Luis Tolentino, who was last seen ollieing over a cow in the Domincan Republic, is starring in a new short dramatic film, 'Pablo on Wheels,' which is hitting the festival circuit. It was recently shown at the Gotham Screen Film Festival in New York City.
"The movie is about a Dominican family -- well, my family -- and my parents get deported. I stay with my younger brother in the States and my aunt is upset because she thinks I'm not fit to take care of him," explained Tolentino in an interview with RedBullUSA.com. "But I insist on taking care of him and I mess up along the way. I'm just a younger skater kid trying to make it and trying to take care of my younger brother at the same time."
"I barely read the script because I didn't know if I could do this. During the shooting I would read the script a little bit before and go into it." --Luis Tolentino
He said he really connected to the movie and the script, by director Brett Sorem.
"It's a natural thing to me to try to help somebody or try to be somebody's older brother -- because in skateboarding you always have young kids coming up to you asking you for advice," Tolentino said.
For Tolentino, acting came naturally. "I'm always being the character off camera and on camera. It just made sense for me to just go for it," he said. But going into production, he still had doubts. "I barely read the script because I didn't know if I could do this," he said. "During the shooting I would read the script a little bit before and go into it."
In the end, the risk paid off. 'Pablo on Wheels' has won several awards and earned a Best Actor nomination (at the Healdsburg International Short Film Festival) for Tolentino, who says acting is something that he's eager to try again -- but only if the right project comes along.
"Maybe I have the luxury to do that because I already have a career," he said. "But if I do anything I want to make sure that I connect with it."
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