Tackling stereotypes and Voorhees
This confession comes our way when we meet Escarpeta briefly on the red carpet at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Eyegore Awards. In the new Friday the 13th, the young actor plays Lawrence and he’s not at all ashamed to admit he bites it in the film.
Just don’t expect Lawrence to play to the stereotypes African-American characters easily succumb to in horror movies. Instead, Escarpeta’s role in Friday, “almost plays [the stereotype] against itself because I am the black guy in the movie. There’s a lot of things that are expected of me. It’s a new age, a new character so I don’t die first. I make it well into the movie, I don’t say anything too stupid,” he laughs.
While Escarpeta wouldn’t divulge how he meets his maker at the hands of Jason Voorhees, he does say he’s now incredibly happy to be part of the franchise. “When I auditioned for the job, I thought ‘cool.’ When I booked it, I thought ‘cool.’ Me and the rest of the cast went down to Platinum Dunes, they showed us a teaser and now I’m ecstatic. I can’t believe I get to be a part of this.”
Look for Escarpeta and his co-stars Jared Padalecki, Derek Mears, Amanda Righetti and Danielle Panabaker in Friday the 13th when it hits theaters on February 13, 2009.