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Oct 5, 2012

The buzz about local talent in B movie, Dragon Wasp

Hollywood’s B actors and low budget sci-fi flicks don’t ever win Oscars, but the B list and horror movement has grown strong in Belize providing an outlet for Belizean actors. The most recent movie from that particular genre was shot entirely on location in Belize in late December. The Movie Dragon Wasp has recently been released. Earlier today News Five spoke to one of the local agents for the Film Company and occasional actor Pulu Lightburn, who played Malo, a gun toting bad man in the movie. 

 

Clinton ‘Pulu’ Lightburn

“Dragon Wasp came out this week. I was walking downtown Belize a few days ago and I saw this guy and he had a couple of them right and I picked up one and it looked pretty good. As a matter of fact, I think it’s better put together than Mega Piranha and it’s a better story and it has more action. All of it was made in Belize; Mega Piranha was like one week of work out of a couple of months but this move totally was done in Belize and what I like about it is that at the end of the movie after they give their credits, they show a big Belizean flag. I’ve never seen that in any of the movies we have done here in Belize.”

 

Clinton ‘Pulu’ Lightburn

Jose Sanchez

“In terms of the local talent, including yourself, who was in this movie?”

 

Clinton ‘Pulu’ Lightburn

“Well, there was Gildon Rowland the poet—I guess we have seen him before doing his work on television; Berne, we have Berne who plays Ortega; he is one of the mercenaries in the movie. Gildon Rowland actually plays Jaguar, the obeah man in the movie. The rebels were made up of guys from the local Rastafarian community and members of the CYDP.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“And in terms of the scene-stealer, who was the breakout star in this movie in terms of our local actors?”

 

Clinton ‘Pulu’ Lightburn

“Hands down, Gildon Rowland stole the show because especially the part with the dialogue. I can remember being on the scene when he was the lead guy was going on it, the lead guy would be pulling out a paper and looking at it; Gildon was just standing tall and reading everything just off the top of his dead. That’s the strength of a poet.”

 

Gildon Rowland   (File December 21, 2011)

Gildon Rowland

“Well my favorite part in the movie dah which part when we had this encounter the first time, this man shot me so much time in my chest and I was presumed dead and when they come back and see me, all dehn find was just the lone skin off of my shoulder. And when I meet this man again I face and look at ahn like this: “welcome back beast man, have you finally come to face your demons?” Give ahn wah deep voice and make ih really get di sense of it because basically what I do ina this movie dah bring wah character in a the dialogue.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Now working with our local actors with limited experience, what was that like?”

 

Benjamin Easterday

Benjamin Easterday

“It’s just funny you said that. We had the guy playing Jaguar here, Gildon—watching his innocence of acting because normally we are taught and trained in studio how you do this and how to do that. But when you take somebody that hasn’t had that experience and you put them with us, they have to show genuine integrity. They’d actually wanted me to read the Jaguar and I’m like you know what, this film demands that it’s someone that needs to show Belize. A Belizean; this is where we are. So I can’t portray that true grounded ethnicity from here. I could always act it out, but it’s not the real thing. But I think Gildon brought it and made it really worth it in the movie. He did real well. I want him to continue; there’s bunch of  them that I want to continue. It’s the innocence of acting that rules. Thank you Belize. Thank you all.”

 

The production team recently filmed another movie in Belize called Jurassic Attack. That movie also starred Berne Velasquez.

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2 Responses for “The buzz about local talent in B movie, Dragon Wasp”

  1. Hellie says:

    Neat!!!

  2. Storm says:

    Support your local movie maker!

    The Jewel’s beauty certainly deserves top appear in more movies, and not just local ones.

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