It can’t be easy stepping into George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino’s shoes. But for D.J Cotrona and Zane Holtz — who are playing Seth and Richie Gecko in Robert Rodriguez’s TV adaptation of his own feature film From Dusk Till Dawn — it was a challenge worth taking. What other TV show is letting anyone hunt sultry, south of the border bloodsuckers?
On the eve of From Dusk Till Dawn’s second season’s premiere — on August 25th at 9:00 pm on Rodriguez’s El Rey Network — Cotrona and Holtz took a stake to Playboy’s Lucky 7 questions.
What was your first encounter with Playboy?
D.J.: I was lookout while some friends stole a few copies when we were kids. I owe your company 12 bucks.
Zane: I don’t recall my first encounter with the magazine, but I will always remember my first time going to the Mansion. I got to see Three Six Mafia perform there the year they won the Oscar for Hustle and Flow and swam in the Grotto. Unforgettable.
What movie scared you the most as a kid?
D.J.: The Exorcist. When I hear that music I revert. Freaks me out.
Zane: The Fly. The scene where he throws up on the other guy’s arm and it dissolved really bothered me. It’s funny because now [David] Cronenberg is one of my favorite directors.
What’s your pop-culture blind spot?
Zane: I read an article on “YouTubers” recently. I didn’t know people made money doing that.
D.J.: Pop music.
Let’s pretend you’re on death row — what’s your last meal?
Zane: A cheeseburger and a Manhattan.
D.J.: 10 pounds of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Who was your first celebrity crush?
D.J.: Cindy Crawford.
Zane: Sarah Michelle Gellar. I loved Buffy. One Christmas, my mom signed a couple of my gifts as if they were from her.
If you could commit one consequence-free crime, what would it be?
Zane: After playing Richie Gecko for 20 episodes, I would say robbery. I love to gamble so it would be a casino heist. I might even go full Elvis, 3,000 Miles to Graceland style.
D.J.: Bank robbery. Customers are insured. Everybody wins!
What’s the biggest lie you ever told?
Zane: As an actor I lie professionally as it is, so I try to be as honest and real as possible in my daily life.
D.J.: “I have never told a lie.”
Season 2 of From Dusk Till Dawn premieres on Tuesday, August 25 at 9pm on the El Rey Network.