So there was a lot that happened on the 20th of January… as you know a US prez swap, The Return of Xander Cage… but what you don’t know is that I got a pilot for the new Chronicles of Riddick inspired TV show, Merc City on that date. I have just been so busy I have only just now had a chance to read it. Wow. We all know Pauline is too young for me to actually return to the Dark role of Riddick but this is kind of a big deal. Thanks to Universal for being great partners on this new DT written show.
I grew up a couple of subway stops away from Broadway, raised by a theater director in an artist community. My appreciation for the thespian craft started at a very young age. Fences is a celebration of that craft. If you have gotten a chance to see it, let me know what you think… All love.
What an emotional day… when a dream comes true. F8 trailer will launch in seven hours in the very city that my love and passion for film began as a child. I was 5 years old when my father first took us to the movies in Times Square and from that moment I knew what I would dedicate my life to… the art of making film.
We are seven hours away from making history!
There is a good chance I will facebook live the first Times Square trailer debut in history… brace yourself.
As you all know I started acting when I was seven years old, and started bouncing in NYC when I was 17 to pay the bills. Failed the first time I came to Hollywood at 23 and then went back to NY to learn how to be a filmmaker because no one was giving me an opportunity to “make it”… I directed a short film called MultiFacial about a struggling multicultural actor trying to work in New York… I then came back to LA with my short film at 27 yrs old. At that time I would drive around with VHS copies of my short film in the trunk just in case I bumped into someone who could help me with my dreams. One day I was driving by the Four Seasons hotel when I saw one of my favorite actors walking into the hotel. Morgan Freeman… he was seriously one of my acting role models, I mean I remembered him from a show called Electric Company and always followed his career. This was my BIG chance, maybe I could after 20 years finally get noticed. So I pulled over, popped the trunk and ran after him to give him my short film…
Sunday night, twenty something years later, he stopped me, and began telling me the whole story of that day in front of the Four Seasons. Wow. It was so surreal! That is the moment that is captured in the picture of my previous post.
While we were filming in the Dominican Republic… The crew had a chance to go whale watching on the weekend…
The same waters we captured such great XxX magic in, had such majestic beauty. So proud of the return of this franchise.
Happy Birthday to this great man. Not many of us get a second chance to have a father… I was one of the lucky ones. Because he had dedicated his life to theater, in someways I wanted to reach success for both myself and him. One of the greatest blessings of my life is that, at a year old, he chose to be my dad.
Happy Birthday Dad.
Love your son.