Lawrence Roeck began his filmmaking career out of high school by shooting videos of his friends while they were skateboarding and snowboarding, which, only a couple of years later, led to a fairly lucrative stretch (while under the guise of RPG Films) of making and distributing the same kind of films–only to a much wider, international audience. See, there’s more than one way to launch a career in this business.
Fast forward more than two decades later, and Roeck is an accomplished writer/director, with a couple of features under his belt. His latest, “Diablo” (co-written with Carlos De Los Rios), starring Scott Eastwood, Walton Goggins, and Danny Glover, is out now. “Diablo” tells the tale of a Civil War veteran (Eastwood) who has to risk his life to rescue his kidnapped wife.
The movie features some heavyweight actors, obviously: Goggins’ star has been on the rise since starring as the maniacal Shane Vendrell in “The Shield,” which led to roles in “Justified” and lately in Quentin Tarantino’s “Hateful Eight,” and Glover is a man who needs no introduction at this point. For Roeck, casting Scott Eastwood in “Diablo” is a natural extension of his relationship with the famous family, having worked with Clint and his wife Dina on different projects. Roeck was even tapped to direct a segment of “The Eastwood Factor,” a documentary about the iconic actor/filmmaker which aired on HBO.
Roeck is certainly not about to stand still. He is already prepping his next feature, “White Widow.”
I caught up with Roeck and talked about “Diablo, Roeck’s writing process and how he wrote the screenplay for “Diablo” with his writing partner, Carlos De Los Rios.
You can also read a transcript of this episode.
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