POP Quiz: Five random questions for actor/director Luke Eberl
Lucas "Luke" Eberl was just a little boy from Boulder when his mom started driving him from Colorado to California for pilot season auditions. Yet even then he had stars in his eyes—movie stars.
As a child-turned-young adult, Eberl's TV and film acting credits include Boston Public, Judging Amy, Planet of the Apes, and Touched by an Angel, as well as over a dozen others. Acting lent itself to screenwriting, producing and directing short films in 2002 with the release of his first short, Incest. At 20, Eberl's first feature film, Choose Connor-—a movie about one teen's commendable and/or corrupted coming of age under the influence of U.S. Senate Candidate Lawrence Connor (played by Stephen Weber)—-started collecting film festival placards from around the world, one of which reads, "Best American Independent."
"As a young person in a world filled with corruption, war, murder, exploitation [juxtaposed against] being the change you want to see-—I don't have the answers," Eberl says of his inspiration for Choose Connor, "but I wanted to make an allegorical film about these issues." Then, Eberl pauses. "I don't know if I'm making any sense. Sorry, I was home schooled."
According to Eberl, audience feedback for Choose Connor has ranged from post-screening vociferations of "You're evil" to standing ovations. Nevertheless, Eberl says, "The surprising interpretations of the film have all been very gratifying."
Choose Connor screens at Reeling: The 27th Chicago Lesbian And Gay International Film Festival Thursday, November 13, 2008.
Q: What's the difference between a politician and a prostitute?
A: [Laughs] A prostitute puts their money where their mouth is... [Laughs again] ...I've never gotten such a question during an interview before. I'm sure if I had 15 minutes, I could come up with a wittier answer.
Q: What's the difference between George Lucas and Lucas Eberl?
A: George Lucas is a much smarter film maker, and he has a much longer beard.
Q: Do you have a beard?
A: No, I can't grow one. That's why I said that. Pure envy.
Q: Of the Republican Party, the Democratic Party and the White Party, which has the hottest guys and the best music?
A: Of course the Democrats have better music. It's been redefined as the "Youth Party" with Obama. [Editor's note: Eberl later mentioned that he thought the White Party was an independent political faction, and didn't know that it was a gay circuit party. Remember, he just turned 21 in March-—JPF]
Q: What would Connor say about Proposition 8 passing?
A: Connor would find a way to say a lot of words without saying anything, like, "The voters have spoken their minds and we'll see how it plays out from here." Or something like that.