Hey everyone! Geez so sorry I haven’t updated my site in so long but things have been hectic. I don’t even know where to begin. I guess the last time I updated I was just finishing a small part on Ironman 3. Thanks to all those who hit me up when they saw my glowing self on the screen. You know when playing small characters you never know when you’ll actually make the final cut. So I often stay pretty quiet about parts that I am unsure of.
Unlike some people who like to publicize every thing they do from their morning poop to evening desserts, I prefer to promote things I feel strongly about personally. Different strokes for different folks. And for those of you who were slick enough to catch a glimpse of me in Star Trek – Into the Darkness all I have to say is “Thank you” and “How the hell did you spot me?” I was in the movie and missed it myself!
As some of you know in December of last year I worked on a pilot called Cinnamon Girl, which was produced by Fox 21 and Lifetime. I was so proud and excited about this project. It was probably the most interesting and poignant show I have worked on since Warrior and The Guild. I got to play the part of “Tokyo” Dan Manning, a pot-smoking, liberal, civil-rights attorney during a period when Asian Americans were hated upon. The pilot was set at the end of the 60’s West Coast USA (Laurel Canyon), which some people say was the most influential period of modern American history.
The pilot begins during the Democratic National Convention and ends with the assassination of RFK. The notes and themes of the pilot deal with the exploding West Coast music scene, civil rights and the Vietnam War. This culmination of social and artistic cultures created a moving and historical commentary of American history, which I am sad to say the pilot was not picked up by Lifetime. Everyone worked so hard on the project and it’s a shame that it was never fully supported and realized. I feel projects like this, is what mass media is made for and what US television needs. Responsible entertainment that teaches, moves and inspires.
But I’m sad that the public will never get to see this piece of work but rather will have to ingest more episodes of Devious Maids and shows of that caliber. I wonder sometimes what kind of world we live in when all the answers are right there in our past and rather than learn from them we choose to blind and distract ourselves. Then wonder why Global-Warming is causing increased tornadoes, massive wild-fires and racists get away with shooting kids. Anyway I hope you get my analogy.
“Study history, otherwise history will repeat itself…” someone much smarter than me said that.
So after Cinnamon Girl didn’t get picked up I had a lot of time on my hands. So the beginning of the year I hopped around doing small bits on projects with friends. Did a little boxing stint on Showtime’s new hit series Ray Donovan for my friend Shauna Duggins. You might know her better as Jennifer Garner’s Stunt-Double on Alias (Shauna is one bad-ass babe). Then I did Captain America II – The Winter Soldier as a S.T.R.I.K.E. Agent. I was pleasantly surprised that Chris Evans was a really nice guy to work with.
Currently I am working on a new movie Transcendence produced by Christopher Nolan and directed by the DP of Inception and Dark Knight, Wally Pfister. It’s Wally’s directorial debut and stars Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara and Cillian Murphy. I can’t reveal details about the movie but I think all you Sci-Fi fans will enjoy it. I play a scientist named Heng. I have to admit I never felt more self-conscious as I did walking onto set to work with this group of actors. It is a blessing and they are all so wonderfully generous and supportive.
Well that’s all I can say right now about this show I am doing. I hope everyone who reads this enjoys a wonderful summer and stay safe. Take care of one another!