Sunday, July 3, 2011

Send In The Clones

The dynamic duo of Longshadow Productions

Some things are too good to be true.  As an actor, you are job hunting constantly:  even if you’re already on a job—unless you’re on contract for a few years—you have to spend your “off” hours hustling and hawking, meeting and greeting and generally informing or reminding people you’ll be available and eager to work any day.  This is true even if you have an agent.   The endless self-pimping is necessary because jobs are not just going to fall in your lap unless you’re a DeNiro, a DiCaprio or a D cup.

But then again…

I had done a web series for the dynamic duo that makes up Longshadow Productions—an up-and-coming outfit of entrepreneurial chutzpah that had cast me as a rabbit-eared, megalomaniacal sorcerer in the sci-fi/fantasy The Immoral Dr. Dicqer (see earlier blog “I was A Green Screen Demon”). They had now come up with a new, equally whacky project and offered me the lead.  Yep:  no searching through casting posts, no elbow rubbing or schmoozing, no auditioning—nothing; just a director handing me a script and saying: “Wanna play the lead?”

I knew I had not become a DeNiro or a DiCaprio, so I quickly looked at my chest to make sure I hadn’t suddenly grown a jaw-dropping set of man-boobs.   To my relief, Pamela Anderson had nothing to worry about; I was still me.  The director later confessed it was simply my work on Dicqer  that got me the job.  There is almost nothing sweeter to hear than that work previously done left someone wanting to see more of you.  Unless, of course, you’re a stripper.  Then it’s just cheesy.

So what, you may ask, does the blog title above have to do with all this?  To which I answer (whether you asked or not) as follows:  the new series is about a modern, married mad scientist couple who have created the perfect clone.  I play the lead geek/slacker scientist husband…and his delightfully dysfunctional clone.  Needles to say, I’m beside myself.  Literally.   The show is witty, rude and really, really funny.  I think you’ll dig it.  I think a lot of people will.

So, I’ll keep you posted.

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