Bonzo The Evil Clown “Ryan Monnier” Exclusive Interview On The Set Of Crowley’s Tomb Orlando Fl.

Evil Clown in Woods 2Q- How did you get into acting?
Well I originally began working as a model. You could say I got my first “big break” when I was in a fashion show at the mall. I was friends with the marketing director of the mall which I was currently working at & he suggested to the coordinator of the fashion show that I be a part of the event. After that the agency began contacting me for various modeling, promotional & acting gigs. The rest is history.

Q- Who are your favorite actors and who influenced you on your way to becoming an actor?
I appreciate various actors & actresses for their incredible talents in the industry, I however don’t specifically have anyone whom I can say influenced me to begin acting myself. However, someone who I often look to & think “what range & talent he has” would be Gary Oldman.His work is incredible! To me what really makes an actor special is when you realize that they were in a movie which you’ve seen 100 times & never realized they were the same person and you say “Oh my god that’s the same guy?”.

Q- What other roles have you played before Crowley’s Tomb?
Well, I’ve parodied various celebrities, wrestlers & stereotypes over the years in my own online videos which is what most of my friends & family are familiar with.  In regards to acting in other peoples projects I’ve been in a few short films & film school projects as well an extra a hand full of times.

Q- Do you prefer to play villains or heroes? Why?
I am truly dying to play a villain with a really dark side. I’ve always played parody roles or slapstick houmous parts.
I’d love to really get into a role where people watching think to themselves “I hate this guy”. In my life I’ve actually
had people tell me that before getting to know me that they had decided that they hated me for one reason or another, only to find out I was quite the opposite of who they expected me to be. So I’d like to bring that perceived persona I have onto the big screen.

Q- If you could be in any movie what would it be and why?
Did anyone else say “The Breakfast Club” yet? When I think about movies that are just embedded in your brain for a lifetime, few stand out more to me than that one. I was a kid when I saw it & those characters just resonated with me so much. Everything about that film just came together perfectly.  It has left such a lasting impression on me & so many others. So to be a part of something that’s touched so many others on that level would have to be truly rewarding as an actor.

Q- Where did you hear about the casting call for Crowley’s Tomb?
I do believe that I replied to a posting on Craigslist about it.

Q- What interested you in being part of Crowley’s Tomb?
Aside from it being a horror film (which I love) I could tell that the fact that it was based on a book meant that there’s be much more depth to the project than others I’ve worked on.

Q- Are you a horror fan?
INDEED I AM! I own more horror movies than any other kind, my favorite time of the year is Halloween, I attend various horror cons, as a kid I used to rent a new horror films at the video store (remember those) on VHS (yes, I said VHS WHAT!!!) every weekend based off the scary cover art (man I miss those days) and I’d always to to include my friends in my Horror B Movie Greatness A-Thons but always felt like nobody else cared about it like I did, only to grow up & discover that there’s an entire culture of people who appreciate it just as much as me. For the record my favorite horror film is “Return of the Living Dead”, it has the perfect blend of campy horror fun.

Q- What character did you play in Crowley’s Tomb?
I was Bonzo the clown on one of the days, as I believe another actor also played the character.

Q- What can you tell us about your character?
I was an evil killer clown wielding a machete, who’s only meaning in life is shedding blood.

Q- What were some of your favorite moments on the set of Crowley’s Tomb?
Aside from just working together with the cast & crew I would definitely have to say watching the girl do the downside spider walk. 

Q- Tell is about what the atmosphere was like on set at Shingle Creek Trail?
It was a good time. Everyone was pleasant to work with & I think that we all enjoyed teasing people running by on the trail who had no idea what they were about to jog into lol.

Q- Do you have any ghost or paranormal activity stories to share with us today?
Not unless you count the time that I saw the original Paranormal Activity, and later that night almost screamed when my girlfriend got up and slowly walked to the bath room (per the scene of the girl lurking around the bedroom).

Q- What was it like working with an all star team such as Writer Casey Moore, Director Ricardo Protheus Rodriquez, and Producer Nathan Taupez?    Fantastic! It was a very laid back & fun experience. They did a great job making sure that everyone was taken care of & received their credit in the film.

Q- What horror movies impacted you growing up?
Oh man! All of them lol. I was a huge fan of the tried & true Halloween & Friday the 13th films. Also enjoyed less favorable ones like: Waxwork, Night of the Demons, Night of the Creeps, Slumber Party Massacre & Sleepaway Camp. I’ll never forget the time in the 5th grade at a friends birthday slumber party, my buddy Andy introduced us to the original “Last House On The Left”. The phrase “Piss your pants” was all the rage that night. Everyone had also agreed to sneak out
of the house that night, then as the night progressed one by one everyone chickened out…except for Andy & I; We of course got caught when we came back as everyone else ratted us out, however Andy & I became best friends for over 10 years. It’s funny to think that it all stemmed from that night watching Last House on the Left.

Q- What current projects are you working on?
As a matter of fact I was just cast as Michael Myers in a short film, which I’m obviously ecstatic about. It was funny when I mentioned to my older brother that I landed that role & he said “you won’t even need to practice” and I replied “that’s what I told the director lol”. I realize that the character doesn’t have much depth however I’d like to think that my love of the series will translate into the role & do it justice. 

Q- What actor or actress did you think stood out on the set of Crowley’s Tomb other than yourself?
I enjoyed working with Martigan, Tyler, Autumn & Evie. I believe that Martigan’s presence as the Tall Man really stood out & added something to the film. I also enjoyed watching the scene back as Tyler slow motion lunged at me Mortal Kombat style with a pair of shears.

Q- If you could be any character in Crowley’s Tomb who would it be and why?
Maybe the cow corpse hanging in the woods. I think I could really bring that character to life…I mean, hang there acting dead.

Q- Away from acting what are some of your hobbies?
Well, I most commonly found lifting up heavy things at the gym, if I’m not there I enjoy doing a little filming & editing of my own from time to time.  Ohh, and Photoshop I’d rather be creating greatness in Photoshop than doing anything else.

Q- What did you think after you saw the trailer of Crowley’s Tomb?
“DAMN THAT LOOKS AMAZING!!” It’s honestly really well put together & I’m proud to have been a part of it. It also left me wanting to see more. I’d honestly love to see this story play out on the big screen.

Q- What would you like the fans to know about yourself?

First to anyone who took the time to read through this I’d like to say THANK YOU! I’m just a regular dude who sometimes pretends to act while cameras happen to be rolling. To those who are pursuing a career in acting/entertainment remember that your opportunity might come when you least expect it. As I mentioned in an earlier question, this all began for me when someone who I’d become friends with asked if I’d be interested in being in a fashion show. So let me just point out that the friendship I had with him came from me treating everyone whom I meet in life evenly & fairly. So sometimes when you’re working retail (or any job for that matter) the mall management team can be people who you don’t really care to talk to as they typically come bearing bad news or complaints. Had I decided to treat the management office as other tenants around the mall did it’s safe to say I would have never been invited to join the show. I’m not suggesting that you go around making friends with the entire world looking to get something out of it, but simply how you treat others and make them feel is what they will remember about you. In other words, everything happens for a reason, so don’t be a Butt Wagon!

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