Spent yesterday afternoon in the Hills of Beverly. Some friends of mine were shooting a thriller independent film in their home. We had met a couple of months ago at the LA Independent Film Festival Awards – a super glam event where I was managing the red carpet – or more accurately, playing “bouncer” at the red carpet. Picture it: lil ol’ me ridin’ side-saddle wrangling in a herd of Hollywood bulls and heifers. We always hear how the stars hate the paparazzi. Well, cry me a Mississippi River. Truth be told, they’ll trample and take out anyone who gets between them and the flash of a photog. Let’s just say that I won’t be back to “bounce” next year without my own team of pitbulls, a taser, and ten shots of tequila.
But I digress. Back to yesterday’s filming. Two of my friends who are in the film are very beautiful women. You know, the kind of friends that you never see without being perfectly put together, and after a couple of years of friendship you lay awake at night wondering if you should tell them that it’s not actually safe for them to sleep in false eyelashes. Well, when I walked in the door yesterday, I couldn’t find either of them. Not a coiffed blonde hair, a lipo-lean midrif, or a flawless fingernail in sight. But then, finally, I heard their pretty much voluptuous voices. I walked toward both of them to find that they had each been transformed into their own antithesis – truly haunting. What a makeup job! And, best of all, I even discovered that they can remove their eyelashes. They both did several scenes and when it comes to creating a thriller, Michael Jackson had nothing on these two. The film is still untitled, but I’ll keep you posted on that and a release date. This one is not be be missed.
And finally, a NEWS FLASH: the scene I did recently in “The Big Bang Theory” will be airing this Thursday night, May 2, on CBS. Check local listings. I’m in a very brief cafeteria scene, somewhere near the top of the show. At best, you’ll see the back of my gray-haired head at a table behind the principal characters. Bob Newhart does a guestshot later on in the show – funny script – you’ll get a Bang out of it.
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April 10, 2013
Worked yesterday afternoon and into the late night on a few scenes for “Criminal Minds” which will air sometime in May. I have to say, working on these shows has given me the opportunity to further incsrease my respect for the lead actors and the entire crew, which can be up to 50 or so people even for a one-minute scene. They work very long hours, and are all deeply committed to making every scene as perfect as it can be. As well, it’s all business on-set. Background actors need to watch for for cues and directions from the various directors, and be willing to do or not do whatever is requested.
Even though I’ll probably be a only shadowy figure on a seedy street in downtown LA, I was delighted to be positioned in some very prominent positions in front of the camera. And then suddenly it happened. After a few takes, I was replaced by two extremely short-skirted bimbos who’s cups more than flowed over, if you catch my drift. I, without hesitation, remained professional and took position in a lesser spot as the director instructed. But really, “girls of the night” replacing moi? What could the director possibly been thinking! With terrible tarts upstaging me, do they want to have to re-title the show “Minimal Minds?”
April 8, 2013
Having a lazy day after a 14-hour one yesterday on location for a scene in “Bones.” I’ll probably not even be on camera, as I was one of about 200 people in cars creating a traffic jam during a murder attempt. “Detective Booth” (David Boreanaz) goes after a looney-tunes blonde who tries to murder the psychiatrist (John Francis Daley) on the show. Also in the scene was “Bones,” the forensic examiner (Emily DeSchand). Can’t divulge any more – watch for it this summer or fall.
I got up at 4 am, grabbed some coffee, and headed to downtown LA where they had transformed a city block into Washington DC with fictional street and tourist signage. I checked in, grabbed some more coffee and juice, and took my position in the car, where we were instructed to stay until each scene segment was completed. Things began well. We all took our cues from the director to look frustrated in traffic, from behind our windshields. Then I received a different kind of cue – from my bladder. My “coffee tank” was on full and needed attention. Let’s just say I clenched muscles in my crotch that I never knew I had before. I cracked every knuckle in my fingers – and toes. I had to do something. Next, I reclined the car seat to allow my bladder to stretch as much as possible. I’m pretty sure that my gestures for traffic frustration began looking like something else. Finally, the director yelled “wrap” – and I’m pretty sure I yelled something less appropriate, and ran knock-kneed to the john. I came up with a whole new spelling for “relief”: lordhavemercy. I apologize for letting on to you about my aging anatomy – the epitome of TMI, I know. But those of you over fifty will literally feel my pain.
Watch for this exciting episode of “Bones” on FOX this summer or fall. I’ll be in the silver car that’s bouncing a little bit – and you’ll know why.
April 5, 2013
Your prayers came through for me – I got into the “Hot in Cleveland” taping tonight! Here’s a shot immediately after the last scene was shot. Obviously, having these five MTM legends amassed again was very moving for the audience, the crew, and the actors themselves. In true MTM style, the script for the episode is titled “Love Is All Around.” And indeed it was.
April 5, 2013
Yes, there is a God. Just got a call that I was picked for the maitre’d role I auditioned for which is for the pilot being developed by the producers of “Two and a Half Men.” It will be somewhat of a more principal role than normal background – and it means six days of booked work. AND . . . it overlaps with the date I was suppose be be on “Mad Men” – so my casting director agreed I should cancel “Mad Men” (without getting blacklisted) – so no fitting this afternoon. I’ll be off to the studio for “Hot In Cleveland” in short order to plant myself near the front of the line for tonight’s MTM reunion for Valerie Harper.
April 2, 2013
Yesterday I did a scene in the pilot for “Delirium,” a show taken from the first of the three trilogies by auther Lauren Oliver: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem. The show is a current-day drama series with the plot being that the government requires everyone at the age of 18 to receive the cure – a vaccination that rids you of the ability feel real love, therefore taking away any heartbreak and leaving adult society in a zombie-like happy state. I played a philanthropic supporter of the movement at a dinner fundraiser, and I had the distinct honor (along with 200 other extras, but who’s counting) of being directed by Rodrigo Garcia, who directed “The Sopranos,” Six Feet Under,” and “Big Love.” On-set actors were Billy Campbell (Luke in “Dynasty”), Emma Roberts, Melinda McGraw (“The Dark Knight”) and Gregg Sulkin. There’s quite a bit of buzz about the show in LA already, so watch for it soon.
Today I received a call to be in “Mad Men.” The scene of the episode I will be in will be taping on April 15. Don’t know any more details about what I’ll be playing, but go in for a wardrobe fitting this Friday. Little do the producers know they’re really getting an ex-ad man. Maybe I’ll renegotiate my fee.
Had a busy day at Warner Bros. yesterday. Did an audition for a recurring role as a maitre’d on pilot that is being developed by the people who are doing “Two and a Half Men.” I think I’m a dead-ringer of course, but we’ll see. Then I went next door to the stage where I did a very brief scene for “The Big Bang Theory.” It’s a cafeteria scene – at best, you’ll see the back of my gray-haired head which they must have thought was adorable. I think the show airs May 2.
Today I have an afternoon call to be over at Columbia TriStar to play in a dinner party scene for a new drama series called “Ray Donovan.” It will run on Showtime beginning in June. It stars Jon Voight, Liev Schreiber and Elliott Gould. “Ray” is apparently a serial-killer. So, if you don’t hear back to me tomorrow, well . . . you know what happened. It’s been a slice.
March 25, 2013,
On the set of “The Client List” at 6 am this morning and spent a fun, long day shooting several golf fundraiser scenes. My golf actually improved over the course of the 14-hour day. My arms haven’t had that much of a workout since aerovics in the ’80s. I’m the cool guy in the bright yellow polo shirt and sporting a black stetson hat . . . omg.
I’m booked again tomorrow – this time on “The Big Bang Theory” over at Warner Bros. They asked me to be in “nerdy conservative” wardrobe – easy – that should unfortunately be easy – my closet is full of that crap.
For the three of you who can’t wait to see me on the tube, I’ll get airdates for these two shows. But right now it’s lights out in Lala Land – I desparately need some beauty sleep.
March 23, 2013
OK, everyone, a lotta news from Hollywood!
First off, I landed my first acting job! Signed up with Central Casting last week to be a background actor (new term for “extra”) and got a gig already – 6 am call this Monday to be on set for the show “The Client List” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Cybill Shepherd. I’ll be playing a golfer – will be practicing my swing for sure!
Then, last night went to Betty White’s “Hot in Cleveland” of course – Carol Burnett, Tim Conway and Jean Smart did guest shots. Ran into Carol after the show when she was walking over to her dressing room – had a brief chat and thanked her for all the laughs over the years.
Also went to Sean Hayes (Jack from “Will and Grace”) new untitled pilot on last Thursday. It was really a funny script and Sean is as brilliant as ever. Got to shake hands with him after the show. Tweeted him last night with an idea for a show title. I’m sure he hasn’t gotten back to me yet because he’s running it by Legal. Right???
Oh, and went to Leno last Tuesday – Dennis Rodman (just back from meeting the President of N. Korea – go figure) was on, along with Jenna Fischer from “The Office.” Fun time.
OK, off for a power walk. Backatcha soon.
Some of you asked me to post some of my old Facebook entries – here ya go!
April 19, 2013
Hanging out in the Warner Bros. commissary before heading over to stage 20 for a final rehearsal and a live audience taping tonight of the chuck Lorre sitcom pilot I’m doing a very jshort bit if background in. We’ve been rehearsing all week and lots for me to report. But in light of this week’s horrific tragedies, it hasn’t seemed appropriate for me to carry on about my shenanigans. My heart is with all of Boston and west, Texas. But I promise you some respectful comic relief soon! A big Hollywood hug to all.