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Rising Star Puts It All on ‘The Line’

7 Nov, 2009 By: Angelique Flores

Jordi Vilasuso

The crime drama The Line is one of the biggest DVDs to emerge from the Maya Independent Film Series so far.

The Maya Entertainment film was released on DVD Sept. 4 exclusively at Blockbuster Inc. stores and is hitting other retail outlets Nov. 10 at $24.98 for DVD and $29.98 for Blu-ray Disc. During its rental-only window, the film spent its first three weeks among the top 10 rentals on Home Media Research, and the following three among the Top 20 Rentals.

The Line is about a veteran assassin, Mark (Ray Liotta), who is assigned to track down Pelón (Esai Morales), the head of a drug cartel. During his time in Tijuana, Mark gets involved with a local woman, Olivia (Valerie Cruz), while Pelón continually fights with his boss (Andy Garcia) and another cartel member named Diablo (Jordi Vilasuso).

With an all-star cast that also includes Armand Assante, Bruce Davison and Joe Morton, it should come as no surprise the film garnered such attention.

“I had no idea who was going to join the cast,” Vilasuso said. “I read the script. I liked the script. …When I got the part, I was astonished and really happy that [director James Cotten] got this cast.”

Though it’s his biggest film role so far, rising star Vilasuso holds his own alongside the veteran cast. Vilasuso plays an intense, conflicted character who tries to uphold a sense of good and justice in a corrupt world.

“I really wanted to work in a movie with ‘A’-list actors to see if I can hang with them,” the 28-year-old said.

And Vilasuso seamlessly fit in. Playing a mafia-type role wasn’t entirely new to him. From 2000 till 2003, Vilasuso played mafioso Tony Santos on the soap opera “The Guiding Light.” He garnered one nomination in 2002 and one win for a Daytime Emmy for Best Younger Actor in 2003.

“My father said winning a Daytime Emmy maybe would get you a cup of coffee,” said Vilasuso, humble about his win.

While the actor said he never set out to make career in daytime television, he doesn’t knock the job.

“Even though I think it’s great for consistency, it wasn’t for me,” he said. “I think you can build some bad habits on soaps, especially going in at a young age. Being 19 and not having a lot of training, I had to figure out what was going to work. I had to re-evaluate what it is to be a good actor.”

So Vilasuso left to pursue roles in film and primetime television. He has since worked on such films as Andy Garcia's The Lost City, Heights and Ready or Not as well as television shows “Numb3rs,” “CSI: Miami” and “Fashion House.”

Vilasuso plans to stick with films. Audiences can next catch Vilasusa in two upcoming feature dramas: Magic City Memoirs and Mafiosa.

Vilasuso is a huge fan of movies, especially DVDs and Blu-ray.

“I love Blu-ray,” he said. “I think it’s super cool. I have a huge 62-inch TV in my living room. It was ridiculous to bring up to my apartment. I have a Samsung BD1600, and it’s Netflix connected. I use Netflix a lot.”

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