Keep Close Lead Actor Attracters

The following are key attractors for the two lead characters in the script Keep em Close:

Protagonist: Jose Rodriguez: 

Age Range: Initially 10 years old. 18 at another point, and 30-ish in the main body of the film. 

1. Why would an actor WANT to be known for this role? 
This is a challenging role that requires some fluency in Spanish along with English, this role is filled with high-level business acumen and survival instincts, and is quite physically challenging. 
2. What makes this character one of the most interesting characters in the movie? 
The character depth is quite broad; this guy could sell a ham sandwich to a pig, runs a business empire, is left imprisoned in a watery cage attacked by snakes and alligators. Furthermore, he must find a way to illegally cross the USA border to rescue his abducted family. 
3. What are the most interesting actions the Lead takes in the movie? 
He has to break out of a half-submerged cage in the Caribbean Sea, find his way back hundreds of miles to civilization, illegally gain entrance into the USA, fight to the death to save his family and kill the antagonist. 
4. How is this character introduced? 
He and the antagonist, childhood friends at the time, are running from the Venezuelan military to escape mandatory conscription. 
5. What is this characterís emotional range? As a young man he suffers guilt and defiance in his juvenile delinquency at not pleasing his father. Enjoys immense success as a driven businessman, but suffers brutal despair and fear seeing his family enslaved and hauled away as he is held captive and left for dead in a watery cage. 
6. What subtext can the actor play? 
His insecurity from losing his family, identity, and utter betrayal from his childhood friend. 
7. Whatís the most interesting relationships this character has? Childhood friendship with Ivan, his Venezuelan pal he saved and grew up with. His lovely American wife and adopted daughter. 
8. How is this characterís unique voice presented? Can easily switch between English and Spanish socially or for business. Well versed in business, magnetic personality, able to negotiate any kind of business deal or sale. 
9. What makes this character special and unique? 
His comfort level interacting with Captains of Industry or street vendors, and his resourcefulness under pressure. 

Antagonist: Ivan Calderon: 

Age Range: Initially 12 years old. 20 at another point, and 30-ish in the main body of the film. 

1. Why would an actor WANT to be known for this role? 
Deceptively disguises his motives. Ruthless ambition to rise from being an abandoned orphan to a controlling mobster that stops at nothing to get what he wants. 
2. What makes this character one of the most interesting characters in the movie? 
His underhanded agenda to steal his former best friendís family, identity and assume his life in the USA.
3. What are the most interesting actions the Lead takes in the movie? 
Abducts his former best friendís family, gets plastic surgery to complete his identity fraud and assume his former friendís life.
4. How is this character introduced that could sell it to an actor? 
He and the protagonist, childhood friends are running from the Venezuelan military to escape mandatory conscription. 
5. What is this characterís emotional range? From supposed Good Samaritan to a ruthless rage savagely killing fellow mobsters to consolidate his power. He consistently fears abandonment, and a need for family connection. 
6. What subtext can the actor play? 
Introspection, ruthlessness and yearning to be loved and accepted. 
7. Whatís the most interesting relationships this character has? Childhood friendship with Jose, then competitiveness with him. Trying to manipulate Joseís wife to love and accept him.
8. How is this characterís unique voice presented? Fluent in Spanish and broken English.  Abandoned on the streets of Caracas with little formal education, quickly learns to become street tough.
9. What makes this character special and unique?
His rough upbringing on the streets of Caracas, and rising through the ranks of the mob killing anyone that stands in his way. His driving motive to steal everything from his childhood friend including his identity and family.

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