I went to see an early Step Up 3D screening expecting the worst dance/teen flick since Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo.
I mean, these are actual lines in the movie:
“people dance because dance can change things”
”One move… can set a whole generation free”
‘Some people learn to dance, some people are born to”
“the most important decisions in life are hard”
I recently got cast as an extra in the upcoming Bradley Cooper thriller, ‘The Dark Fields’. (now renamed to be Limitless)
Here is a Synopsis of the film:
An intellectual slacker and former cocaine addict (Bradley Cooper), now eking out a living as a copywriter for a small publishing house. Through a bizarre series of coincidences, Eddie finds himself in possession of MTD-48, a drug that has some curious effects. On his first trip, Eddie discovers that the drug boosts the intellect, making him far smarter – but also faster, more intuitive, and more charismatic. By warding off sleep and focusing his attention span, Eddie finds that the drug enables him, in a matter of hours, to write a book, learn a foreign language, or predict certain events by detecting patterns in vast amounts of information.
What author Glynn has imagined is the perfect drug for the information age, one that makes its user a match for the ceaseless flow of data from television and newspapers to the Internet.
Rather than being lost in the overload of endless news, history, opinions, and other information, the user of MDT-48 can take it all in and find meaningful patterns within it. It is an addictive combination, and the book follows Eddie’s adventures as he goes through numerous career changes: from copywriter to stock trader and ultimately high- finance guru.
However, like all drugs, MDT-48 has its downside, including lethal withdrawal symptoms and terrifying side-effects that can render a user homicidal. If this were not enough, the drug itself is both created and distributed by a shadowy corporation worthy of Pynchonian paranoia, and it isn’t too long before Eddie begins to suspect that he didn’t just “find” MDT-48 after all
The synopsis makes it sound like it is will be very interesting. We filmed at a beautiful upscale restaurant in Philadelphia called Union Trust.
The interior was breathtaking. It is a steakhouse housed in what used to a bank. The sense of space is overwhelming, and the interior decoration is extremely impressive.
Here is a screengrab from the trailer of ‘my one and only’ that shows my short scene with Renee Zellweger. I am at the :46 mark or so in the trailer
Here is my original post that talks about my experience on the set:
So i went out to see ‘State of Play’ to see if I could see me. Indeed, you can see me, but only the same scenes you see me in the trailer. Anyway:
10 things I learned from watching ‘State of Play’ (spoilers)
- DC Cops respond to incidents in Crystal City, Virginia
- You can leave a hospital on the 3rd floor via elevator, run across the street to a building where you stashed your silence sniper rifle, and shoot the recovering patient all in the time it takes for a journalist to walk from the same elevator to the hospital room.
- There is plenty of convenient parking in Washington DC
- Reporters drink..ALL THE TIME
- You can learn a lot of useful information from sweaty guys named Vic if you agree to not one, but two dates
- Even after your best friend sleeps with your wife you can still continue to trust him, and should be astonished if he betrays you again.
- You can shove a woman during busy morning commute onto the path of a train and there will be zero witnesses to see you do it.
- If you plan on shoving a woman onto the path of a train, and there are only 3 blind spots in the cameras in the metro, your victim will automatically stand right in the sweet spot.
- The only purpose of parking garages in movies is for the psycho guy to stalk you. That and car chases.
- If a story is important enough then people should have newsprint on their fingers when they read it. No need to you know, post it online or anything. It can wait.
- Editors serve no purpose other than to let their reporters do whatever they want.
here is a video I uploaded in response to Director Jon Chu’s request for dancers for Step Up 3D
Screengrabs of me in the ‘State of Play’ trailer:
Here is my old LJ entry about the day we filmed: https://carbonatoms.wordpress.com/2008/03/10/my-day-on-the-set-of-state-of-play-with-ben-affleck/
I got to work recently on a new Jamie Foxx movie called ‘Law Abiding Citizen‘ in Philadelphia. We filmed at City Hall. Jamie Foxx was very nice, and he sings a LOT in between takes. Everyone on set was VERY friendly, and I forgot your names but everyone in wardrobe, you guys were so awesome as was the makeup and hair department.
Depending on if they end up cutting the scene or not, you should be able to see me when the film is released. I walk up a set of stairs right by Jamie Foxx as he is walking down the stairs.
I filmed my scene for ‘My One and Only‘ last night in Baltimore.
*UPDATE* here is the trailer and shot of me in the trailer:
It was cool, everyone was in amazing authentic 1953 clothes. The guys had fedoras and smoked authentic 1950’s era cigarettes. The scene was outside a hotel (the Belvedere in baltimore) and it’s supposed to be taking place in Boston. Renée Zellweger is a platinum blond and her son is driving their toothpaste blue Cadillac to the hotel entrance. And then me and the doorman and other bellboy rush up to the car and let Renée and her son and friend out of the car, and then I get her luggage. The entire street was filled with cool 1950 cars. I can’t wait to see how that scene looks in the finished movie.
The entire crew was very pleasant to be around and it was a very fun experience. We got off the set around 1am. Also I am happy to report Renée was VERY very nice and fun in person, not one tiny bit stuck-up. She talked with everyone and looked like she was having fun. At one point she accidentally stepped on Jambriel’s dress and apologized profusely and helped walk her up the steps when the director called for reset (movie talk for going back to your starting mark).
I got a small featured part in a new 1950 era romantic comedy called My One and Only starring Renée Zellweger. I am cast as a bellhop in 1953 Boston. It should be fun! I am super excited. This week I went in for a costume fitting and got a genuine 1950’s haircut.
too bad I am not SUPER BELL HOP!
Able to lift 1,000 bags up 1,000 flights of stairs in a single bound.
I was on the set of ‘In The Loop‘ this weekend in DC.
(FROM HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) – Anna Chlumsky, the actress who played MacCauley Culkin’s friend in the 1991 feature My Girl, David Rasche (United 93), and James Gandolfini are starring in BBC Films’ political satire The Loop. The story, an unofficial adaptation of the BBC series The Thick of It, parodies the inner workings of U.S. and British government agencies and their international relations. Chlumsky will play a State Department official; Rasche portrays an undersecretary of state; and Gandolfini plays a general. Shooting is scheduled to start this month.
I was a hand stamper in the scene. A Death Metal band ‘Cannibus Corpse‘ was playing in this scene and I must say..the music was different. I’m glad they handed out ear plugs. the film crew was awesome and mostly British. I guess they do things differently there with movies because they filmed VERY fast. I was in and out in only a few hours.
Here is a shitty quality video of me practicing my monologue, I am delivering this monologue tomorrow for Betsy Royall casting here in Baltimore:
(I just added this 2nd version)
I never claimed to be great lol, you should see some A-list stars act, as bad as this is I know for a fact it’s better than some A-list guys I saw “act” in person. It’s what encouraged me to try harder in acting, if someone THAT BAD can make it, literally anyone can.
I’m happy I even am getting an opportunity with her, she’s a big casting agent.
This past weekend was my birthday weekend (March 8th) which was cool. Sunday I was cast as a Congress dude on the motion picture “State of Play”
which stars Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, and Robin Wright Penn.
I found this photo posted in an article about the filming:
Thats how Ben Affleck was dressed for the shoot that day. It was a press conference scene they shot, and Robin Wright Penn delivered a very good monologue, that I won’t divulge the details of because I have a feeling the scene is the finale or close to the finale of the film.
Ben Affleck was actually really nice. He joked around with all the extras and even though he seemed exhausted he tried to keep the energy up. He didn’t act like any sort of asshole or anything. He acted as if he were an extra himself, I didn’t even see an assistant or anything like that. I am always pleased when I see a A-list actor act like a down-to-earth human being and not some sort of God. And of course, he acted really well.
The entire shoot took place in the Library of Congress in DC, which is a BEAUTIFUL building. It is THE single most beautiful structure I have ever been in.
I was lucky enough to be grabbed for a small scene with Ben Affleck and about 4 other extras. All I had to do was walk down the stairs and brush by Ben as he walked up the stairs. What I enjoyed the most (and also made me very nervous) was that the director was directing me. He was saying stuff like “your in a hurry..for something..doesn’t matter, but your running late” Who knew walking from point A to point B required motivation?
So as long as that scene is not cut you’ll definitely see me brushing by Ben Affleck. I am clean-shaven for this scene..they forced me to cus they thought i’d look more professional lol. I also had the whole makeup thing..I don’t know how girls do it..that stuff is hard to take off.
It’s still surreal sometimes..to come home to Laurel, Maryland, thousands of miles from Los Angeles and Hollywood, and know I just did a scene in a major motion picture with Ben Affleck, or Nicole Kidman, or Jennifer Connelly etc. It may just be as the lowest of the totem pole of acting, but its still the truth. It’s a really cool hobby, I like to think of it as interactive movie set touring, and every single time I do this sort of work I have a shit-ton of fun.
There is a great New Step Up 2 The Streets dance mash up video up that everyone needs to watch.
This video shows many of the same scenes from the official trailer but shows WAY more dancing. My friends alex and keith do their 2-man helicopter in the youtube clip at around the 1:29 mark. It might interest you guys to know at the 0:41 mark in the youtube clip the person doing the headspins is a girl. Her name is Shorty Welch. You can see me in the youtube clip at around the 0:57 mark.
My photobucket album of Step Up 2. This has a bunch of photos of when the movie’s lead Rob Hoffman went and danced with us, literally, on the street and also in clubs of course. It was cool that he was able to see what the Baltimore bboy scene is like before he started filming. I hope this influence shows in the final film. I am also very excited and happy for my friend Jeff Ogle (bboy Rapid) who at the 2007 auditions beat out every other bboy and landed a major role in the movie as a member of the fictional bboy crew 410. Congrats to Jeff!!! It was cool to get to be in a small scene between Rapid, Rob, and several of my closest friends including Qu3st, seizure, Goof and amarilles.
Here are some of my older posts about step up 2:
I just got done filming a small scene for the movie He’s Just Not That Into You in Baltimore.
Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly, Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore, and Jennifer Aniston are some of the major people in this movie. Now, my all time favorite actress of all time is definitely Jennifer Connelly. I have had a huge crush on her ever since Labyrinth and Career Opportunities.
Fate would have it that I got to do a small scene with her. I am a painter working on the outside of her house, and she pulls up, walks up the steps, and says ‘Hi’ to me. Then I say ‘hey!’ back to her. It may be a very tiny scene but to me its huge,. I got to do a scene with my favorite actress of all time..and she was very very nice in person and very beautiful.
24 was filming in DC Sunday November 4th . For some bizarre reason, I was sent there as a stunt/ precision driver by the casting company.
I was scared shitless.
The entire stunt driving team was like pro and traveled around the US etc. The lead driver was like “so uhh..what kind of driving experience do you have?”
I was like “none”
It was so scary, they were like a well-oiled machine and there I was knowing nothing, walkie talkie in hand. Then they took off from the production area and drove quickly and efficently around DC to our filming location…then they went over the complex driving choreography on paper in like 10 seconds, everyone was like ok, got it.
I was like
To make it worse they decided to make me lead car, so if I fuck up the entire scene is ruined. It was fun as hell in retrospect, but scary as shit during it cus I had no clue what I was doing. At least i think ill get a stunt / precision driving credit to my name, which is cool, and I got stunt pay for the day.
But the scene went fine, i only messed up once when I drove too fast to allow this one woman driving a BMW to over take me in time for the shot, but she overtook me anyway she just had to floor it much faster than planned.
Jack Bauer / Kiefer Sutherland was there too, he does his own stunt driving believe it or not. The guy drives the craziest ive ever seen anyone. He almost hit several signs and ran over a curb at once point.
But I am grateful the casting company gave me a chance to expand my resume and skills and the driving team i worked with was very very nice and helped me out so much. Thanks everyone!
That movie was so much fun. Congrats to our friend Rob Hoffman for landing such a great role, and for dancing with us for so many weeks prior to the filming. For those of you who have never seen Rob Hoffman before, you will love him as he is a great actor, amazing dancer, and a very nice and humble guy.
Please go out and see it on valentines day, support the film. I’d love for there to be a Step Up 3 in Baltimore.
Update on my audition at the local baltimore casting company:
They really liked my monologue and my coldread (I 100% memorized it in about 8 minutes) so they had me signed on to their talent base. woot!
Oh and I found a funnier version of my monologue from family guy:
lol..there are about 2 more casting companies I want to audition for. We’ll see what happens from then.
Tomorrow, Thursday August 30th all the way through Tuesday September 4th I will be filming a dance club scene for Step Up 2. Right before that, I have been asked to come in to a local Baltimore casting office and perform a short 60 second monologue, and then perform a cold read. If they like me it will mean the road will be open for small speaking roles, this could really help me get cast in bigger (but still small) stuff.
Getting my SAG card was a huge accomplishment for me, this is the next step. For my monologue I chose the ‘so much beauty’ scene from American Beauty.
Here is one guys shitty version of it (he fucks up the order of the lines and forgets other lines entirely)
Here is the full text of the monologue:
written by Alan BallRicky:
It was one of those days when it’s about a minute away from snowing. And there’s this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it, right? And this bag was just… dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. That’s the day I realized that there was this entire life behind things, and this incredibly benevolent force that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid ever. Video’s a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember…I need to remember. (distant) Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it…and my heart is going to cave in.
Im nervous but excited.
a CBS ‘The Power of 10’ gameshow producer contacted me today after I applied to be a contestant. They said I was in the running to be on the show, I needed to submit a short video tape, they emailed me all the legal forms etc and then I have to send it within a few days to their casting office in New York. Here’s hoping!
Also, my good friend Alex Schmidt landed a commercial for the Maryland lottery. In fact, it’s the very same commercial I landed a year or so ago.
You can watch my old commercial here: http://www.vsocial.com/video/?d=54416
Congrats to Alex!
Quick update on my acting:
I have been cast a dancer in a big dance-off scene in the movie Step Up 2. I go to the set August 30, 31st and then return to the set Tuesday August 4th to finish the scene. Also my friends Alex, Keith and Danny (also known as Seizure, Quest and Goofball) will be going with me to breakdance.
This Saturdays I audition for a Sir Ridley Scott movie called ‘Body of Lies‘ that starts filming in the area soon. It stars Leonardo Dicaprio and Russell Crowe.
I will be auditioning at Carlyn Davis casting in the next few weeks as well, performing a short monologue and then a cold read for consideration in small principal roles in upcoming films.
fun times! I’m especially excited about Step Up 2 since I have already met and danced with the principal cast including the lead, so it will be like a dream scenario of filming a movie with all your friends. It’s gonna be awesome.
I am auditioning for Step up 2 this saturday as a breakdancer. Can’t wait!
this is the demo reel (his choreography and some footage of him dancing by himself) of the guy robert hoffman whos cast in the lead role of step up 2..the only thing is hes a VERY good popper (watch about 2:28 in) but he has zero breakdancing skills?
Major Motion Picture STEP UP 2 Auditions
Renowned Monsters of HipHop Choreographer Jamal Sims (STEP UP, HAIRSPRAY) will be casting dancers for the sequel to the hit film STEP UP this Saturday in the Washington DC / Baltimore area.
This is the final audition stop in the nationwide casting search which has spanned several weeks.
LA-based choreographers Dave Scott (Monsters of HipHop, STOMP THE YARD, YOU GOT SERVED) and Hi-Hat (Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige) are also part of the incredible choreographic team.
The movie, tentatively titled STEP UP 2: THE STREETS will be filming in Baltimore starting as early as July 1st, 2007.
All dancers must bring a headshot (snapshots are fine) and resume. For more information, please visit http://www.monstersofhiphop.com under the Monster Buzz.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
- 10:00 am / Hip Hop Choreography (Please be prompt – the dance combination will be taught one time only at 10 am & will not be repeated)
- 3:00 pm / Freestylers (B-boys/girls, Poppers, Lockers, Krumpers, Specialty) and Dance Crews (4 or more dancers) – If you are interested ONLY in performing Freestyle as per above, please arrive at 3pm.
- Ages: 18-25 of any ethnicity
- Must be an accomplished dancer
- Must be completely available from Mid-July through September.
Here is the commercial i did for Maryland Lottery:
I had fun!
I forgot to post about it, but I was in a Koons Ford commercial (local Baltimore TV) this past Thursday. It was shot at the Koons Ford on security boulevard.
I had a good time and I got to talk to the other actors who were hired, they were all very nice and we had even worked on some of the same projects. I had a good time and Crystal Koons (daughter of the koons guy who owns all those dealerships) is beautiful, quite a looker. I’d buy a car from her 😀
But if you live in the area, look for me.