Victor Rasuk talks to Glamoholic about his role in “Fifty Shades of Grey”, CBS’ “Stalker” and the actors he wishes to work with. by Bashar Zidane
What did attract you to play José Rodriguez?
And how did you relate to him?
What attracted me to play José was his creative persona. His excitement almost jumped at you when you read it. And what I found interesting about him is what he did when Ana turned him down after he expressed his love. Instead of playing the stereotypical thing that guys tend to do when their ego is bruised, he looked past that and was able to accept and still be friends with her. I thought that was refreshing.
How do you feel right now while waiting for the movie to come out knowing that there’s a huge fan-base waiting to see it too?
I feel excited. I’m really curious to see how devoted the fans will be to see the film. I think I just want the anticipation to be over.
Is there a specific scene that you’re excited for the fans to watch?
I’m excited for the fans to see the bar scene when Jamie pushes me away from Dakota. I’m excited because I want to know if people are going to hate my character for doing it, or if they’re going to forgive me.
What was it like to work with Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson? And what do you think we’re going to discover about them as actors through this movie?
I love Jamie and Dakota. The were super nice and serious about making a great story. I also have to mention our fantastic director, Sam Taylor-Johnson. I adore Sam; she gave us the freedom to discover new things while staying in the scene and I think that’s rare ti find in this business. Especially on such a big film.
What’s the difference of you as an actor between working on a movie compared to a TV Show? And do you have a preference?
The difference between TV and movies is mostly time. TV you can be working for 6-9 months straight, typically on movies you work for months, but what’s cool is that the material on TV has elevated in so many ways. If you would’ve asked me 10 years ago about a preference, I would’ve said movies but because TV has elevated their material, that now I would have to say both.
“Stalker” airs on Wednesdays on CBS. What can you tell us about the show?
Stalker is unique in a lot of ways. It’s procedural for sure, but the content is about a team of LAPD detectives that solely focus on cases of Stalking. What’s interesting about the show is that it puts to bed the notion of only celebrities being stalked. You can be stalked by your closest friend and never know it. What makes the show cool is how detectives break down how to build a case on someone who’s stalking another individual, and that’s my job on the show. A young detective helping the team to collect evidence against a possible suspect.
The show is very different from your previous projects. How did you prepare for the role?
I prepared for Stalker by meeting real life detectives that work in the unit we’re portraying on the show. I can’t get into specifics on who I met and what I did…but let’s just say I went a little method. ha!
What’s coming next for Ben?
Something insane is about to happen to Ben. Will shake up the whole unit…I’m stoked for it to air!
What was the energy on set like?
The energy on set is amazing. I have to say it’s a love fest between all of us. But that kind of thing is bound to happen when you’re working on a show for 8 months straight. Although one could also hate their coworkes after 8 months straight…but that’s not the case on our show!
Is there any type of roles that you never played and you wish to play next?
Before “Stalker”, I always wanted to play a detective. And I’m finally doing it. It challenged me in ways that I hadn’t imagined. I think the next role I want to play would be lawyer. I feel like it would be challenging and fun at the same time. I watched Philadelphia again for the 50th time the other night, and I just admired Denzel and Hanks. They look like they are having so much fun but as an actor, you know that it’s tough doing what they did in that movie.
Who would be your dream co-star?
I’ve always been a fan of Ruffalo and Del Toro… both are Stella Adler alumni’s. I had the pleasure of working with and becoming friends with Benicio, but I haven’t worked with Ruffalo. Their approach to honesty and method is something I’ve always been the real deal. I know Ruffalo was a fan of my work so maybe when he reads this we might be able to make something happen! [winks]
How would you describe your personal style?
I think my personal style is something similar to Ruffalo and Del Toro. I haven’t mastered it like those guys..but I strive to stay true to that on every role I portray.
Is there any fashion item that you have a lot of?
I have a lot of Jordan’s and Fedora’s.
Tell me one thing that people don’t know yet about you!
People don’t know that I had braces for 2 years!
Are you Glamoholic?
Live and die Glamoholic dammit!