Greg Travis is an actor who has appeared in the films Starship Troopers and Showgirls. He is the writer, director and producer of the film Midlife; here is a link to his website:
Q: What is Midlife about?
A: Midlife is about a salesman who is at the crossroads of his life. He has a drinking problem, two ex-wives and a daughter that he’s not sure what to do with. He’s burned out on his work and his life, and is trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life.
Q: What inspired you to make it?
A: I sort of went through something similar to my main character, which was the germ of the idea. I developed it into a script and then filmed from there.
Q: What experiences did you draw from in creating the character of David?
A: David is a salesman and I’m an actor, so the two are completely different. The only similar experiences were that I quit drinking and smoking in order to find my real self again. The movie is also about the downward spiral that addictive behavior leads to.
Q: How did you go about getting it produced?
A: I decided to produce it myself along with a friend of mine. Once I committed to making the film, it was just a matter of organizing the various elements and setting the shooting dates, and putting together the cast and crew and doing it.
Q: You played Phil in Showgirls, did you and the other cast members have any idea what a camp classic it would be when you were making it?
A: Yes and no. I knew the script had problems and was over the top in some places. I knew some of the dialogue and various elements would be changed for the better. Lesson learned – never assume anything.
Q: What is your weirdest on set story?
A: On Starship Troopers when I almost got killed. They had me bolted into the jaws of a giant bug. I was being tossed back and forth, and they almost slammed my head into a rock formation. The funny part is that I didn’t find out about this until the wrap party, when one of the crew guys said, “We almost killed you man! Hahaha!”
Q: How did you get your first audition?
A: I auditioned for a Roger Corman film called Humanoids From the Deep. I didn’t hear anything back, so I didn’t think I got the part. Then a day before the shoot, they called me and said I got it. In that one, I had to lie on the concrete and have my chest ripped off and bleed to death. Welcome to Hollywood.
Q: If you could change one thing about Hollywood what would it be?
A: I would change the agency-casting director system. It’s so difficult to navigate in and figure out.
Q: What has been your biggest profession triumph?
A: When I was a stand-up comedian, it was opening for Cher. As an actor-director, making my film MIDLIFE is a huge accomplishment. Even having been in 45 feature films, rarely do you get to play a character to its fullest degree, and MIDLIFE gave me the opportunity to do that.
Q: If you were able to take a road trip with any character you have ever played, who would you pick and why?
A: The coke-dealing rodeo clown I played in Shakes The Clown might be fun to travel with. I’ve played some pretty shady characters so I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to be stuck in a car with any of them.
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