Chula Vista native lands role in new Netflix film 'Triple Frontier'

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Posted at 11:28 AM, Mar 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-30 16:55:30-04

(KGTV) — A South Bay native got the break of a lifetime while he was assembling an office chair.

While working as a production assistant on set of the Netflix film "Triple Frontier," Louis Rodriguez was putting together a chair for director JC Chandor when he was asked to audition by a casting director.

Despite having no previous acting experience, he given the shot to try out for the role of "Duke" in the film while in Hawaii.

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And, clearly, the audition went well, as he then got the chance to try out in front of Chandor a week later.

"They recognized me right away as the boy who was serving them coffee," Rodriguez joked.

Eventually, he was casted opposite Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Pedro Pascal, Charlie Hunnam, and Garrett Hedlund.

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"It was really cool going to Columbia," Rodriguez said. "At first I felt like the kid trying to fit in in high school with the cool kids because my chair and my trailer was right next to them."

"Triple Frontier" follows a group of former Special Forces operatives as they reunite to pull off a dangerous heist of a drug lord's fortune in South America.

Rodriguez plays the part of brother to actress Adria Arjona's character "Yovanna." Duke has been roped into the drug trade and Yovanna works to get him out, while also serving as an informant to Isaac's character. The film is now available to stream on Netflix.

Here's a preview of Rodriguez about 40 seconds in during this clip from the film, as his character "Duke" is being loaded into a truck:

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"It was a humbling experience," Rodriguez told 10News. "My family was over whelmed when they saw me. No one knew besides my parents and brothers."

Rodriguez graduated from Bonita Vista High School before attending the University of Hawai'i where he received a degree in Digital Media. According to his IMDB biography, he chose UH because of his love of surfing and to one day become an underwater documentary filmmaker.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity so I'm going to run with it," Rodriguez said. "I never saw myself in front of the camera but I've always seen myself behind it."

He says that he's now looking into acting agents and exploring opportunities to continue acting.