Victor Rasuk is portraying José Rodriguez in the Fifty Shades of Grey movies.
Life and career
Rasuk was born in New York City, New York, to Dominican parents. He has one brother, Silvestre, with whom he starred in Raising Victor Vargas. Rasuk attended performing arts school as a teenager, and began acting at 14. He garnered his first movie role at 16 in Five Feet High and Rising. The film—less than 30 minutes long—was a hit at the Independent Spirit Film Festival. Two years later, the same director, Peter Sollett, suggested expanding the short film into a feature-length movie: Raising Victor Vargas, which went on to win Rasuk an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his work. In his next film, Rock Steady, Rasuk played a character named Roc. Two years later, he took a leading role in Haven with Orlando Bloom.
In 2005, Lords of Dogtown was released, with Victor playing Tony Alva, one of the leading roles. The part included surfing and performing skateboarding tricks. Although the more complicated maneuvers were performed by stunt men (including the scenes of surfing at Pacific Ocean Park pier and skating in empty swimming pools), Rasuk is a method actor and worked on remaining in character both on and off screen. Believing he had mastered skating a huge ramp in only his second week of training, Rasuk fractured one of his orbital bones. Rasuk says the accident likely earned him more respect from serious skaters within the cast and crew. Victor starred in the short-lived HBO television series How To Make It In America which only lasted two seasons.
Fifty Shades of Grey
On October 31, 2013, it was announced that Rasuk has been cast as Anastasia Steele's best friend, photographer Jose Rodriguez, in the film adaptation of author EL James's erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, which is slated for release on February 13, 2015.