Prison Break

Exclusive interview with Peter Stormare (John Abruzzi)


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It looks like you've been busy since your Prison Break days, your IMDB profile lists 6 new movies in production, can you tell us about them?

 

Two movies are missing: SWITCH and IVORY TRADE

The others? Too long of a story, but one day when I have some more time I will gossip some more and give you all the stuff that's worth gossiping about.

You've done a great deal in your acting life, with 70 roles recorded on your resume. Where do you see yourself in the future and will you keep acting?

Continue acting, pick up directing again...this time Movies...strange ones!
I want to create poetic, dreamy stuff filled with magic, beauty and soothing music.

How was working on Prison Break different from any other projects you worked on?

 

No much different, but you get a little bit spoiled with Movies. With Movies: You have more time, more powerful directors who demands inputs and creativity from an actor/actress. TV completes an hour in 8 days...a Movie is usually a minute a day.

I'm proud of Prison Break but 1 & a 1/2 seasons is enough for a mad curious brain as myself. I've been lucky being able to stay busy doing movies. For someone like me I didn't want to lose the momentum I have in Movie Land.

TV can kill that...and I felt moving on was the right step to take...at the right time.

What was it that interested you in the role of Abruzzi? Was it hard to find his "good" side and how did you prepare youself to play his character.

 

This character is based on a true guy from the 16th century. Camillio of Abruzzi....google it and read about a great fellow from Italy. He was a crazy guy who was falling between the devotion to Jesus Christ and women, gambling, fighting and drinking. He originated the Red Cross and just to read about him and listening to Paul Scheuring, the originator of P-B made me convinced: I WANT TO DO THIS!

 

Did you get attached to your character on Prison Break? How did you feel when they killed off Abruzzi?

 

I wasn't happy with the shoot out...tacky and done a million times. The scene was written very different but then some one in the brain department at FOX came up with this carbon paper death. I protested but what can you do, even if I'm stubborn as an ass from Ass-Land. I had no say really.

The passing was written very beautiful by Paul...but once again, TV on the day of shooting you get new orders and you have to obey.
On the other hand, of course I was sad to say good bye to Gianni Abruzzi, the cast and a wonderful crew, but there were some movies waiting in the wings...so I just packed up and went off to new adventures.


What do you like to do when you're not on set?


I'm always on set...if I'm not I pretend I am.

Out of all the Films you've worked on, which actors did you enjoy working with the most?


Actors/Actresses like myself...down to earth, hard working talented individuals who do think they can make a difference in this world by just being themselves and doing a pretty darn good job in front of camera.

We have quite a bit of Abruzzi fans on our message boards, do you have anything to say to them?

 

I'll be back! In one form or another.

On Prison Break? I don't know. But online...and in my own movie hopefully! But I would like you to go online and read about the real Saint from Abruzzi. "Google and you will find" (Luke 1:11)

Finally! Thank you for all the support and inspiration. Without you, the fans, it would be pretty boring to be an actor. Also I would like you to send supporting prayers to Lane Garrison.

I can assure you he's a fantastic young talent, devoted to his craft, devastated by what happened. He would give his life to change what did occur...but it did happen. I pray for the families and their lost ones.

What happened is tragic and some of you might think it's an unforgiven act, but life is all about forgiveness. John Abruzzi taught me that.
Thank you for your time. We'll meet again soon I'm sure.

I would like to thank Peter Stormare for taking the time to answer a few questions for us. Be sure to check out Peter's record label by clicking here .

 

 


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