Emily Wilson

Outsider: Laz Rojas


Outsider: Laz Rojas

VICE: OUTSIDER, Episode #2

After several failed attempts to break into the film industry, aspiring actor/screenwriter Laz Rojas suddenly realized how he was going to catch Hollywood’s attention and created the most ambitious demo tape of all time. He personally portrayed 102 different characters – every man, woman, child and alien – creating a universe populated entirely by himself. He submitted these tapes to every producer, studio and manager that he could find, but received no response. 

In the latest episode of OUTSIDER, a show that uncovers the singular minds behind the world’s strangest movies, VICE tracks down Laz Rojas, now living under unstable conditions in Los Angeles, to uncover the mystery behind the man, his work, and its unlikely rediscovery.

OUTSIDER is a series that explores the lone (and often lonely) visionaries behind the world’s most colossally bizarro achievements from regional America. It’s AMERICAN MOVIE meets Anthony Bourdain as hosts Evan Husney and Zack Carlson meet each subject in their hometown, creating a stark portrait of their day-to-day life and truly singular bodies of work.

2016, 27 mins, Edited by Emily Wilson, Produced by Evan Husney