On Friday, Examiner had an opportunity to interview Danny A. Abeckaser while he was between movies, business endeavors and charitable gigs. This talented actor, writer and producer was born in Israel and raised in Brooklyn. Danny’s latest project this summer, “Club Life,” was loosely based on some of his own life experiences as a part-owner of several clubs in New York City.
In the past, Danny had roles in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “The Iceman” and “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.” Working with the legendary Martin Scorsese on “The Wolf of Wall Street” fulfilled one of Danny’s lifelong dreams. He achieved another goal this year by writing and co-producing “Club Life.”
Examiner dished with Danny about the NYC club scene, working with Martin Scorsese, his past and future projects and more.
How did your experiences as a club owner in NYC inspire you to write and co-produce, “Club Life?”
Honestly, it was just a natural progression. As a filmmaker I thought the world was missing a great movie about the club world so I figured who better than me to help bring that to life.
As a native New Yorker and former club kid, I’ll vouch for the fact there are no clubs like the ones in NYC. What do you think?
How quickly its changed over the last fifteen years has been most interesting to me. It is completely different than it once was and I think that it’s fascinating to watch it evolve.
Before “Club Life,” you worked on “The Wolf of Wall Street” with the legendary Martin Scorsese. What was it like to work with him and did he help to inspire your future projects?
Working with Marty was a dream come true, I absolutely love him and he is the greatest director of all time. I was lucky enough to work with him again on an upcoming HBO pilot and my goal is to one day play the lead in one of his movies.
Besides being a businessman, you have worked as an actor, writer and producer. What is your favorite hat to wear and why?
I love being an actor and have always had a true passion for it. Everything else that I do is to make sure I can continue to act.
With future projects in mind, tell us more about your next film, “The Experimenter,” and when can we expect to see it this fall?
This is a very exciting film and I think that everyone will love it. It hits theaters on October 16 and anyone who goes to check it out will not be disappointed!
We also heard you have two more upcoming projects, “A Stand Up Guy,” and “Marauders.” Can you tell us more about them?
Sure! Both are exciting projects. “Marauders” stars Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni and Dave Bautista and I’m very excited to be a part of such a talented cast. Whenever you have a chance to work with people who are experts at their craft, you grow as an actor.
“A Stand Up Guy” is a truly funny film and allowed me to showcase a little more of my range as an actor. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone’s reaction to it.