Over the years I have had the honor of being introduced into the Greek culture. I learned many concepts but amongst them something that this film sets out to illustrate, “filotimo” or “the love of honor.” There is no doubt the world is currently in a state of flux, a crisis if you will, economically, environmentally, spiritually. And as filmmaker Demitri Douzenis pointed out, the word, “crisis” itself was invented by The Ancient Greeks. The Greek culture is in fact, a part of the very fibre of our modern existence and Greece in many ways, the cradle of Western civilization. Continue reading
Not many people know this but Leslie is Canadian and loved Vancouver! Not to mention Danish, like me! He could often be found hanging around Vancouver establishments, carefully placing his woopee cushion, on the chairs of innocent victims. He even had one of those fart machines and would catch unsuspecting people up in his pranks. “Airplane” was one of the first movies that ever made me laugh till I almost peed my pants! Leslie’s form of straight man humor is up there with the greatest of the greats! I have watched his movies with my son, in the hopes he will pass them onto his children and so on, forever and ever until the end of time. Lets always keep the memory, of this incomparable funny man, alive in our hearts and minds. I’m afraid watching Leslie from such a young age may have contributed to the formation of my humour, to the chagrin of my son and some others throughout my life. I always get a smile but usually with an eyebrow raised and a shake of the head to go with it. It still makes em laugh so what the hell, “before we are all blown to bits, mind if I pull the underwear outa my crack? A man’s gotta go comfortable” Or how about this one? She had, “a body so hot it could melt a cheese sandwich from across the room, and breasts that seemed to say, hey look at these, she was the kind of woman who made you want to drop to your knees and thank God you were a man, yyeeeeaaaahhhhh, she reminded me of my mother alright, no doubt about it” Love ya Leslie <3
In 2010 I had the opportunity to work with an amazing cast and crew on the television series, “V” a remake of the 70′s show of the same name. I was a “V” (visitor from another planet) I worked on 3 different episodes, “The Pilot”, “A Bright New Day” and “Fruition” The part of the “The Pilot” I was in took place in a green screen room, a massive room painted green for computer generated graphics. A little while after the director calls, “action” and we are all doing our thing, one can hear whispers and chuckles (this rarely happens) And then, right out laughter! It was the director, apparently the hallways of spaceship had not been marked off properly and we were all walking through walls and out into space and the director and some of the crew could see this on their monitor. “A Bright New Day” was filmed at the Waterfall building in Vancouver, Canada. The architecture of the building really complemented the show and became our “Visitors Center” where we were being accepted into the country (USA) and onto the planet. I met many amazing and talented people on this set, both cast and crew. Some of my fellow “V’s” have gone onto great success including my friend Randy Rafuse, who played a customs agent whos nametag read A.Lone Since then we have often remarked at the hillarious nature of said nametag. In “Fruition” I was a “V” doctor, equipped with all sorts of electronic devices. My friend Adrianna Edwards and Mark Edwards, who were also, ‘V’s’, have also gone onto great success! The set was on location in one of the citys largest cemeterys’ My favorite part was showing up to set on my scooter at 5 am it was pitch dark with a low hanging fog just above the gravestones, and me riding through at 30 kms an hour, those were good times. I had dearly hoped I might get the chance to do some prosthetic work but the show was cancelled, in my opinion, before its time buts that how it goes in this industry, nothing is forever, unless you are The Simpsons!