Peter Facinelli: From ‘Twilight’ to ‘Loosies’

"Loosies" is in theaters now.

To most Americans, Peter Facinelli is known first and foremost Dr. Carlisle Cullen, the head of a family of vampires from the “Twilight” films. To others, he’s livier Dr. Fitch Cooper on the HBO series “Nurse Jackie.” But it won’t be long before the Queens native is more widely recognized for his screenwriting talents, as are evidenced by his new film “Loosies,” which he wrote in under three weeks.

“I remember being on the subway and just started thinking about pickpockets,” Facinelli says of his initial ideas about the film, which centers on a man forced to commit petty crimes in order to pay back his deceased father’s gambling debts. “I just started thinking about, what is this pickpocket’s life like? I did a lot of daydreaming about his world and then I came up with that story and just sat down and it all kind of came out and went down on paper.”

Though this is Facinelli’s first feature film script, he hopes to get into directing in the near future. He’s currently in the process of putting together a team for his far darker script: “El Chico Blanco.” He’s got plenty of fans from his acting work, but Facinelli hopes to create a more multifaceted career for himself, modeled after some of his idols.

“I started acting because I was inspired by Paul Newman and Robert Redford from a movie called ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’” he says. “If I could have a fraction of their careers, that would be great. Robert Redford still makes movies, still acts in movies. He produces, he writes, he directs. Hopefully I’ll get there. It’s a good start.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MTA announces service changes for Sunday

The MTA has announced service changes ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Riders using…

Local

NYPD launches Twitter account for L train

The NYPD recently launched a Twitter handle dedicated to the L train and its riders. According to @NYPDLtrain, officers went underground Thursday morning to hand…

Local

Bushwick community space offers activists a place to…

A new Bushwick community space offers community activists to meet, create, learn and throw back a few cold ones. MayDay, located 214 Starr Street in Bushwick,…

Local

Activists gearing up for Sunday's "historic" People's Climate…

If all goes according to plan, more than 100,000 people will gather near Central Park West on Sunday morning and march through midtown to raise…

Arts

EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Adam Jacobs at 'Aladdin' on…

Metro shadowed Adam Jacobs backstage at "Aladdin" on Broadway.

Movies

Review: Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' is better…

Terry Gilliam's latest, "The Zero Theorem," concerns a reclusive malcontent (Christoph Waltz) struggling with the search for the meaning of life.

Music

Esperanza Spalding and a being called Emily get…

Esperanza Spalding is about to spiral off in a brand new direction that may or may include an alter ego named Emily.

Movies

Review: Bickering family dramedy 'This is Where I…

A talented cast sits Shiva in the bickering family dramedy "This is Where I Leave You," although it's more sap than yuks.

NFL

J.J. Watt poses unique challenges to struggling Giants…

Watt, arguably the best defensive player in the league, is the leader of a surprising Texans (2-0) team that has already matched last season’s win total.

NFL

Eric Decker 'unlikely to play' against Bears: Source

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker's status for Monday night’s game against the Bears is in doubt after he missed practice again Wednesday.

NFL

Preston Parker, not Odell Beckham, will replace Jerrel…

Tom Coughlin noted the next man up will be unheralded veteran Preston Parker.

NFL

NFL Week 3 full schedule (kickoff time, TV)

NFL Week 3 full schedule (kickoff time, TV)

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.

Style

3 things we love from Day 1 of…

The highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week.

Sex

Why don't more couples use condoms?

  Call it the “condom moment.” That’s the name the authors of a new study have given to the pivotal conversation every couple should be…

Sex

Need an idea for a first date? Here's…

Picture your idea of a nice first date. Is it dinner and a movie? A visit to an interesting museum exhibit? Instead, an expert on…