Just a few pix from some of the many acting experiences I’ve had over the years.
“Commander Biff” — I shot a video monologue in 2013 of Commander Biff, starting out with “War is hell—unless you’re in the Navy, and then it’s fun. You see, the problem with war is that killing someone up close is distasteful. The blood, the screams, the anguished crazy look they get on their face. It’s almost enough to make you not even wanna kill ’em. But our government says we should kill ’em, so therein lies the dilemma: How do we kill the people our government tells us we should kill, and still keep it fun? The answer we’ve found in the Navy is, don’t look at the people you kill. Kill them from so far away, you can’t even see ’em. And if you can’t see ’em when they die, it’s not really your fault. After all, you weren’t even there.”
Scene from another San Diego 48-Hour Film Festival film I starred in for Patrick Burton and Linda Skeens, “You’re Not Funny.” I played a guy who in mid-life followed his dream to be a standup comedian. Unfortunately, he sucked. In early 2019, I did standup twice at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle (the premier showcase in Michigan), and luckily I didn’t suck. I don’t intend to pursue standup seriously, but it’s fun, and I plan to do it a little bit after I move to New York in early 2020.
From the 2008 Russian mafia film. “Red Red Rope,” with writer/director David Watkins and costar Radu Vlad. I played the patriarch of a Russian mafia family, complete with 4 scenes in Russian (which I studied for a year in college). For the rest of the film I spoke English with a Russian accent. To this day I can switch in and out of a Russian accent in the middle of a sentence.