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N-town Q/A

October 11, 2013

Q&A: Vince Leseney pays forward acting inspiration



Q: How does it work doing the roles of both Eddie and Dr. Scott in “The Rocky Horror Show”?

A: Eddie gets killed in the first act. He comes out and sings a song and then gets slaughtered by Dr. Frank N. Furter. And then I can go and change my appearance and get in the wheelchair for Dr. Scott.

Q: How do you prepare for roles like Eddie and Dr. Scott?

A: I’m not a big process guy so it’s kind of boring. I get my material, get my score and what not, learn the song, try to bring my love for heavy rock to it and then try to make as much noise as possible. Make it as loud and entertaining as possible.

Dr. Scott is kind of an intellectual — I don’t know — I haven’t thought about it yet. I’m hoping inspiration will strike. Eddie sings really, really high and Dr. Scott sings really, really low. The goal is to not be recognized and not have the audience tell it’s one actor playing both roles — unless they’re reading the program.

Q: “Rocky Horror” is obviously a cult classic with a lot of fans. If somebody was unfamiliar with the production, why should they come?

A: It’s for people who love genuinely deliberately shocking and offbeat entertainment. Just crazy men in garter belts and fishnet stockings and women with big hair and horrible makeup. Just really good music. It’s good heavy rock, glam rock music. It’s good, it’s a good show. Entertaining from beginning to end. Just keep your eyes open and enjoy.

Q: What inspires you?

A: Acting has always been a big mystery to me. I don’t understand it. The people who do it well — those are the people that I admire and astound me.Jonathan Beck Reedis someone I really admire because he has process and is really able to immerse and become. I’ve never really understood how to do that. I try to see how I fit into that person’s life and how would I behave if I was that person. I don’t think I’m ever capable of that transformation but hopefully what I do is effective enough that it pulls people out.

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