Dunno who actually reads my blog here. I know I’ve been terrible at updating what has been going on in my crazy adventure of a life. But I am happy to say that things are great, frustrating, inspiring and challenging. All the things you would expect from life right? Well since my last post, I had a great opportunity to re-collab with my Reel Kick partner Sam Hargrave. So proud of him, he had a fantastic opportunity to stunt coordinate Captain America 3: Civil War. My involvement was minimal. I went in here and there to play various stunt characters. Not much to be noted but I can say the action in the film will blow your mind. It’s like Marvel meets 90′s HK action.
From there I flew back to LA to work on a Zhang Yimou film with Matt Damon called The Great Wall. My friend Thom Williams hired me to do some Mocap work on the film. It was quite the experience although in a silly miscalculation on my own accord I injured my right knee. At my age I don’t bounce back as quickly as I used too. The injury was exacerbated by having to return to Atlanta and complete an action sequence on Cap 3. Needless-to-say my knee is still dodgey.
After completing Cap 3…my father flew in from Shanghai to help me make the drive back to LA with the dogs. It was quite an experience since I haven’t spent more than a few hours with him in over 20 years much-less stuck in a 7-day road trip across the US with 3 dogs! But as with life it was tough and rewarding cause as I age so do our parents and my father really taught me the lesson of seeing the big picture.
Upon arrival in LA, I got a phone call from my friend Mike Gunther for a favor. Get on a plane and come up to Vancouver. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. At first I declined. I had just reached LA and my father was in town and we had plans. But Mike was desperate and I have to say there are about 5 people in the film business that have supported me throughout my career and he was one of them. So I apologized to my dad and hopped on a plane. Just to land find out that the next 2 months were gonna be some of the hardest work I have ever endured. The film was Star Trek: Beyond directed by Justin Lin. I won’t get into details but all I have to say is I have a new found respect for creature-actors and those who endure prosthetic work. It is no joke. I honestly was a little traumatized but I survived and grew from it.
That brings me to now. I finally returned to LA to a blistering El Nino fall. My small bungalow is sweltering from lack of A/C and living in West Hollywood the temperatures are about 10 degrees higher than in the Westside by the beach. Simple chores and activities are tough to handle since you are constantly dripping in sweat. But I am hoping we have gotten through the worst of it and I welcome a brisk-fall.
On the work side, I am happy to announce that I have been booked to play a recurring guest-star on TNTs The Last Ship. I will be the new antagonist in Season 3. I don’t want to reveal too much about the show but I have to say I am so excited to bring this part of myself to screen. That being said…I better go get to work. We start filming next week! Thanks fro reading and take care of one another!