The role of Prentiss’ Father is played by actor Douglas Walker adding important dimension and counterpoint to the father-son relationship, bringing Chris Aran’s writing to life, and making his job as director of And Then I Woke Up that much easier…
Character Sketch for Prentiss’ Father
Prentiss’ Father was the epitome of the hard working blue-collar laborer.
He spent his entire life as an assembly line worker manufacturing airplane parts. An increasing demand for domestic air travel meant demand on parts and so he spent the better time of his days away from home. His strength eventually gave way and he was forced to retire. Years of hard labor and chemical inhalation left him at home a frail man.
By this time he was confronted with Prentiss, a fully grown man he barely knew and regretted not spending more time with. His son, his seed, had become a stranger in his home.
But it was too late as he watched Prentiss leave to chase dreams that his father could only guess about.
Douglas Walker (Father)
And Then I Woke Up is the first acting credit from new-comer Douglas Walker who brings the frailty and remorse of Prentiss’ father to life with a degree of maturity usually reserved for veteran actors.
His work as part an ensemble cast was exemplary. And his synergy, especially in mirroring the halting futility of the father-son relationship with Prentiss, is evident on screen in their acting. Off screen, Doug brought the unique combination of mature wisdom and the unmistakable enthusiasm of a new-comer to the set, and inspired others with his unceasing desire to reach for the very best performance he could offer.
He was a fortunate find for And Then I Woke Up, and his performance makes it seem likely that this won’t be his last.
You can follow Doug’s progress as he builds more credits and his acting career gains momentum on his IMDB Internet Movie Database page (with links to his future work) at: www.imdb.com/name/nm6008103