Charles Bronson movie staple Robert F. Lyons, known for his roles in such classics as Death Wish II and Murphy’s Law, The Omega Code, Pendulum, and Platoon Leader took time to chat with us about his career and his upcoming projects.
What or who inspired you to get into acting?
I simply as a young teen made the decision to be an actor and went for it right after high school - I did grew up watching movies every week end with the rest of the kids in my area.
You have worked on stage plays, numerous films, and TV series. Do you approach acting the same way for all mediums?
Interesting question - for plays, actors get a longer rehearsal period so they have a longer study and discovery for the play’s intent or purpose and characters, etc. But in film, having done a deeper study on plays, it set me up for doing deeper work in a shorter period of time for any type of film creating.
Regarding filming, the actor has to know his work and do it as fully as he can in the time he has before going in front of the camera.
What has been the most memorable role for you to date?
I have a few and for different reasons - Nick in: “GETTING STRAIGHT” gave me a chance to do exciting work and get better known as an actor for future films. - I did a lot of research for: CEASE FIRE, the part of LUKE and thought it all hung together well for the creative end of the film.
In addition to acting, writing and directing you also are an acting teacher. What is the appeal to teaching?
I’ve learned so much teaching and enjoy seeing actors reach for higher understanding of acting and arrive at it and starting to work professionally - thrilling to observe this and know you’re a part of it – keeps me on my toes as I’m always learning. Also, having observed how some teachers taught, treated actors I also arrived at, being an actor, what I feel actors want to know and the how to go about it and be treated so they too can do improved craft and acting - and by really taking the time to deal with each individual in front of you and address their particular problem or needs. I could write a book on that - in fact I did a short version that is on Amazon and Barnes & Noble called: SOME CONFUSIONS ABOUT ACTING - inexpensive yet selling – as long as it honestly helps I’m happy.
How has teaching changed your own craft?
As earlier stated, keeps me looking and observing and learning. I must say I could practice a bit more too - sometimes I’ll get up and do a monologue for my class and let them tell me what they saw and critique me - it’s fun.
One of your most current films is the horror-comedy, The Burning Dead. How did you get on board that project?
I auditioned for it.
Any new projects on the horizon you can tell our readers about?
I have another indie film coming out entitled: BABYSITTER - it is currently making the festival circuit - haven’t seen it yet but have a good feel for it.
I’m also writing more and looking at pushing on a feature film I’ve written some time ago to be made - titled: THE BIG BUILD UP.
I wrote a children’s book: POLAR DOG - that has received rave reviews on Amazon ( that can be checked out by Googling: Polar Dog by Robert F. Lyons) and Barnes & Noble that I’m thrilled about and am looking into getting it out as an animated film. I believe it will do well.
The Burning Dead is released April 7 on DVD