As a child, John was fascinated with drawing and was enrolled in traditional oil painting classes, which he attributes as being very influential in his filmmaking approach.
At an early age, John and his fraternal twin brother were also enrolled in self-defense classes. As he tells us in the interview, he was kind of shy and geeky, always drawing, then add English as a second language, and the move from Canada to Los Angeles, California posed potential issues so his father chose a martial arts studio owned by none other than Chuck Norris.
This experience influenced Lechago because he saw that his instructor was beating up the adults, saw the huge cameras and all the action behind the scenes and thought it was the coolest thing in the world. In fact, John and his twin brother have an uncredited acting scene in A Force of One (1979). He knew then that he wanted to be involved in movies.
John’s directorial debut was perhaps luck, timing, or a bit of both. There was an actor’s strike at the time and the owner of a corporate video company gave John $5,000 and use of the cameras and office space to make a film. With a ridiculously low budget and 12 days to shoot, Lechago teamed up with Vincent Bilancio to make Blood Gnome (2004).
In 2010, John Lechago wrote and directed Killjoy 3, a Charles Band Full Moon Features films. Fast forward to June 2020 when Blade: The Iron Cross was released. Geek Insider’s Matthew Harris and Meredith Loughran had the opportunity to Geek Speak with John to talk about his movie.