Actor-writer-director Kent Faulcon has had a career many would sell younger siblings for. With credits including Men in Black, War of the Worlds, Die Hard with a Vengeance and television shows such as Charmed, 24, Bones and Sliders, Faulcon has recently unleashed his directorial debut, action-drama Sister’s Keeper (MTI Video) on the world. With appearances in genre projects such as Infection: Invasion Begins currently filling up his dance card and Sister’s Keeper selling out at a Blockbuster near you, the generous Faulcon recently took a few minutes to answer some fan friendly questions for this exclusive piece.
Q: You’ve really had an amazing career filled with many cult film appearances (Men in Black, Charmed, War of the Worlds, Sliders), so do you ever just look back and go, ‘Wow’?
Kent: Yeah. When I step back and look at it, I think this is trippy! It’s been a cool ride.
Q: You’ve worked with some legends. Stephen Spielberg…
Kent: On Men in Black, Stephen Spielberg would just check in on set and didn’t say anything. But on War of the Worlds, it was huge. It was a totally different story. There were 85 really hard core military guys. We had six Bradley Tanks, the Security of Defense…Awesome!
Q: You’ve appeared in some cult television classics, as well. Sliders…
Kent: I was based in NY and came out to LA for a year. I auditioned for it and got it. They picked me up in a limo in Canada. I had a cool response to the script, I mean -hire a gunslinger as an attorney!! I thought I’ll never get to do this again – have an Armani suit and a revolver at the same time!
Q: Then there was Charmed.
Kent: Yeah. I was Pru’s boss at the photo magazine for three episodes. I was a hard ass on her. It was a good set, a good crew. It was supposed to go further, but they changed the storyline – which happens a lot. Shannon was a sweetheart. We were always cracking each other up on set. She always had something going on her life – a stalker or something. I used to tell her, “Your life is the script!” But she took it in stride.
Q: Are there any of those early jobs that hold a special meaning for you?
Kent: Well, it’s kind of a cheesy story. One of those ‘dreams can come true’ things! Growing up, I used to always watch The Love Boat and Fantasy Island and I used to say to myself, “I think I can do that!” Fast forward twenty years later and I end up getting a role as Phil Morris’ brother on The New Love Boat. He played a widower and his family was trying to get him out of his grief by sending him to the Love Boat. And I thought, well, I’ll be damned! I made it into the TV on the Love Boat. Here I was this little kid from North Carolina and I’m on the promenade deck of the Love Boat!
Q: Perfect! You’ve recently written and directed and starred in your first film, action-drama Sister’s Keeper. What was that process like?
Kent: It’s been a natural progression. When I was 14, I started doing a Saturday afternoon science fiction show called ‘Sparks’ that was syndicated on some Southern stations. The last season I didn’t think the show was as good as it could be. So I thought I could do it. I wrote an episode and they dug it and filmed it. Then, when I was studying in New York, we would think of short scenes and shoot ‘em. – With my first film, I thought this may be my one shot, so I wanted action, humor, a family drama with a theme of redemption– but it had to be organic. With that in mind, I came up with the story for Sister’s Keeper. – Once it was done, I didn’t want to sell it right away. I took it to festivals, it won some awards. At one of the fests, someone asked how I could watch it over and over again. I told him that I watched them, the audience. I wanted to see their reactions. I could learn by their reactions. But, right now I’m thrilled that its out in the world and that people can see it.
Q: Wonderful. Genre fans would also be interested to hear about one of your latest projects as an actor, Infection: Invasion Begins.
Kent: Infection: Invasion Begins was just an audition, a low budget thing. But, I really liked it. It’s a 1950’s era character horror piece. It was different. It wasn’t about slash and gore, it had a through line. And more importantly, I’m interested in filmmakers. How other filmmakers work on a limited budget. I’m into meeting the tech guys. It was cool on how they approached it.
Q: Well, I personally can’t wait to see it. Lastly, are you currently developing any projects?
Kent: I’m in the early stages of a web series. I’m developing another action film, but I want to push the envelope. I want the action to help the story and tell something about the characters. As for dream projects, there’s an epic period piece I’d like to do, but it’s so expensive, it’s a hard sell – and there is a high seas drama that I’d love to do.
Q: Will any of those feature Esther Scott who was just so amazing as ‘Mama Pines’ in Sister’s Keeper?
Kent: Oh, my God, now there’s a legend! To work with her – man!!! She just came in and nailed it. I mean, did you see Species? She was the conductor in that. Just a legend!
Sister’s Keeper (MTI Video) can purchased on Amazon @ http://www.amazon.com/Sisters-Keeper-Kent-Faulcon/dp/B003ETX5RO/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1287457161&sr=1-1.