at the Estepona Film Festival

Hello there,
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Here we go, I was invited to the Estepona Film Festival this month, and I am very proud to announce I was given two awards. One for best actor which I believe was for my performance in Uwe Boll’s movie soon to be released in theaters “SEED” and ‘The Jury’s Life Time Achievement” Award I think. The actual title may be lost in translation. It was really cool. My first Award.
SEED was really an experimental film I did with Uwe. We worked with only an outline which Uwe provided a couple of months before production. Working like this meant at least to me that Uwe was depending a lot on the actors to prepare and show up with a lot of ideas and inspiration which Uwe would sort through before we started to shoot.
I am not so much a mystical actor who can’t explain how I prepare. I believe acting is a craft and there are certain reliable steps that I follow. This worked very well I think when working with Uwe because he seems to have a very organized analytical mind. I noticed this first on “Sanctimony” where we all showed up a week early and Uwe wanted to rehearse with the cast assuming everyone would be “Off Book” already.
The best example I have of the fun of working like this is a scene when I am alone at my desk.
Uwe said “Michael you must call your boss, and ask for protection for your family.”
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I paced around and said “How about I call my boss and complain that I want more protection?” Then Dan Clark, Uwe’s producer, said “Wait your boss should call you and complain about something.” Then Uwe said “this is what we do, your boss calls to complain about the cost of extra protection for your family, you refuse to comply and agree to work harder.”
So this is what we shot. What was cool is the trust between director, actor and producer that all were trying to make a better screen moments before we shot. I may be wrong but it felt very stimulating as an actor.
This week my agent submitted me on a few television projects.
Hollywood will never make sense to me but I don’t know where else I could do what I do.
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Who knows what the future holds but there is always something cooking. I’ll try and post another blog at least once a month unless something hot comes up.
Until then
Michael Paré

6 thoughts on “at the Estepona Film Festival

  1. Dear Michael Paré!
    Congrets for winning two awards.That are wonderful news and it’s great!
    Being from Germany it’s great to read,that you like it to work with Dr.Uwe Boll.In a few days,’Bloodranye II’ will be released and in October first ‘Postal’ will be in theaters and then in November ‘Seed’,too.Wonderful!
    All the best
    Susi from Germany

  2. Congratulations Michael on receiving two awards. Are you not a bit young to be receiving a Life Time Achievement Award? Or is this the part that is lost in translation? No matter, I’m thrilled for you to be recognized twice for something that is so obvious you love to do and have the talent to do so.
    I actually understood what you were referring to regarding Uwe’s analytical mind since apparantly my mind works the same way. I’ve seen a few pictures from Seed and believe you deserve an award for the anguish you display. Very unsettling but I guess that is a compliment for an actor.
    Keep up the good work and the blog even if something hot comes up…
    Jan

  3. Wow Michael,
    The awards you received are long past due, but what an incredible time you must have had accepting not one, but two. Congratulations, and I know there will be more to come. And hopefully, for your fans in the US, they will be right here at home!
    You sound so excited about your work on the audio tape. It reminds me of your excitement on the panel at Burbank Fango 2006. You exuded that same passion in your voice. It’s a great reminder to everyone of why you work so hard and create characters that really live.
    It’s great to hear from you again on the blog.
    Thanks, and all my best to you.
    Sandy, Winchester, CA

  4. It is great to see you get the recognision that we fans know you deserve.I can hope that we down under will soon see your new films here.How do you cope with the hype of Hollywood?
    All the best for the New Year
    From Robbyn Australia

  5. Wow, I smiled when I read on Wikipedia about your new films coming up. I’m so happy for your continuing success, I’ve always felt you were overlooked. As I write, I am once again enjoying Eddie Lives, and am happy to add that I got my wife to love the film as much as I do… btw you were great in Hope Floats!
    I find it ironic that you’re going to be in Far Cry, as a Punisher like character, when they didn’t believe in you back then… I hope it’s a huge success, and that you get the all the kudos you deserve!
    respectfully,

  6. Geez! Michael I have been a followerer of you since Eddie and The Cruisers.I lost a brother named Eddie in a car accident and your character Eddie Wilson could have been my brother. The movie helped me revisit his memory I have of him.Guess you never know what impact a character you portrayed could deliver such inspiration.

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