Hello readers—welcome to 'mini-Interview'! The series where I conduct short and simple interviews with some of the coolest people around! The interviews may be short, but trust me, I always make sure to do them on a...large scale! Sorry...I had to.
Anyway, let's things rolling shall we? This week, I interviewed a really good friend of mine, and friend to all Moviepilot Creators, Andrew Marco!
If you're a part of the Moviepilot Creator group on Facebook, or if you've ever been flown down to sunny LA to attend a premiere, or interview a star, then you know who this guy is! Andrew is one of the friendly faces of the community, and just an all-around cool dude.
If you ever wanted to get to know Andrew just a little bit, this interview should hopefully suffice!
Question #1: What is your job at Moviepilot?
I am a Community Manager at Moviepilot.com. I have been working here for over a year now and absolutely love it. What I do changes up from time to time, but in a nutshell I reach out and connect the Community with awesome opportunities.
A fine example of those awesome opportunities is the image above, where you can see Andrew hanging out with MP Creator Ian Simpson, Mad Max-style! Ian went down to LA to attend the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere!
Question #2: What do you love most about your job?
It's hard to really say one particular thing because I have a great time doing a lot of different things. However, if I had to choose one it would definitely be interacting with Creators, both over the internet and more-so now in person (due to flying people out here for perks). I think I would consider myself a social person, so the natural passion lies within connecting with an individual no matter where they come from or what they're into. Just so happens everyone on Moviepilot loves exactly what I love -- movies.
Question #3: How did you first find out about Moviepilot?
I found Moviepilot due to one entertaining and completely viral article -- Toy Story: The True Identity Of Andy's Mom Makes The Movie More Epic (shout out to Jon Negroni). However, to be completely honest, I didn't know the entire workings of the website until I started working here. I was unemployed and looking for a place to work where I would be happy and found out that Moviepilot was hiring. It wasn't until after the interview that I really got into the site and it's been a whirlwind of fun ever since.
Speaking of Jon Negroni, I'm actually good friends with him, and managed to force him to let me interview him (it required threatening to burn his entire Pixar DVD collection). You can check that out here.
Question #4: Who is your favorite superhero?
This is always a difficult one. Here's my disclaimer, I'm not a comic book reader. My opinion is based off of the numerous TV shows and movies I've seen over my lifetime so please don't hate me for the lack of knowledge! Hands down, favorite superhero is Wolverine. I wish I could find photos from my childhood to show you that I've been a fan since I was a kid. The X-Men cartoon series was an after-school/Saturday morning delight. Now that I'm older, I can enjoy much more of the character for who he is and not solely due to the fact that he was ultra cool and had claws. I think one thing (and this goes for all mutants) that I'll enjoy about the character is that for every strength he possesses, he has a flaw. There's something about seeing someone who has superpowers yet is weak in parts of his life that makes them relatable. Plus, he's the ultimate badass in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
I absolutely agree. Wolverine and all of his mutants are a great representation of heroes who at their core are just humans, like the rest of us. And you don't have to be a comic reader to love superheroes, even though the more hardcore fans will tell you otherwise.
It's all about finding a hero, whether it's in movies, books or TV, and connecting to them. Gonna have to disagree on that UMvC3 thing though. I think we ALL know who the ultimate badass is...
Question #5: What are your three favorite movies?
Step Brothers - If there's one film I can quote more than any other, it would definitely be Step Brothers. I know people are a bit iffy on Will Ferrell but if you can't admit that this isn't great, then there's definitely something wrong with you. "And you're not gonna not get Randy Jackson's autograph, Right?"
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - I've realized more and more that this is a film that most people have heard of but have never seen. To that I say, set off five hours of your day and dedicate it to watching it twice in a row. The amount of details within the film are too vast to understand it in one go. The concept of this film is solid, especially when it is dealing with something as complex as the brain. To be able to personify and contextualize memories is an amazing feat. Jim Carrey proves his acting prowess and further bolsters my thoughts on traditionally comedic actors -- they can kill roles in drama films.
Back to the Future II - This is by far the greatest movie of all time, no bias. Creating time travel films is hard, but to create three of them in one universe and keep it cohesive is nearly impossible. Back to the Future II had the ability to not only travel to the future but to the past in one film. If you haven't seen it yet, please stop what you're doing and watch it. Its ability to tie together both the first and last films is amazing. The most iconic ideas and pop culture references stem from Back to the Future II (can anyone say, hoverboard?). Though it was created in the late 80s, the film is timeless (high-five to it's 30th anniversary). Is it just me or does this make you want to buy a DeLorean and travel at 88 MPH? I don't nerd out on films, but this franchise truly brings out the nerd in me.
Question #6: What movie are you looking forward to the most?
I would say that my interests tend to sway towards drama. Silence -- two words, Martin Scorsese, need I say more? The Revenant -- take a quick look at the cast, director, and cinematographer and tell me that it's not going to be an Oscar worthy film. Joy -- Jennifer Lawrence playing a business leader, sounds like the makings of something great. Bridge of Spies - Spielberg and Tom Hanks working together again, what more can you ask for. The Martian -- Matt Damon is one of my favorite actors and putting him in space can only mean awesome things (plus he had that cameo in Interstellar).
I'm not too interested in The Martian, but I've got to say that Bridge of Spies looks amazing. Tom Hanks is a phenomenal actor.
Question #7: Out of all the events you've been to, which is your number one favorite?
The event I'd choose is a simple one, yet it represents everything that I've worked towards in the time that I've been here at Moviepilot -- the New York City Creator Brunch. To have that many people come together in one location to talk about movies is beautiful. It was simply amazing to finally be able to put faces to names especially for those I had been talking with for months. It was humbling to be able to see people with my eyes rather than seeing names on a website.
The NYCC Creator Brunch was something that Moviepilot did in New York earlier this year, Creators from all over New York and around came down to a diner and had an awesome breakfast, full of movie talk and pancakes!
Now, since I'm on the west coast, I was unable to go, but I did get to hang out in LA with three other amazing Creators, and even small company is fun when you all have the same interests!
Well, that's it for this 'm-I'. Stay tuned for the next one, and if you want to receive cool MP perks, and get the chance to attend premieres, screenings and etc, start writing on MP today! Thanks to Andrew Marco for letting me interview him, and thanks all of you for reading!