Once upon a time ago, I watched a show and came across a very talented young man. After many years, that show and that man have stuck with me. You know you’ve created something special, when something like a show and character, can stick with a person for so long.
I first saw Corin Nemec on the infamous Parker Lewis Can’t Lose television series in the early 90’s. He was such a witty character, I just fell in love. Corin has come a long way since his Parker Lewis days. The man has literally done it all. An artist in every aspect. A truly impressive, interesting human. His passion shines through as he talks about his work and art. It’s a really awesome experience when you have the chance to talk with someone with so much passion for what they do.
I recently had the opportunity to ask him a few questions about some of the work he’s done.
Do you have any favorite scenes from Parker Lewis Can’t Lose?
Oh we did so many cool skits and really bizarre storylines. That’s a real tough one. There was a couple, like when Weird Al Yankovic did a cameo on the show, to me that was really awesome because I was a big fan of Weird Al and his comedic songwriting and singing. Then we had the Energizer Bunny on one episode as well. I can’t remember if they cut it out of the episode or not, but it was a real temperamental device to work with. you know the robot, it took a really long time for us to get it. I thought everything was going to be super simple, easy to operate, like a remote control car or something. It was far more complex than that but it was pretty cool to work with the Energizer Bunny. That was pretty awesome as stupid as it sounds.
Are you still in touch with any of the cast?
Myself and Abraham, keep in touch here and there, he played in Kubiac in Parker Lewis, but the individual I keep in touch with the most is Troy Slaten, who played Jerry Steiner in Parker Lewis, my kinda geeky friend with the magic trenchcoat. He’s now a very, very well respected criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles.
You played in Stargate SG-1 for a while, do you have any favorite memories?
Stargate was a great show to work on, just in general. The quality of the production design on the sets and everything, the care and attention that was paid, creating worlds as realistic as they could get them. As an actor it’s so much fun to play in those kind of environments, especially when you’re on spaceships and on other planets with whatever their civilization was like. I know the character I played. they went to his planet, which was called Kelowna, named after a small town in British Columbia, Kelowna was sort of like in a late 30’s early 40’s art deco style stage, with the design of their buildings and stuff. It was just amazing, I mean it was really, really beautiful and when you work in those kind of environments, it’s so much easier to believe what you’re doing.
You had a recurring guest role on season 6 of Supernatural, what was it like working with the Winchesters (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles)?
Jared and Jensen are both really, really down to earth guys. You never know when you’re walking into a show that’s been on the air as long as they’ve been on the air, what the dynamics on set are gonna be like. I have done some roles on other shows, not many, the majority of the shows I’ve done guest spots and recurrings on and everything have been really, really great experiences and everybody’s been very cool, but I have done a couple, I won’t name any names or anything, but I have done a couple where the lead actors or lead actor or whatnot is a really, really difficult person and makes the entire experience difficult and kinda awkward and stressful, instead of relaxed, freeing, and fun. And working with those guys, because I believe that they really know how fortunate they are to be doing what they’re doing in life and to be doing it on a show, that’s as good as that show is as well, they don’t seem to take it granted whatsoever, they seem to remain really down to earth, so walking onto that show, it was like I had already been on the show before. Everyone was really welcoming and very cool. I would have loved for that character to have developed further, to have been on the show longer, but based on the world they’ve created there, that character certainly may be alive somewhere out there (laughs).
You did Star-ving with David Faustino, any plans on ever doing a webseries again?
I would do another webseries, that show was so much fun to do. Unfortunately you can’t even find it on the web anymore. I’m not sure exactly what the reasons are behind that. I know we had an ad revenue share deal with that show, that if anyone ever starting making any considerable amount of money off of it through ads, they would have had to share a considerable portion of ads with us. It may not be beneficial to them to leave it on. It did very, very well and right at its peak they started pulling it down, which was strange because we got nothing but really great reviews, even though it was quite an offensive show. I know we offended a certain tier of execs at Sony TV with some of our content, but all on our scripts were approved when we went into production. So we kind of figured they didn’t read the scripts (laughs) and only got wind of what the content was when they saw they edited versions. With that said, we a lot of fun doing it. It was nothing but day in and day out laughter. And a lot of fun, poking fun at ourselves. David Faustino and I have known each other a long, long time and we had a blast doing it. I would certainly do something like that again, if it made sense.
You’ve played several types of characters, several different genres. Do you have a preferred genre?
I don’t have a preferred genre. I love sci-fi, fantasy, action, adventure, that kind of stuff. It’s always a lot of fun to work on those kind of shows, just because there’s usually a little bit more going on in terms of the story than your average drama or whatnot. I really enjoy doing a little bit of everything. I like comedy a lot, I like drama a lot, and the combination of the two, it’s always nice, being able to find ways to bring in some levity to a show that’s more of a dramatic kind of genre. I just did a lifetime movie for lifetime channel recently, and we found moments within the rehearsal process to discover some slight comedic situations to be able to kinda lighten the load of the overall dramatic nature of the movie of the week. That kind of stuff is great, I love the whole of the process of developing character, figuring out how a scene works, all of that to me it’s when I most at home.
Do you have a dream role?
Not really. It’s one of those things I don’t think that anyone knows it’s a dream role until it comes across their desks. I mean I’ve written quite a bit of stuff, but even the stuff I written I didn’t necessarily write for me, the characters or what I’ve written haven’t been necessarily a dream for me, even though there’s roles written for someone like me. Now that said, I enjoyed certain characters I ended up playing, like in the thriller The Chicago Massacre, playing Richard Speck, that dark, really dark twisted character, who was really out of his mind, it was an extremely fun role to play and one of my more favorite characters that I’ve had the chance to play, oddly enough. I didn’t know that going into it, I didn’t realize that it was gonna be that much fun to play that dark of a character. It turned out to be an absolute blast, even though there was some really disgusting scenes and disgusting content in the film.
How did you get into graffiti?
I got into graffiti very young. I was really into breakdancing and the early hip hop culture when I was in Atlanta GA in elementary school and middle school. I had gotten into that scene really heavily and got in a little breakdancing crew and all that, and had my breakdancing name Kid Cruz (sp?) and we would kinda tag our breakdancing name on books or folders or on paper ya know whatever, and we would come up with cool ways of writing it, because it was the time period where the graffiti scene in New York was exploding, we were seeing things on the news about it. What really got me into it was this graffiti artist named Seen, out of the Bronx, NY, who had gone to Hollywood and bombed the Hollywood sign back in the early-mid 80’s and it made nationwide news, and I remember seeing it on the news back in Atlanta, and I thought that is amazing, (laughs), I was completely blown away. When I moved from Atlanta to Los Angeles, breakdancing had become kind of taboo at that point, but a lot of the breakdancers had gravitated towards graffiti art or tagging and I just fell right into that as an artist, I’ve been drawing my whole life. Both my parents are artists, my mom was a graphic artist, my dad an architect really, and he became an production designer in the film business, so it’s just what I gravitated towards, it was a cool medium that I really enjoyed. I liked painting on large scale, I liked the adventurous nature of it having to go out and drive to places and find places to paint. There’s a whole interactive quality to it that I don’t know if it’s the same as working in an art studio. It’s a whole different experience, and you have to let go of your art as you do it. You could spend an entire day, a half day, you could spend 3 or 4 or 5 days on a painting but when you leave it on the street there’s no guarantee of it’s survival and you have to let go of it’s creation, no matter how much you time or how much you love it, you gotta let it go because there’s a 90+% chance that it won’t survive even a year. And that’s a pretty intense kind of artistic experience, letting go of the art you create as you create it, instead of holding on to it or wanting to sell it to someone and give it to them. In the graffiti world, it’s doing it for free, spending your own money putting something up there for other people to enjoy for free. It’s a whole different world, a whole different experience, it’s something that I love very much. As the graffiti scene developed and there became more mediums out there, which have been around a long time but haven’t been as embraced by graffiti world, with stencil art and poster art and sticker art, the kinda more graphic design stuff has been, is being embraced by the graffiti culture a lot more now and that’s been a lot of fun, to get into the graphic nature of it, the stencil art, the poster art, it’s been a lot of fun to branch out into those other mediums.
Can you tell me a little bit about Renegades?
Well, Star Trek Renegades was a fan financed Star Trek based theories. I didn’t have anything to do with the origination or production of it, really I had nothing to do with any of that. I just came on board because I had a couple of relationships with some of the people involved. I just worked on it solely as an actor. I don’t know much other than it’s been pretty well received by the fans. I, myself, haven’t even seen the full episode of the first one but it was enjoyable to work on. I don’t know what the future holds with it but we’ll see, we’ll see what happens.
It’s tough because when you do go renegade on something like that, you do rub other people the wrong way, like that are working on the Star Trek movies and stuff like that. Like none of them wanted this to happen, from what I understand, so they really did go renegade, it’s a great name for it. They went against the grain of how things are normally done in Hollywood and they just said well ok if no one in Hollywood wants to throw money in our pot, we’ll just make it on our own. And with a brand such as Star Trek as they started with, I’m not sure if they’re allow to use the brand for the second one, but it was pretty cool that they went for it and did it anyway, and they didn’t just shelve it and move on to something else. They get a lot of credit for that. It was a ballsy move.
Are there any upcoming projects you can share with me?
Yea, I have a number a films coming out. One sci-fi film called Drone Wars, which was a lot of fun to do, a little action, adventure, post apocalyptic kind of vibe, it could be coming out early next year from the looks of it, I think they’re paying a little more attention on the CGI on this one than from some of the other ones I’ve done. Then I have Doomsday Device that I just finished a little while back, an action comedy, sort of like the same thing as like Big Trouble In Little China or something like that, and that was a lot fun to do. And next month I go to work on called a film Girlfriend Killer down in Florida. Then I have another horror film called Haunted:333 that should be coming out next year.
You know at the beginning of this interview, I was pretty nervous, as I’ve been a fan for several years. But right away, he made me feel at ease. As though I was talking with a friend I’ve known for years. He has a very intriguing mind that I hope I get to pick again in the future.
I hope you guys had as much fun as I did getting to know Corin Nemec a little better. Although, now that I think about it, I totally forgot to ask a question! I totally want to know what ever happened to that magical trenchcoat? LOL
Thank you again Corin, it was truly a lot of fun.
You can check out Corin and his awesomeness on his Twitter page @imcorinemec
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PS. Not being able to find Star-ving….not cool…just saying