Naughty or Nice? Actor Bruce L. Hart Breaks Out of Being Typecast with Challenging New Roles

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After gay actor Bruce L. Hart appeared in the 2010 independent feature "Homewrecker" he was quickly typecast as a naive victim character. But with upcoming roles in the hit series "Old Dogs & New Tricks", the drama "Saltwater", and the comedy series "Free Advice!", he shows his amazing range and versatility.

How does an actor break out of being typecast? Many have faced this challenge over the years. After indie film actor Bruce L. Hart appeared in the feature "Homewrecker" in 2010 he immediately experienced this syndrome. Hart's "Homewrecker" character was the somewhat naive victim of the scheming titular homewrecker played by Dylan Vox. Laughs Hart, "The only roles casting directors called me in for were variations on that last 'Mr. Nice Guy' role I played."

That changed in 2011 when Hart met producer Leon Acord, who is the mastermind and star of the hit web series "Old Dogs & New Tricks". Says Hart, "Leon and I just clicked and he asked if I would be interested in joining the series as the official 'frenemy'. I responded with a resounding 'YES!'". As Nelson Van Eddy, Hart plays the nemesis of Acord's character, Nathan Adler, popping up at the most inconvenient times to make Nathan's life hell.

Hart will be returning for Season II of "ODNT", which boasts several name guest stars including Olympic gold-medal athlete Greg Louganis. Says Hart, "I'm delighted to be returning for more bitchery in Season II and I am very excited to that Greg is joining the series. I am a big fan!"

Hart also landed a prominent role in the new feature film "Saltwater" from Ariztical Productions which stars openly gay rugby league player-turned-actor Ian Roberts ("Superman Returns") and Ronnie Kerr ("Shut Up and Kiss Me"). In this film Hart returns to his nice guy image but with a dramatic twist. Says Hart, "My role is definitely a variation on the 'Nice Guy' characters I am known for but the character is very flamboyant with a terrific dramatic arc so he was great fun to play." He laughs, "It was also wonderful to work with Ian and I am so glad he didn't pick me up and toss me across the set like he did to people in 'Superman Returns'!"

Hart also had fun in a very different role for him, that of a straight, sports-obsessed jerk in the comedy web series "Free Advice!" When asked why they'd chosen Hart for the role, brothers Emmett and Paul Loverde, co-creators and co-stars of "Free Advice!", laughed. "I've been working with Bruce on a number of different projects for years," said Emmett, "and I know his timing is impeccable." Paul added, "The moment Bruce put on a baseball cap and a sneer, I knew we had our guy. You just love to hate him." Hart's episode is called "Golf Guy."

Proving that the typecasting cycle is indeed broken, Hart just wrapped a role in Creep Creepersin's contemporary version of "Dracula" which stars Peter Stickles ("Shortbus") in the title role. "I have a terrific and macabre role," says Hart, "and I was thrilled to work with Peter."

From nice to naughty to scary may be a workout but Hart claims that it's every actor's dream. "Like all actors, I love to do as many different types of roles as possible. It keeps things fun and it keeps me on my toes. Hey -- maybe I'll get to do a musical next time!"

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