Tribute's Bonnie Laufer talks to actor Billy Campbell about playing the bad guy in Enough. We also ask about the future of his cancelled TV series, Once and Again.

B.L. Well I have to say I really hated your character in this movie.
B.C. Thank you, and good!!!

B.L. I guess that really means that you did your job well. This guy you play sure isn't like the guy you played on the TV series Once and Again. Was that part of the intrigue to take the role?
B.C. The major intrigue for me was that they offered me the job. But yeah, I was absolutely thrilled beyond belief at the prospect of being able to do this film and play this part. I've only ever played one bad guy before, so I didn't have a lot of experience with it. As they say, playing the bad guy is a lot more fun.

B.L. As an actor, where do you have to dig inside yourself to play a guy like this? You mentioned that playing a bad guy is more fun, but this guy was really nasty.
B.C. Where did I have to go inside myself? You know, I'm not a complicated actor and that may show, and I'm not really a method guy. I figure that the writer does all the hard work and if the words are there on the page, then it's really not that complicated. That's not to disparage anyone who is a method actor. I sometimes wish I was. But it really wasn't that complicated for me and I didn't have to go anywhere special.

B.L. Was it difficult at the end of each day's shoot to just be Billy Campbell again?
B.C. No that sort of relates back to your last question. I'm just not that kind of person — I sometimes wish that I was.

B.L. I think that it's a good thing to disassociate yourself, no matter what kind of character you play.
B.C. Yes, I totally agree. It's much healthier too.

B.L. Tell me about working with Jennifer Lopez in this movie, especially when it came to filming the combative scenes. Was that difficult for you?
B.C. Some of the stuff was difficult. It was highly choreographed and meticulously thought out. She's quite an asset and you don't want to dent her face or anything. Hey, it's a 10-million dollar mug she's got there. So it was all very carefully planned, but things aren't always perfect and things will go wrong. So I think that we walloped each other a couple of times and I can tell you, she packs a punch. J-Lo's got the stuff! She left me hurting once or twice.

B.L. In your opinion, what's the message in this movie?
B.C There's no real message in the movie. You know, I struggled with this for a little while. But, I've come to the conclusion that this is not a message movie. It's entertainment, it's a thriller. It's not a documentary, and it's not out there for the purpose of educating people. Even so, I believe that anything that would increase public awareness of domestic abuse is good. Even if it is a thriller and not particularly realistic in that you would never advise someone to get martial arts training and then come back to kick somebody's ass. Even so, there are worthwhile things in the film that you can take away about domestic abuse.

B.L. Plus, he doesn't necessarily fit the so-called pattern of what people might perceive as someone who would abuse. It shows that it can come from any walk of life.
B.C. Exactly, he's affluent. Domestic abuse is not of a particular socio-economic strata. The movie touches on the barriers of escaping an abusive relationship. A lack of resources, institutional limits and an entrenched notion that blames the victim instead of the perpetrator, so there are worthwhile things in the film.

B.L. We have to talk about your series Once and Again that was unfortunately just cancelled by ABC, and I might add is causing an uproar among the show's fans!
B.C. Yes, there has been a lot of support; it's been overwhelming.

B.L. If by some miracle it got picked up again, is every one still committed to coming back to the show?
B.C. You know, I was given to understand that the chances for Once and Again being picked up for a 4th season were zero. We got picked up for a third season by the skin of our teeth. But, I was also told that on the day the network publicly cancelled the show, they called the production office and told them not to destroy the set, to work out a budget for a possible year four. So I don't know what to think. I would love for it to come back.

B.L The season finale was a real killer to watch, I was crying for the entire last half hour!
B.C. It was tough to shoot it. don't get me started. I am going to tear up any moment if I think about that last day on the set again!

B.L. It really is a unique show, and it is so hard these days to find a well-written show that relates to problems that go on in real families. One thing that stood out for me as a viewer is that you really felt a close knit between the actors. It seemed like you were all really a family.
B.C. Yes. I think that it's a rare experience in that sense. This show, in many ways, was the best work experience of my life. We loved each other, the kids are really like my own kids. I love Sela Ward, Susanna Thompson — the chemistry you have been seeing between everyone on that show was actually there.

B.L. So what's up next for you? I understand that you were ordained as a Reverend! How did that come about?
B.C. (laughing) I got ordained on the internet so I could marry my brother and his fiancee in Honduras. So I performed the wedding and it caught on. I performed a couple of weddings since.

B.L. Where would you like to see your career go? You do theatre, TV, film; where would you like to focus in the event that the show doesn't get renewed?
B.C. I would love to make a film career. There are plenty of things that I would like to do. I love theatre, I love painting and drawing. Travelling would be nice, but if I could just have a little bit of a film career, only for a couple of years I'd be very happy.