Emerging voices speak: Gonzales ‘tells’ all

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By Dillon Cooper | Sports Editor

The first thoughts that come to mind after rejection are usually “What’s wrong with me?” “Do I need to change myself?”

Nathan Gonzales’ screenplay “Somebody Should Tell Him” tackles that tendency as well as the feeling of guilt involved in failed relationships.

It’s a tale of unrequited love with the main character, Denny Lee, always on the wrong end of it.

“It’s become such a common occurrence that people get very emotional when it comes to relationships,” Gonzales said. “Relationships have taken a major focus in people’s lives.”

After numerous attempts to find a relationship Denny Lee is filled with self-doubt. He starts to question what’s wrong with him and wonders if he can fix it.

Denny Lee creates a podcast with his best friend and uses it as therapeutic relief. But when he starts to complain non-stop on the podcast, people get tired of listening.

Denny Lee then gets the idea about asking all of the girls that turned him down, is there something he can fix?

Is there something he should do differently in the future?

Denny Lee is at a desperate point in his life where he wants to know how things work and he’s realizing that being himself isn’t working.

“This whole movie is littered with pop-culture references and jokes,” Gonzales said. “It comes from a very real place and I feel there are a lot of people out there that are just like that.”

Comedy is a huge part of Gonzales’ life as he is also a stand-up comic at Flappers Comedy Club.

“If I could make people laugh, if I could entertain people, that’s where I’ll be happiest,” Gonzales said.

“Somebody Should Tell Him” is personal and somewhat autobiographical. “The main character goes through feelings that I have been going through for the later part of my life,” Gonzales said.

“It’s very much like ripping out a piece of your heart and putting it on a slab and asking ‘Does anyone else feel like this? Does anyone else feel this way?’”