficult to pick out one. When I started in theatre I had to dance in a big country-dance segment of the play. Then I also had to learn Flamenco and sing for a musical theatre piece here in LA. I’ve also had to fly across the world to shoot some movies and have had to stay in less than comfortable surroundings. In Stargate, I had to learn how to shoot 2 types of firearms, AK-47 and a 9mm handgun. I’ve never shot a firearm and boy did I learn about power in those suckers. I’ve played mentally retarded to hyped up killers. Does that say something about me? Lol


Gilles Nuytens: In Stargate, you played the most of your scenes with Michael Shanks and Bill Dow, what can you say about the time you spend with them? Do you have some anecdotes to tell?
Frank Roman: Bill Dow and Michael Shanks were great! They were very down to earth with a great work ethic and attitude. Bill Dow was a soft spoken man with a very kind manner and good sense of humor. Michael Shanks is a very funny guy off camera. He’s polite and mannerly but then he can let go with a great comic line or prat fall. He had me laughing quite a few times even on some takes. We had a great time on the set.
One crazy moment for me was in the prison hut scene where I introduced myself to the guys and told them the deal. Well, at the last minute the director, Peter DeLuise, introduced some serious bugs that he wanted around for effect. Well, bugs aren’t my thing and being around them makes me antsy. I had to act in the scene and try not to be freaked out by the bugs around my feet! UGH!!

Gilles Nuytens: Can you describe your time on the X-Files?
Frank Roman: My time on X-Files was a major hoot. I worked with Robert Patrick and was directed by Michelle McLaren, one of the show’s executive producers. My co-star in the episode was an actor named Ramon Franco who remains a friend to this day. Now this guy was funny as hell but pretty much plays a bad guy in his film and TV roles. We worked on the 20th Century lot and got fed well for the weeks we worked. I got to work in Spanish and in fact, my first scene up was the scene in which all I spoke was Spanish. Talk about pressure, not only to speak in Spanish (which I do) but to act in Spanish and then have my memory taken from me. That’s how it’s done though. You get thrown in the deep end and it’s sink or swim.

Peter DeLuise & Frank Roman
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Gilles Nuytens: You love to travel the world, so what is the country where you would love the most shoot a movie? And why?
Frank Roman: I was very lucky to have shot a movie in Rome a couple of years ago. My last name is Roman and I thought it would be great to be a Roman roaming in Rome. That movie was the film with Ben Stiller and Jack Black called Envy. I’ve been lucky and traveled to Paris but not yet worked as an actor there. I enjoyed Manila a great deal but would like to work anywhere as long as it’s safe and the country has good food!

Gilles Nuytens: Outside of acting and photography, what do you like to do in your free time. Can you speak about yourself?
Frank Roman: I like to workout in the gym. I’m writing a few different projects right now. One work is a two act play, another is a short story and on the side I write down some short story ideas. I enjoy reading about 14th century BCE Egypt and recently attended the King Tut exhibit here at the Los Angeles County Museum. I enjoy meals and movies with my friends and being a volunteer co-ordinator for a religious men’s group.

Gilles Nuytens: What motivated you to become an actor?
Frank Roman: My motivation in becoming an actor was the fun of it. I wanted to be able to travel the world and get paid for it. I wanted to meet new famous people and call them by their first name. I wanted to give myself a shot at the game before I told myself I couldn’t play. It took perseverance and discipline but I feel it pays off so many times.

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