Michael Pare has been in the business for a while and has a very impressive resume that includes films such as Bad Moon, Eddie and the Cruisers, Streets of Fire, and many, many more. He is without a doubt one of the most talented actors in the film industry today and I was stoked to get the opportunity to interview him. The man is a bonafide legend if you ask me and is just an all around awesome guy. I was fortunate enough to speak to him recently about a number of topics including his career, his hobbies, and his upcoming film The Shelter.
Todd Martin: What was your first role? Was it a positive experience?
Michael Pare: It was the role of Tony in the TV show The Greatest American Hero. It was a fantastic experience and just a lot of fun. I loved working with William Katt, he is a great guy.
TM: Who would you say were some of your influences?
MP: I have a lot of them. Marlon Brando, James Dean, Paul Newman, Clark Gable, Rod Steiger, Roy Scheider. The list goes on.
TM: What has been your favorite role to date?
MP: Eddie from Eddie and the Cruisers. Such a fantastic experience. I also really enjoyed playing Thomas in The Shelter, which was also an amazing experience.
TM: What has been your hardest role?
MP: I would have to say Thomas from The Shelter. My character is alone for most of the movie and has to deal with a lot of guilt and depression as well as his inner demons throughout the film. Overall it was a great experience and I enjoyed working with John Fallon. The guy’s got a big future ahead of him.
TM: Who would you like to work with in the future?
MP: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
TM: What would be your dream role?
MP: Frankenstein’s monster in a film closely related to the actual novel.
TM: Tell us a little bit about your character in The Shelter.
MP: He is a man that is battling a lot of guilt and depression due to some of the things that he’s done in life. He has a lot of inner demons to face and he ends up doing so during the film.
TM: What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do when you aren’t acting?
MP: I love to surf, cook, and sail. I also like playing the part of Super Dad as well. I enjoy going to see plays when I can too.
TM: What is your all-time favorite movie?
MP: Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, and On the Waterfront.
TM: What would you say is the scariest movie ever made?
MP: The Exorcist. It still bothers me to this day.
TM: Do you have any new projects you’d like to talk about.
MP: It’s bad luck to talk about upcoming projects before they are set in stone but I do have something coming up with Tim Woodward in the future that I ‘m going to be working on.
MP: Just wanted to thank you for your response to The Shelter (Note from Todd: Review coming soon).
Special thanks to Michael Pare for taking the time to speak to me. It was a real honor and a true pleasure.