Public Square is due to become a movie set, once again, this morning, as the film “Criminal Activities”, starring John Travolta continues its Cleveland stay. The Square was featured prominently in The Avengers, two years ago, and the Greater Cleveland area has hosted a number of film shoots in recent years. Over the weekend, ideastream’s David C. Barnett spoke with a Northeast Ohio-bred actor who came home for a part in this latest picture.
Kenny Santiago Marerro practically lived in a Lorain movie theater when he was young, thanks to some cheap ticket prices.
KENNY SANTIAGO MARRERO: I remember watching the Ninja Turtle movie for a dollar. And then, I snuck into Aliens and I was traumatized.
In a good way. Now, the nine-year-old preacher’s kid had the show biz bug. Marrero started acting and helping produce plays at his father’s church. That led to film school in California and he started helping out on small movies and commercials, and eventually he got small parts in major films. A Cleveland-area casting agent got him the role of Renaldo in “Criminal Activities”, whom he describes as a “street-wise guy” who operates on the wrong side of the law. He won’t be part of today’s Public Square shoot.
KENNY SANTIAGO MARRERO: I do have my dates that are approaching, which will be sometime, next week, when I will be out there on set. It’s a little bit more intimate.
“Criminal Activities” continues its Northeast Ohio filming activities until the end of the month and is due to be released next year.