ED- The Eerie Digest is very honored to introduce producer and actor Damian Chapa to all our readers. Damian, your career has spanned in all aspects of television and the silver screen. From acting, to directing, and producing you have done it all. How do you feel about all the great accomplishments that you have achieved?
DC-Really I think what I have achieved has nothing to do with film but what I have learned from the films I have made about myself and others as a human being. I actually use my films as away to find out more about who I am. To me its actually never been about the fame or the funds. It has always been away of understanding my psychology and about other aspects of subjects in the world that I am interested in knowing more about, such as secret societies.
ED- Your television roles have been many. Your early appearances were in such shows as ‘Saints and Sinners’, ‘Walker: Texas Ranger’, ‘The Rockford Files’, and ‘Dead Connection’ and lead to the TV special ‘Menendez: A killing in Beverly Hills’. How did these roles shape your career?
DC-I used to think that making films and TV really meant something in the sense of achievement however I feel the talent I wanted to express didn’t happen at all until I did ‘Polanski Unauthorized’, and ‘Bobby Fischer’. The only film I ever felt any sense of worth as an artist, and as a human being, in the “system “of “Hollywood” was ‘Blood In, Blood Out’. I think that film meant something and created actual feelings within people, and gave me a sense of understanding towards my partial Chicano roots. It also became a learning ground for people to understand many cultural things about the Mexican- American community that they might not have ever learned about without that film.