Some passions are all-consuming. Some can be just passing fancies. For dynamic, hot shot actor Jonathan Tucker, being the best at whatever he does is a personal challenge to himself. You’ve seen him on the critically-acclaimed NBS series, The Black Donnellys, likened as the Irish Sopranos. You caught him starring with Jessica Biel in the remake hit, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This spring he comes direct to your neighborhood cinema in The Ruins, a sci-fi thriller produced by Hollywood heavy hitters Steven Spielberg and Ben Stiller. Not bad for only being 25 years old. Here, he gets real with me about his career, giving back to the world and the inside scoop on his own passions.
Lance Avery Morgan: Jonathan, you’ve worked in both TV and film. It’s like apples and oranges. Which do you prefer?
Jonathan Tucker: Working on The Black Donnellys was like working on a really good film. Before that, I’d done T.V. guest spots, which is like being on a 115 mile per hour train and you need to make headway at 120 miles per hour. That’s like working on a machine, whereas Donnellys was a more cinematic experience.
LAM: Did you have fun working on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre here in Texas?
JT: What wonderful people and restaurants, as well as Lake Travis and Barton Springs are there. One of the most truth truthful places in the world is Taylor, Texas where we filmed. But that heat during the day was a bit much.