Interview By: Mut Asheru
Louis Mandylor (actor/director/producer) is probably best known for his part as Nick Portokalos in the indie hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding but we’re sure you’ve caught him in dozens of other films and tv shows such as CSI Miami, CSI NY, Relic Hunter and Grace Under Fire to name few.
A man after our own hearts he’s big into indie film and is actively producing projects under his own production company Krakatau Films. He recently picked up Best Actor honors at the Hoboken International Film Festival for his film In the Eyes of a Killer for which he served two roles as actor and director. The film was produced by his company Krakatau Films and also won Best Picture at the 2009 Sacramento International Film Festival.
Having boxed professionally and been a Muy Thai fighter in the past Mandylor understandably knows the importance of health. He is part of an organization called ‘Find A Dream’ that aims to keep kids of all socio-economic backgrounds off the streets through physical activity.
He has a number of projects in various stages of production, one of which is the comic book based feature called *Elwood. Written by Peter Lancett, the surprise here is that the comic book and story concept is by Mandylor himself.
Other films produced by the company include festival favs Gerald a comedy about a child trapped in an adults body and thriller The Cursed.
We got a chance to speak with Mandylor and he happily shared what’s going on in his professional world.
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*About Elwood: I had the opportunity to look over the comic and it sports cool crisp illustration that’s refreshing even though the theme is dark. Looks to be hella fun.