When our eyes are not fixed on the news, hearts in our mouth for Ukrainians under siege on the front line of democracy, we have our heads down at work on upcoming projects, while also having had to put away other projects that, mostly due to the pandemic, did not work out.
My current schedule has me on set in N. Carolina in just a few weeks, mid April, for a starring role in a new film in pre-production at Atlantic & Pacific Studios; a film that had been scheduled to go into production two years ago, just as the pandemic hit, so I’m grateful to Dean Jones, at Atlantic & Pacific Studios, for keeping it going. Special thanks go to Dean for his perseverance, patience, and flexibility in making this film happen. More details to come as we get closer.
Another project that’s long been dear to me is a filmed adaptation of Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE–my vision for which I’ve been talking about for nearly a decade–that is also now coming to fruition. I have a directing and producing team in place, and we will soon go into pre-production, with casting to start within a few weeks, if all continues to go well. I’ll post details as we get closer. I’m a fan of so many great Shakespeare films that have been made over the decades by greats such Olivier, Welles, Branagh, Taymor, Luhrman, Kurosawa, and others, from all of whom I hope to learn and steal.
In personal news, I continue to live full-time in NYC with my personal other, while also spending a great amount of time working in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast, as well as scuba diving, our most recent trip being to Bonaire for a week of shore diving in its extensive marine park, in which flourishes a magnificent protected fringe reef. Our next dive trip will be to Vancouver, B.C., in late summer, to dive with wolf eels.
Finally, a huge shout out to photographer Leslie Hassler, www.lesliehassler.com, for our head shot and promo shot session this winter, the results of which you see here (check out the bottom of the page.) Working with Leslie was fantastic and I highly recommend her.
I also recommend Clinton Brandhagen, www.clintonbphotography.com, with whom I also regularly work, whose head shots you’ll also find here. I feel fortunate to have found both Leslie and Clinton: just as actors and directors form bonds over time born of creative chemistry, so do actors and photographers.
Thank you for staying up on my projects. If you have any questions, never hesitate to contact me. Meanwhile, all hopes go to a speedy end of this awful war in Ukraine.