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21 Questions: Daniel Bonjour [Actor]

Daniel Bonjour
Josh: Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Daniel began acting at the age of three and starred in commercials, TV shows and theatre. In 1995, Daniel took on his first lead in an American film as “Ricky” in Night Siege: Project Shadowchaser 2 (produced by Nu Image/ Avi Lerner). Shortly after, he made the move to America where he took time off to finish school at Boston College. Since arriving in Los Angeles, Daniel has kept busy with a wide variety of roles ranging from award-winning festival films to outrageous mockumentary comedies. Later this year, you can look for him in two Lionsgate projects; Richard Speck and Bram Stroker’s: Dracula’s Guest, as well as the title role in Simon, an award-winning independent drama.

-Tell us about your career and what you are currently working on or involved with? 
I’m an actor born in South Africa and have been living in LA for the past 7 years.  I recently finished filming “Find Me” an independent drama in the vein of “The Big Chill”.  I’m also really excited to be apart of the re-release of “Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut” – one of my first films in LA.

-Is this what you thought you would be doing with your life, what was your first passion?
I never imagined doing anything else with my life.  Acting was and always has been my passion.  I feel so lucky to be able to do it.

-To whom do you credit your success to, who gives or gave you the most support?

My parents have always given me a tremendous amount of support.  They begged me to go to college, and once I did, they were with me 100% no matter what I decided to do.

-If you could meet or work with [living or dead], who would that be and why?
The list is endless.  I admire and wish I could work with so many actors just to see what I could learn.  But if I had to choose one, I think I would like to work with “young” Marlon Brando.  He changed the face of acting to what we know today.  He really invented the realism we see on screen now.

-What would you like to be remembered for 100 years from now?
I would just like to be remembered 100 years from now.  If its for my work, all the better.

-Who inspires you?
Fearless passion inspires me.  Anyone who has it or works to get it, I am inspired by. 

-How are things different today, than the same day 1 year ago?
I don’t think things are very different.  I have the same or similar mentality I did a year ago, and I think I will continue to do so.  Jobs, money, experiences vary slightly, but I don’t think it makes anything different.

-What is the last song you bought or listened to in your musical device?
Revolution by UltraLove.  Really cool, unknown artist.

-Last good film you had seen, and the best movie you would recommend to someone asking?
Last good film was Blue Valentine. A very real portrayal of real life. I would recommend Bellflower to anyone asking.  It’s a true independent film made out of pure passion for no money.  I think its coming out this summer.

-What is the single greatest moment in your life?
Walking onto my first set and starting my first scene before action was even called.  I was 12 and so excited to start that I literally started the scene before anyone was ready. 

-Favorite Horror Film?
Midnight Movie :)

-Favorite Book?
The Fountainhead

-Favorite Song?
Blowers Daughter – Damien Rice

-Favorite Film Character?
Frankie Wilde in “Its all gone Pete Tong”

-Favorite Film Composer?
Danny Elfman – If you created the Simpsons theme song and the Goodwill hunting theme.  You’re pretty good in my book.

-Favorite Thing In Your Home?
My guitar.  I’m really no good at it, but it pulls me away from reality every now and then.

-Favorite First Pet?
I had a Doberman with floppy ears as a kid named Minty.  She was the greatest dog ever.

-Favorite Coffee Or Tea?   
I go back and forth, but right now – Tea.

-Favorite Phrase?
The bee’s knees.  If you can use that in a sentence and get away with it, you’re pretty awesome.

-Favorite Hiding Place [Not that we are looking]?
The beach.

-If you could tell someone something someone told you, "words to live by" what would that be?
Be yourself.

1 comment:

youngelfman said...

Daniel Bonjour is excellent in MIDNIGHT MOVIE! That is one wicked black eye he gets (ouch!) Again, I hope he will give us more genre work - plays a real nice_guy/hero in a way that makes you care. Great work!