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Interview: Ralph Macchio of Ugly Betty & Much, Much More

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Ralph Macchio's role in the new indie comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead (screening at Slamdance this year) will prompt speculation that he's back in the business. Truth be told, he never left. With a recurring role on ABC's Ugly Betty, a pilot in the works which he will co-write and a feature film under wraps, he's as in-demand and career-focused as ever.

His latest venture is a quirky, quasi-adaptation of Hamlet (hence the homage in the film's title), which tells the tale of a downtrodden theater director tasked with pulling together a play, and the resulting hijinks that occur when vampires are thrown into the mix. Nothing gives good comedy like blood-sucking beasts, right?

LAist sat down with Mr. Macchio to ask him about his participation in this bold adaptation, his words of wisdom for future filmmakers and his take on the blasphemous rumors surrounding a remake of The Karate Kid. (Gasp!)