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October 14, 2012

TV, movie cameras no stranger to Peru Central alum


”When you’re shooting the scenes, it’s kind of creepy.”

The scene in which Hazel appears in “The Devil Inside” was filmed in a large house belonging to a resident of Hollywood Hills that was rented out for the film.

Actors who are lying on the ground covered in fake blood get up and walk away for breaks between takes, and that caught Hazel off guard, at first. 

A role on HBO’s “Entourage” had a very different set. The scene Hazel was in was filmed on a sound stage in a Hollywood studio fashioned by set designers to look like a Miami hotel room.

It took them 12 hours to complete the highly realistic set, Hazel said.

”When it (filming) is done, they’ll just tear the whole thing down.”


Despite the glitzy image of film and TV work, the job isn’t always as glamorous as the public is led to believe.

Hazel said he has worked for 34 hours, only to appear in a production for five seconds. When he acted in the show “Entourage,” he worked two 17-hour days.

Everything from hair and makeup to wardrobe choices must be approved by a superior before an actor goes in front of the camera, he said.

But the business does have its perks. Hazel has had the opportunity to brush shoulders with several A-list stars.

He was invited to a party where he sat at a table with Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston and Marilyn Manson.

Hazel has also met Jon Heder, the star of “Napoleon Dynamite,” and Robert Pattinson, star of the “Twilight” movies.


Hazel has a larger part in a horror movie called “Room 311,” directed by Ben Daka.

Lionsgate Entertainment Corp. recently screened the movie, and the people who worked on it are hoping that will lead to a distribution deal so the film can be released next year.

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