STARRING MAZ JOBRANI
Daniel has starred or been featured in more than a dozen TV and film projects. He most recent credits are on stage where he is starring in “FAME”, the musical. Other film credits include lead roles in the short films Alan Smithee, Salt Water Magic, and Regretting Sarah. Musical theatre credits include; the York Theatre's Family Fiorelli (Barton), APACs Ragtime (Little Boy) and Children of Eden (Young Cain) and the Gallery Players Caroline or Change (Noah) and Tommy (Tommy, Age 10). Daniel is also a member of Kids4kids, a performance troop that plays to sick children in area hospitals.
Q. How did you get involved in David?
A. My mom saw the ad on a web site and I auditioned and it turned out I was in. I was super excited but it was during a time I was supposed to have camp. I drove back and forth from Connecticut for each day we shot. It was a four hour round trip. It was a big commitment but it was worth it.
Q. What was main thing you brought to your character, and took away from playing your character?
A. I brought sort of a happy Jewish boy to a character. Typical kid, comes home every night to a happy family who gets changed from the experience of being with a different type of boy who I had no idea about. Experiencing this character and being in the movie helped me learn how serious people get about religion and how a boy thought he had to lie to be friends with someone of another religion. It just shouldn’t be like that.
Q. What was the most difficult thing about your involvement in the film?
A. Probably commuting back and forth to Connecticut. Seriously, it was probably the scene where we find out that he wasn’t Jewish cause it was hard to play such an ignorant boy in that scene cause I would have treated David a lot differently. I would have accepted him and said its ok and that he doesn’t have to lie to be friends with us.
Q. How do you connect with the stories in the film?
A. I don’t really. I feel that friendship and religion shouldn’t oppose each other. We should work together and influence each other in a positive way. Religion should teach people to love and accept each other.
Q. Any other comments you would like to make?
A. Working on David was an amazing experience for me. It was great to hang out with the guys. The Production staff, Joel, Patrick and Julian, were really cool and nice to us. I hope to do it again some day!