I've been interviewing people of note for roughly six years now. I honed what skill I have in Q&A between two webzines, neither of which I'm going to name here. I've sought mainly within industry, with a few exceptions. And when I say the industry, I have to confess to a preference for the horror genre. Chalk it up to a very early exposure to horror that went along with the peanut butter and jelly. But I digress. My point is, in seeking interviews, I've reached out to those whose initial impressions induced me to seek the story behind the person. To get a handle on the journey that brought this actor or that author to where they are.
When I first saw Robert Miano, it had to have been in DONNIE BRASCO (1997). Aside from horror, I've also long had a fondness for gangster flicks; and Mr. Miano's performance as "Sonny Red" Indelicato was nothing short of visceral, and brutal. From time to time afterwards, I'd spot him in either movies or on television; always it was clear his dedication to his craft.
This past summer, I finally got a message to Mr. Miano where I requested an interview. Invariably, my approach to "talking" with my interview subjects has been by email. Sending off a set of questions and getting the answers back has been convenient for one who unfortunately doesn't interview professionally. (Yeah, I'm rather a hack.) Such was the original plan with Rob Miano. But after emailing my queries to him, he immediately replied with a request of his own: to call him so that we could have a real talk.
What you'll hear is just that- a real, and wonderfully unpolished chat about the path that Robert Miano has traveled since his youth in the Bronx. It's a discussion that ranges from acting and Zen to Lovecraft and "the next role." Admittedly, there was some apprehension on my part in placing a call to California and actually speaking to one whose work in the industry I've long admired. It's an apprehension I was only too glad to have left at the wayside. (My thanks to James Ambrous for the time and diligence he lent in editing this recording.)
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