Charlie Tahan and Pineapple Tangaroa on Drunk Bus [Exclusive Interview]

Drunk Bus - Charlie Tahan and Pineapple Tangaroa

Drunk Bus – Charlie Tahan and Pineapple Tangaroa

Certain films come along that inspires people to get themselves out of their daily mundane routines. For Drunk Bus, it was one of those films for both actors Charlie Tahan and Pineapple Tangaroa. In fact, the films pushed their acting capabilities outside their personality norms for themselves.

This heartfelt film also stars Kara Hayward, Tonatiuh, Will Forte, Zach Cherry, Sarah Mezzanotte, Dave Hill, Jay Devore, and Martin Pfefferkorn. John Carlucci and Brandon LaGanke directed the film from a screenplay by Chris Molinaro.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Michael (Charlie Tahan) is a recent graduate whose post college plan is derailed when his girlfriend leaves him for a job in New York City. Stuck in Ohio without a new plan of his own, Michael finds himself caught in the endless loop of driving the “drunk bus,” the debaucherous late-night campus shuttle that ferries drunk college students from parties to the dorms and back. When the bus service hires a security guard to watch over the night shift, Michael comes face to tattooed face with Pineapple (Pineapple Tangaroa), a larger-than-life Samoan who challenges him with a kick in the ass to break from the loops and start living or risk driving in circles forever.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with the two lead actors Charlie Tahan and Pineapple Tangaroa. We discussed playing characters unlike themselves, small indie production, driving a bus, and Pineapple’s personal involvement with the story.

Charlie Tahan burst into the film world with the post-apocalyptic science fiction horror I Am Legend as a young boy named Ethan. A few years later, he starred in Burning Bright and co-starred alongside Zac Efron in Charlie St. Cloud. In 2012, he voiced Victor Frankenstein in Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. During the first two seasons of Fox’s Gotham, he played the young Dr. Jonathan Crane and returned briefly in the fourth season. From 2015 to 2016, he starred as Ben Burke in Fox’s Wayward Pines. Currenly, he plays Wyatt Langmore in Netflix’s Ozark.

Pineapple Tangoroa is an Austin resident, who owns businesses specializing in piercings and body modifications. He landed a role in Puncture that starred Chris Evans when it called for a heavily tattooed man. In Song to Song, he acted as Michael Fassbender’s bodyguard and houseguest in the Terrance Malick film.  Also, he had a guest role in USA Network’s Queen of the South in 2016.

Drunk Bus is now playing in select theaters and available on VOD today.

Watch the exclusive interview below with Charlie Tahan and Pineapple Tangaroa. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, FilmRise

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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