Meet Hector Duran, who will guide you with his wisdom, share secrets from the best comedic actors of our time, and make you wonder about the rest … in his own words.
II would have never guessed that I would be on a Netflix show with Steve Carell who is one of the best comedic actors of our generation. And the fact that I even had an audition for SpaceForce was an amazing opportunity; and as soon as I saw the audition come in, I saw Steve Carell, Greg Daniels (who was the creator of TheOffice) … I was so ecstatic, I took a whole day off work.
I was very, very nervous the first day on set because it’s Steve Carell and also John Malcovich who is a legendary actor … and it was so nerve-racking because all these guys are very well-experienced, A-list top celebrities, and I didn’t want to give off a bad impression. As soon as we got to set, John Malcovich started telling stories about his family, about living in France, his love for theatre and things like that … and that really just put everybody at ease. It set the tone for the rest of the shoot which was just a fun environment – everybody’s friends there.
I learned from John Malcovich and Steve Carell that you have to be extremely prepared going into every comedy scene because it’s very difficult to make things funny. I’ve been acting for a really long time, I trained a lot of different techniques (like Stanislavski and Meisner) – I didn’t train as much in comedy, and I didn’t realize that it’s really tough to make things funny.
My advice is to stay consistent. Whatever it is that you want to do, you have to stay consistent in it and don’t give up. That’s the key. I’ve been acting for 14 years, it’s been a really long journey, but I keep going to acting class every single week. I’m constantly improving myself, and that’s what allowed me to be on shows like this. Whatever you want to do, just keep doing it and you’ll get better at it, and then you’ll be the best at it one day. Just stay consistent, and don’t give up.
Whatever it is that you want to do, you have to stay consistent in it, and don’t give up. That’s the key.