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TheSteveStrout: Lets start by talking about some of your favorite roles you've played.
Robert Lasardo: Let's see what comes to mind... I think there's a couple categories concerning my work , especially in television. The first show that comes to mind is Nip Tuck. That's one of those rare opportunities that come about where you get to collaborate with people that are equal, if not better, in terms of their creative vision. In a situation like that there's a lot of learning that takes place. I enjoyed working with Ryan Murphy on that show, and his kinda courageous no bullshit approach to his vision. It also made it easier for me because I always felt like I was always surrounded by this controversy because of the way I look, you know , with the tattoos and Ryan embraced that and kinda helped me breathe life into this character (Escobar Gallardo) that he created for me. I thought that was kind of unusual situation that came about, because they don't often let you go very far in terms of your character development, at least not with someone who looks like me. I thought that was an unusual kind of fruituitous kind of experience because of it's popularity. I was allowed to do a little more as an artist. The character was layered with various emotions and that. I think to call him a bad guy gives Ryan Murphy and the show an injustice because there was so much more to him. I was really excited to be a part of something like that.
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TheSteveStrout: I agree. Any experience where you learn something is a positive one...You mentioned your tattoos and how you looked. Has that ever limited you fro getting work?
Robert Lasardo: I wouldn't say it limited me. The word I would say, Steve, is PREVENT me. Prevent me from being allowed to participate in various storytelling, because of the perception of what some people believe the ink communicates, ya know, what it represents. Theres a challenge, I think, with that. Nowadays , so many young people are expressing themselves through body modification and art, I feel that there's more acceptance in the pop culture, sub culture, or whatever you want to call it, and so nowadays I feel as though it's not as shocking to see someone like myself that has a lot of tattoos expresses that acceptance. Because of that, film makers that I've worked with in the past are kinda cool because they're like "hey man, I remember growing up watching you. Would you like to be in my film?". Their perception is a lot more forgiving in their view of it. A lot of the time I feel like this with the writers and directors understand communicating yourself through art and tattoos and stuff. It's a positive and not negative. I think on that level there's been some opportunities that have provided some different types of characters. routes to be going to the forefront, and I'm grateful for that. I think it's gonna be a minute still before I'm allowed to do some of the stuff that I would like to do. If anybody would have told me years ago that I'd be involved with some of the projects I've been involved with lately, I never would have believed it..So, I mean, its a differnet kinda slow and sometimes very painful kind of evolution. I think it's cool though. I builds character when you go through shit. Ya know, when ya go through stuff, no one can ever accuse you or individuals who take risks with stuff, not necessarily because it's a gimmick, its because it's who they are. You can try to suppress yourself, you know, and I don't know if there's any future in that so I think it's important to be true to who you are as an artist or individuals who want to express themselves through music, visual performance, or any number of ways that people do that. I think thats the whole point of art, is to be fearless and to take those kind of risks. Not everybody understands that though, in commercial entertainment, but at the end of the day you have to live with yourself so it's important to be true to that.
TheSteveStrout: Because of your image, you get cast as the "bad guy" a lot. Have any roles come along that you felt were to "bad" that you were uncomfortable doing it?
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TheSteveStrout: So, have you been on the convention scene a while now?
Robert Lasardo: Yeah, yeah. I think it's been about four years now.
TheSteveStrout: Do you go into the conventions and take them in as a fan too? Do you check out the shows, and shop at the vendors and stuff?
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Robert Lasardo: Yeah I do. I've met various celebrities over the years. It's a real joy to come in contact with them. They're really nice to me, and generally speaking, everybody's really cool. I feel like I get a chance to just be a kid, ya know, and go to an amusement park and have fun. Yeah I've just been really having a good time with it.
TheSteveStrout: I've seen and heard stories about how well you connect with fans. Is that you and your personality or obligatory?
Robert Lasardo: I think it's important for me to be in that situation to talk with people who need to express their feelings about what they've been observing through entertainment. How they feel about it. What they think about it, and to share those ideas. It's nice to be appreciated , Steve, when people do, because sometimes you forget. There's life, ya know? Every day there's life. There's entertainment, There's your work, and then there's life. You still have to show up for your own life. At least not me. I'm not always thinking about that, so sometimes I forget it.I forget that my efforts in my work makes an impact on people, and I'm reminded when I go to the shows. It's a good feeling when I know that it's not for nothing. I've always liked performing, regardless of the audience. It always feels good to perform because I've always enjoyed acting since I was in junior high school. It's nice when people say "hey I enjoy what you do" or "your character helped my life"...especially in the tattoo community, Steve, because I think a lot of people have suffered over the years because of the prejudice that comes with how people view that, especially if it's something that you're heavily in to, so I think a lot of people thank me. To some extent I didn't set out to do this, and become some kind of ambassador and representing for misfits and people who don't feel or don't wanna march to the beat of the collective drum. It's nice when people say "hey, thank you", because I suffered a lot when I was younger. I was tattooed in the 1970s. I was sleeved out. I had full sleeves and extensive coverage by the time I was 22 walking around New York City. Man, I caught a lot of shit for it. People weren't nice to me. When I started talking about acting people were like "please, you'll never be able to succeed in that, actors don't have tattoos". Basically my point is that I came up against a lot of negativity, so these shows provide an opportunity for me to meet people who understand, and who've been there too. I get it when they say "hey man I got my first tattoo because of you. Thank you for making me feel ok about it. My mom, my family, everybody made me feel miserable, then I saw you and said its possible. I'm not crazy". I'm glad that I'm realizing that my struggle is not just in vain. For some people, it's been helpful and useful to them to feel better about themselves so I'm glad. Forget about the entertainment and Hollywood nonsense, just being me has been able to help others. I notice it in my daily life, but the shows, and this concentration of people all gathered to have fun and to talk and communicate their feelings, I would have had no idea any of this was even going on had I not traveled around the world, traveled around the United States and going to various shows and tattoo conventions and horror conventions, and seeing and meeting really cool people from all walks of life who didn't judge me. I'm like , hey cool, I don't judge them, they don't judge me. You can just have fun man, and let go. Not everyone is so uptight. That hasn't always been my experience in Hollywood and in the conventional world. I think the shows and conventions are a brief reprieve for me, and the fans, and the people, to get away from all that crap.
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Robert Lasardo: No. I mean, I stay out there. I travel a lot, and I find myself in the northwest lately. I've been up in Washington for about a year and a half now and I'm enjoying it. I travel a bit with my work, but I make it a point to get away from staying in one place for too long. My work tends to call me to California and various places in the United States. I lived in Canada for like 3 years, so you know, I tend to move around a bit. What I love about Washington, yeah it rains a lot, but the trees and its so green and beautiful. I never fortunate enough to live in certain place where I could see the ocean and the forests, and you know? I didn't know that there were places in the United States that were so clean. I've ben to Europe. I've been to Switzerland, and I've been amazed by how wel they take care of their natural resources. I figured the United States is pretty much a done deal. We've pretty much contaminated over 50% of our well spring, but then when I went to Washington I went, "No wait a minute, maybe not!". When I walk around, I just see that its so beautiful there.
TheSteveStrout: Yeah. It's an amazing place. I came from the east coast too where its old and run down (which still has it's charm, don't get me wrong) but it's a different world out here. Just stunning...So, what are you looking forward to this weekend at the show?
Robert Lasardo: Having conversations like this with the people, man. Thats what makes it enjoyable. That personal interaction with people that are attending the show. I like to hear what the people have to say, what they think, how they feel and to see that they're having a good time. Tell some stories. They tell me some stories. I tell them some stories. Just the whole interacting.
TheSteveStrout: Are you going to be promoting anything at the show?
Robert Lasardo: Oh yeah. Sometimes it's hard for me to remember, but I got a couple movies coming out in the next year. I'll be talking about that. There's a book that I'm producing that should come out either at the end of the year or beginning of the year. It's kind of a graphic novel type thing. A love story, ghost story with paranormal elements. There's some original artwork in it. So yeah, I'lll be talking about that and whatever else seems interesting or relevant based on what people are curious about.
TheSteveStrout: Do you have any social media presence we can send fans to connect with you?
Robert Lasardo: Though I'm a little bit behind on it, there's a fan page on Facebook that I check in on maybe once a week. So yeah there's that, and I have a website.
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