Actor: Stephen Velichko
|Gadget, played by Stephen Velichko|
A: Watching Under Jakob's Ladder, I thoroughly enjoyed the film visually, but moreover the character development. After seeing the character breakdowns for Lost Penny, I instantly connected with Gadget.
Q: Which role do you play in Lost Penny?
A: I had the pleasure of walking in Gadget’s shoes. Gadget is in love with the girl next door, his best friend, Penny. Only problem is that he’s a bit of an oblivious dork. A lovable one, but a dork at that. He puts the well-being of the ones he loves before his own. He defines the very definition of what it is to be someone’s best friend.
Q: How did you prepare for your role?
A: Gadget is a bit more high strung than me, so I definitely was aware of the pitch in where his voice lived. His relationship has never progressed with Penny to certain capacities, so to speak. So I definitely took some strolls down memory lane to find those certain people from my own life that I’ve had similar relationships with. I also had to learn a new skill – gypsy cup shuffling! That was a nightmare. However, now I forever have a spontaneous party trick to dazzle and amaze people!
Q: Did you identify with your character?
A: I definitely identified with Gadget from the get-go. He strongly supports his friends, almost blindly at that. He finds himself deeply mixed up in Penny’s problems at a certain point in the film, all because he thinks he’s responsible. Which is true to some extent, but really he’s just not the kind of person that stands by idly while the ones he loves are struggling or in pain.
Q: What was your favorite scene to film?
A: I really enjoyed the scene between Gadget and Penny in the woods where he gives her the magic number. You really see for the first time just how much he really cares for her. I also really enjoyed the scene where Gadget offers to take Penny’s place in the club to save her. There’s no greater sacrifice for the ones we love than offering our own life. Most people are afraid to love another that much.
Q: What was the most challenging scene for you?
A: That darned gypsy cup sequence! Wait I take that back. The most challenging scene I had to partake in on this film was by far... the “OH YEAH!!!!” scene.
Q: What did you enjoy the most about working on this film?
A: Well that’s easy. The cast and crew were all crazy. But you know, the good kind of crazy. Some of the kindest, hardest working individuals I have ever met in my life, I met on that set.
Q: Do you have any funny stories or anecdotes about working on the film?
A: Miq and I had the pleasure of driving back and forth to set basically every day. And for what seemed like the whole first half of the production, we couldn’t find our way out of a paper bag! No matter where we were going, we would get lost.
Also, the first day [Chef] Guy came to cook, we just happened to have a crazy day and I was starving by the time lunch came around. So I gave him the biggest hug and thank you ever. Of course Jill just HAD to be there for that moment. So it LOOKED LIKE I was saying this was the first great meal we’ve had, and everything else was slop! When IN REALITY, EVERY MEAL WAS WONDERFUL, but that specific day I was just so hungry I would have cried with joy over the sight of cheerios.
I was told there was also one day in particular that I was crewing, where I may or may not have had too much enjoyment operating the fog machine in the field.
|Gadget (Stephen Velichko) with Penny (Rachael McOwen)|
Q: Who are your influences?
A: Since I take it Batman it not an appropriate choice after age ten, (which is totally bogus. I mean who doesn’t want to be a billionaire by day, and kick crime butt by night?!), I would have to say my parents and their unshakable faith. Through good years and bad, they have always set the best example on how to live life best both in the Lord’s eyes, and for our family. [As an actor] Jack Nicholson is hands down! Yeah you got Brando, De Niro, Pacino, Michael Caine, Duvall, Bing Crosby... the list goes on and on. But Nicholson is a nut! Can’t get enough of him!
Q: When did the acting bug bite you?
A: I was 17 years old. I was the playing McMurphy in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Still to this day, one of my favorite characters. It was opening night and I heard the crowd roaring the with rise of the curtain from backstage. Awaiting my first entrance I thought to myself, "I’m going to do this for the rest of my life!"
Q: What is the best advice you ever got from Mom?
A: Whenever at a crossroads, and you don’t know which road to take, simply ask the Lord.
LOST PENNY - Film Festival InfoLost Penny will be screened at the following festivals in June 2015...
Manhattan Film Festival on Sat, June 13 » Get tickets
Niagara Integrated Film Festival on Sun, June 21 » Get Tickets