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Jake Roberts (Lead)

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Casting "The Invisible Wound," a series of three short films about sexual dysfunction due to military trauma. Character development was based on research gathered from current mil...more

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Male, ages 21-22, Caucasian

Role Description

Jake Roberts: (Lead) served in the USMC for four years, enlisted when he was 18. Did two tours; one in Iraq, one in Afghanistan. He separated from Service as an E-3 (Lance Corporal). He joined the service because the notion of brotherhood was enticing. He served four years, but after two very difficult tours, he decided that he could not stand to see any more of his friends die in battle. He left a battle-hardened grunt. Now that he’s out of the service, he really has no idea what to do with his life. He thought he’d be a Marine forever, but things change. He’s alone with no direction. No physical injuries, but he suffers from severe PTSD, including depression, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts. He’s on SSRIs and other meds (Zoloft and Prozasin) The real problem he’s facing is that if he stays on the meds, he can’t perform sexually. Must be comfortable with scenes portraying sexual intimacy (no nudity).

The Invisible Wound

A young, baby-faced veteran stares back at us. JAKE ROBERTS
(22). Others his age dealt with homework and hangovers. He
dealt with bullets, bombs, and fallen brothers.
Now he's home. Struggling. Not sure if being in this office
is going to help.
Just as in the other films, the CLINICIAN sits off-camera.
Hi Jake. It's been a while since you
were last here.
I know, doc. It's just -- I was busy.
I understand. I know you're moving
into a new apartment, and getting
settled takes time. So, what brings
you in today?
I was kinda hoping we could talk
about those meds I'm taking.
Sure, what about them would you like
to talk about?
Well, it's just, I thought they were
supposed to make things easier.
Jake walks in through the front door.
A near-empty studio apartment. A mattress on the floor. The
sheets folded nicely on top -- up to Military standards.
Nothing on the walls. Just a few boxes and his foot locker.
I was getting things in order. I
mean, the apartment was really coming
And how were you adjusting to the new
Jake opens up the fridge.
Jake sits on a box. Eats out of a take-out container.
Watches a video on his PHONE.
I think the biggest difference about
being home is being alone. In the
Corps, you're never alone. You're
lucky if you had five minutes to
Jake puts everything away nice and neat.
JAKE (V.O.) (cont'd)
But once I was out, I don't know. It
just took some getting used to.
Looks at a clock. 8PM.
Jake sits. Bored. Takes apart his pistol.
JAKE (V.O.) (cont'd)
Routine-wise -- I guess I got on a
pretty good schedule. Lots of
activities to keep me busy.
Puts it back together. Kills time.
Jake organizes pills.
JAKE (V.O.) (cont'd)
You gotta tell me something, doc. Is
there a reason why they name these
JAKE (V.O.) (cont'd)
pills what they do? I mean, I can
barely pronounce them. Zoloft, yeah,
but Prazo--something. Adrena-llergic
drugs or whatever they got me on.
Jake takes a handful and swallows them.