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An Interview With ‘Corbin Nash’ Actor Chris Pardal

Dancer turned actor Chis Pardal and I recently sat down to talk about his upcoming role in Ben Jagger’s vampire film Corbin Nash.

 

 

Pardal stars alongside Dean Jagger, Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell, and Rutger Hauer in the film about a rogue police detective in search of his parents killer, a vampire. 

 

Before we dove into Corbin Nash, Chris and I talked about some of his previous roles.

 

Horror Fuel: “The subjects of human trafficking and illegal aliens have been in the news a lot lately. Did your role in the series ‘Borderline Coyotes’ influence the way you see those subjects?”

 

Chris Pardal: “You know, yes. It was a little bit different back then, it wasn’t in the forefront. The film didn’t deal with sex trafficking. It was about bringing over people illegally basically for slave labor. It changed my outlook on it. I always thought it was terrible, but it narrowed my focus. When you’re playing a bad guy it really drives home that this is really happening people.”

 

Horror Fuel: “It’s a terrible thought that people are really experiencing something like that.”

 

 

Horror Fuel: “What was it like to work with such an incredible cast in ‘Zeroville’?”

Chris Pardal: ““I worked with James Franco on that. The work in the movie was filmed on different days. It’s broken up into different chapters, so Megan Fox was there a different day than Scott Haze, and so forth. But being on that set was really cool. Watching Franco work was awesome.”

 

 

Horror Fuel: “Your latest role is in ‘Corbin Nash’. Can you tell us about your character Frank?”

 

Chris Pardal: “Frank Sullivan is a detective who is Corbin Nash’s partner. He is a guy who is somewhat jaded because he’s seen so many horrible things. I think many officers get jaded because of the job. They see the worst of the worst. One of the descriptions of him is that he’s ‘Corbin Nash’s kind of guy.’ Corbin is on his way to becoming one of those jaded cops who thinks about taking the law into his own hands. Frank doesn’t want Corbin Nash to be like that.”

 

 

Horror Fuel: “The trailer is filled with action, did you have a lot of action scenes?”

Chris Pardal: “There’s a lot in the movie. For me, there are a couple of them. There’s one big one. You can see it in the trailer. I get attacked. A lot of the stuff I do, and I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but a lot of what my character involves is the relationship with Corbin Nash.”

 

 

 

Horror Fuel: “What was your favorite part about being on the set?”

 

Chris Pardal: “The cast and crew. When I got called in for a different part, I met with Carmen Aiello, the casting director, and the director, Ben Jagger. The meeting went well. Carmen likes to bring people in and talk, which is a great way to audition. We talked about life, the script, our fathers. I went home and later I got a call from my agent, Theo Ceasar, and he said they wanted to bring me back in for a bigger part. I went back the next day and met with Carmen, Ben, and Dean S Jagger was there. Dean plays Corbin Nash in the movie. Dean asked me how I felt about Frank’s relationship with Corbin and the story and I said that it makes me feel like Frank is the only guy Corbin can trust. Dean shook my hand and said, ‘Welcome aboard.’ It was that fast. On the set, it was like family. It was a lot of fun. I’m playing Dean’s partner and I was really there for him. He was there for me and we really bonded. When you’re in a movie sometimes you feel so comfortable with everyone, that’s a gift. Being on the set with Corey was pretty surreal.”

 

Horror Fuel: “It’s great that you made that connection and had such a great bond with the cast. Relationships like that really show on screen.”

 

Chris Pardal: “I think that’s true for sure. For this movie, it worked. Enjoying being there with the cast, it really felt good. No one ever said anything negative. We were all there to make a great movie.”

 

 

Horror Fuel: “What was your first response when you saw Corey Feldman in costume?”

 

Chris Pardal: “Great makeup! I think from the time I first saw Corey to being in the scene with him wasn’t but an hour. I was blown away at how good he is. He stayed in character. But being in character, he was still friendly. He wasn’t acting like the vampire he is in the movie.”

 

Horror Fuel: ” I wonder how the Frog brothers would feel about him being a vampire.”

 

Chris Pardal: “I just found this out, he posted something on Twitter, but I think he has played a vampire before.”

 

Horror Fuel: “He did play a vampire in ‘Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood’.”

 

 

Horror Fuel: “If you had to describe ‘Corbin Nash’ in two words what would they be?”

 

Chris Pardal: “Bloody. Fantastic.”

 

Horror Fuel: “Great Answer.”

 

 

Horror Fuel: “In a YouTube video you made you hint that there will be a sequel to ‘Corbin Nash’. Can you tell us anything?”

 

Chris Pardal: “[laughter] Oh, man. Well, you know what, I don’t think it could hurt anything, the sequel was written first. That’s a little inside information. Then they wrote this as a prequel. It’s actually a trilogy.”

 

Horror Fuel: “Interesting…that’s good to know.”

 

 

Horror Fuel: “What’s next for you?”

 

Chris Pardal: “I am working on ‘Rave’, about the rave scene in Tampa Bay. It’s a movie that I wrote. I was actually involved with the rave movement in the late ’90s. My life took a different path from acting for a few years. It gave me experiences to write about. I’ve been working with a couple of actors from ‘Corbin Nash’ on a couple of teaser scenes. Richard Wagner, the producer from ‘Corbin Nash’ has been giving me  a lot of advice about the movie-making business.”

 

Horror Fuel: “Will you tell us more about your background in dancing?”

 

Chris Pardal: “I was a hip-hop dancer in the early ’80s. In 1990, I went to a club with a friend of mine and I watched all the girls watching the dancers and I thought to myself, ‘I need to do this’ [laughter]. We went to Cincinnati and concentrated on doing that. We would open for other groups. I moved back to Florida and I toured with Todd Hefner and company and my dance partner, Klaus Reinert, at the time. I had a blast doing it. I did a little bit of stripping. It was fun, it was the 90s. I was with Florida’s Most Wanted. Five years later, Channing Tatem danced for that company.”

 

Horror Fuel: “Really? There’s no shame in it. I think I’ve seen a video of Tatem dancing [laughter]. Maybe one of these days we’ll see you bust a move in a movie.”

 

Chris Pardal: ” You never know. You would be amazed at how dancing helps when making movies. I’ve been shot and beat up, but I don’t get hurt because I’m able to move thanks to my background in dancing. Being able to know how to fall makes a big difference. There’s a scene in ‘Corbin Nash’ where Corey’s character, Queeny, slashes my face. You have to know how to turn fast without twisting your back.

 

 

Chris Pardal: “There’s another project that has been shot and is in post-production, but it’s being kept secret, so I can’t really say anything, but it is about the modern day Italian Mafia.”

Horror Fuel: “Hmmm. Sounds interesting. I look forward to seeing this secret movie.”

 

Follow Chris Pardal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for regular updates on his projects and more. Be sure to check out Pardal’s acting reel.

 

 

You can see Chris Pardal in action in Corbin Nash in the following theaters or On Demand on April 20, 2018, from Gravitas Ventures.

TCN Theater Start Date Address
1011493 AMC Irving 10 4/20/18 4205 W Pioneer Dr, Irving, TX 75061
1001205 State Theatre Modesto 4/20/18 1307 J St, Modesto, CA 95354
1006903 Windchimes Cinema 8 4/20/18 13155 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
1012550 Emagine Lakeville 4/20/18 20653 Keokuk Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
1000092 Gloucester Cinema 4/20/18 74 Essex Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930
1011454 Galaxy Mission Grove Luxury + 4/20/18 121 E Alessandro Blvd Riverside, CA 92508-6035
1000542 Center Cinemas 4/20/18 1 Williams Plaza, Rutherford, NJ 07070
1012439 Cinemas Entertainment 10 4/20/18 3330 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60624
1017473 Flagship Cinemas Homestead 4/20/18 2250 NE 8th St, Homestead, FL 33033
1035396 Barnstorm Theater 4/20/18 2720 Brownwood Blvd The Villages, Florida 32163

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