REPO! Road Tour Diary: Los Angeles

(antiMusic) We've been telling you all about REPO! The Genetic Opera and the recent REPO! Road Tours. The third tour just wrapped up and REPO star and co-writer Terrance Zdunich (plays Grave Robber) gives us the lowdown! Here is today's entry from finale in Los Angeles.

The original plan was to make the 400-mile drive from Phoenix to Los Angeles—our 11th and final stop on REPO Road Tour 3—but somewhere along the tour director Darren Lynn Bousman and I decide to fly today instead. This is the 12th straight day of traveling for us and we knew that we'd be exhausted, so the choice of an hour-and-a-half flight vs. a 6-hour drive seemed an obvious one. Especially since L.A. is our hometown, and we'd like to have some energy leftover for tonight's REPO! homecoming.

January 24, 2009.: Many of my closest friends will be at tonight's 10:00pm screening at the Royal Theatre. None of them have experienced REPO! on the road tour. Some of them haven't seen the film at all. I'm curious how they will respond to the hysteria that surrounds a REPO! event. What will they think of fans showing up dressed as REPO! characters? If everybody else is singing-along to the movie, will they join in, or just sit there uncomfortably? How will they respond to seeing me, their dirtbag artist friend, being received as a celebrity? All of this makes me nervous.

And that's if everything goes right. What if tonight is tame compared to the rest of the tour? What if—in typical L.A. fashion—people in this city regard themselves as too cool to commit to the wonderful REPO! weirdness? What if all the wild and crazy things that my pals have been hearing about the tour don't happen tonight? And it's not just my friends who will be in attendance tonight…2 of REPO!'s producers, Mark Burg and Carl Mazzocone of Twisted Pictures, as well as 2 REPO! cast members, Paris Hilton (Amber Sweet) and Ogre (Pavi Largo), are showing up. They too want to see what all the road tour fuss is about. Though the 4 of them are technically "virgins" to the RRT, Darren and I have sent them (and everybody involved with REPO!'s film production) tour email updates and photos, sharing the wild and unorthodox reception to our film. What if they show up tonight and there's silence in the theatre? Now, I'm really nervous. - Read the rest of this entry

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