Danny Woodburn [Interview]

 

Happy Wednesday Everyone! I am so very excited to share this incredible interview we have for you all with the incredible actor Danny Woodburn. Danny is the man that you know and love, you has worked in just about every genre and field imaginable. Possibly most notable would be his appearances in the hit sitcom in which we have managed to have several writers, producers, and stars here on this very site, which would be Seinfeld. But, as we are compelled to do around here, he is yet another of the cast of wonderful characters to have a reoccurring role on our beloved sitcom, Becker. That’s right Folks, we HAD to ask about Becker. And you will not be disappointed with what he has to say about working on our favorite series.

Of course, there was so much to discuss in regards to Danny’s inspirational and multi-faceted career in the world of performance, as well as his selfless advocacy work for performers with disabilities, which he will discuss below. With that, I feel like we should just jump right into it! Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the brilliant Danny Woodburn!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment? Was it an early aspiration you have had since a youth, or did you simply find yourself in this world one day?

My choice to begin my career came in my early 20s.  I had always aspired to be like the comedians I saw in the day and 70-80s (from Flip Wilson to Don  Rickles and Cosby Carson,  Carlin to Pryor,  Winters to Williams;  the list goes on and on.   But, at first I did not see it as a career choice.  Hollywood did not seem attainable. In my mind it was some other.  But I always had the bug to perform as far back as age 4 when I used to act out the songs on a Woody Guthrie album called Songs to Grow On.  To try to get a laugh from my mom.  But after high school, once I decided to study acting, it was all over, that was where I was headed.

What was your very first paid gig in the world of acting? And where there any sort of lessons learned on this specific project?

On stage in an improv troupe called Loose Change.  We headlined at a bar/club in New Hope, PA called John and Peters.  I got $7 after we split the door.  The lesson I learned was that improv troupes did not make money.

First TV role was an episode fo Hunter in 1991.  I played a thief who hit bars after last call.  What I learned here was that it is very easy to look like you are overacting if the director never yells cut.

In 2001 & 2002, you made a couple of appearances on one of my favorite TV series of all time, one that we have actually just showcased a full week of interviews about, which is the absolutely wonderful show Becker. We are compelled to ask anyone who has ever worked on this program in any form, including the show’s creator, what they thought about working on the set of Becker? And was there anything about this show that set itself apart from others you have worked on?

I had a great time and being asked back to any show in my view shows a real sense of family by the creators and lead cast.  Ted and the gang there were very welcoming and I loved the smart ass nature of my character.  I liked the fact that this was a real character, a person and not some exaggerated version of little people that so often was posed for me to play.

 

 

Now, I know that Becker may be my favorite show, but I know that you have worked on other more legendary programs. Another one of which we have spoken with many writers from, is perhaps one of the most legendary sitcoms of all time, which would be Seinfeld. You had a brilliant reoccurring role as Mickey Abbott. So again, what was it like playing through the mind of folks like Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David?

Seinfeld was my first sitcom and maybe only my 4th or 5th TV show.  I was thrust into the work day immediately after my audition, so I felt I had to really be on my game.  The show ran very smoothly in my novice opinion and the cast was a terrific group to work with.  My scenes with Michael were always a highlight for me and he was such a perfectionist in his craft it inspires a young actor to be at his best.  Coming back again and agin has been one of the great stories of my career and I was honored to have been a part of such a legendary TV show.  It changed my career.

In 2014, you portrayed one of my childhood heroes in the 2014 film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The film was very CGI heavy, but I know there is still has to be a lot of work that goes into portraying the legendary Master Splinter, even if you had somebody else doing the voice over work. So, how was this experience for you? What sort of work goes into making a film like this?

It was a new experience for me working in Mo-caps suits all day.  It is meticulous work and scenes are filmed many more times than in a traditional film shoot.  We all had Tobe on our acting game and create a physicality and expressiveness worthy of out character.  But it was strenuous work to be sure.

When you look back on your career that spans almost 30 years in this business, what would you say you are most proud of? Not necessarily one specific project, although it could be, but as a whole what do you look back on with the most pride? 

To work directly with legends like Angela Lansbury, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, James Earl Jones, Anne Francis, Billy Barty  James Garner, Gene Wilder,  Eddie Albert Jr., Vincent Schiavellli, and of course Robin Williams.

Probably my greatest joy working on a sound stage came while working on Death to Smoochy.  Under Danny DeVito’s direction who was like the papa on that film surrounding himself with a comedy family was truly one of the greatest privileges. And to have scenes with Robin and work with him every day, for someone who saw him as an inspiration of comedy, was something I will cherish; all the more now that he is gone.

Also to be able to be an advocate for actors with disabilities is where a great deal of my passion lies.  I continue to try to make strides for performers with disability to be given equal opportunity to employment.  This is of the utmost importance to me.  This is why I work as SAG-AFTRA Performers with Disability co-vice chair, with the Ruderman Family Foundation,  the ReelAbilities Film Festival and the National Disability Theater Company

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

Today in addition to acting and advocacy, I write and direct and am creating my own content with my wife of 21 Years, Amy Buchwald.  We have a short film we just finished recently and are posting now.  Also I just acted in a movie called Faith Based which will be out soon.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Re-binging The Office and just watched the Michael and Holly proposal scene.  Sadly I did not really watch it while it was on and now that I have worked with and met a couple of the cast I am hooked.

New Music Tuesday: Silver Medal – The Trophy Room [EP]

 

Praise be to the indie rock/pop gods that have shone their eternal light on this lovely Tuesday. We have an absolutely wonderful record to share with you beloved followers and anyone who has lamented against the state of indie music in the modern age. Some of our old pals, as well as some new friends, that make up the incredible Portland based band Silver Medal have a wonderful EP that you should all know and love. And we are going to dig into it very quickly. But, first…..

I am sure that a lot of you can look back on the music we have showcased in the past, and may be noticing that there has been a shift in taste and definitely the amount of content and time we are putting into the world of independent music. I could apologize for this, but honestly, it’s just age, Folks. We are getting older, and after a dozen years of digging through the digital crates, it’s beginning to feel a bit taxing. Oh and speaking of taxing (watch out! Here comes the Segway!)….

If you can remember back to just over a month ago, you will remember a track that neared upper crest of our Top 100 Songs of 2019, which would be “Tax Season”. It is damn fine track, and an obvious pick for a single from this incredible 5 track opus. Silver Medal mashes the loud wall of sound structure that makes them special with a loud pop vocal superiority that makes their songs so damn catchy and easy to listen to, also a huge trait that makes the band shine.

 

 

But, as much as I love “Tax Season” as a single, it behooves me to recognize the fact that The Trophy Room is an EP that simply MUST be played as a whole. And with several listens back to back to truly grasp how truly unique and brilliant Silver Medal is as a collective. Even with just 5 tracks, there is so much to unpack on this album. Each track gets a bit longer in length, starting with a 2 minute introduction to aforementioned pop sensibilities with “Good Riddance” and wraps itself up nicely with the nearly 6 minute opus like cut “Upon Remembering and Ancient Curse”, which is definitely my favorite song of the batch. But again, this is an album that works best when listened to as a whole, and this may only be my favorite track because it’s the grand finale to a collection of brilliant songs.

Seriously Folks, Silver Medal the band with that indie pop sound that I feel like everyone can know and love. We’ve been covering the work of the band’s lead vocalist, Jared Brannan, for a lot of years. Many moons ago, I can remember comparing his song writing to what it would be like if Dostoyevsky were a folk singer. And while the sound has somewhat shifted, improved I would say, the same sentiment still stands. I’ve none Jared, and other members (former next door neighbor to Allen Anderson here, I wonder if he remembers that? Allen?), in different PDX incarnations over the years. Everyone in the group has been making delightful sounds in one way or another for so many years, and it really feels as though it has all cultivated to reach this point, with this very specific project that I hold very dear to my heart. They are an incredible act, and I implore anyone with the means to find yourself at one of their shows. I can only imagine it to be a hell of an experience that I wouldn’t want to miss.

So with that, pick up a copy of The Trophy Room wherever you buy your music. I’d suggest starting out at the band’s website,silvermedalmusic.com. Pick up a copy on vinyl even. Support those who create great art. Which is exactly what Silver Medal is, great, wonderful, and exciting art.

 

DeJuan Guy [Interview]

Hello Folks! Today we have another incredible interview with another legend in the world of acting. Today’s interview subject has been giving incredible performances in both film and television since before most of us could even imagine what we wanted to do with our lives. It’s the great DeJuan Guy! DeJuan has had a plethora of notable roles in his career, many of them will be discussed below. What was also just as fascinating to learn about what was some of the roles he may have been hand-picked for but sadly didn’t get to work on, but would make up for it a decade later. We will also discuss this below with the legend himself. Whether it is beloved sports films for 90’s kids, thought-provoking hood movies, or classic horror cinema, there are very few areas that DeJuan hasn’t spun gold within with is clear and obvious talent

We are so very excited to have this multi-faceted actor gracing our digital pages today. Mr. Guy has a wonderful story to tell, and we are so happy that he was able to carve some time out of his busy schedule to share a few words with us today. So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the great DeJuan Guy!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of performance? I understand you started pretty early in life? What drew you to this life?
My very first memory is of me doing improv with my aunt Pinky (Irene Nettles). I guess that was my introduction to acting. We would base our improvisations off of the Cosby Show. It was from that moment on that I was drawn to perform or entertain whether it was on camera for home videos, rapping happy birthday songs on top of a table at a restaurant or performing Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” at my uncle’s wedding. The feeling it gave me to be in front of an audience drew me into this buisness.
What was your very first paid gig in the world of performance? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that still affect your work today?
When I was 8 years old I was discovered by the late John Singleton while portraying the role of Travis in A Raisin in the Sun for a scene study my aunt Pinky was doing for a class in which John was also a student. After watching the scene, John asked me to audition for the role of Trey in Boyz N the Hood . I read with Laurence Fishbourne and as far as John was concerned, the role was mine. However, due to the nature of the role and language content, the studio decided that I looked to young to play the role intended for a 12 year old. As a result, John was forced to cast me in a smaller role that was later edited from the film. That was my first paying gig. I learned from this experience, that just because you get on film does not mean you will make the final cut. That has stuck with me ever since.
One of your earlier works was in one of my favorite films when I was young known dearly as Little Giants. I am curious to know what the set life was life on this film? Was it as fun to work on as it was for me to enjoy as a kid?
What I remember most about Little Giants is going to audition for Steven Speilberg at his office that had a cool arcade in it. I spent a lot of hours on set and sometimes I didn’t even get to shoot, but I had fun and the food was amazing! It was such an honor to work with a legend.
Another incredible film you worked on, that I enjoyed at older age, is the John Singleton 2001 modern day classic film Baby Boy. So what was it that drew you to this project? I understand you had already known Singleton for quite some time?
My neighbor told me John was casting for Baby Boy in Leimert Park, which was not far from where we lived. I felt very comfortable crashing the audition by pulling up and requesting to see John Singleton. After given the “run around”, I told the secretary that I saw John’s car in the parking lot (not knowing for sure, it was just a guess). John was happy to see me and had me read for Jody. Later I was cast in the role of Looney Toon and the rest is history.
I understand you have a new project coming out soon entitled Eviction Notice that sounds very interesting. Would you mind telling our readers a bit about this project? What will be have the pleasure of seeing you do?
Eviction Notice is set to release next year. I play the role of Cash Clay, a record producer from Atlanta. The film is based around some college girls who have hit some hardships and need to raise money for rent. Cash Clay is interested in one of the girls and wants to help them in any way possible.
If you were handed the opportunity to appear in the biopic of any legendary figure in American history, who would it be?
I would love to be in a biopic film about the legendary Nipsey Hussle. Growing up in LA and in an area close to where Nip grew up, I can relate to his music and see and appreciate what he did for the people in the community. I strongly believe his music and message should be spread for years to come. The marathon continues. My homeboy Larrance Dopson produced a lot of music for Nip, so I have been following Nip long before there was a “Victory Lap”. I cannot think of a biopic that would have more personal meaning for me than this one.
What else does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?
You can look forward to seeing me directing as well as acting in the near future. I will continue to perfect my craft.
What was the last thing that made you smile?
Seeing my daughter Mia laugh, was the last thing that made me smile.

Sunday Matinee: Goalie [Film]

 

“The life of a professional hockey player was not always a glamorous one. For legendary goaltender Terry Sawchuk, each save means one more gash to his unmasked face and one more drink to numb the pain. Even with a wife and seven children at home, he is haunted by the void left from his childhood which he tried to fill with cheering crowds. Sawchuk traveled across the country racking up 103 shutouts and 400 stitches to his face, proving that this is a man who lives, breathes, and dies a goalie.” – October Coast PR

 

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Hello Folks! While we have absolutely adored the films we have already covered this year thus far, I am here to say that I believe we have found our first EPIC drama of the year thus far in the form of this hockey lover’s wet dream of a film known as Goalie. Yes, when it comes to the world of hockey, I would presume to imagine that die-hard fans will probably be all too familiar with the career and life of Terry Sawchuck. I mean, what a damn story this guy had. But, I am also here to say that as somebody who doesn’t really follow hockey (like, at all) Goalie is a film that is indeed about hockey, but is actually about so much more than the game. While it is the central theme of the film, the act of sliding a puck over ice, possibly directly into a person’s mouth, is for another life force within the story of Terry Sawchuk himself, or at the very least, another character in his story. His dedication to the game seamed to stem back to a his time spent as a misguided youth who rarely saw sensitivity as a positive attribute, although he seemed to have plenty of it in his heart, yet his alcohol abuse that was used to numb his physical pain would sadly bleed over into his emotional wounds as well. Which is a pain that cannot be iced or heated away over time. This is the major takeaway from the film as a whole.

While it’s easy to consider the sport of hockey to be just another game to play, it is important to realize that at times there is a level of commitment to a self-destructive lifestyle that is simply unexplainable. This is why the story of a man who receives 400 stitches to the face over one career is so exhilarating and wildly unbelievable. But here it is Folks, for those interested in the human condition to a fault, Goalie is the film for you. Again, you don’t need to be a follower of the sport to enjoy this masterpiece.

 

 

Writer and director Adriana Maggs, as well as her sister, co-writer Jane Maggs, have crafted a story about a life that many have most likely never heard of before. Or, one that some are all too familiar with. Either way, Adriana and her band of talented cohorts have created something absolutely beautiful with Goalie. So much of why this film is so wonderful is obviously because of the writing. But as we have shared in the past, without the right people to deliver the lines, the storytelling just won’t work. And hot damn if they didn’t hit the nail (puck?) directly on the head in having Mark O’Brien portray Sawchuk himself. The intensity and passion that I could only imagine the real life Terry having is prominent and incredible through Mark. And of course, having one of the greatest screen actors of our time, Kevin Pollak, portraying the legendary Jack Adams is just another given that you are in for something truly special. But, let’s not forget about the one who truly stole the show for me, the one person with just enough sense to see the truth around them, but too love-stricken to completely avoid a terrible situation, which would be Georgina Reilly’s incredible portrayal of Sawchuk’s often disregarded companion, Pat Morey. To say that Georgina’s performance was anything less than brilliant would be a damned war crime in cinema. She’s that great. All the writing, performances, cinematography, all of it…it’s all a delight and I have no qualms in calling Goalie the first great film of 2020.

 

Goalie will be in select theaters on January 31st, and available on DVD and VOD on February 25th from Dark Star Pictures.

 

Saturday Special: A Rough Draft [Film]

 

A Rough Draft is set in and around the concept of open world video gaming, following a man without an identity nor memories who plays middle-man to corresponding worlds. Kirill’s identity has been eliminated. Erased from the memories of everyone around him, Kirill will be forced to serve as the gatekeeper of a portal that connects parallel worlds.” – October Coast PR

 

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If you couldn’t guess from the description above, A Rough Draft is a fantasy film that is far more than just a visually stunning production, it is a very interesting concept derived around the possibilities of multi-dimensional existences. What if there was more? What if a series of seemingly fated mistakes were simply just the precursor to a world that is far greater than our own? It’s a hell of a concept if you really stop to think about it. If theorists are to believe that the universe is infinite and there is a possibility of our own selves living in alternate realities, would it really be a stretch to imagine that somewhere there is a portal connecting one universe to another, if only for the sake of understanding what NOT to do?

Should this be the case, this is a film that beautifully highlights the wrong in the world, and showcases what could happen if we were freed from the endless mistakes that human kind continuously puts on display. While this concept could obviously cause a bit of dread, it’s also strangely hopeful in a way if you really try to wrap your mind around it. The world is already crazy enough, but think about the one that existence in more of a tranquil, free from war and suffering, state of being. We’ll likely never see it, but as the late great Ernest Hemingway once wrote through the eyes of one of his greatest characters ever brought to page, Brett Ashley, “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”

 

 

Now, going back to the film itself rather than just its concept, what a damn ride! A Rough Draft is a visually stunning portrayal from the mind of filmmaker Sergey Mokritskiy. It’s some of the best independent visual storytelling I have ever seen. Huge props have to be given to the likes of cinematographer Aleksandr Tananov and production designer Jurij Grigorovic, who with this film alone, may be some of the best and possibly underappreciated visual storytellers in the game right now. The film’s star Nikita Volkov also shines bright in his lead role, but if forced to choose a favorite performance, my proverbial hat must be tipped to the amazing Severija Janusauskaite, who was as awe-inspiring as she was frightening at times. The good folks behind the Russian based production company, New People Film, obviously have an eye for talent. They have been in the game for a while now, and now that they have managed to team up with our dear friends at High Octane Pictures, I’m sure we can anticipate even more wonderful works of art in the future. And we are so damn grateful for that!

 

A Rough Draft is available now wherever you buy great films.

 

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Caitlin Holcombe [Interview]

 

Hello Folks! As we near the end another week of the newly grounded year 2020, we have another wonderful interview to share with you all with another incredibly talented performer, which was definitely the theme this week, was it not? Today we have some incredible words from the great Caitlin Holcombe!

Everyone should recognize Holcombe as the lead role in one of our most beloved films of 2019. That film would actually be one of our Top Ten Films of 2019, the brilliant and personal journey of a film entitled Stoke. Caitlin was absolutely incredible in this film written and directed by our new friend Zoe Eisenberg. I was extremely excited to have Holcombe on the site to discuss her work on this incredible film, and obviously so much more. And I am now extremely excited to share her words with you all today, and to have Caitlin become a member of the TWS legacy. We are absolutely honored to have her here.

So Folks, please enjoy some incredible words from one of the modern age’s finest performers, the great Caitlin Holcombe!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of acting? Was it something you aspired to do since you were young, or did you happen to find yourself in this world one day?

I started acting when I was in first grade. I was Mother Goose in the school play. Movies were always an inspiration to me. When I was young I especially loved old Hollywood. James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Stewart. I wanted to do what they did.

 

What was your first paid gig on the world of acting? And where there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that still affect your work today?

My first paid gig was an industrial I did for a loan company! We all start somewhere, right?

I recently really enjoyed your performance in our new friend Zoe Eisenberg’s film Stoke. I am curious to know what drew you to this role? What made you want to work in this world?

Thank you! Zoe is a wonderful writer. I will do any project she asks me to do because I trust her skill and talent implicitly. She writes complex, juicy characters, and Jane is no exception. When Zoe emailed the script I read it and envisioned the whole movie. I loved the idea of a road film taking place over the course of one day, and on the Big Island, c’mon. What a dream to go on location in such a gorgeous place and make a movie with incredible people. I was drawn to Jane because I thought I had something I could offer to the role. I felt I could identify with her.

 

 

The rest of the cast of Stoke was also absolutely phenomenal as well. I am curious to know how the filming process and set life for you was on this project? It seems like it would be a great group of people to hang out with?

Honestly, I had the best experience on this film. Zoe, Phil, and our AD, Jordan, are to thank for that. They each brought joy and positivity to set every day. When you have people leading with heart and passion for what they do, it makes a big difference in the filming process. The cast and crew on this film were absolutely wonderful. Everyone did such a great job. Everyone led with their heart. I feel so grateful for the experience. To go away and work on a film is absolutely amazing because it becomes a bit like camp. You’re in this bubble working long hours, and sometimes it’s a really late night and the scene is really emotionally intense, and if you get on with one another, then the bond happens so quickly. You kind of skip the getting to know someone part and just get to the heart of things. Also, food is so important. We were so well taken care of in that department, and lodging. When you’re well fed and get a good night of sleep, everyone is happier.

If you were handed the opportunity to create and star in the biopic of any well known figure in American history, who would it be?

I love this question! Patti Smith. I think she’s so brilliant and so earnest in her pursuit of music and art. Plus she had relationships with Robert Mapplethorpe and Sam Shepard. What a woman. Also, the New York City she describes in her book Just Kids is the New York of my dreams, late 60’s early 70’s.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

Who knows what the future has in store? I am grateful for whatever that may be. Christmas is here and I love this time of year. I am going to visit my family in Texas and there’s a million of series I want to binge while I’m there. Creatively I am cooking up a couple of things that I will keep you posted on 🙂

What was the last thing that made you smile?

My toy poodle Morrissey. He’s currently begging me to wrap this up so I can give him my full attention.

Vince Lozano [Interview]

 

Hello Folks! A happy Wednesday to you all! Today we have a great interview with one of the hardest working people in Hollywood. It’s Vince Lozano, Everyone! Vince has been in the game for 30 years now, and has a plethora of amazing credits out in the world as an actor, producer, and more. Lozano made his big break in the international blockbuster film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, in which portrayed the lovable (sort of) pirate, Jacoby.

Since the success of Pirates, Vince has gone on to work on some wonderful films and television series both in the mainstream world, as well as some delightful indie projects. One of the latter happens to be the 2018 film we loved so much that it ended up on our Top Films of the Year list, which would be Fear, Love, & Agoraphobia. Vince was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule and tell us a bit about his time on set of Pirates, his work since, and what the future holds for this incredibly versatile and highly talented performer. We are delighted to share his words with you all today. So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the great Vince Lozano!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of performance? I understand you started pretty early in life? What drew you to this life? 

For me it was trying to find something that challenged me and fulfilled me. I was 17 or 18 trying to figure out what I wanted to do in life some of my ideas were: (paramedic, police officer, real estate, computer programming) I was a street dancer at the time taking classes performing I got real joy from that. I knew I wanted to be a part of the arts in some way. That’s when I was hanging out at Karamu House taking acting classes I was approached about auditioning for an original play. They needed a kid who could dance play basketball sing and act. I was really good at two out of the four. I was just started learning how to act. Booking that play changed my life. At the end the run of the play I knew I found my calling…(lol not trying to sound cliche) if I never became actor I would of never moved to Cali, met my wife made the wonderful friends that I have today and my beautiful amazing son. Have this pretty cool career I’m blessed. 

What drew you to this life? 

The adrenaline the natural high and excitement that I feel when I feel that I rose to the occasion and killed that performance on screen and stage. It’s just great place to release all this angst, intensity, passion, love that I have… 

What was your very first paid gig in the world of performance? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that s¬ll affect your work today? 

Was eight dollars a show at the Karamu House. My lesson was it is better have a decent job to support myself. I can make a living as an actor…lol…that was always challenging. 

It has been 15 years since you gave your legendary performance in the modern classic film Pirates of the Caribbean. I am curious to know how your experience was working on this now legendary project? Any fun an¬dotes you could share? 

It was amazing I pinched myself everyday going to set and so blessed to work on a film that will hold its own for years to come and to work with wonderful actors: Johnny, Geoffrey, Keira, Orlando, Zoe, Kevin, Treva, Lee, Marty, Jonathan! I’m still good friend with a lot of some of the Pirates. I talk to once a week. 

All I can say the Brits can truly drink lol…we play poker until 4 a.m. Beer, wine, whiskey all gone only thing left is “ Vinny’s rum” .“Hey Mate can we have some of your rum?” I always say why is the rum always gone? Lol 

 

 

In 2018 you appeared in and co-produced one of our favorite films of the year, the amazing Fear, Love, & Agoraphobia. I am curious to know what drew you to this brilliant and unique project? 

Alex the director is one of my closet friends out here in LA. I read a lot of original drafts of the script. I helped out with notes on script and also on the film edit. He wanted me to be a part of it we worked shopped my scenes originally White Eagle was written for two actors but we lost the other actor due to work. We combined the role I thought it worked well. I helped out anyway I could as a producer. Alex did a brilliant job of pulling some amazing performances out of all the actors involved. I’m really proud of the success of the film. 

If you were handed the opportunity to appear in the biopic of any legendary figure in American history, who would it be?

I wanted to play a boxer named Johnny Tapia he just lived a crazy life. He had nine lives but he used them all up. If I could sing I lwould ove to play Phil Collins, lol. L. Ron Hubbard could be very interesting to play him. He died all alone in a trailer, all of the ups and downs and twists cons he pulled off. 

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers? 

Have a couple documentaries I’m working on: Brothers Broken: When the Music StoppedHave a TV show coming out called: Golden Revenge which I’m a regular on. Film called: Promising Young Woman.  Newly released film called: Trauma Therapy. 

I see myself acting and directing. Been co-producing & directing a boxing docuseries called Ten CountAnother docuseries called HOD I’ll be directing and producing this year. 

Whatever else the Universe brings to me. 😊 

What was the last thing that made you smile? 

My son getting his first hit playing baseball and just seeing his eyes light up running to first base made me smile.