Lou Diamond Phillips and Seattle's Megan Griffiths on the premiere of The Night Stalker at SIFF

Evening talked to the actor and director during this thriller's recent premiere at Seattle International Film Festival.

SEATTLE, WASH. - Lou Diamond Phillips - who first came to fame playing singer Richie Valens in La Bamba, and currently stars in A & E's Longmire, is taking a creepy turn in the title role of his latest film:  The Night Stalker.

He's playing real-life serial killer Richard Ramirez. The resemblance is uncanny:

"It's a little frightening, it's a little scary, my 80's mullet was kinda perfect,” Phillips joked.

"We helped him out a little on the mullet,” Director Megan Griffiths added.

Evening talked to the actor and director during this thriller's recent premiere at Seattle International Film Festival. This was a homecoming for Seattle director Griffiths:

"I've done four out of five movies in Washington State, primarily in Seattle, it's the best place to make a movie,” she said.

“I'm thrilled, not only for Megan who is a hometown girl, but this is one of the coolest places on the planet, man,” enthused Phillips, who prepped for this role by studying what he called the 'Holy Triumvirate':

 "I watched Silence of the Lambs, which is an obvious. I watched Charlize Theron in Monster, and that was so raw, and so emotionally available, and then strangely enough I watched Taxi Driver," said Phillips. 

The work pays off in a spine chilling performance. 

Phillips thanks his ancestry, a mix of Filipino, Scotts-Irish and Cherokee, for giving him versatility as an actor.

"I feel very fortunate because I've played leads throughout my career and being ambiguously brown, it's like the UPS motto - what can brown do for you? I've represented many different communities. Right now I'm playing Northern Cheyenne in Longmire," he said. 

 And both he and Griffiths agree that including a variety of voices in movies is just good storytelling:

"I think that the real loss when there's not that diversity is you're getting such a slim perspective of the world," said Griffiths when asked about the ongoing debate over Hollywood's lack of diversity. 

Phillips added: "It is incumbent upon those in power, those who are the decision makers, and when Megan was able to make the decisions on The Night Stalker, we have a crew wherein the majority of the key positions are filled by women -- and that's because of her. That's because she is the change. And I am so proud of her for doing that." 

Director Megan Griffiths will attend a third Seattle International Film Festival screening of The Night Stalker Friday, June 10th at AMC Pacific Place at 3:30 pm.










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