Victor Rasuk found himself on the big screen when he was just a teenager, winning critical acclaim for the Independent film Raising Victor Vargas.
Since then, he has gone from strength to strength in the industry, and recently starred in the latest Godzilla blockbuster as well as playing the part of José in Fifty Shades of Grey.
Cayman locals will no doubt remember him for his role in Frank E. Flowers’ Haven, which premiered 10 years ago.
How did you first get into acting?
At the age of 14, I saw a one man show on Broadway called Freak. It starred John Leguizamo, and was about his upbringing in his New York neighborhood.
The impact it had on me was so profound, that I walked out saying, “I wanna make people feel like how John is making me feel right now.”
What was your experience working on smaller, independent films, rather than the blockbusters like Godzilla and Fifty Shades that you’ve recently been involved in?
Indies will always have a special place in my heart, starting off with my first indie that launched my career – a film called Raising Victor Vargas. It was the best experience of my life. It was such a small film and when we shot it, it felt intimate. Bigger films tend to not have that sense of intimacy, and that’s OK. I like the balance of doing both. I feel like both big and small films bring their challenges and fun moments.
It’s been 10 years since Haven was released. Have you visited the Cayman Islands since then?
I love the Cayman Islands. My parents are from the Dominican Republic, so I would always visit the DR as a kid.
Shooting in Grand Cayman and living there temporarily brought back why I’m so proud to be part of this part of the world. I was last there in 2010 to see the [Flowers Sea Swim] meet. I had to support Mr. Frank Flowers!
Are you looking forward to returning?
I’m [thrilled about] the gracious invite that CayFilm has extended to me and the cast of Haven. I can’t wait to eat [a lot]! [Smile]
What projects/films are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently filming 50 Shades Darker and 50 Shades Freed.
What is your favorite film location shoot to date?
Hands down, Grand Cayman was my favorite location to film … and I’ve filmed in many places in the world.