Jay Mager had offered me a small character role in “Born to Die”.¬†There was an nice scene at the start of the movie and then a silent appearance in the middle and then a very brief appearance at the end.¬†The role was called “The Asian” which was a crime boss who had been marked up by knife wounds around both eyes.¬†The character is not likable, an egoist and a pretty much a pig.¬†Jay told me he did not write this role about me so we cleared the air early.¬†The location was downtown Buffalo at a bar called Club Diabo, which is decolated in hellish ways.¬†Looks like a great place to do something you wouldn’t want to tell your mother about but smiled about in your old age.
Next it was in to makeup.¬†Rod from Zombified Studios did an amazing job with my scars.¬†They looked as real as the real scars I have.¬†My hair was gelled back and I looked creepy.
The first scene was pretty much a joy as I got to work with some of my favorite actors in town:¬†Jen Bihl (soon to be the star of Slime City Massacre), Bob Bozek (Reel Zombies) and Helen Mayhem (model and wrestler).¬†My character was looking at Jen as another piece of meat but her character “The Black Widow” an paid assasin was having none of my sh*t and was putting me in my place.¬†
Jen can have an icy look when she wants to have, and I don’t think I ever want to see that look for real.¬†She nailed every take.¬†I did some word switching for a few takes, useable but not as good as the script version.¬†Helena made the best massage girl/assistant a boss ever had.¬†I could have done the scene all day as I was having that much fun.¬†It is nice to work with people who challenge you and make you work rather than getting nothing back.
The other two scenes were brief, with me getting out of a car with my assiant Bob carrying an umbella, sadly it wasn’t a sunny day so some of the joke was lost.¬†A phone call from the “Black Widow” finished my character up for the film.¬†I hung out while they were shooting other scenes and drank some “That Shit Beer” which was the label made for the movie’s beer.¬†Kelly who placed “Betty” who is the wife of the local power came up with a sequel starring “Betty” and “The Asian” so Jay if you are listening I am really for my next close up.