My favorite teacher outside of my biology teacher mom (See answer 8 below) was Dr. William Harmon at UNC. A poet himself, he could teach Pound, Eliot, Williams and Frost and make you laugh as hard as you would at a Monty Python film. He still is a wonderful friend to me. Honorable mention: UNC Drama professor Tommy Rezzuto, God rest his beautiful soul. He was the first person to believe in me and cast me in leading roles in Summer and Smoke, and as Shakespeare's Romeo. He gave me the ridiculous amount of confidence I needed to survive the years of rejection.
3. If you could be paid to do anything besides your current job, what would it be?
I honestly cannot think of anything. An actor is all I ever really wanted to be. But if I couldn't do that anymore... I'd open a book store.
4. Tell me about a public or private moment when you thought to yourself, "This is what Elvis felt like every day.”
I had a band in college called "Nick Fear, The Most Terrifying Name in Rock and Roll." Every time we played a concert at a dorm, I felt like Elvis.
5. Some people say "DC is like Hollywood for ugly people." How is it different? How is it the same?
Difference: in one town, there are two parties. Same: In both towns, no one knows what the Hell they are doing.
6. What’s the best present you ever received as a child?
A Hammond Porta-B Organ.
7. What’s the best present you ever gave?
A signed picture of myself to a friend's newborn child inscribed, "When you grow up, you are really going to appreciate my work."
8. What advice do you remember your mother or father giving you? Did you take it?
My mother convinced me that I could do whatever I wanted to do in life. She gave me the courage, and in fact, the heartfelt belief in myself that enabled me to become what I wanted to be: a professional actor. Sorry I aimed so low, Mom!
9. Who would be on the perfect "Red Eye" panel?
Gregg Gutfeld, Nick Searcy, Charles Krauthammer, and Charles Bukowski. (OK, he's dead. I'll settle for Ric Flair.)
10. What books are on your summer reading list?
John Updike's "Rabbit At Rest" and Andrew A. Erish's "Col. William N. Selig, the Man Who Invented Hollywood"
11. What would you like tomorrow's headline to say?
"Obama Approval Rating Dips below 30%: America Seems to Be Waking Up."
12. Tell me about the moment you decided to be more vocal about your political beliefs.
March 1, 2012. The day Andrew Breitbart died. It hit me: How long do I have, and what am I afraid of? I realized that I have but a very brief time on this planet. Am I really going to spend it not saying what I believe and being who I am?
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