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Production: 'Run' (See all 5 roles)

Diego (Lead)

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Casting student film "Run." A high ranking gang member is given the task of watching his leader's younger brother for the night, and through their interactions, we find that the yo...more

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Seeking

Male, ages 18-28, African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Mixed Race, African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, South Asian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern

Role Description

Diego: (Lead) born Apr. 29, 1990. Both of his parents were deported when he was 9, leaving his 23 year old brother, Luis, and him in America. Since then, he has been dragged along almost everywhere by his brother. His brother has been trying to mold him into another version of himself, but Diego is reluctant. Diego knows that his brother is crazy enough to kill him if he were to try and abandon him. Luis has been the one taking care of Diego since their parents were deported; so Luis would feel betrayed if Diego tried to do anything but follow in his footsteps. Diego does his best at hiding what he truly loves from his brother, which is reading. Diego is timid considering his exposure to the streets from his older brother that is a leader of a gang. When his brother isn’t around, he’ll sneak in some reading. He even speaks differently when he is alone, trying to perfect his grammar and pronunciation of difficult words. His intuition tells him there is something more to life than what he has seen in his 14 years of life and wishes for nothing more than the day that he is able to discover what it is. He is murdered at age 14.

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Sides

INT. DINING ROOM BOOK SHELF - NIGHT

Diego finds Enzo’s journal and begins to read it, flipping excitedly from one page to the next.

Enzo finishes his drink.

He gets up and gets another one from the other room, walking by Diego.

DIEGO
Hey, what is this? Your journal?

Enzo lunges and snatches it, almost knocking Diego over
ENZO
Give me that!
Enzo cradles the book, shielding it from the real world.
DIEGO
Wait! I need to -

ENZO
NO! This isn’t just a book. This is
my life and everything that’s ever
happened!

DIEGO
Please! People like us can learn
from you!

ENZO
I can’t. Drop it Diego! This is
bigger than you!

DIEGO
Enzo, you don’t understand what
this book could do for me, what you
could do for me.

Diego waves his arms, motioning towards the streets and back
to Enzo.
DIEGO
You can help me escape all this! My
brother! These streets!

ENZO?
Drop it Diego! You don’t understand what could happen!
DIEGO
I know there’s more out there. Why
will no one tell me how I get
there?

ENZO
(chuckling)
Look who you brother is. That’s
why.

DIEGO
I hear the stories about you and
the things you’ve done, but I can
see who you really are Enzo.

Enzo begins to get very close to Diego.

DIEGO
Why do you stay here! Why does
anyone want to live this life!

ENZO
You tell me kid! Whats easier?
Working a nine to five for bullshit
pay, or robbing someone that’s
packing a few thousand and a pound
or two of dope?

Enzo steps towards Diego, almost in his face. Diego steps back.

ENZO
When you come from this place, you
have the world against you.

Enzo takes another step forward again in Diego’s face.

Diego steps back again.

ENZO
Some people find ways to make sure
they don’t lose their life and take what they don’t have. Some people run, run and never look back.
Diego trips backwards onto a couch. Enzo is towering over him, ready to pounce.

ENZO
That’s the only way to escape this place. You see what I chose. What are you going to do?