Horror Movies remain one of the most popular film genres and The Laughing Mask from director Michael Aguiar, is an indie slasher that was released by Leomark Studios on June 24 and has been much-discussed among horror fans. Actor John Hardy plays the role of Jake, a man who lost his wife to the Laughing Mask killer and now faces losing his daughter to the same murderer. Together with detective Kate O’Malley, Jake tracks down the madman and encounters a strange assortment of monsters and creatures that dwell within the Laughing Mask’s dark lair.

Recently, John spoke about his experiences working in show business and his hopes for the future.

Early inspirations

Blasting News (BN): What inspired you to become an Actor?

John Hardy (JH): To be perfectly honest I sort of fell into it, and that wasn't until I was 19. I had a friend that was a model and he was trying to get me into that. It was fine, and I still certainly appreciate getting commercial and print work, but it wasn't really my thing. The natural progression led me to an acting class and then to various workshops and other classes.

The more I studied, the more I wanted to learn; the inspiration grew from there.

BN: What are your favorite kinds of movies?

JH: Definitely Indie is my favorite genre. I really appreciate an original idea or a different perspective.

BN: Growing up, what movies had the biggest impact on you? Why?

JH: I would say that the time in my life when film had the biggest impact was in my 20's. I moved to Chicago with a film maker friend of mine in the early 90's.

It was the days when Richard Linklater was coming on the scene andTarantinowas making a name for himself with Reservoir dogs. Films like this, Pulp Fiction and the usual suspects. These are the type of movies that really impacted me the most.

Present experiences

BN: What most appealed to you about The Laughing Mask”?

JH: There were many things that drew me to this project. But the first thing that comes to mind is the reality of the irony.What I mean by that is, of course, Jake's novel "The Laughing Mask" became a best seller and the press is crucifying him for it.

As I said, I like a fresh perspective on things!

BN: If you could do any kind of film, with an unlimited budget, what type of movie would you want to be in and why?

JH: That's an interesting question. I'm not a big Sci-Fi or comic book guy, which are typically are your mega-budget films. But it would be fun to work on something like an epic period piece. Where they had the money to spend on sets, costumes, and props; whatever it took to antithetically recreate the world. And also could afford to take the time to do it right.

BN: So far, what has been the most rewarding thing about being involved in the movie industry?

JH: That's an easy one--the amazing people that I've gotten to work with!

Future plans

BN: Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to mention?

JH: I have a small, but a very fun role in an upcoming feature call "Haima" this will be hitting the festival circuit this fall. I'm also working on another feature call "The Watchman's Edict"where an act of domestic terrorism makes a vote on a new security bill, almost a grantee to pass. An investigative reporter discovers that bill, might not be exactly as it's been presented. We start shooting in September.

BN: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to enter the film industry, especially as an actor?

JH: Study, save you money and don't take things personally. Don't try to figure out what they're looking for, show them and study!

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