Movie starring Victoria native opens Friday at Cinemark
April 29, 2010 at 7:01 p.m.
Updated April 29, 2010 at 11:30 p.m.
There may not be a red carpet, but that isn't stopping Debbie Prokop from creating a big fanfare about the Victoria premiere of the movie "Furry Vengeance" at Cinemark Theatres. With her son, Matt Prokop, starring in the movie, the proud mother is gathering up as many people as she can to attend one of two showings Friday.
"A lot of my family and friends want to see the movie with Tony (her husband) and I. So via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail, I've asked them all to come to the 12:50 p.m. showing or the 8:05 p.m. showing Friday," she said. "The Friday night one is for all those who work and can't come earlier. I definitely won't mind seeing it multiple times."
The actor was born and raised in Victoria.
This is the second major movie for Matt Prokop, who now lives in L.A. Also cast in "High School Musical 3," in this latest movie, he plays the son of Brendan Fraser and Brooke Shields.
"The movie is hilarious! I loved Matt in it," his mom said. "He did a great job and got to show his serious side."
She added that she couldn't be prouder of him.
"He followed his dream. He knew this is what he wanted to do and he never gave up," she said. "My husband and I told our kids you can be anything you want to be and he really took that to heart."
Although her son said it freaks him out to watch himself onscreen, he added he's been getting good feedback about the movie and his performance.
"It's a great family film with a great cast allowing for some fun and crazy performances," he said. "The director, Roger Kumble, is such a giving director; he really worked with the actors to get the best performance possible."
The Prokop family also headed to the L.A. premiere of the movie, which was a bittersweet experience.
"My husband, daughter, son-in-law and grandson all went to L.A. thinking that Matt was going to be there with us. Unfortunately he was stuck in London due to the volcano," the mom said. "He ended up staying an extra six days and we left without seeing him."
Her son didn't completely miss the premiere, however.
"They somehow Skyped Matt in and he ended up being wheeled down the red carpet on a cart via laptop," his mom added.
While he won't be able to make it Friday, Prokop will be coming home to Victoria for a visit next week and he's bringing along his girlfriend, Sarah Hyland, who plays Haley Dunphy on the sitcom "Modern Family.
"I'm so excited. First stop Hungry Jacks!" he said. "Hungry's is always my first stop; they have the best gravy and the fries are amazing. Then off to Uncle Mutt's for the best barbecue. I can't find one place in California that compares."
As for what's next for the young actor, he said he has just finished an independent film called "Conception," a romantic drama in which his love interest is also his real life girlfriend, Hyland.