Patrick Schwarzenegger is a born-and-bred L.A. boy, but he’s giving a good go of Texan cowboy, from the cowboy hat, oversize denim jacket and scruff to the toothpick hanging from his teeth and the beat-up Toby Keith T-shirt he was given at LAX en route to Austin (Keith is actually an Oklahoma native, but he’s going with it).
Schwarzenegger, the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, is at SXSW for the premiere of his psychological thriller “Daniel Isn’t Real,” which marks a departure from the more wholesome roles the actor has previously embodied and all-American persona for which he’s known.
The film is the story of Luke, played by Miles Robbins, whose childhood imaginary friend Daniel (Schwarzenegger) forces him into doing some not so good things. In the film, Daniel is back to revisit the now college-aged Luke.
The ability to explore a person’s “darker side,” as Schwarzenegger says, was part of what grabbed him, after he developed an interest in men’s mental health following last year’s Parkland school shooting.
“I’ve really wanted to dive in and see what are some of the things that people are dealing with, or these alter egos that they’re having or these other voices in