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The “Dell Dude” a Decade After: Ben Curtis to Appear at Atlanta Film Festival World Premiere
Lead Actor and Producer of We Are the Hartmans Talks Openly About the Price of Fame, Handling Controversy and Controlling His Destiny
Curtis plays the lead role of Jordan, ex-marine and devoted soundman for Mr. Hartman, the aging hippie owner (played by Chamberlain)
Hartmans is the first independent feature in which Curtis has a key role in producing. “Rather than sitting around and waiting for film work to come to me, I’ve found that creating and producing this film—where integrity, love, fun, and commitment are the stronghold for cast and crew—has meant making my own dreams come true. No one else is going to do that for you.”
It’s a candid admission considering Curtis’ remarkable celebrity launched by the catchphrase, ‘Dude, you’re getting a Dell!’ But his rapid ascent to fame was cut short by a 2003 New York City weed bust leading to an abrupt dismissal by Dell and a pummeling by the media. It appeared that fate would seal his career prospects into the “what-ever-
The actor, a performer since childhood, returned to his passion for theater and has since built a respectable résumé of Off-Broadway work both producing and acting to critical acclaim. His choices reflect that of a committed artist not a calculating publicist. Curtis, who is straight, is not afraid of portraying onstage a gay man who canoodles with his male lover or expressing the anger of a bigoted homophobic. “My father raised me to be open-minded and love people for who they are—and not whom they prefer to have sex with.” Curtis’ father is an Atlanta-based minister and also happens to be gay.
Hartmans screenwriter and Emmy-winner Peter J. Brash points out: “As Jordan he's brilliant playing romantic comedy. Ben Curtis is that rare actor who can transform himself, chameleon-like, for every role he plays.”
In the midst of launching Hartmans, Curtis is finalizing his studies at the prestigious NYU Tisch School of the Arts on an acting scholarship and will graduate in May.
Hartmans was penned by Brash and Newman and produced by (ir)REVERENT Films and KAID MEDIA with Stuart Adam as executive producer. Filming took place in Manhattan and Peekskill, NY and Jersey City, NJ. Featured recording artists include the renowned L*A*W, Julius C and Black Taxi.
To learn more about We Are the Hartmans visit http://www.irreverentfilms.com/
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We Are the Hartmans is a feature length indie comedy starring Richard Chamberlain and "Dell Dude" Ben Curtis, about a small town's battle to save its soul by saving its only rock 'n roll club.
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