New Music Tuesday: Nikhil D’Souza – Blind [Video]

Hello Folks! Regular readers here at Trainwreck’d Society may remember that a few months ago we shared Nikhil D’Souza’s brilliant single “Silver & Gold”. Well, suffice to say that we simply cannot get enough of this guy! We are here again on a New Music Tuesday to tell you all about another single from Nikhil, as well as an amazing video, entitled “Blind”. It is another prime example of why this Mumbai-born singer/songwriter is in a class all of his own. Beautiful as it is witty, charming as it is disheartening, “Blind” is an absolutely brilliant track that you all need to hear. And better yet, watch! Check out this brilliantly produced video of “Blind”, and be sure to catch Nikhil on tour, as he has done extensively throughout 2018. He’s a heck of a guy, and we so look forward to hearing from him in the future! Keep the singles coming, Sir! We live for this!



Nikhil is set to head out with The Striking Matches on their upcoming UK tour. Check out his WEBSITE for details on tickets, and more!


September 6th, 2018 – Glasgow, UK @ Oran More

September 7th, 2018 – Sheffield, UK @ The Leadmill

September 9th, 2018 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla

Tate Donovan [Interview]

Happy Monday Folks! We have an amazing interview for you fine folks today here at Trainwreck’d Society! Today we have some amazing words from the man I like to call “That Guy”. Yes, we have the amazing Tate Donovan, who is indeed, that guy that is in EVERYTHING. He’s a man in everything, because he can do practically everything! From TV dads to action fueled heroes, there really are no limitations to what this cat can do. I first discovered Donovan in the early 00’s as a cast member of the insanely popular television series The O.C. But, it would be a few years later that I would see him portraying a legendary American figure, which we will discuss in detail below, and that would solidify Tate as one of the best actors of our time.

And Tate is not only an accomplished actor, he has done some magnificent work behind the camera, even earning an Emmy for his work on the popular 30 for 30 series and directing some dynamite television. One thing I was completely unaware of is that he is also the voice of Hercules in the 1997 Disney film! Which is pretty damn cool! I don’t believe we have had anyone the site who was a lead role in a Disney animated film. So thanks for breaking that ground, Tate!

So Dear Readers, please enjoy some amazing words from one of today’s finest performers and artists, the great Tate Donovan!

When did you first realize you wanted to join the world of acting? Was it a deep-rooted ambition that you have always had?

I was 4 years old. My parents had taken me to a movie at the Bergen Theatre in Tenafly NJ. I wanted to sit away from them for some reason, and when I looked up at that screen, I said to myself, ‘this is what I want to do’. It was a movie about Medieval knights, forgot its name, but I also thought ‘jeez, if I want to do it so badly, everyone must want to act as well’.

It wasn’t until college (USC) that I realized there was so much to learn about acting, theatre, voice, film production, directing and much to the chagrin of my parents, I threw myself into it.

You are also known for getting behind the camera in the director’s chair from time to time. What inspired you to move into this gig as well?

I’ve always been the kind of actor that hangs around the monitors to see what the director and camera crew were up to, so when I got a recurring role on The OC, I asked to shadow a director. I was there from the first day of prep, all 8 days of shooting, to the final day of editing and LOVED every minute of it. After several months of shadowing different directors, the producers were kind enough to give me a shot and I’ve been directing ever since. Mostly episodic (shows like Damages, Glee, Bloodline , Madam Secretary), but I’ve made a few documentaries, one of which won an Emmy. It was for the ESPN series 30 for 30, called “Arthur and Johnnie”  about the tennis star Arthur Ashe and his brother.

In 2016 you appeared in the amazing film Elvis & Nixon, written and featuring our past guests Joey Sagal & Hannah Sagal. This was such a unique story, and just an overall wonderful film. I am curious to know how your experience was working on this film? Were you aware of this infamous meeting prior to becoming a part of the project?

I loved working on Elvis and Nixon.  We shot in New Orleans, which is always fun, and the cast and crew were really fun and nice. I had seen the picture that it was based on but not until I read the script did I learn what led up to it.  Hilarious, and I thought Micheal Shannon and Kevin Spacey gave great performances.  Happy to have been a part of that one.

In 2007 you gave an amazing performance as Neal Cassady in the film of the same name. Cassady has always been one of the most intriguing people in American history to me. What was it like to take on a role as Neal? Where you a fan of the Beats prior to being casted as Neal?

First of all, thanks, that’s nice of you to say and thanks for even seeing Neal Cassady. Not a lot of people did.  I had read On the Road so I knew about Neal and Jack Kerouac but when I got the role, I concentrated my preparation on the later, Magic Bus years. Cassady recorded hours and hours of his rants and I listened to them over and over. I still do for fun from time to time. Most of them are drug fueled ruminations, but never was the English language so pushed and pulled so creatively and passionately than by this dude. Amazing mind.  He was a fantastic character to play, so much fun but so much work.  I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard on a role.

Tate Donovan as Neal Cassady.

I’ve heard actors complain about how their performances were ruined in post, but I’ve never experienced it myself until this film. The editor was very young and didn’t know anything about the Beats. Both Glen Fitzgerald (who played Kerouac) and I had beautifully written scenes, with crazy fun dialogue and it was all hacked away. I think they were afraid of how verbal these guys were, that it wasn’t cinematic enough, but it was tough to take when we saw the final cut. Also, Neal could juggle sledge hammers and I practiced every morning and taught myself to do the same. Trust me, learning to juggle hammers is tough on the toes and deck, but the way they shot it, you couldn’t even tell it was me, or that I was juggling. Heartbreaking.

What would you consider to be your favorite field to work in as an actor? If you were destined to only work in one of them for the rest of your career, what would you choose?

The best experiences I’ve had have been mostly in the theatre. Some films, like Argo, Good Night and Good Luck, Memphis Belle have been wonderful to have been a part of, but for actors, the theatre is where its at. Rehearsing for a month, working with writers and directors to shape the play, and then getting to put it up in front of a packed house every night is an indescribable joy.
In the theatre you really get the time to investigate the part, to mine all of the moments or laughs. Night after night, you learn something different. Theatre is really the actor’s medium. Its just you and your scene partners up there and is up to you to capture the audience. Plus, in NY, there is a great community of actors who do theatre. We all rub elbows with each other after our shows and there is a comradeship that you don’t get in film and television. Its a lot of fun.

 What would you say you are most proud of?

That’s a tough one to answer actually.  Pride isn’t something I associate a lot with my work.  I feel proud when I’m directing and I’ve finished the day on time, and the cast and crew are happy with their work.  I feel proud to have acted in a scene or play where I played my part well enough to make my cast mates, the director, writer and crew feel as tho they are part of something of quality.I feel fortunate more than proud. That I get to do this for a living.

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

I just finished a great little film called Nomads about an inner city Rugby team in Philly. Very talented cast of mostly unknowns (although the wonderful Tika Sumpter stars) and it was cool to learn about the great sport of Rugby.  The real life coach I play turned out to be one of the most upbeat characters I’ve played.
Also, if you find yourself at home Friday nights, I recur this season as MacGyver’s dad and master spy on CBS’s MacGyver. Definately a fun gig.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Our two pups crack me up every day. Maddie is 14 years old and only has 3 legs and Biggie is just 4 months, but already a real character.  Lotta laughs with those two.

Sunday Matinee: Calling All Earthlings [Film]


“Calling All Earthlings explores a mid-century UFO cult led by one-time Howard Hughes confidante, George Van Tassel. Van Tassel claimed to have combined alien guidance with the writings of inventor/physicist Nikola Tesla, and other controversial science, to build an electromagnetic time machine he dubbed “The Integratron.” Was he insane? Or could the dome really break through the boundaries of space, time, and energy? FBI agents worked against Van Tassel and the alternative community that formed out of his work. Would he finish the Integratron before the government finished him?” – Big Time PR

This was easily one of the most interesting documentaries I have ever watched, and actually made me realize something about myself in the process of taking it all in, and was left with a very simple question in the end. And that was: What if? I consider myself to be a pretty open-minded person. Of course, my idea of open-mindedness is usually more on a social level, and believing that people have the right to do what makes them happy, as long as they aren’t hurting anyone in the process. It’s a simple train of thought I have always lived by. But, I honestly wouldn’t say I am very open minded about the idea of outer-worldly possibilities that some believe exist in this universe. And that is, in the simplest of definitions, is sort of what is at the core of Calling All Earthlings. And after watching this brilliant documentary, I can’t help but wonder if maybe I need to open myself up a bit more to the possibilities that a man like George Van Tassel so very clearly believed in. I mean, he wasn’t hurting anyone, right? The feds certainly didn’t want him to achieve success, and why was that? So while I remain skeptical overall, there are just too many damn questions out there to simply just call someone a nut job and move on with our lives like there is no other possible way to exist than the way we are now. Or maybe I’m just over thinking it a bit.


Integraton creator George Van Tassel


But, having a wonderful documentary lead you into the possibility of overthinking issues and life in general is sort of what they are there for, right? These films explore real events and if we pay close enough attention to the subject matter of these films, we may just learn something about ourselves in the process. George Van Tassel was obviously a genius man with an intellect and thought process beyond the likes that most of us will ever know. And I dare say that Calling All Earthlings is definitely a wonderful homage to this brilliant man. Whether you are all in with what he was trying to achieve, or what he believed, this is a wonderfully done film that you simply have to see for yourself.

Calling All Earthlings will be available on VOD, August 28th, 2018. The film will also open in New York City at the Maysles Cinema on August 1st, 2018. For more information about the film and where you can see it, head on over to for more details!



Marisa Guterman [Interview]

We have an incredible interview for you fine folks today! I’ve honestly always wondered about the actress Marisa Guterman. I may not have known her by name, but I’ve always thought about her. Marisa had an absolutely amazing appearance in one of the finest comedies of this millennium, which of course is The 40 Year Old Virgin. If you can’t quite put your finger on her appearance, think about braces. Yeah, that’s it. You know it now.

And as we tend to do, we discovered that Marisa has done so much more wonderful work beyond the thing we knew about. Which is amazing! And I want to tell you all about that stuff! Marisa is a brilliant singer in her own right, she has a banging ass company, and a strange love for the city of Cleveland that I respect. And we are so excited that she wanted to share some words with us here today.

So Ladies and Gentlemen, please enjoy some amazing words from the brilliant Marisa Guterman!

When did you decide that you wanted to join the world of acting? I know you started in the business at a very young age, but I am curious as to when you decided that this was a way that you wanted to earn a living?

When I was almost seven, my mom picked me up from school and I told her that I wanted an agent. She was like, “How do you know what that is?” It happened very organically — acting is almost inherent to who I am. I’ve always been a performer, and acting was my first way to channel that creativity. I was a toddler in a Macy’s fashion show and I cried when I had to leave the stage. I still cry today if you try to pull me off a stage.

I understand you are also an accomplished musician in your own right? How did this passion evolve? What drew you to the world of music?
I started singing at a very young age. I was small, but had a booming, soulful sound, even at age 6. I fell in love with Jazz. Dinah Washington, Thelonius Monk, Ella [Fitzgerald], Nat King Cole — these artists informed my sound. I incorporated those elements into my own music when I transitioned to songwriting. Songwriting became the perfect outlet for me, a blend of creativity, emotion and journaling. I also grew up very immersed in the world of 60s/70s because of my parents. I played with a band for a while, which I recommend everyone try. I still make music with my guitarist from that band, Mike Cionni. I also worked at Sony Music, so I got a taste for the business side of the industry.
You had a hilarious scene with the great Steve Carell during a flashback in the classic comedy 40 Year Old Virgin. It seemed like it might have been a bit awkward, but still pretty hilarious. So what was it like to work with Carell on a scene like this? Was it a fun experience overall?
The most awkward part of the whole experience was being sandwiched in between my two grandmothers while watching it in the theatre. It was a wonderful experience. Steve Carrell, Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow were all in the room for my callback. And when I finished the scene, Seth said, “That’s the trailer for the movie.” Shooting was a blast, and you had the feeling on set that this was going to be something very special. And it is.
If you were offered the chance to portray any influential character in American history, who would it be? 

This is easy. Ruth Bader Ginsberg. There is no woman or person (outside of Harriet Tubman or Hillary Clinton) who has her strength, tenacity, spirit and hope. What an arc. What a woman. Such grace, even when it wasn’t reciprocated. (Or Cher.)

Maris Guterman & Keith Gerchak of Double G Films.

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

I’m currently a writer/producer and have my own production company, Double G Films, with my writing/producing partner, Keith Gerchak. Our tag line is “serious comedy.” It’s important for us to write stories about real people and use comedy as a language to say something deeper and more meaningful about the time we live in. We have several different projects in various stages of development. One is set in Cleveland, which has become a second home. I have fallen in love with the people…and the food.

Editor’s Note: Check out these great articles with the Cleveland Jewish News & for more details on Marisa’s upcoming project Lost & Found In Cleveland. Learn more at as well!

What was the last thing that made you smile?
The Gloria Allred documentary but, in all fairness, it also made me cry. And the yellow pants I’m currently wearing. 

Gavin Houston [Interview]


Gavin Houston by Ted Sun (

Hello Dear Readers! We have a very exciting interview for you all today with an amazing performer that you should probably already know and love. It’s Gavin Houston, Everyone! He is a star of The Haves an the Have Nots on OWN, but on a more personal note, he is the man who played one of my favorite vocalists/people in the world, the amazing Babyface, in the Lifetime biopic about another one of my favorite vocalists/people, Toni Braxton, in the film Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart. I will admit that I went into the film biased because of how much I love these artists, but Gavin Houston did an absolutely amazing job in this role! Bias or not, it is undeniable that he was amazing in this role, and has been great in everything he has done.

In the interview below, you are going to find a man who has a perfect blend of confidence and humbleness that is so wonderful to find in a man with just damn much talent. Gavin Houston is a brilliant actor who has had a wonderful career thus far, and has a future that is only looking brighter. And I cannot wait to continue to watch is career as it progresses. So let’s cut this thing short, and get right into some amazing words from the brilliant Gavin Houston!

When did you discover that you had a passion for the world of performance? How old were you when you decided that this was the way you wanted to earn a living?

I realized that I had a passion for performance at about 9 years old.  Growing up close to NYC in northern New Jersey, my parents often took my sister and I to plays on Broadway and in Central Park.  I particularly remember seeing Yule Brenner in The King and I on Broadway, and Kevin Kline in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.  The effect  on the audience from these performances immediately made me imagine myself on stage performing and sharing that same connection.  I began acting professionally at 11 years old and stopped to go to college.  My senior year in college, I saw a sign for an open casting call for a play at the university, went to the audition, and got the role. Just the feeling I got from auditioning, not even know if I got the role, kept me up all night with excitement.  I knew I had found my calling.   I then went on to do numerous plays in the Theatre department before heading back to New York to pursue it professionally.

You have appeared regularly on Tyler Perry’s original dramatic series, The Haves and the Haves Nots, on OWN. What has it been like to work on a series like this? The cast is loaded with some wonderful talent, so does this create a solid cast dynamic?

Working on HHN has been a great experience.  We shoot so much and so quickly that it literally has been like going to an acting bootcamp.   Not to mention the fact of playing a character completely different from me.  Thru my time on the series,  I’ve learned so much about myself and grown exponentially as an actor.  The best part was getting to do it all with such a wonderful cast and crew.  This series has definitely been the most challenging job I’ve ever had, but I feel it has prepared me for everything and anything to come in the future.

The cast of my show is definitely filled with some wonderful talent, but moreover, the cast is filled with wonderful people.   The bond and the connection that we all have from being on this ride for so long, makes the work feel second nature.  We know each other, we’ve grown with each other, and all the while been there for each other.  The trust and the atmosphere has always lent itself to creative vulnerability and freedom.

In 2016, you appeared in Lifetime biopic Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart. Now, I do love Braxton as an artist, but I absolutely ADORE the legendary figure known as Babyface, who you happened to portray in the film! What sort of process did you go through to tap into the world of such a legend? When did you realize that you were ready to play Babyface?

Its funny because all throughout high school and beyond, I’ve always been told that I resemble Babyface.  So when this role came up, I was excited for the opportunity.  After getting cast, Toni Braxton told me that Babyface was the one who selected me, so not only was it an honor, it was a huge responsibility.  In my opinion, tapping into him, or any character for that matter, is about tapping into the soul of a person.  I watched countless hours of material on him.  I also really researched his life, his background, his childhood, the people in his life, etc.  I really don’t like to see imitations and feel like if we, as an audience,  can feel the person living inside the body of the actor, then we can see the person living on the outside.  To this day, I think Denzel Washington, who physically looked completely different from Malcolm X is a testament to that. I was just lucky enough to have the resemblance of Babyface.  Lol.

And while we are on the Toni Braxton biopic, that film happened to be directed by the legendary Vondie Curtis Hall. I am curious to know what it was like to work under the guise of such a legendary figure? And when it comes to directors in general, what do you appreciate most from a director? What can a great director do to help a performer?

Working with Vondie was amazing.  He is truly an actor’s director.  Not to mention the fact that he is such a likable and down to earth person.  I really felt that working with him was a collaborative process.  He also gave the actors so much freedom to play and still make discoveries during the filming process.    What I appreciate most about a director is the ability of knowing how to balance being hands on and being hands off.  They say the majority of the work for the director is in casting the right person.  So I love directors that allow the actor artistic freedom and aren’t beholden to one way of doing things.  I also like a director who builds a rapport and takes the time to talk to their actors even while filming.  One of the best things I’ve ever seen a director do, was while on set, and surrounded with crew and people moving things and noise, take the actors who were about to film to a separate quiet space, and go over where the characters were in the scene and just touch base on the  relationships, backstory, and events leading up to the scene.

Gavin Houston by Ted Sun (


To add even more versatility to the plethora of roles you have worked on, you also worked on the Soap Opera series Guiding Light for a number of years. We’ve spoken with a lot of writers and actors from the Soap world over the years, and we always are interested in one major thing: What was it like to work a series with the extremely fast and constant pace of a Soap Opera? What did you learn and take away from your experience on program like this?

Working on Guiding Light right after college and General Hospital later on, were great forms of on the job training.  In my experience, soap opera’s shoot the fastest, and largest amount of dialogue per day, of any form of scripted television.  So after doing soaps, everything else feels easy. The amount of dialogue you are constantly responsible for and how quickly you have to learn it, is really great training.  Plus, because the pace is so fast, you really learn to trust yourself and your instincts and don’t have time to get in your head.  Not to mention taking in the blocking and stage direction quickly.  So I think its great training for any actor.  There were days that I literally feared filming, but somehow was able to get through it and remember all my lines.   You really learn what you can handle if given the right motivation.

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

My future holds a  Film career.  I see myself becoming another regular on a show as well, but I feel it will all lead into a film career.  I’ve refocused and rededicated my training and feel that it will play a huge part in what’s to come for me in the future.  I really see myself getting into films or shows with lots of action, explosions, fight scenes etc.  Or playing  a Marvel or DC character.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

The last thing that made me smile was walking into my house last night and finding my dog.   I walk in and can’t seem to find her anywhere, so finally I start looking in the rooms.  I look in one of the guest rooms and see her laying on the bed, which she is a place she is not allowed to be.   I turn on the lights, and she slowly turns her head back and looks at me while wagging her tale.  I honestly just  shook my head and smiled.  🙂

Adrienne Barbeau [Interview]

Adrienne Barbeau is an absolutely amazing actress who has had some amazing success in the world of theatre, film, and television alike. She is without a doubt, an absolute legend! She also happens to be an extremely nice person who was kind enough to share a few words with us here today at Trainwreck’d Society!

There are so many different ways that you could already know Adrienne that it would be so hard to pin them all down. One definitive way for our regular readers here at TWS is definitely within the horror film world. Barbeau has appeared in some of the greatest classics of the horror film world such as Creepshow, Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death, Killer, The Fog, and so many more.

Some of you may recognize her from her appearance as the original Rizzo in the stage production of Grease, or in her television role in the hit television series Maude. No matter how you know this amazing actress, you are going to love our amazing interview with the brilliant Adrienne Barbeau today. She is not only an great actress, but a brilliant writer as well! Check out the interview, and be sure to find her amazing work as an author as well!

So, without further rambling, please digitally welcome some great words from the brilliant Adrienne Barbeau!

When did you first decide that you wanted to join the world of acting? When did you know that it was what you wanted to do for a living?

I didn’t realize acting could be a profession until I was in my first year of college, figuring I’d get my degree and maybe teach acting in a high school somewhere. I’d been doing musicals since I was 15, but that was just something I loved; it never crossed my mind I could earn a living doing it. When a friend suggested I go to New York to study and see if I could work on Broadway, I thought, “Well, okay, why not?” I told myself if I wasn’t a working actor by the time I was 25, I’d go back to school and get my degree. I was 20 when I did my first Equity job, and three years later I was on Broadway!

In recent years, I have managed to discover the joy that is the television show Maude, which you were a regular cast member on, and did a phenomenal job at, by the way! The show is rather progressive in nature, especially for the time it was on. Which I find to be wonderful! So, what was it like to work on a show like this during this time period? Was it liberating in some kind of way?

I hadn’t watched television until I did Maude, having gone from my first Broadway show to the original production of Grease where I created the role of Rizzo – never being at home at night, so I didn’t understand at first how unique Maude was in the tv landscape at the time.  All I knew was I loved the writing, loved the cast, loved the producers, and I was incredibly fortunate to be a part of such a groundbreaking, funny, socially significant, and successful show.

We are huge fans of the world of horror here at TWS, and you have become one of the biggest horror icons in your career. In your personal opinion, what do you enjoy the most about working on horror projects? What sets them apart from other genres of work that you have done?

I guess what I enjoy most is the opportunity to take names and kick ass.  And play a gamut of emotions that rarely show up, all together at least, in other genres.  I mean, how many female judges get to blow away the bad guys with anything other than a verdict?

Another aspect of performance that we have covered quite a bit here is voice-over work, in which you are extremely accomplished in as well! Everything from portraying Catwoman to voicing a computer mainframe in one of my personal favorite action films, Demolition Man… have done it all! So, how do you enjoy the voice over world? How does it compare to on screen work?

I love doing voice work. Don’t have to put on make-up, don’t have to get fitted for costumes, don’t have to wake up at 4:30 am to get to the set on time. And I do truly enjoy having to use only my voice to express what the character is going through.  Plus, no worries about memorizing the lines word perfect – I can read them!

When you look back on your illustrious career thus far, what would you say you are your most pride-filling accomplishment?

Well…the most pride-filling accomplishment of my life is raising my three sons and seeing them become the men they are.  In terms of my career?  I’m proud of my work on stage in Grease and Pippin, especially; and of Ruthie in HBO’s Carnivale, and I do love Billie in Creepshow.

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

I’d love your readers to know about my second career as an author.  My memoir, There Are Worse Things I Could Do, and all three of my vampyre novels (about a scream queen who is the leader of a clan of famous Hollywood stars who all happen to be vampyres) Vampyres of Hollywood, Love Bites, and Make Me Dead are all available on Amazon.  Love Bites, for which I co-wrote the screenplay, has been optioned by Harrison Smith (Death House) and hopefully will have a life off the page.

And I just completed seven features last year, so, with any luck at all, they’ll show up on the big screen soon.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

We just celebrated my birthday and my grandnephew’s first birthday with a 6 hour party in a beautiful park in northern California, and watching my 21 year old boys play with their one year old cousins STILL has me smiling.  Grinning, actually.

Check out Adrienne’s wonderful books on Amazon today, and if you are a Kindle Unlimited member, you can check out for FREE today!

Sunday Matinee: Rock Rubber 45s [Film]


Rock Rubber 45s is a cinematic odyssey exploring the connectivity of global basketball, sneaker, and music lifestyle through the firsthand lens of authentic New York City culture orchestrator Bobbito Garcia. The film explores García’s youth dealing with mistreatment, educational quandaries, identity, and loss as well as his ascension to self-determination as an adult freelance creative. The ballplayer/author/DJ/filmmaker has carved an independent career that has inspired millions throughout the world, and has affected the growth and direction of the footwear, hip hop, and sports industries in the process. ” – Emma Griffiths PR

Whenever I throw on a documentary like this, I immediately begin to feel ashamed. Let me explain. As I have probably said a few times here at TWS, I was not aware of the subject matter of the film. In this case, it is the brilliant Bobbito Garcia. He is a man who has been so inspirational to so many different cultures, and I was so ignorant that I was unaware of his existence. And in my defense, the culture he created is pretty removed from my own. Although I appreciate the culture of street ball, sneakers, and NYC in general, I honestly know nothing about it. But, I do know something about cultural diversity, unity, and the importance of self representation. And I firmly believe that these are the things that Bobbito Garcia represents the most, and I am so damn happy to know that there is a man like this out there in the world, gaining as much success as possible.



Check out Rock Rubber 45s on VOD this Tuesday to find out why legends like Michael Rapaport, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti Labelle, Questlove, and Rosie Perez call this man a genius!

Also check out the film at the following events:

July 24th – Kinki Lounge Kitchen in Ottawa, Ontario

July 31st – Kinki Lounge Kitchen in Ottawa, Ontario

August 1st – BAM Rose Cinemas in New York City, New York

August 30th – Claremont Community Center in Bronx, New York

And surely more to follow! For all things Bobbito Garcia, be sure to check out his WEBSITE for tickets to screenings, as well as info about all the amazing things he is working on!


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Jonathan Schmock [Interview]

Today’s interview subject is a man who has had such a varied career in so many different fields in a career spanning so many decades. Just the plethora of amazing projects he is responsible for or worked on is absolutely astonishing and extremely impressive. And the man has seriously done it all. Whether he is writing, directing, voice over, acting, etc., he has mastered it all! And it would behoove us to preface that he is also an acclaimed political cartoonist as well, which we will discuss below!

Although I didn’t know it then, Jonathan Schmock was responsible for so many of the shows that brought me so much entertainment always entirely throughout my childhood. From his work on Blossom, creating Sabrina The Teenage Witch, as well as acting and/or working on set on brilliant shows like Dharma & Greg and My Wife & Kids. And he moved right into my adulthood with his political writing on Reel Time with Bill Maher, and appearances on shows like The War at Home and Arrested Development.

Seriously folks, I am so happy to have Jonathan Schmock with us here at Trainwreck’d Society to day to discuss is amazing career, his political takes, and what he has been up to lately! So please enjoy some amazing words from this genius and brilliant creator Jonathan Schmock!

When did you realize that you the world of film and television was the way you wanted to earn your living? What was it that initially drew you into this world?

I think it was originally the theatre and it grabbed me young before I knew any better.  My parents would take me to shows at the Old Globe in San Diego, or the Starlight Opera. I just wanted to be a part of it, to go backstage, to not be “a civilian.” I was hooked. After acting school it just seemed natural to gravitate to film and TV.

You received a couple of well deserved Emmy nods for your work writing on the beloved political program, Real Time with Bill Maher. I am always curious to know what it is like to work on a variety show centered around American politics? It can be a pretty grim topic, but the when you through comedy into the mix, it sort of lightens the mood. So how was your experience working on a program like this?

Being on Real Time was a pressure cooker. We had no idea on Monday what Bill would fill an hour with on Friday. Day by day we’d piece together the segments; the monologue, the new rules, the guest segments, the editorial. We also used to shoot a short film or a campaign ad parody.  The writing and producing staff was amazingly talented, not only were they great comedy writers but each had a background in politics as well. As the week progressed we’d have to be prepared to tear out stuff for breaking news. The show airs LIVE at 7:00 in L.A. so Friday afternoons could be intense. Also we were at the mercy of all the shows that aired daily; The Daily Show, Colbert, the late night shows. They might kill one of our bits before we got to Friday. Best of all is that Bill is totally fearless and honest. We only went for the best.

In somewhat of the same form as your work on Real Time, I have noticed that you are also a brilliant political cartoonist in your own right. What inspired you to get into this line of work amongst the plethora of other gigs you have done in the creative world?

Well, I don’t know about brilliant, but thanks! The first thing I ever did, even before acting, was drawing. I was always drawing cartoons. I would draw funny greeting cards and try to sell them to my family… The thing that’s great about cartooning is that you can complete something creative, and hopefully meaningful, by yourself.  Like a lot of people, I’ve gotten more and more into politics and that’s really coming to a boil now. So if I can focus that passion into a thought or a way of looking at an issue, or make a joke of hypocrisy, it feels great. It’s a mission. Plus with the internet you can have an idea, draw it and share it with millions of people that same day. That’s amazing.

You were one of the brilliant minds behind one of my favorite sitcoms from my youth known as Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I looked forward to this show each week, and whenever else I was able to see my teenage TV crush, Melissa Joan Hart. It was a brilliant program with a successful run. So, what made you decide to develop this program? What was it about the Archie comic series that you just knew would make for some quality television?

It was Melissa and her mom, Paula, who had the brilliant idea. They secured the rights for Sabrina. I was one of several people who pitched concepts for the show. I was lucky enough to get it started and write the pilot. Sabrina just seemed to be such a perfect show for kids. “Kid shows” aren’t silly. They’re about the firsts in our life; first kiss, first driver’s license, first big fight. For me the idea that we only fit in when we realize and accept that we’re different is what Sabrina’s about.

In your incredibly impressive career, you have worn many different proverbial hats in the business. From acting to writing, producing, directing, and more. With that being said, what would you consider to be your favorite form of expression to work on? If you were to find yourself in a position to only work in one field, what would it be?

Wow, that’s a hard one. I really love it all. I love show business, as much now as when I was a kid. I guess if I had to choose I’d say I really love acting, I love being funny, I love doing drama, and the reason is because I’m such a ham. I just love it. One of the cool things about getting older is that you get to play those cool eccentric parts. I love directing too, because it’s so collaborative. It’s the opposite of cartooning. I guess that would be second. It’s great working together with people, writers, actors, on a project, collaborating together. Being at the center, the hub of something. It’s inspiring.

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

Keep your eyes on 

Also, there’s a short film Keep Calm and Tampon. It was directed by Claudia Lonow and I helped produce it.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

This question! Thanks!

Zak Knutson [Interview]

Oh do we have a GREAT interview for you fine folks today! I have been waiting for years to be able to finally get the brilliant Zak Knutson here on our digital pages! He is an absolutely brilliant filmmaker, actor, and a damn fine showman who’s importance has been forever embedded into a world that we have celebrated time and time again here at Trainwreck’d Society. And that would is the beloved View Askewinverse. Yes, when it comes to the world that Kevin Smith set out to create 25 years ago, we have been rightfully obsessed. We have featured some damn fine folks from this world, and today is no exception. Zak remains a friend in the View Askew world, and will always be deemed a hero to us die hard fans of all things Kevin Smith.

And since moving on to bigger and better things, Knutson has only been thriving! His recent film Supercon, had a theatrical run and is available wherever you buy/rent films. It has a brilliant cast, including the wonderful comic Russell Peters and a small but brilliant appearance from our new friend here at TWS, the great Candi Brooks! It is a hilarious film, and just further evidence of the brilliance that Zak Knutson can and will give to the world.

So Folks, please enjoy some words from the brilliant Zak Knutson!

When did you first decide that you wanted to join the world of film? What initially drew you into this business?

I’ve never really wanted to do anything else. The family television set was my babysitter when I was younger. Well, after watching the billionth episode of Little House on the Prairie, you start to notice the credits. Michael Landon was all over that thing, and I was fascinated that the guy who starred in the show, also wrote it… and directed it. At the tender age of 7, I was arrogant enough already to say “I could do that”.

What was the very first paid gig you can remember getting either on screen or off? What kind of emotions did you have at the time? Nervous? Shitting nerves? Excited?

My first paid gig was in a movie called Last Action Hero. I was cut out of it. (story of my life)

You have worked on a ton of projects in the View Askew/Smodco/Kevin Smith Universe over the last two decades. How did you become involved in this world, and how is working with this crew different from the multitude of other projects you have worked on?

I was hired as the production secretary on Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and my desk was right between Kevin’s office and Scott Mosier’s office. I didn’t screw anything up too bad during production, so they gave me a job as a VFX assistant during post production to keep me around, and I never left. I worked on Jersey Girl and then we started all the DVD stuff (webisodes and feature docs) on Clerks II. I loved working with those guys. Their sets were fun and the crew became some of my closest friends. I loved that time.

And we have to ask….How did you get pegged to be “The Sexy Stud”? I think you may have discussed it in a cleverly titled series of shorts film that accompanied the Clerks II DVD. I forget the title, although I believe it was perfect, could you tell us again what it was called again? And what inspired you to make them?

I got the part because Ben Affleck didn’t wanna wear chaps. Its that simple… AND the only time you will ever hear “Well, shit! Affleck wont do it. Call Knutson”. The webisodes we did were called Train-wreck: Making Clerks 2 – I think. We put out three minute webisodes every few days during production and post production. We’d shoot all day. Then I’d edit all night. It was my film school, to be honest with you. We had to created and tell stories in 3 minutes, every 2 or 3 days. It got us ready to make the documentary that went on the DVD. I’m still very proud of Back to the Well. I think it’s a pretty honest look at the making of the movie. Funny thing is, at the same time we were doing that, Peter Jackson was doing King Kong and doing webisodes. He had action scenes, and props, and amazing period costumes to talk about and show. We had Mooby’s and Jason Mewes. (we may have gotten the better end of things, come to think of it)

What has the fan interaction been like since you appeared in one of the most legendary bachelor party scenes since, well, Bachelor Party?

I barley get recognized now for that, but when I do… the eyes go big and I hear “I miss my donkey” or “oh, cake”. Im just glad people laugh.

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

I just co-wrote and directed a movie called Supercon starring Clancy Brown, Maggie Grace, Mike Epps, Brooks Braselman, Russell Peters, and John Malkovich. We got a theatrical run and now its on all the digital platforms and DVD. Im pitching a limited series around town and taking some meetings on other stuff. Hopefully we can announce the series soon. Im excited about that one.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

I watched Michelle Wolf’s HBO stand-up special last night (I was late to the game) and laughed my ass off. Plus, if you put John C. Reilly in anything, i’ll probably laugh too.

Check out the trailer for Supercon right here, and find it on whatever platform you buy/rent movies. Enjoy!

Richard Cansino [Interview]

As some of you fine readers may have noticed, we have really been digging deep into the world of voice acting lately. We have especially put a primary focus on the voice actors behind the brilliant Fallout series that we all know and love. Last week was actually ALL Fallout voice actors. And yet, here we are again with just one more (for now) to share with you all. But, trust me, Richard Cansino is far more than just another few characters from Fallout 4. He is a wise and extremely talented man in the world of voice over and on screen work, and probably gives the greatest bit of insight into the business that we have had to date!

Richard has a lot to say about his career thus far, what it has been like to evolve in the digital world of voice over and loop groups and beyond. He even gives insight into the insane fandom in the world of anime, of which I truly knew nothing about. So, I really think we just dive right into it! But, I have to say that it is a true honor and a privilege to have another legendary voice over artist here at Trainwreck’d Society! So folks, please enjoy some amazing words from the brilliant Richard Cansino!

How did you find yourself in your line of work as an actor and a master of the voice over world? Was this a world you always dreamed about being a part of? Or did you just sort of find yourself doing it for a living?

I come from a showbiz family. My grandfather was a big star in vaudeville. He & his brothers and sister were known as The Dancing Cansinos. They introduced Flamenco dancing to America and he married a Ziegfeld Girl, my grandmother Volga Hayworth. My father’s sister, (Auntie Rita), was Rita Hayworth, (yes, the Hollywood legend!), and I’m also distantly related by marriage to Ginger Rogers and Donna Reed.

Because of the long show business history of my family, I really didn’t have too many romantic illusions about it. I had enjoyed being in a couple of high school plays but I knew acting wasn’t a very practical way to make a living so, when it came time to go to college, I decided to be a language major. I figured it would be easier to get a job if I spoke Spanish at least. But as luck would have it, Glendale Junior College, (in my home town of Glendale, CA),  didn’t offer Spanish as a major and I couldn’t afford the schools that did. So I decided to take a few drama classes in Jr. College, hoping that one of the required courses in other subjects would catch my fancy but nothing gave me as much pleasure or satisfaction as theater so I kind of fell into acting because nothing else suited me.

I studied acting for over seven years before I felt ready to try making a living at it. I graduated Magna Cum Lousy at Cal State University Long Beach, (Go Beach!), and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West. When I graduated from the American Academy my goal was just to make a living as an actor. It never occurred to me there was even such a thing as a voice over career. I knew there were actors doing cartoon voices but my focus was to get on-camera and stage work. For about ten years I managed to eek out a meager living doing a combination of theatre, children’s theatre, some TV parts and several “B” films. Some years weren’t as good as  others, though, so there were times when I had to do “survival jobs” between acting gigs. One of those survival gigs was painting houses and one of the houses I  painted, (and really terribly, I have to say), belonged to a couple of friends of mine, Steve Kramer & Melora Harte.

Steve and Melora had been making a pretty good living writing, acting, and directing dubbing scripts for anime and foreign film projects. Steve, at the time, was directing an anime series called Soccer Boy, basically following characters around the world as they attend World Cup soccer matches. Steve needed actors who could not only hit sync but speak in a variety of different accents. I have always been good with accents and dialects and Melora suggested Steve call me in for a day after she heard me clowning around with accents at a party were were both at.

Dubbing is not for everyone. There aren’t a ton of actors who can match the lip movements of the characters on screen and make it sound real so Steve was reluctant to call me in but he decided to give me a try by hiring me to do voices in the background, (known in the biz as “walla”), with a group of seasoned dubbing actors. So, there I was making background conversation with the other actors when Steve asked me to step up to the mic and do one line for one character. I didn’t realize he was auditioning me, otherwise I would have been very nervous, and I hit the line perfectly on cue and every word fit into the character’s mouth perfectly in one take. So I passed the test I didn’t know I was taking!

I aced the rest of the day’s work but didn’t realize that most of the other actors I was working with were very active as dubbing writers and directors too. They were all happy to discover another actor who could dub well and be fun to work with and I started getting called in by them on other projects.

About a month later, Saban Entertainment was casting a replacement for Bob Bergen on a series called Eagle Riders because Bob had left to voice Porky Pig and Tweety Bird at Warner Brothers. My voice just happened to sound so similar to Bob’s that they didn’t even have to redo a lot of the lines he had already recorded. I worked on that series for a year, (Bryan Cranston voiced my character’s co-pilot!), and when it was over, they offered me a part on another show called Super Pig, followed by another show and another after that. I ended up working for several years on Saban projects like Flint: The Time Detective, Digimon, and Power Rangers. During that time, I worked with more and more people with connections in dubbing, looping and video games and I, unintentionally, was networking with them. After a while, they would just call me in for work without me even having to audition! What a luxury for an actor!

So, basically, with the help of Steve Kramer and Melora Harte, I just lucked into it! But even though I was lucky, my training prepared me to take advantage of the opportunity when it came a-knockin’.  As Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers said: “Luck is the residue of design.”

Boy, that was a really long answer to a short question!

One of the projects you have worked on happens to be a video game in a franchise that is very near and dear to our hearts here at TWS. That project would be Fallout 4. You voiced three very unique, and actually pretty hilarious in their own right, characters on the game: The Railroad’s star tourist Ricky Dalton, Diamond City’s beloved chem dealer Solomon, and the wrongfully(?) imprisoned Lorenzo Cabot. So, what was it like to join the Fallout franchise? Was there anything that set this series apart from other projects you have worked on?

This is going to sound terrible but I had no idea I had worked on anything in the Fallout franchise until you asked me now. Maybe if I heard some of the lines, I’d recognize the characters you mention but right now I’m drawing a blank.

It’s not my fault, though. Up until a few months ago, most video game companies would never tell us the actual name of whatever game we were working on. They always gave the project a pseudonym because, I guess, they were afraid of corporate espionage or something. I worked on one of the Halo iterations but had no idea until I’d already completed the job and they sent me a copy of a previously released Halo game.

Solomon in Fallout 4

The production companies get a bit paranoid, in my opinion. They frequently make us sign a non-disclosure agreement just to submit an audition. Usually, the auditions consist of maybe a page of lines so how much can an actor discern about a project from only a page? They give us actors way too much credit for being smarter than we really are.

And, frankly, some of my lack of recollection is probably because I don’t remember most of the projects I’ve worked on. Here’s an example: My girlfriend bought a DVD of a Korean movie called Old Boy. Neither of us speak Korean so I suggested we watch the English dubbed option because the subtitles would be too small to read on my little TV. As the film went on I recognized a few of the voices, including my friend Steve Kramer’s. But there was one actor who really bothered me. He had the same vocal range as me but was way better. His sync was perfect and his acting was really super. He was very natural sounding, even though he was doing a really emotional scene just before committing suicide — or maybe he got pushed off a roof — I don’t remember, (see what I mean about not remembering?!). Anyway, as I watched him in this scene I started to get more and more upset.

“Damn!” I said, “I don’t know who this guy is but he’s really good! And he’s in my vocal range and age! I’ll bet he’s getting all the parts I’ve been auditioning for lately. Can’t really blame the directors for casting him over me, though. He’s really good!” I stayed upset about this new guy usurping my career all through the film until, toward the end, I thought I saw some familiar footage. Could it be I had worked on it? Maybe I’d done some scenes where I was one of the crowd voices? So I rewound the tape and started to watch it again when my memory suddenly clicked in. That actor I was so upset about was me! I had completely forgotten I’d done the part. But at least I was pleased with my work!

Lorenzo Cabot in Fallout 4

A friend of mine had a similar experience only worse. He saw an old rerun of Kojak or something, saw a young actor, and didn’t realize the actor was him thirty years ago! Nobody ever lost money betting on actors not being smart!

While I am honestly have very little knowledge about the world of anime, I am inclined to believe that a lot of our readers may be huge fans of some of the work you have been involved with in that world. I’ve found it to have a very devoted fan base. So how has your interactions been with anime fans, or just fans in general? Do you find some pretty die hard fanatics out there? What do fans really seem to go apeshit over when they meet you in person?

Anime fans go apeshit over my Adonis-like physique, movie idol sexiness and charm, my Einstein-like intellect, my rapier wit, and, mostly, my humbleness. But seriously, folks. . .

Boy, anime fans are absolutely amazingly die hard! I had no idea of their devotion to whatever series or characters that resonate with them! Y’know, when we record, we are in a little room where the walls are covered in foam rubber and there’s an adjoining room separated by a glass window where the director and engineer, and sometimes the producer sit — and that’s it. There’s no audience. We’re performing in a vacuum and have no idea of whether people like our efforts to entertain them or not.

On rare occasions I’ve gotten a fan letter but, for the most part, I’d never interacted with fans of anime until last year when, for the first time, I attended an anime convention. It was at the Alias Convention in Trinidad and Tobego. Trinidad and Tobego?! Who woulda thunk that?! The “Trinis” treated me like a huge movie star! That was a huge surprise but, beyond that, they spent all kinds of time, money, and ingenuity making costumes of their favorite anime characters and seeing the results really impressed me.

Two ladies named their oldest child after a character I voiced, two other fans brought me gifts – I mean nice gifts!, and one fellow really left an impression. He loved one particular anime character of mine that has a big scar in the shape of an “X” on his cheek. So, he held out his knuckle and showed me a large “X” shaped scar on it.

“You see this scar?” he asked, “I accidentally slashed my knuckle and knew it would leave a mark so I took a knife and cut it more so it would make an ‘X’!” Now that’s devotion — or maybe just psychosis, (wink, wink).

On a more serious side, there were several people who told me that watching my show(s) helped them through very difficult childhoods. I guess they fantasized about being like my character in one series who was constantly having to overcome huge challenges and long odds, (usually in the form of duels), and just when it seemed he was defeated, he always managed to rally and find a way to succeed. That’s a powerful message to a kid who’s going through hard times. I’m  grateful and actually humbled that I was able to play a small part in helping them get through those difficulties.

You have been in the voice over game for quite some time, and have probably seen a lot of changes in the world with the advancements in technology that have occurred. So in your obviously expert opinion, what have been some major changes in this industry that you have noticed? Are some concepts still the same as when you started?


The major change is that we no longer get papyrus scripts written in hieroglyphics. . . Just kidding. . . The scripts were carved on stone tablets.

Actually, there have been some major changes in technology. In the old days, before I got into the voice over world, there was no such thing as videotape. Whenever they would need to rerecord or dub a line, they’d clip out a piece of film, make it into a loop and literally run that little loop of film over and over until they got what they wanted. To this day, the rerecording/dubbing process is known as “looping”.

By the time I got into dubbing and voice over, everything was on videotape. Whenever we’d miss the sync or the director wanted a different line reading, the engineer would rewind the tape to the beginning of the line and we would start all over again and again until we finally got it right. That was a slow process. The average actor would be able to record about 15 – 20 lines an hour. I would be a bit higher, usually. I’d like to think it was because I was incredibly talented but it might have been because the directors figured there was no use trying to coax a better performance out of a slug like me so they just opted to move ahead.

Nowadays everything is digital and computerized. There’s a computer program called Pro Tools that most of the studios use now. If you don’t hit the sync quite right now or if you miss taking a pause, or you finish too soon or too late, you don’t have to start over like we use to. Now, the engineer just moves everything around digitally. They can put in a pause if you miss one, stretch out your line if you finish too soon, and compress it if you finish too late. They can do that for individual words if they want to! They can raise and lower your pitch and add all kinds of effects right during the recording session where, before, they’d need to do things like that after the session because it was so time consuming. This has really sped up the process. Now, I can get in 25 to 30 loops an hour or more. The only thing they can’t do with digitization is change the actor’s performance, thank God, or we’d all be unemployed!

iPads have replaced scripts too. When I started, we’d get paper scripts and we’d make adjustments like word changes and pauses, etc. with a pencil directly onto the script. Now everything is controlled by the engineer from the booth. I just stand and watch while the adjustments magically appear on the tablet as the engineer enters the info. I can’t say I care for that particular innovation. I like to make my own scribbles that I know I can recognize without having to rely on anyone else’s notations but what are ya gonna do?

The basic concept of dubbing has remained the same: Put English words into mouths speaking a foreign language and make it look and sound real. At least that’s true for live action films with real people in them. The concept has changed for animation. When I started, a lot of attention was paid to hitting the internal sync. That is not only starting the first and last words of a line at the same time as the character, but also matching the sync of the words between the start and finish of the line. We took a lot of pride in making the entire line fit into the mouths of the characters. It took some time to get it right but the finished product looked better. Nowadays there is so much pressure to get the product out quickly and cheaply, that a lot of producers only care if the line starts and finishes on time. Not as much attention is paid to the internal sync and I feel the finished product suffers because of it. Other than economics,  I think part of the reason for this is that most producers just don’t see it when the internal sync is off. It drives me crazy but they just don’t seem to care.

I have a theory that one of the reasons the producers don’t care about internal sync is that a lot of anime fans don’t seem to care either. What many of the most opinionated fans care most about is “authenticity”. I take that to mean they want the English dubbed version to look as close to the original Japanese, (especially Japanese!), or Korean or whatever as possible. Well, in my not-so-humble opinion, the original voice work is often terrible! The sync on the original is often times way off. Sometimes a 40 year old voice is coming out of a character drawn to look 20. I’ve heard that’s because in Japan the audience values performance over everything else. They also have certain actors who they want to hear, whether those actors’ voices are appropriate for the characters or not. Don’t get me wrong, here. I’m not knocking the actors’ performances, (lots of them are fabulous!) — I just don’t care for their dubbing. So I guess a lot of producers figure if the audience doesn’t care about sync, why should they? Especially if it might cost them more money! Can’t really blame them, can you?

As far as any changes in games, I really don’t feel the new technology has affected how actors approach their jobs. Games are much less demanding than dubbing in that we don’t have to match anyone else’s rhythms, or performances. We just have to read the scripts and finish within a certain time. There’s nothing to look at on screen because they animate the characters to our voices so things go much faster than with dubbing. I’m sure the engineers are much happier with digitization but as far as acting for games, I don’t think it’s changed my technique at all.

I hope you didn’t want short answers. . .

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

Well, my crystal ball tells me I’m about to be in a live action movie called Time PulseI also have co-written a film that is “in process”, as they say, at Hallmark Studios. I think that’s code for “We’re thinking it over.”  And if any of your readers want to finance a micro budget movie, I’ve co-written a comedy that people have told me has the potential to be one of those “cult classics”. So if you’ve got a couple hundred thousand smackers you don’t know what to do with, get in touch with me!

What was the last thing that made you smile?

You asking little ol’ me for an interview!