Down in LA-LA Land is premiering at this year’s
Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in
Miami as the coveted final night feature.
Based on the novel penned by
Andy Zeffer, this film explores the ups and
down, and trials and tribulations of trying to make it in
Hollywood. What would you do to survive and achieve your
ultimate dream? Directed by Casper Andreas,
the film stars Matthew Ludwinski as “Adam,” a Hollywood newbie
looking to get his start in the world of lights—camera—action.
We recently caught up with Matthew to talk about his starring
role, the steamy sex scenes and working with
Going Down in LA-LA Land is
premiering on the final night of the
Miami Gay & Lesbian Film
Festival. Will you be in Miami
for the opening? How do you feel about the film being the
closing night feature?
I won't be able to make the opening, but all
of us involved with the film are excited and honored to be the
closing night feature.
What did you do to prepare for your role
in Going Down in LA-LA Land? Did you spend any extra time
getting in tip top shape?
Of course! I'm a vain actor!
Whenever I have an important acting or modeling job I always try
to step it up a bit. And Carbs—I didn't even LOOK at so
much as a slice of whole wheat toast, which was difficult
because during those long night shoots they sometimes had to
bring in a second meal for the cast and crew at
2 a.m. and it was always something
delicious and awful like "Jack in the Box" tacos and
cheeseburgers. I also gave up alcohol two weeks before,
and then the month of the shoot, which is what I'm going to use
as my excuse for getting a little *ahem* sloppy at the wrap
you read the book by Andy Zeffer? If so, what did you think?
I knew that Casper
had the rights to the book long before he cast me as the lead,
so I bought and read the book before Casper
had even finished the script. After reading it, I knew it
was the perfect part for me. I was dying to play that
role! It's fun to imagine oneself in various tragic
situations, and this particular situation involves a sexy
combination of porn, prostitution and Hollywood
romance. Getting to play that role let me live in that
world for a bit without any of the pesky consequences.
Are there any parts of your character you
Most of them. I mean, what actor
wouldn't? My character is sort of an "everyman" actor
type. He's a young man with big dreams and not a lot of
resources. I've certainly been there!
As an actor, did you experience any
similar situations as your character when getting started in the
Absolutely. I know what it's like to
feel objectified. I know what it's like to feel used.
I know what it's like to feel desperate. And every actor
has thought at some point about the casting couch, and has had
the thought, "I wonder if it is possible to sleep my way to the
top?" But really his whole journey from arriving to
Hollywood bright and excited to the
process of his disillusionment—I’ve experienced all of that.
I think most actors have.
show a lot of skin in the film. Do you get nervous in
situations like that?
Not really. I'm pretty comfortable
with my body. In my modeling days I would often be
photographed in very little clothing. I was even in "Naked
Boys Singing," so that tells you a little bit about the roles I
get cast in.
How intense were the sex scenes? Were you
able to let go and have fun?
I had fun in almost every scene, and I
wasn't nervous about the sex scenes. My costars were so
great, and everyone was very comfortable and committed.
Occasionally I would freak out and worry that my "sock" was
slipping off. But it didn't, so we're good! The pool
scene was sort of difficult logistically. I was much more
nervous about the scene where I had to be drunk and dance around
wildly in my underwear. But that ended up being a blast.
The film deals a lot with sex and porn.
Do you have a favorite porn star?
Who says I watch porn [winks]? I'm an actor
on a limited budget and I have to content myself with those free
30-second porn clips on the Internet, and those clips don't
usually credit the performers. Maybe I ought to buy some
porn DVDs, you know, just to support the arts more.
What was it like working with director
and I were already friendly from working together on his film,
"Between Love and Goodbye," a few years ago. I knew we
liked each other and would get along. We became good
friends working on this movie. It made coming to work
everyday a blast! I also came to ADORE the two other
leads, Allison Lane
and Michael Medico. Working with people you like is such a
joy. I couldn't wait to start each day.
you think roles like this “type cast” you as only being able to
play one certain type of character?
I hope not! I certainly don't mind
being cast as the boy-next-door, but of course I want to do
other things. In case you didn't notice, I'm a complex
multi-faceted being! My character “Adam” was such a sweet
little ingénue though, so I think it'd be fun to play someone
really evil and diabolical next time.
What other types of roles are you looking
to sink your teeth into?
Well naturally the next step in my career is
to play a sexy vampire/werewolf, and then Hamlet. Maybe a
sexy vampire/werewolf Hamlet- then I could retire.
Are there any directors or actors out
there who you would love to work with above all others?
Jim Carey and Nicole Kidman, because I am a
blend of both. So maybe they could play my parents.
What do you want the audience to take
away from watching the film or following your character from
beginning to end?
That I'm an awesome actor with great hair!
Ha! But really I think this movie tells a great story and I just
hope people enjoy it.
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