|Nic Robuck stars in Dark Desire, premiering on Friday, Nov. 23|
at 8 p.m. ET/PT on LMN. Photo: Sue Coflin/Max Photos
WE LOVE SOAPS TV: Tell me all about Dark Desire.
NIC ROBUCK: It's my first feature film. I'm a lead character which is fantastic. I'm so blessed and grateful to have this opportunity. I'm so excited and can't wait for people to see it. I put such hard work into it.
WE LOVE SOAPS TV: You play Shane in the film.
NIC ROBUCK: I'm this poor abused kid whose had a rough upbringing. His mom died when he was young and he had an abusive father. And he gets a fresh start in college on a scholarship for wrestling and academics. Given his rough upbringing, he hasn't experienced much interaction with other people, and getting and giving love. That's kind of what my character is after in this movie. And once people give it to him, he goes to desperate measures to keep that love, to make sure he continues receiving it because that's something he's never had.
So that means a couple of people die. He has an affair with his best friend's mom. It's very exciting, a great plot.
WE LOVE SOAPS TV: Is that Kelly Lynch?
NIC ROBUCK: Yes!
WE LOVE SOAPS TV: Michael Nouri stars as well and he began his career in daytime soaps.
NIC ROBUCK: Nia Peeples is also in the film.
WE LOVE SOAPS TV: (The film had one screening on Sunday, November 18, in a theater with most of the cast in advance of the LMN premiere.) Have you been in a situation like this before, where you're sitting in an audience full of people watching your work on screen?
NIC ROBUCK: Only when I first started. There were big get-togethers to watch my first day at ONE LIFE TO LIVE and when I did CSI: MIAMI. But this is the first time I'll be in a theater with a large group of people watching a project I've done. I'm nervous, but excited, and I'm really proud of it so I can't wait for people to see it.
WE LOVE SOAPS TV: The project was shot like a feature and then LMN picked it up more recently?
NIC ROBUCK: A&E was the distributor so we knew it was getting distributed by them in the U.S. and worldwide but I didn't know in what form. There was talk of it going to film festivals and doing that whole route. But the distribution company loved the clips they saw and upped the deadline for the film to be done, edited and screened. It was not supposed to come out until January but they said we need this film by Thanksgiving. Our production team and director worked painstaking hours stressing about getting it edited on time. They are just finishing the cover art work and poster for the screening. It's a very quick turnaround.
WE LOVE SOAPS TV: I don't know if I've ever seen a turnaround this fast for a film.
NIC ROBUCK: It's unreal!
WE LOVE SOAPS TV: The Dark Desire title definitely stands out in a sea of holiday movies that are starting to play.
NIC ROBUCK: It's not a holiday movie. It's not a Thanksgiving or Christmas movie at all. It's a crime drama thriller so I hope people are excited to see that, as opposed to The 487 Days of Christmas. [laughs]
WE LOVE SOAPS TV: What are your goals in the business at this point. Do you want to do more TV? Work on another film?
NIC ROBUCK: I want so bad to be on a primetime TV show. Not only is it consistent work it's also a little bit slower of a pace. You shoot one episode in a week. So it's definitely not the soap schedule where you shoot one, two or more episodes in a day. But I also feel like it could be an impetus to get more things going in my career. I would love to continue doing films and other projects. So my goal right now is a TV series but if movie roles keep coming, I'll keep taking them.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Watch a promotional video featuring Nic Robuck for Dark Desire here. Be sure to follow Nic on Twitter at @NicRobuck
Roger Newcomb is a producer and writer in New York City. Aside from co-hosting WE LOVE SOAPS TV, he has written and produced a full-length indie film, Manhattanites, and two radio soap operas, SCRIPTS & SCRUPLES and ROCKLAND COUNTY. He has also made acting appearances in indie web series IMAGINARY BITCHES and EMPIRE. He has consulted on numerous indie soaps, worked as a producer on the first two seasons of Emmy-nominated THE BAY, and is executive producer on the indie short May Mercy Lie, which is currently making the rounds at film festivals.