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November 29, 2020



 

After a lifetime of dedication to the Arts, a true Legend, a Star in his own right has passed into the mists of Forever. I am speaking about the one and only David Prowse, who plays the one and only Darth Vader.

My fascination with Star Wars started very early in life when still at school. I was memorizing the names of the Star Wars cast at the same time I was doing my times tables.



 

David Prowse portrayed Darth Vader with vigor, energy and a presence “I’ve not heard since ….” When you watch the original trilogy, you feel Darth wholly in spirit, in character. His presence washes over your soul.

I had the good fortune to meet David a few times while at comic-cons in the UK. A lovely gentle giant, we had great rapport !



 

Later I found out, and to this day am disgusted to how David Prowse was treated by the “Official Star Wars” Events. They marginalized him, ignored him. He was never invited to attend the main events. Why? Because they say he leaked information during Jedi about the whole Vader-Father concept. This is simply not true. Isn’t it time for Official Star Wars to acknowledge the greatness that is David Prowse.



 

I for one salute David and say Thank You for “the dark side of the force”

Rest well and rest assured that your legacy will thrive and continue.

#honorDavidProwse #honourDavidProwse

 

November 27, 2020



 

Perfect? What exactly does this word "perfect" mean?

I say that it is you that gives the word meaning. It is a cohesion within your soul when you describe a thing as "perfect". It is an energy, a pulse, a creation of beauty. It is when you are locked in to your true,  immortal self. You become unstoppable !

Bearing this in mind, there is such a thing as a "perfect delivery".

It comes in the form of a brilliant performance by that ace maverick we all love BILL MURRAY.

In the wonderful classic movie "Ghostbusters" directed by genius Ivan Reitman, Bill Murray plays Peter Venkman, an off the cuff scientist and parapsychologist. The magic happens In the scene when he visits Dana Barrett's apartment, Dana played fantastically by the elegant Sigourney Weaver.

While using one of his ghostbusting "toys" on the fridge, Dana asks him "Are you sure you're using that thing correctly?"

Bill's response is nothing short of brilliant ! Go watch the movie and see if you feel the same way. Both my wife Cindy and myself wholeheartedly nominate Bill Murray for one of the most awesome deliveries of all time !

 

October 21, 2020



 

“There is no better reward for an actor, when their conscious mind melts away, and what is left is the living, breathing character.”

This is the state of mind that we actors strive for. It is the last stage of total transformation. It is in that moment when we fully commit and that spark happens. Gone is the babble from the mind. The choices and decisions mechanism is turned over to our creation. They finally breathe …. And live within us !

Recently I was in a rehearsal for an upcoming project and the magic happened. Tommie melted away and the character remained. And even better, I knew it and felt it. This by no means is a random factor. It is the result of work, hard focused work.

One must also not get complacent. There is still much work to be done, there always is. But the work does change focus slightly. Once the foundations and mechanisms are built and are working correctly, the work takes on a much subtler edge. This is pure refinement, and where the fun really begins !

 

October 12, 2020



 

The Switch-Flip is a critical tool that every Actor should possess in their magic-bag. It is the ability to flip from one thought to another contradicting thought in a beat (or a few).

A brilliant example of this switch is in Oliver Stone's JFK. Jack Martin played by Jack Lemmon is being questioned by Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner). Jack is telling them all about Guy Bannister and the strange people and business he has seen. He's all up for it in the first moment, then brilliantly in a flash switches and flips. Jack Lemon executes this with the ease of a master painter adding a subtle color to their masterpiece.

It is important to back-up the reaction and change with substance. In Jack Lemon's case, his sudden inner realization that he could end up dead. This prompts the inner change which is then automatically executed with skill and precision.

It is exciting to be able to watch a brilliant movie and at the same time get an important bit of insight into a master craftsman's work. Keep discovering, keep on being inspired !

 

September 26, 2020



I learnt some very sad news today. Charles (Chuck) Jackson from Pataskala Martial Arts passed away in June of this year.

I had the good fortune to know Chuck through his film-making endeavors. After I moved to the States in 2017, Chuck was one of the first film-makers to hire me. I will always be grateful that he reached out to me. We worked on a fun project called 'Mental Note'. Chuck has a very kind soul, he is a big soft-hearted bear !

I take this opportunity to let him know that he is missed. Both Cindy and myself send our deep felt condolences to his family.

Chuck, may your eternal journey be rich and vibrant !

 

September 11, 2020



 

As I pay homage on this day to the souls that perished, today marks a new beginning. It is the time to let go of the old, that which no longer serves, making space for the new.

It is an exciting time to be alive. Savor every moment, love deeply, have a playful heart, be of good nature.

Be open to learning. Jack Nicholson once said "if you stop learning, then you're dead". The most powerful lessons we can learn are those regarding ourselves. We as passionate story-tellers need to know ourselves to the deepest core.

So whether you are learning from a great teacher, a friend, a lesson in life, always be thankful. Being in command of oneself is vital.

My wife Cindy gives beautiful advice "just go with the flow" she says.

I'm all for that, as I head downstairs to give her a hug and a kiss.