‘Twilight’ Werewolf Rick Mora: Flick Was Shot in Oregon — to Gyp the Local Natives

Fortunate as he was to land a role in last year’s Twilight, Rick Mora has lingering gripes about his employers.

Interviewed on The Hoop, the Native American character actor says that – as part of a longstanding tradition of short-shrifting his people – the producers of the smash-hit flick pulled yet another fast one.

CAPTION: "We're fighting for the same pay that they're going to pay our counterparts who aren't Native American," Rick (above) tells us.

"We're fighting for the same pay they're going to pay our counterparts who aren't Native American," Rick (above) tells us.

“There are reasons why movies like Twilight were shot in Oregon and cast with Oregon natives,” he tells host Neyom Friday.

“It’s because they didn’t want to pay Hollywood natives. It was easier for them to get local extras who didn’t understand the business and pay’em, you know, a flat rate – versus taking the talent that’s worked very hard in Hollywood.

“I can give you a list of very over-qualified actors who would be more than willing to take a scale rate to participate in a project, you know?” adds Rick, who played an uncredited native werewolf in Twilight, and has a starring role in the upcoming feature Big Money Rustlas, co-starring Brigitte Nielsen and Vanilla Ice.

“As much growth as we’ve had, there are subtle changes in the arena of Native American contribution. It’s sad for me to say that there are still productions that are putting wigs on Caucasians and painting their skin,” he continues.

“Because they don’t want either to pay for the real talent or they don’t want to – I think, truly, they just don’t want to pay.”

To hear Rick’s full interview, click here.

5 thoughts on “‘Twilight’ Werewolf Rick Mora: Flick Was Shot in Oregon — to Gyp the Local Natives

  1. ohmydog

    It is a good thing that Mr. Mora showed up for the interview because it was apparent the interviewER was absent, or on drugs. The man has more than great looks; he thinks on his feet and improvises in uncomfortable, unbearably awkward situations. And he does it with friendly grace. I can’t recall a single specific question Friday asked of him much less anything of substance, yet he stepped up and gave prolific and intelligent responses to her otherwise “um, ya know” blathering. I came away with insight into him and his views on growing up native american only because he took it upon himself to make his message heard, no thanks to the show’s host. He projected what he thought listeners and his followers might want to know. What a wasted opportunity for Friday to really dig down and learn more about the man. We already know he’s beautiful, what we wanted was something we didn’t know. Thankfully he took it upon himself to share some small part of his story. I should be so lucky to have an hour of his time. I listened through the excruciating discomfort of a bad interview cringing at awkward and sad silences of the host, made up tenfold by Rick Mora’s gracious, patient, yet candid demeanor. He should be afforded every opportunity for success. Kudos to Mr. Mora.

  2. Dreams Unfolding

    I’m in complete agreement with ohmydog. Could not agree more–especially the last three sentences of the comment.

    Friday, sweetheart, the next time you have an opportunity to interview this man, take a cold shower first and prepare your questions in advance–then ask something of substance and get out of his way and let him respond. If you can’t think of substantive questions, ask us. We’ll be glad to help. You made the poor man interview himself–luckily he was up to the challenge.

    The other thing that I found disconcerting and a little disturbing is that of all of the positive, forward thinking, proactive, racially harmonious and flat-out uplifting things that Mora said in this interview, you chose to highlight above the most inflammatory statement that he made about discriminatory pay in Hollywood, and in such a way that it was almost out of context. I’m very glad that I listened to the entire interview–I almost didn’t; what you excerpted above sounded so negative that it almost colored my opinion of the man, which would have been a true disservice to him. I’m glad that I listened and heard the tone in which those words were uttered and the other thoughts that surrounded them, because it nullified the negative, inflammatory impact of what you highlighted above entirely.

    All I heard from Mora, in context, was appreciation for the opportunities he’s been given and a rational awareness that life isn’t perfect–yet. It would have been much more appropriate had you quoted him when he said, “I just want to be a working actor. I want to be the most respectable, honorable, Native American contributor to the Arts that I can be.” That seemed to be the sound bite that most closely summarized his message–that respect and appreciation, coupled with focus and hard work equals a life worth living.

    To anyone who’s following Mora’s career (oh, hell–even if you just think he’s hot) it’s worth suffering through interviewer’s ineptitude to hear what he was able to communicate in spite of her. Great job, Mr. Mora–thank you.

  3. D1

    I have NO CLUE how Mora managed to say so many intelligent things to such an inept interviewer. I really think she was on drugs. It was absolutely shocking. There are so many questions that Neyom could have asked, but all she said was “um, ya know, I phased out”. WTF? How about giving an intro to the man, ask him to talk about his childhood and upbringing, he mentioned “the Rez”- which one did he live on? What did he think of the actors that he met on the Twilight set (Peter Facinelli, Robert Pattinson etc)? Why is he cool with being cast by European companies as the “Noble Savage”? SOOOO many questions she COULD have asked! This was a great opportunity to interview a very articulate guy MISSED.

  4. AMRed

    I was SO disappointed with this interviewer!!!! I LOVE Native American culture and I was so excited to hear a Native man speak about his experiences and life but, as you all said he had to interview himself. He is extremely beautiful but what he had to say overshadowed that for me because he was just so interesting, he’s just as beautiful inside. Thank you Rick for taking the initiative to interview yourself, I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

  5. Patti Patterson

    I missed the interview sadly but I know that many white interviewers seem to miss the mark on interviewing all Native Americans! There have been others that i have seen but the quality of the interview has diminished greatly in the last ten or so years and there are many missed oppertunities! I hope that he will get someone who want to learn and ask intelligent and pertainate questions next time and doesn’t get caught up in the manusha of preconcieved ideas and understand that this man in just that a man and has a great deal of knowledge and experience to share!


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