Dave Vescio is a nice guy, and that is probably the strangest way to introduce an interview. But let me explain why I have dubbed him “Mr Nice Guy”.
August 2015 was not a good month for me. For a start, my aunt who battled cancer for 13 years finally lost the fight and passed away. At the beginning of the July, she took a turn for the worse. We spent a lot of time running about and visiting the hospital. After the first week of August, she finally departed this world. I still had a wedding to finish planning in between helping with funeral arrangements. Then there was the wedding. It was a good day in the sense that I married the man of my dreams. But it sucked because, well, family, and that’s all I’m saying. But why am I telling you this? It’s an explanation and an introduction. I still had work to do and that included this interview with Dave Vescio. I will admit, I did not bring my A game for this interview because my head was stuck up my behind. But here is the thing, Dave did not care. He corrected any mistakes that I had made sourcing my information, without being horrible. He was kind and polite, and not once did he complain about how long my “creative process” had taken. Dave is a dark horse with a heart of gold, and if I’m completely honest, if he had not been such a nice guy when he was talking to me, I would have crawled into a hole and never come out again.
Dave Vescio is an American actor, best known for his roles in ‘Hick’, House of Flesh Mannequins’ and ‘Lost Souls’. On top of all this, he’s also an ex-con, a military man, and an all round nice guy. I hope you find his story as fascinating as I did.
1) When you were younger your father was in the army and you moved about a lot. How did you find the experience of moving so much as a child?
2) When you turned 18 years old, you went straight to the army. Do you ever regret that decision?
3) You went from being in the army to drug dealing, which could be considered a completely different career change. What happened that you ended up into drugs?
4) You are very open when you talk about your past. Everything that you have been through, do you feel that it has made you a better person?
I don’t know about that. I’m not a fan of the word *better person*. I am who I am. You can either take it or leave it. And honestly, I can care less if people hate me or fear me. I just want to be me. And I know that the only way that I can truly be me is by telling my truths to the world. And one of the oldest quotes on the planet is: The truth will set you free. And that quote is right, I have more freedom in my life than ever before because I get to be me, and I get to work with or be friends with people who truly get me as well. Honestly, the power that I was seeking for in my youth was just actually got found as “telling the truth” to people. Those truths will give you the greatest power of all, and it’s called freedom.
5) After your time as a drug dealer and time in prison, you went on to be a photojournalist for CNN. What was the most amazing moment that you ever caught on film?
It was actually CBS News. And my most amazing moment that I ever caught on film was actually two different stories: The first story was a story that I did when I was a student at Virginia Tech (I actually won a Society of Professional Journalism award for that story). It was a story about a young boy who already had multiple heart surgeries and the doctor told us that he would never reach the age of ten and the way the mother dreamt of seeing her son get married one day or graduate from college was just heartbreaking to watch. And the second story was when I worked for CBS News: I was the only one brave enough to drive up into a raging forest fire in the Smokey Mountains, and I discovered that there were prison inmates up there helping the firefighters fight this blazing fire. That was a fucking cool story to cover on my own & to be up there on that mountaintop with these brave inmates/firefighters, and watch them all try to put out this out of control fire with shovels, axes, chainsaws, and the little bit of water that they actually could bring in. Amazing!
6) You always seem to play the villain in the movies, does it ever get boring doing the same thing? Do you want to change things and play the hero in a movie?
7) Work is work as they say, and a lot of actors have taken jobs that they aren’t happy about because it goes against everything they believe in. If someone came up to you and said, “Dave, here is a movie role that will win you every award you have ever dreamt of”, but it goes everything that you stand for as a person and an actor, would you do it?
8) When you look at your life now, do you feel like you are living the American Dream?
9) You have a lot of new movies coming out soon. What has been the best experience you have had on the set so far?
10) Apart from the new movies, what else have you planned for the future?