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S.A. Actor's Film To Open At Festival
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Elaine Ayala
April 27, 2006

At first, Brian Luna kept it from his football buddies that he was taking drama class. It was an accident. He meant to sign up for art, "the easy class that football players took," he says. Turns out, the stage -- where he premiered in tights -- and now the large and small screens are where the 32-year-old San Antonian has landed, exactly where his drama teacher Tammy Kai Frazier expected.

On Friday, his first movie opens at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival. "In the Dark," written and produced by Luna's friend Matt Clouston, is an independent film about a young Latino in the low end of the movie business. Luna plays the lead, The Messenger, who has three Hollywood sleazeball agents for bosses. "Everyone looks down on him. People call him 'Paco,' 'Taco,' all these things, and he's taking it," the actor says.

Luna identified with a character facing emotional and financial hardship. Though his family has reconciled, it was broken when his mother left a week before his 11th birthday.

Brian and his father were homeless from time to time, living in low-rent motels and with relatives. They got a break in Luna's teens, and he graduated from Lee. Instead of a football scholarship, however, Luna got one to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, a conservatory in New York. Afterward, he had a series of day jobs as he pursued the stage. He has 25 off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway shows to his credit and four national commercials.