Back in August 2013 I had a small part in a movie. It was a major movie release and was actually supposed to be Jonah Hill's directorial debut. The part I had was a 2 line role as a Concerned Citizen about an alien invasion. That's one thing acting classes never teach you is how to audition for a 2 line role. My theory is to always try to tag the scene with a quick, funny line, not too much, but just enough. I rehearsed with my wife and she gave me the idea to toss in the line I say at the very end. It went well in the audition and a few days later I heard I booked the role.
The scene took place in a crowded and very hot gymnasium at Van Nuys High School. I sat behind Nicholas Braun and Vanessa Hudgens. Just before we were about to shoot Nicholas said to me, "I watched your audition, it was really funny." That was such a nice thing to hear especially from one of the stars of the movie. Also, Josh Fadem, who is a very funny stand up & played Tina Fey's agent on 30 Rock is also in the film. He's the zombie with the glasses in the trailer and is very funny in the film. He was also super supportive and shot this photo while they were shooting. I call it my "Glen Close Moment."
We shot the scene and I did the lines as scripted without the line from the audition, but Robbie Pickering, the director, said do the line like you did it in the audition. I did and I give credit to Robbie for being so detail oriented and remembering something so small. It somehow found it's way into the trailer. The movie will be released October 30, but only to limited markets, but if you can see it, please do. I can't say enough good things about how comfortable the director and the cast and crew made me feel on set. Enjoy the trailer, I pop up at about 1:22 and I get to awkwardly yell at Denis Leary. I should add this trailer is NOT SAFE FOR WORK...there's some naughty words in there...but not from me. So without further adieu, the trailer for Freaks of Nature
On May 31, my dad threw out the first pitch at the Brewers game. A lot of people asked me how it came about, so thought I'd share the tale. It's definitely a case of , "If at first you don't succeed..."