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LAist Interview: Shawn Roberts, Diary of the Dead

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George A. Romero pioneered the zombie genre when he wrote and directed the seminal Night of the Living Dead in 1968. He would later go on to make Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985) and Land of the Dead (2005). His latest undead picture, Diary of the Dead hits theaters today after successful screenings at the Toronto and Sundance film festivals. Actor Shawn Roberts is a veteran of Romero's zombie films, having earlier appeared in Land of the Dead and now starring in Diary of the Dead. I had a chance to interview him this week.

First off, tell me a little bit about Diary of the Dead? What's the new twist on this franchise?

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This film was shot from the point of view of the characters in the movie. So basically anyone who has ever posted a video on YouTube can relate to it. It has a natural flow to it that a staged shot just can't match.

What's your role in the film?

I play the role of Tony Ravello. Initially a skeptic of the dead coming back to life, but when he comes face to face with a zombie, he does what he has to.