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Ezekiel Pacheco from “At The Gates”

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Ezekiel Pacheco joins the G’s to talk about his new film “At The Gates” and shares all the details on his acting journey so far.
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Give it up for Ezekiel Pacheco.
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Everybody.
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Let I hear it.
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Come on.
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Yeah.
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Hey, what's up my guy?
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How's it going, dude, dude, you got like a cool fucking swag
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going on, dude.
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What's going on?
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Walk us through the swag?
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First of all, just some dickies.
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Oh shit.
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Yeah.
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Yeah.
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Yeah.
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You got the little charm.
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It's like it gave me Gothic Motocross.
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Yeah.
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I don't know.
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I kind of just wear dickies every day so I'm kinda like chilling
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you know, you're the coolest one.
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Thank you.
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Thank you.
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Thank you.
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I appreciate it, Ir and B artist.
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You know what I mean?
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You got like a Ar and B album coming out soon about you.
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So what?
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Oh Yeah, he's like to me trying to kiss me, do it.
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Prove it.
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I don't know, dude.
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He's, he's easy killed there.
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Oh How old are you?
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First of all, I wanna start with that.
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How old are you?
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2626.
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How old are you?
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The youth?
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And you were uh born and raised here?
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And uh no, I was born in Mexico in Guerrero Aras Libres.
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And I was brought here when I was one to Watts and I've been raised
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in Watts all my life.
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So they still live there.
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Ok?
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You're, you're a citizen?
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You're not?
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Oh, shit.
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Come on, I think right now.
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But it was gonna be like, yeah, I'm actually, uh, no, not yet
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wonder DACA.
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DACA just protected by that program.
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You out here landing movie roles.
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Let's talk about it, dude.
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You got a movie coming out right now at the gates.
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Yeah.
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Yeah.
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My first movie is coming out November 3rd in New York City in
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L A.
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It's a movie about a son and a mom and the adversity that that
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mother goes through to give her son a better life.
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The mom is a cleaner and she goes to this rich family's house
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to go clean and she brings her son with him that day and then
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out of uh there's been this policy going on that they're gonna
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get rid of immigrants really soon and that happens that day
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and they go looking for that family and the family that's hosting
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us is uh able to keep us uh safe there, at least is what we're
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trying to figure out.
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And then Nico goes through this journey of trying to find out
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if these people are actually trying to help him out or you know
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keep him locked in.
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So you guys are going through an adventure in the film.
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So which character do you play in the film?
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I play the lead, his name is Nico Ibarra.
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He's a strong young character who's uh learning how to have
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his mind be stronger in his feelings.
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So he's just learning to try to take care of his mom.
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So the, the movie is a love letter to all the moms, moms and the
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dads out there that work so hard to give their kids a better
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life every day.
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You know what I'm saying?
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The immigrants, all the your, your parents, you know, like
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because we are, you know, we have immigrant parents and you're
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like, I wanna, I wanna be an actor.
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Like that's not the first thing they think when they come to
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this country, like, I'm gonna work hard because my mom always
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you me hold, you're gonna be a doctor and I'm like, I'm gonna
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do stand up comedy and she's like, what um what your mom, like
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what your parents like when you're like, I'm gonna be an actor
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guys.
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My mom is the one that pushed me to do it.
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I never wanted to be an actor.
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I know I didn't choose to be an actor.
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It's kind of just like happened for me.
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Um It chose you.
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That's why you gonna be big in the, in the industry.
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Uh That right.
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That right.
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I uh I started acting when I was 19.
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My dad heard an ad on the radio for this program called A GB Studios
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And uh my little brother went to school with this kid named
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Nathan Arenas.
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Shout out to him.
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He comes on a Disney channel show called Mont heard that ad
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on the radio and he wanted to sign up my little brother and my
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brother got in out of like 200 kids, only like 20 people get
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in and the day we wanna go drop him off.
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The school director Marcelo was like, there's an open spot
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you want it.
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And I was like, nah, I just wasn't interested in that.
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And my mom's like, just do it.
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You don't know what can happen.
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I was in college at the time, like majoring in business trying
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to figure it out.
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And then, yeah, next thing you know, I got some agents and then
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I kind of thought I was gonna get on like a Disney Channel show
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or something like bringing the big money like that, but it
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didn't really happen that way.
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It took me like a long time to like book stuff.
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I had to work really hard.
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I started studying with um uh Shia LaBeouf and he mentored
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me for a long time and still to this day we're cool.
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He's taught me a lot about this craft and, and then Ed Harris
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took me under his wing.
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So I've been real blessed to like, learn from the greats and
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this is meant for me.
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This is what I was meant to do in life, not something I expected
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but it was what I was meant to do.
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So, like when you were playing this character, what, what
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what do you relate to this character the most?
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I mean, the fact that I'm an immigrant, I uh you know, I don't
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come from much.
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I grew up selling ice cream with my parents and by the projects
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by Jordan Downs you like that set up you guys have over there
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My family has a store in Watts right now where I help out and
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work with them every day.
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I'm still struggling.
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You know what I'm saying?
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It's not like I'm out here.
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It's because I got a movie.
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Don't get it twisted.
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I'm not out here.
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Millionaire yet.
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Not yet.
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But uh you know, we have a set up there and we're still working
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hard every day.
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Um Like I said, I grew up selling ice cream.
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I was a paleo growing up.
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So see, seeing that in my character was like, very, like, easy
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for me to like access because it's so close to my heart.
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You know what I'm saying?
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And there's a lot of immigrant kids out there that struggle
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a lot and like grow up in like South L A or like anywhere in the
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US.
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You don't have to be Mexican, you can be anything and you still
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relate to that.
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You know what I'm saying?
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So like it was very easy for me to like have that.
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And then our director, he just let us have like this freedom
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to like do what we wanted to do.
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And he gave me that platform now.
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So I'm very grateful for Augustus and everything he's been
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doing for me.
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So when you see this role, do you like?
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This is like, how do I know?
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How did you Oh Yeah.
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Well, I got the audition right from my agents and uh I was working
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at Amazon at the time I was dropping off packages and like,
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I was like a very, it was during the pandemic, I had just gotten
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off this big show called on my block.
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Things got really rough for me at the time during the pandemic
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There's like no work at all.
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So then I was like, man, I need money.
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I don't have any money anymore.
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And at that time, it was like, very humbling for me because
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I, I was getting a lot of attention already at that time and
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like, even like my coworkers recognized me.
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It was kind of like, this is like a very humbling time for me
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to be honest.
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And uh they give you nicknames like, yo, I'm my block.
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Load up the truck real quick.
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Yeah.
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Yeah.
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And I was just like, I was just like, I was just like, very like
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damn, like I just thought I was gonna keep going and going
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and then, you know, life hits you and then um yeah, you guys
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know what it is.
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So I was just like, I get that at home Mr HBO go take out the trash
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like this.
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I uh yeah.
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And then I got the audition and I was like, at that time, I was
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just like, I'm gonna get a movie by the end of the year, I'm gonna
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I'm gonna get something big like this time, like I show the
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world and then next thing you know, the, the end of the year
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came and I got the audition, I wrote the script.
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I was like, this is, this is great.
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This is what I need now to showcase to the world that I'm a leading
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man in Hollywood.
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And uh I got it.
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Next thing you know, it's just like I was dropping off a package
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I get the email and then I called my manager.
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I was like, yo, I'm leaving by the end of the week, I'll see you
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guys later.
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I'm gonna go be a movie star.
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So now when you get the email, do you feel go kick that package
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Like I'm out of here.
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I, I threw the package and like, yeah, I would have quit on the
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spot.
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I fuck this.
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I called my uh I called my mom, my dad and they were crying, you
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know, it was just a lo long time coming for this.
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Been working really hard to get to this moment.
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So yeah, just very grateful.
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Very blessed.
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Yeah.
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So why can't we watch this movie?
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It's gonna be in theaters and A MC theaters selected theaters
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November 3rd.
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There's gonna be a couple of screenings on the, the third and
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the fourth and the fifth.
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And we're gonna have Q and A s right after that.
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We're also gonna go, I'm gonna go to New York next week to, uh
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start, uh, doing the Q and A's and, uh, promoting the movie
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over there in New York as well.
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So, and then the bigger the movie gets, the more theaters.
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Yeah.
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Yeah.
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Yeah.
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So we need all the support we can get.
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So, yeah.
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Yeah.
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Yeah, please go check it out.
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I mean, a lot to me and everyone watching this is a very heartfelt
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movie.
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Do you ever get stuck being like in character?
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You can't get out of it.
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I heard people do that, they get stuck.
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That one was like a little pretentious but I take my work very
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like serious, like, you know, I try to be the best actor I can
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be.
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I've been learning from the greats, you know, so I take my craft
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very serious.
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I don't know.
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I mean, if you ever forget who you are and be like that, I'm being
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like my character a little bit.
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No, no, no.
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I think you, you see over here you never, you ever see like John
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Travolta.
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John Travolta in every freaking movie.
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And I mean, like, and, and sometimes I feel like when, when
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you see them, they're acting like sometimes of their characters
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they can't get out of their characters.
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You know what I'm talking about?
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I mean, like shy, he's probably in his character.
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I know.
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Oh, she in real still still get his character, dude.
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We were fucking mushroom trip.
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Yeah.
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Uh You know what I'm saying?
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Dude, I'm telling you if I was like a Robocop and I came out and
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I, I'll still act like Robocop would be like, fuck, it's gonna
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take me a couple of years to get out of Robocup.
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Na na na na na, I mean, I'm able to like, I've been trained for
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this, you know, shout out to my acting coach, Steve Tight sort
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from the imagine life studio.
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They teach me how to like step in and out and you know, you can't
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be in character all the time on set.
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It almost looks weird.
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You make the, the set uncomfortable but you know, you take
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your craft very serious.
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I always have my air pods in and like, try to keep my own.
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So like, you know, there's a lot of money riding behind you
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and you got to get serious.
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That's why I tripped out because the acting and stand up is
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like two different worlds.
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And I trip out on actors.
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I watched a couple a couple of documentaries on like Jim Carey
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how he stayed in character through the whole time.
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And I was like, I wonder if a lot of actors go through shit like
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that some of them do, some of them don't, but they, they're
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so prepared at that moment.
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You know, like Shai is very prepared and Ed as well.
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And uh that's just very like Ed called me before I wanna go do
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this movie and he helped me out to like get prepared for this
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and you know, when you're a leading man, you gotta lead it with
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Grace, you know, you don't wanna be a jerk on set and you know
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ruining it for everybody.
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But yeah, I take it very seriously.
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Try to be the best actor.
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It can be.
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I wanna be one of the greats you.
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I think you're gonna be, I see that you're out here.
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I say that gracefully.
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Yeah.
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You know, make sure you go check out the movie when you say November
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2nd, 3rd, 4th November third.
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It comes out a MC select theaters, check it out.
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Ezo.
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Where can they find you on social media?
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Do you have Instagram?
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Yeah.
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At Ezekiel Pacheco underscore Yeah, you guys can find me there
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We appreciate you for coming by.
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Thank you so much.
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Thank you so much.
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I'm a credit.