January 13, 2004
ON MY BRAIN
almost made my Monday deadline for the next installment for "Whatís
On?" Got a little side tracked from an after holiday visit from
my Dad, and his wife Patti for the last four days. Had a great time,
got to the LA and Getty Museums, as well as the Petersen Car Museum.
All great places in my backyard I never make time to get to unless I
have guests in town the force me off the computer and drawing board.
If you ever get to Los Angeles, I recommend you check them out.
Itís also been a hectic few weeks, getting ready for a trip to
Japan on the 18th. Joe Pearson and I have been invited over to work
on a project with Mad House Animation, a killer studio whoís made
amazing films like "Ninja Scroll," "Perfect Blue"
"Trigun" and two of the shorts on "Animatrix" to
name only a very few. Weíll be working out the rest of a story
we want to produce together (Heavy Metal and Mad House) and if it works
out well, Iíll tell you all about it when I get back.
Okay, so here we are in 2004, and itís off and running. Personally
I got a great feeling it is going to be a wonderful year for everyone,
canít say exactly why, but something feels right, so lets see
if my prediction is correct, and keep sending those notes to the message
boards to let me know what youíre up to. Speaking of which, Iíve
got a ton up there I have to get up and answer, so I wonít babble
on to much here, and get to them.
| For this edition
of "Whatís On?" I wanted to do something a pinch different,
and focus on one subject, my good friend Andy Sidaris. Heavy Metal put
out the hard cover "Bullets. Bombs, and Babes: The Films of Andy
Sidaris" late last year, a labor of love Iím extremely proud
of. Over the holidayís, Julie and I popped in some of the new DVD
versions of his films and remembered all over again why we love them.
It also reminded me, Andy was the first guy to put me in front of the
camera in the film "Day of the Warrior." Picture one is of me
after I just finished my death scene as "Harry the Jeweler"
posing with scene partner Julie K Smith, and the world famous Gerald Okamura.
Man youíve never seen someone sweat so much as I did that day. |
next picture is the man himself, showing some of the actresses what kind
of movies heís looking for in the strip club scene also from "Day
of the Warrior." Itís hard to get people to believe that Andy
was one of the main directors of "ABCís Wide World of Sports"
for 29 years, and has more "Emmyís" than he has shelf
space for. Personally I think a whole lot of a guy that knows how to have
that kind of fun after busting his ass for the corporations for so many
15 films Andy has created with his beautiful producer wife, Arlene,
youíd be hard pressed to pick youíre favorite, from "Picasso
Trigger" to "Enemy Gold" or "Malibu Express"
to "Do or Die" youíll have favorite bits from all
of them. One thing youíll find in all of them are the "Babes!"
"Playmates," "Pets," and "Models" run
rampant, in or out of clothes, they are always lethal. Hereís
Shae Marks, and Julie Strain relaxing on set before their next scene
in image three.
| One of my
coolest memories was working as a stunt double for one of his Ninjas in
"Return to Savage Beach" the actor who played the role in the
states couldnít make the trip to Hawaii for the shoot so I filled
in. Here we are on the beach in photo #4. |
also put me back in front of the camera, note sure why if youíve
seen my scene in "Day of the Warrior" as "Harry the Cat"
in "Return to Savage Beach." Fun to do, even with all the
sweating from me that day also! Hereís Julie and I on set in picture
Although "Return to Savage beach was the last film Andy got out
the door, heís working hard on getting the next one, "Battle
Zone Hawaii" off the ground, and has been chatting up hot bodies
like Victoria Silvstedt (picture six) about possible rolls. For both
Andy and Victoria fans, lets hope they work out a deal!
you havenít had the chance to catch any of Andyís check
your TV Guide for listings, they run all the time, or you can check
your video store or Andyís web site for the new DVD six pack,
six great films in a cool package. As for the "Bullets, Bombs,
and Babes" book, Iím sure all the hardcore fans have already
bought their copies, so we wanted to run a special one week promotion
to introduce the new fans to Andyís work by offering the book
half off its $20.00 price tag.
Okay, Iím gonna scoot for now, Iíll try to get another "Whatís
On? Off to you guys before Japan, but regardless theyíll be all
new channel updates for you. (Be sure to check out this weeks update,
silly assed stuff!)
Take care all!