I am so proud to be a part of this little film.
It’s almost time!!! Please check out The Last Ship on TNT starting June 12th, 2016.
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!
Finally all done on The Accountant. If you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to…well I’ve been in Atlanta filming a Ben Affleck starrer but the list of amazing actors such as J.K. Simmons, John Lithgow, Anna Kendrick and Jon Bernthal accompany him in this tale of a man with Aspergers, surviving in a world that isn’t too friendly while navigating a dark past.
Well that synopsis sucks…totally my fault cause I just improvised it. It’s much better than that and more importantly it’s helmed by my good friend Gavin O’Connor. You may remember some of his past films, Miracle, Warrior and The Americans pilot (the last two I worked with him on). Anyway it was a blast. I got to reunite with past co-workers and meet a bunch of new and amazingly talented crew.
Let’s start with Seamus McGarvey and his camera team. These guys have done and been around all the top films. One day on set you can tell why. They make things look beautiful and they do it fast. It’s almost like the crew is in sync with Seamus who is a lighting-wizard. Remember his name, you will be or have seen a lot of his work.
Then there was the set. Keith Cunningham and his team killed it. From locations to construction to set-dec, everyday I’d walk into a place not expecting genius but there it was. They built us a replica house that was built on stage so we could blow it up! So much fun I can’t describe.
The AD team lead by Ivan Fonseca moved us along but kept the set fun, warm and communal. It was great to see everyone each and every day.
And of course my team, Reel Kick. My only regret is we couldn’t bring out Holland but I got him on the next one. OK dinner is calling and this is long-winded. Onto Captain…uh…nothing, I didn’t say anything
A few buddies of mine got together one night to shoot this scene from The Hustler written by Anthony Tambakis. DP was David Farkas.
Fernando Chien – Bert Gordon
Jason Chu – Leo
Gui DaSilva – Pete
Johan Stein – Nick
So after holding onto my iPhone 4S as long as I could I had to upgrade. It just wasn’t working well anymore. So busted out my new iPhone 6 and well as you can imagine compared to my 4S it is awesome. Shot this little video and edited right on my phone. Just a little test but fun nonetheless.
I just read this on a friends board and I just loved it. With everything that is going on in the world lately, I think we all need a little bit of good vibes. What’s wrong with that? So here it is…copied and paste. - F
For all my friends, whether close or casual, just because. One of the longest posts I will ever do.. and the most real, too. Everyone will go through some hardtimes at some point. Life isn’t easy. Just something to think about…did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? Did …you know the ones who take care of others all the time are …usually the one…s who need it the most? Did you know the three hardest things to say are I love you, I’m sorry, and Help me? Sometimes just because a person looks happy, you have to look past their smile and see how much pain they may be in. To all my friends who are going through some issues right now–let’s start an intention avalanche. We all need positive intentions right now. If I don’t see your name, I’ll understand. May I ask my friends wherever you might be, to kindly copy and paste this status for one hour to give a moment of support to all those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just need to know that someone cares. Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune. I hope to see this on the walls of all my friends just for moral support. I know some will!! I did it for a friend and you can too. You have to COPY & PASTE this one, NO Sharing
So I’ve had to re-edit my acting demo. Here it is. Thanks to Jaz Nannini who helps dmd edit it down. It’s not everything just a few clips from recent movies.
Here’s the Outcast trailer. I had the pleasure to work on this film last year in Beijing, China. Some of the best times! Thanks to Nick Powell, Brett Chan and all the Outcast crew. Good times, great friends making a movie. Enjoy!
Sorry i’ve been MIA on updating the site. It’s been a long road but I’ve been working on developing a book into a screenplay so most of my time has been locked up writing that rather than here. It’s a book called “All-In”. A true rags-to-riches story of WSOP 2007 Champion Jerry Yang. After only playing poker for 2 years Jerry went from 6000-to-1 long shot in the largest poker Main Event in the world to World Champion. He draws on experiences that he learned from his father when he was a young child in Laos escaping persecution by the North Vietnamese back in the 70′s after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War. It’s a compelling story of grit, courage, endurance and faith. All which helped him 30 years later win the grueling World Series of Poker Main Event Bracelet and $8.25 million dollar prize (10% of which he donated to charities that helped him during his struggle out of persecution and refugee camps.
I’ve just recently finished the outline and should have a draft done by the end of the summer. Thats what’s up! Hope everyone is having a blessed and exciting summer.