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S.A. Native's Star Turn Is In the Dark
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Elaine Ayala
April 20, 2006

Brian Luna made his stage debut in a high school play wearing tights, worried what his football buddies would think. Turns out the 32-year-old San Antonio actor's first uncertain steps have blossomed into a career, just as his drama teacher Tammy Kai Frazier of the Sheldon Vexler Theater predicted.

On Friday, April 28, his first movie, "In the Dark," opens at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival. Written and produced by Luna's friend Matt Clouston, "Dark" is an independent suspense film about a young Latino living at the low end of the movie business.

Luna plays a character simply called The Messenger, who works for three agents. "Everyone looks down on him. People call him 'Paco,' 'Taco,' all these things, and he's taking it," Luna said.

Clouston says not just the character was written for Luna, "the entire movie was written around him." Luna said he identified with the character's emotional and financial hardships. Though his family has reconciled, his mother left a week before his 11th birthday. He and his father were homeless from time to time but recovered.

Luna graduated from Lee High School, expecting a football scholarship. Instead, he got one to the rigorous American Musical and Dramatic Academy, a two-year, performance-based conservatory in New York.