Proud to announce my inclusion in three feature films that shot at the end of the year.
Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood directed a feature version of the hit musical ‘Jersey Boys,’ the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. John Lloyd Young reprises the Tony-Award winning role of Frankie that he originated on Broadway.
I blow bass in Frankie’s band in the early fifties. The band serenades gangster ‘Gyp’ Decarlo, played by the inimitable Christopher Walken, with a moving version of ‘My Mother’s Eyes.’ Ask me about Clint’s Walken impression. Seriously.
Platinum Dunes, the production company of Brad Fuller, Andrew Form and Michael Bay that turned The Transformers and G.I. Joe into major blockbusters, is bringing another Hasbro product–the Ouija Board–to the big screen.
Stiles White, the screenwriter behind The Possession and Boogeyman, penned the script with partner Juliet Snowden and wiz kid Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mr. & Ms. Smith, Sherlock Holmes), and he stepped behind the lens to direct. Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions are also producing.
The film, titled ‘Ouija,’ stars Olivia Cooke, Bianca Santos, Erin Moriarty, Douglas Smith, Daren Kagasoff and Ana Cotto. I play the manager of the diner where the kids hang out–think Nat at The Peach Pit:
Or Al from Happy Days, if you’re more my age:
Or Glen from the diner in Wayne’s World, if you’re psycho:
Read Variety’s piece on the production of ‘Ouija’ here.
And I had the distinct pleasure of playing a Cleveland firefighter in Mary Agnes Donoghue’s ‘Jenny’s Wedding,’ starring Katherine Heigl, Tom Wilkinson, Linda Emond, Grace Gummer, and Alexis Bledel. Mary Agnes, who wrote ‘Veronica Guerin,’ ‘White Oleander’ and ‘Beaches,’ wrote and directed the indie comedy.
We got to work with the University Heights Fire Department, and I got to film in my beloved hometown of Cleveland, which meant going to Mama Santa’s for pizza and pasta after wrap. I also got to hear unforgettable stories from the front lines of ‘Raising Arizona,’ ‘Freaks & Geeks,’ and ‘The Tracy Ullman Show’ by legendary character actor Sam McMurray:
Variety’s report on production is here.
A huge debt of gratitude to casting directors Geoffrey Miclat, Nancy Nayor, and Marcy Ronen and their assistants and associates for the opportunity to participate in their projects.