Tag Archive | "Robert Kovacs"

Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs On His Unique Career Path and The Making of ‘Death Kiss’

Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs On His Unique Career Path and The Making of ‘Death Kiss’

Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs is a force to be reckoned with!

For decades, Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs has been turning heads with his uncanny resemblance to one of Hollywood’s most legendary action and western actors, Charles Bronson. However, it wasn’t until recently the Hungarian-born actor and stuntman was discovered by American audiences. The whirlwind journey began when “Bronzi” was spotted and cast by indie filmmaker Rene Perez in a western-horror flick, ‘From Hell To The Wild West.’ In what seems like the perfect natural progression, the duo re-teamed for an amazing homage to Bronson’s prolific ‘Death Wish’ film series, the very appropriately named ‘Death Kiss.’

Written and directed by Rene Perez, ‘Death Kiss’ centers around a vigilante with a mysterious past who goes to a crime-infested city and takes the law into his own hands, at the same time protecting a young mother and her child. Cool and stylish, the film serves as a beautiful throwback to the Cannon films of the ’80s. Filmed in picturesque Northern California, the film also stars Daniel Baldwin (John Carpenter’s ‘Vampires’), Richard Tyson (‘Kindergarten Cop,’ ‘Two Moon Junction’), Eva Hamilton (‘Ruin Me’), Stormi Maya, Leia Perez, Reese Austyn, and Sam Story.

While “Bronzi” does bring his familiar aesthetic to the projects of which he is a part, it’s important to note that he is far from one-dimensional. A professionally trained actor at Maria Mezey Theatre School (Budapest), his love for the wild west and classic American film have led him to travel the world. One of the most seasoned professionals in the game, Kovacs has worked as a carpenter, professional horseman, musician, stuntman, acrobat, former military service member and judo player. It’s an impressive resume to say the least! Best of all — he’s just getting warmed up!

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs to discuss his unique career path, the challenges he’s faced along the way and what the future might hold for this star on the rise!

You’ve followed a unique path in the entertainment industry. How did you get involved with the arts early in life and what made you pursue your passion for acting professionally?

I always loved acting and movies, ever since I saw the American Westerns in Cinema as a child. I was horse breeder as a young man and accomplished equestrian rider so performing as a cowboy in Live Western shows in Europe seemed like a great way to showcase my talents in front of crowds. I wished to hone my craft even further, so I even enrolled in professional acting classes.

Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs

As a fan of cinema, what are some of the films that had a large impact on you early in life?

The classic westerns, especially the films of Sergio Leone. The biggest impact was seeing ‘Once Upon a Time in The West’ on the big screen. The Harmonica character portrayed by Charles Bronson is a fine performance. Perhaps my favorite. I loved Bronson in ‘Chato’s Land’ and ‘Mr. Majestyk.’ These films really inspired me.

How did you break into the movie industry?

I was cast in some independent western short films and a few commercials for a very popular European market chain but did not make a feature until an American director discovered my talents at a western show in Spain.

I know you worked as a stuntman. What were some of the most exciting and challenging stunts you’ve performed?

I have done it all and mostly in front of live audiences. I have had choreographed fist fights in full cowboy regalia, saloon clearing brawls with dozens of costumed actors and stuntmen, broken wooden doors, glasses and bottles over people’s heads! I have fallen off of buildings, been chased by a wild stage coach and even run through fire and smoke during a shoot out — multiple times a day! The more the crowd applauded the more I enjoyed it.

Speaking to your work as a stunt professional, I’m sure you have certain expertise. What do you consider your specialties?

I have a fair knowledge of period rifles and pistols. I often do reenactments of historical battles, but my expertise is Western Riding. I have bred and raised horses since a young boy. I like anything having to do with horses so performing on a horse is always exceptional, often utilizing my ability to shoot and perform while riding full gallop. It takes control and concentration.

What was your first role as an actor?

I was hired to entertain as the sheriff at a western theme park Fort Bravo in Almeria, Spain. This trend continued at live performance venues throughout Europe for many years.

‘Death Kiss’ is one of your latest projects. How did you first meet director Rene Perez?

Rene was filming a television series in Spain and saw my picture on a saloon wall. He asked the bartender about the old Bronson photo and the bartender told him , “No! That is Bronzi!” Rene reached out to me and related he wanted to work together.

‘Death Kiss’ was you second project with him. What does he bring out in you creatively when it comes to your performances?

He is very clear in what he intends me to do, but allows me to explore the character. Rene would give me the motivation and allow me to portray those feelings on screen.

You gave an amazing performance in ‘Death Kiss.’ Did you have any reservations about playing this role?

Thank You! I appreciate that you enjoyed the performance. I was very excited when I heard about ‘Death Kiss’ and agreed with no hesitation. After working with Rene on the Wild West movie, I knew he could make a film that would satisfy fans of the action genre and create a character that would be engaging.

While you are playing a familiar face in the film, I’m sure you bring a bring a bit of yourself to any role. What did you bring to this character that might not have been on the original written page?

I like to do acting through body action and facial expressions. I am used to working in front of crowd and sometimes it is loud and chaotic. Often words are not an option, but you can show so much with your body and a stare.

What were the biggest challenges you faced with the project?

My English is getting better now but it was a real challenge during “Death Kiss.” Fortunately, Rene speaks Spanish fluently, so he and I could converse this way much easier. The other problem I had was manipulating the revolver for the shoot outs while wearing thick heavy leather gloves. I could shoot but reloading the pistol often proved difficult and sometimes looked awkward.

Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs and Eva Hamilton shine in ‘Death Kiss.’

What are your favorite memories of being on the set of ‘Death Kiss’?

I enjoyed working with such amazing professionals like Daniel Baldwin and Richard Tyson. Great well-known actors and so gracious. Always supportive and willing to give advice. Also, actress Eva Hamilton was delightful as well. There was such great camaraderie on set and positive energy. Everyone wanted to be there and make a great film.

Are there any plans in the works for you to reprise your role as this character? 

I am not sure what Rene intends to do with future installments of “Death Kiss,” if any. I’ve received many messages on social media about fans wanting another appearance by the stranger and Daniel Baldwin seems to be in favor of another foray as the Radio DJ Dan Forthright. It would be fun to see him more involved in a sequel. Maybe another vigilante on the loose…

Is there a dream role that you one day hope to play?

I would love to do a western with a classic epic feel; large in scope with shoot outs and posses. The good guy rides off into the sunset at the end.

You have a few projects in the works. What has you most excited?

‘Escape from Death Block 13’ is coming soon and is so much fun. It has prison fights and so much excitement. I don’t want to give away too much, but it will blow you away. Gary Jones is really making something great. I’m also looking forward to the ‘Mat Rats’ movie — a different kind of film for me. It is a feature comedy about a kids wrestling team. The producer wants to make ‘Bad News Bears’ meets ‘Rocky.’ It’s a great script and my character is kind of a bad guy; maybe not a really bad guy but a real scary guy known only as ‘The Dago.’

I feel we can learn something from everyone and we can look to you as an inspiration. What is the best lesson we can take from your journey?

I dreamt of performing in films for so many years. I keep working and keep performing. I am fortunate to get such attention now. It is a blessing. The best thing is to never give up your dreams. You work hard and keep doing what you love.

Where are the best places for your fans to follow your continuing adventures online?

Thank you for asking! The best place is on FacebookTwitter, and even on Instagram but still trying to figure this out. All the pages are linked on my official website at www.RobertBronziActor.com.

‘Death Kiss’ is now available on VOD and hits home video via Uncork’d Entertainment on December 4th, 2018. 

Posted in Blog, Celebrity Interviews, Featured Stories, Movies, TV and More!Comments (0)

MAN OF ACTION: Richard Tyson Talks Career, Longevity, ‘Death Kiss’ and More!

MAN OF ACTION: Richard Tyson Talks Career, Longevity, ‘Death Kiss’ and More!

The legendary Richard Tyson in Rene Perez’s ‘Death Kiss.’

Veteran actor Richard Tyson has been lighting up the screen in Hollywood for over 3 decades. He left an undeniable mark on audiences in his silver screen debut as the ultimate bully, Buddy Revell, in Phil Joanou’s 1987 classic, “3 O’clock High.” His passion for the craft of acting, coupled with his unrelenting drive, has allowed him to amass one of the most diverse resumes in the entertainment industry. He’s a man who has truly done it all. Through the years, he’s played everything from the suave leading man in “Two Moon Junction” to a formidable foe for Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Kindergarten Cop” to knockout comedic performances in three different Farrelly Brothers pictures — “Kingpin,” “There’s Something About Mary” and “Me, Myself, and Irene.” It’s important to note that his work isn’t limited to film and television, as he’s also received rave reviews for his extensive work in theater. As an actor, Tyson continually challenges himself with the material he explores and elevates the quality of every project he takes on. Through it all he has remained humble. Most importantly, has never forgotten his humble beginnings as a kid from Mobile, Alabama who dreamed of making his way to Hollywood and becoming a star. Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Richard Tyson to discuss his unique career path, the challenges he’s faced along the way, and what the future might hold for him!

Hello, Richard! I know you have plenty going on, so it’s great to connect with you! Where are you at the moment?

We’re on Sunset Boulevard right now, driving down through Hollywood. There’s the Viper Room! Wow! Look at that! That’s were River Phoenix died. Anyway, we are on Sunset Boulevard and it might be the perfect time to talk!

You’ve become such a familiar face through the years with your roles in film and television. How did the journey begin for you?

Ya know what? I was lucky. I grew up in Alabama and I came out to Hollywood on a Greyhound bus with a hundred dollars in my pocket to come be in the movies. My father was my biggest fan, but he wanted me to be a senator. When I came out here, I went to my friend’s girlfriends house, but she had moved already. I ended up at the Hollywood YMCA! [laughs] It all started with me being in front of 1500 first graders and I changed their faces through acting. That’s why my production company is called Change The Face today. They were just not happy but I made them happy, ya know. I made the switch from becoming a lawyer to an actor because I thought I could help kids smile. That’s all!

Rolling the dice and coming to Hollywood is a big step to take for a young man. Did you have any reservations?

I had no reservations!

When did things begin to break for you as a professional actor?

I’m one of eight kids and I have four brothers. The first movie I ever did was “3 O’clock High.” They saw it and said, “You’ll never make a better movie.” I was like, “Thanks. That is my first one! Assholes!” [laughs] It’s funny, a couple years ago, a guy came up to me in a restaurant. As you know, Buddy Revell in “3 O’clock High,” if you touch him he will knock your block off! This guy comes up to me, he didn’t touch me, but he says, “Buddy Revell.” I turned around slowly and low and behold it’s Sean Penn! He didn’t know me, but he knew Buddy Revell! So, long story short, when they finally put me in the ground, they will say, “Buddy Revell.” [laughs] Honestly, I love it when people know something about my work and they feel something about it. I love that!

Richard Tyson as Buddy Revell in “3 O’Clock High.”

Who had the biggest impact on you as an actor?

Ivan Reitman! He told me, “You can go into the room and you can get the job! 98% of actors cannot do it, but you can!” Ivan Reitman was one of my biggest supporters, along with Dr. Cook at the beginning. Ya know, I accidentally got into theater. I was kicked off the baseball team and I was walking across the campus. I saw a girl and I followed her into the building. I talked to her and she said she was auditioning. I ended up getting the lead in the play and I got on that bus after that!

It’s funny you mentioned baseball. I know you have a true love for the game.

Yeah! It has. You know more ridiculous information about me than anyone! [laughs] I was in “The Babe.” There is a line where Rizzo says, “This is for everyone who ever wore the jersey…” It was like I was right back there in 1933 as a Chicago Cub. I felt it. I mean, I’m pitching at Wrigley Field and it was one of the best moments of my life! I have loved baseball all of my life. I was actually up for the Charlie Sheen movie, “Major League.” I told my agent, “I’ve played baseball all of my life. I play 3rd, base, right field, I’ve pitched and everything!” They said, “We only have one option. You’re playing lefty.” I said, “Lefty! Are you kidding me?” Ya know what? I went to the basketball court with my friend Malcom and I told him, “I can’t pitch left handed. I have to work on it!” I did! I worked on it for two weeks and then I said, “Okay, I can go in.” I didn’t want to do it if I couldn’t. That was the only thing I couldn’t do on a baseball field! [laughs] So, I ended up doing it and they said, “You’re too young.” That was the last time they said that! [laughs] I’m not too young anymore!

What lessons did you learn early on in your career that impacted you moving forward?

Good question. The answer is do it yourself. The first day I was in LA, I snuck into MGM. I asked an old man at the 3-dollar steak counter, “What are you doing?” He said, “What are you doing?” I said, “I’m out here to be in the movies.” He goes, “Look, everybody has their idea of how to be in the movies. Let ’em talk. Then ask them why they aren’t in the movies because they’re not! The one thing you need is patience.” Then I said to him, “Why aren’t you in the movies?” [laughs] He goes, “I think ya got it kid! I think ya got it!” [laughs]

What do you consider the keys to longevity in Hollywood?

You know what? You’ve got to go train! Go train! Go back! I went back for 5 years and I got my master’s from Cornell University. I stood out on the parking lot to meet Jane Feinberg, who was one of the biggest casting directors ever. She said, “Go away!” I said, “Wait a minute! I’m trying to get in the movies. I’m here at Fox Studios. She said, “Go away, train and then come back.” So, that’s exactly what I did. When I came back, I found her. She said, “Where’s the accent?” [laughs] I said, “I can bring it back, ma’am. However, I don’t think Shakespeare would appreciate it! [laughs] I’ve been working steadily ever since she got back to me. She was the one who put me on “Moonlighting” and I have been working ever since but that is definitely all thanks to my training.

What is your process for bringing a new character to life?

You see something in the script that talks to you, it’s called the anchor. I knew I was always going to play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” because I’m from Alabama. I never watched Brando’s movie, even though I always wanted to. Being from Alabama, I knew I could bring something that he wouldn’t bring. When I finally did “A Streetcar Named Desire” on stage in Topanga Canyon, I brought something that he couldn’t have. You have to find something in the material that you connect with on some level. That is the key.

“Death Kiss” is available everywhere on October 2nd, 2018.

One of your most recent projects is “Death Kiss.” This is truly unique flick and brings the spirit of the Charles Bronson “Death Wish” films back to the screen. While we haven’t gotten word of a potential sequel just yet, I think their is amazing potential!

Honestly, I love it! My friends and I have been making independent movies for the past 5 years or so. I don’t know if I should tell ya this, but we were making independent movies and I was going to be Charles Bronson because I can wear a little mustache and I have slanty eyes. But then, my friend saw this little guy in Spain and called me up. He said, “I’ll send you the picture.” I’ve done 5 movies with my friend and he’s a very good filmmaker but when I saw that picture I said, “Okay, alright!” I think I could have really done something, man. I hope for the best for this film. I hope they do a full series on it and I would love it. They say success breeds success and I am all for it! I haven’t seen the finished film yet, but I think I end up tied to a tree.

Yeah, ya do. You even have a little BBQ sauce on you. [laughs]

[laughs] BBQ Sauce! Yeah, it’s not funny. [laughs] Yeah, it is!

You definitely have a lot happening behind-the-scenes and it looks like you’re going to be stepping behind the camera again in the near future.

Yes, I am. We’re doing “Bama P.I.” You know, “Magnum P.I.,” of course. Well, we’re doing “Bama P.I.” It’s almost more like “Entourage,” meaning we don’t have to catch the bad guy every episode. We are doing it from New Orleans to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, which means were going to include Mobile, Alabama and all the casinos. Did you know that they have 35 casinos in Biloxi, Mississippi? No one knows that! It’s fantastic! What we want to do is introduce the Southern part of United States back into conversation, since we have been trampled on for years and years. This will allow people to come home and see us. I feel like every time I have an audition and I’m getting close, they say, “Oh, and where are ya from?” I say, “I’m from Mobile, Alabama.” I feel like people look down upon that. I mean, it took George W. Bush, when he was President, it took two weeks to get down to us after the hurricane problem. But anyway, I’m really looking forward to doing this. You know what they say, “You want to do a movie to get famous. You want to do a play to get better and you want to do TV to get rich!” And ya know what? I think my family could use some money and I want to do it for them, not for me. I realized I couldn’t do this in Alabama in July, August or September because it’s too hot. It’s brutal. You see, I had this Civil War story I wanted to do. Comcast loved it and said they had just done “Birth of A Nation,” so they needed to relax on the Civil War thing. That’s what lead to “Bama P.I.” and I think it will take off and introduce the Southeastern States into the world again in a positive way. I hope so!

Richard Tyson is truly one of Hollywood’s unsung heroes.

How do you feel you’ve most evolved as an actor through the years?

Ya know what, I think I’m better than I’ve ever been. I can get there in a second. Ya know, my father passed away about two years ago and I’m better because he said he’d see me soon. I’m better because of him.

What’s the best lesson we can take from your journey as an artist?

GO FOR IT! Don’t let anyone talk you out of it. Like I said, I got on the bus with only a hundred dollars to go be in the movies. No one talked me out of that. I don’t know why they didn’t! [laughs] I’m sorry, I’m a little emotional talking about my dad. Just do what you want. I got on the bus to show my nieces and nephews how to go for it. Ya know what? They don’t live in Mobile anymore! Don’t let anyone talk you out of it!

I want to thank you again for your time today, Richard. Congratulations on all you’ve achieved. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the years to come!

Man, I hope I talk to you again soon and meet you in person. I love ya, man!

Uncork’d Entertainment will unleash the action-vigilante feature ‘Death Kiss’ on digital/VOD on October 2nd. Check out action-packed the trailer below!

Posted in Blog, Celebrity Interviews, Featured Stories, Movies, TV and More!Comments (0)

DEATH KISS: Director Rene Perez’s Highly Anticipated Revenge Flick To Receive October Release!

DEATH KISS: Director Rene Perez’s Highly Anticipated Revenge Flick To Receive October Release!

Uncork’d Entertainment announces a digital/VOD release date of October 2nd for new action-vigilante feature DEATH KISS.

Filmed in Northern California, the film stars Robert Kovacs (who has gained attention for his uncanny resemblance to a certain well-known action star), Daniel Baldwin (JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES), Richard Tyson (KINDERGARTEN COP, TWO MOON JUNCTION), Eva Hamilton (horror fest fave RUIN ME), Stormi Maya, Leia Perez, Reese Austyn, and Sam Story.

DEATH KISS concerns a vigilante with a mysterious past who goes to a crime-infested city and takes the law into his own hands, at the same time protecting a young mother and her child.

Writer-director is Rene Perez (PLAYING WITH DOLLS: HAVOC).  Producer is Jeff Miller (THE TOYBOX, OUIJA HOUSE), through his company Millman Productions.  Gary Jones helped executive produce through his company Mosquito Entertainment.  Zach Carter served as Supervising Producer.

“Rene’s movie is very cool and stylish.  It feels like a throwback to the Cannon films of the ’80s,” says Miller.  “After an enthusiastic response at Texas Frightmare Weekend in May, we’re excited to show the film to the general public.”

The DVD, with special features such as director’s commentary and the trailer, will be released December 4th.

Posted in Blog, Movies, TV and More!Comments (0)