Category: HEATH-ACTOR


Here is a sneak peak at the new BURIED teaser poster.  A new film that I have a small part in that is written by Chris Sparling starring Ryan Reynolds.  BURIED is set to be released fall 2010.

FOR A BETTER LOOK AT THE POSTER :   http://www.experienceburied.com/

NORVELL AS OBAMA

February 24, 2010-Burbank, CA  By Heath Solo

Through the years of being a professional actor, you come across many in the field.  Some wanna-b’s, some talented, some beautiful people who can’t act, a basic melting pot of different kinds of actors.  But sometimes you get lucky to meet talented actors who become great friends.

I have had the pleasure of meeting Aaron Norvell  at the great organization The Actors Network.”   An organization that helps actors focus on the buisness side of their careers.  I met Aaron back in 1999 as Kevin E. West (co-owner of TAN) had people over for the Dallas Cowboys vs Atlanta Falcons Monday night game.  Me and Arron clicked and we have been good friends ever since.  Even though he beat me out for the role of Dino in some Dennis Hopper Fast and Furious type film, jokes aside, he has always been a great shoulder to lean on during the rough times. 

Aaron aka “The Scrapper” is a talented actor who I hold a great mount of respect for.  He even took me to a Monday Night game in Oakland as we saw Brett Favre throw 4 td passes (on Monday Night Football) vs the Raiders (after Brett’s father had passed).  I’ve had some fun times with The Scrapper.   He is one of the best people I know and  a great Hollywood talent .

He has done work in the TV shows  Life,  Point Pleasant,  General Hospital along with his latest appearance in Transformers 2 : Revenge of the Fallen.  But his most recent work has me rollin!!!  He plays President Obama in “Obama Getaways.”  His work as our President is remarkable and it could be his best work yet.  So sit back relax and watch the man in action (CLICK ON LICK BELOW) :

AARON NORVEL AS PRESIDENT OBAMA IN “OBAMA GETAWAYS”

 

Aaron Norvell aka The Scrapper

Yes, Buried at the Sundance Film festival was a huge success.  It sold to Lionsgate for 3.2 million, the first film to sell at the festival.  The budget was around 1 million dollars.  I play a small role at the end of the film and I’m proud of my good friend, writer Chris Sparling for his new found success and a perminate say in the Hollywood arena.  You did it brotha!

Here is an article from :  Jevon Phillips, 24 frames blog from the LA Times :

Before “Buried” screened to a capacity crowd, some of which got in by standing in line for six hours, star Ryan Reynolds set the tone by telling the audience: “I hope you enjoy this film as much as I hated making it.” The film was not only an ordeal for the star and filmmakers. Many in the audience commented afterward — verbally and through numerous tweets that smart phone wielders instantly sent — that their hearts were still racing and their hands still felt as if they were gripping the arm of their theater seats. The Brangelina breakup talk filtering through the audience was quickly forgotten as the film began. Ryan Reynolds’ Paul Conroy opens the film in the dark, in a box. A guy who already has to take anxiety medication is not the most well-suited to be in this situation, but that’s where we find the contractor/truck driver. He’s been buried there by terrorists in Iraq, or as one of the characters in the film says, “people just like you and me,” except that they resort to kidnapping for ransom when they’re in dire straits. Inside of this box, which looks to be about 9 to 10 feet long and about 3 feet tall, is the Zippo lighter that Paul brought with him, the anxiety pills, a flask of alcohol, and, as Conroy later learns, a cellphone and a bag left by the terrorists with assorted goodies in it — including a flashlight that doesn’t always work. The film is often mostly lighted, as director Rodrigo Cortes later confirmed, using Paul’s lighter (and light from the cellphone). Reynolds adds a touch of angsty comedy, but this suspense-filled film kept the audience on edge as they listened to Conroy’s frantic phone calls for help and to connect with his family. FBI, state officials, and even people on the ground in Iraq seem to be little consolation as time ticks on and the kidnappers’ demands are not met. It’s a solitary intense Ryan Reynolds, all the time (no cutting back to family — worried or not). And then there was also a stressed-out snake (again, according to Cortes). The crowd cheered and gave the film rousing applause when it ended. Besides director Cortes and star Reynolds, screenwriter Chris Sparling came up on stage in the post-film Q&A. Reynolds’ mind-state inside of the confined space, Cortes’ choice to stick with one actor onscreen the whole time, and Sparling’s inspiration for writing the movie were just some of the many questions brought up. For Sparling, the idea was born of necessity. “I thought: ‘What would be the cheapest movie to make ever.’ I just thought of smaller and smaller locations, and less and less actors.” Cortes also answered a lot of questions, including some from us as he stopped to have a chat, still basking in the post-screening glow.

How I got my SAG card…….

Though the dialogue was edited out, I got my SAG card back in 2001 when I booked a job on The Power Rangers : Time Force.  I had never seen the episode, but thanks to a friend internet find (Donald Chavis),  I was able to see myself turn into a cyberbot.  I play Thug#2 along side a super villain, played by veteran actor Dan Dowe.  My 2 scenes are edited together.  But don’t blink, you may miss it :

Heath’s TV debut in Power Rangers : Time Force.

August 4, 2009- It’s been a week since I went to Tom Ardavany’s “Actors on Acting Series” with Josh Holloway.  Yes, I’m still buzzing about it.  The experience was top notch and it will forever stay with me.  I’ve met many celebrities in my day.  I have close friends who are known for what they do.  But I think I’m still thinking about that night is because of a few things :  1.  my major  passion for Lost   2.  To validate that Josh Holloway is so great   3.  I learned so much from Tom Ardavany.

I podcasted about this particular night but i kept it very Josh Holloway related because it was posted on my Lost Revisited Now  feed.  I edited  the podcast down from an hour to 35 minutes to keep it Lost related.  But in doing so, I left out a lot of  information I got from Tom.  Thus some of my comments were a bit out of context.  I definetly need to learn to edit audio better, lol.

Tom Ardavany is a well respected acting teacher/coach that has worked with Josh Holloway at mastering his craft.  The Ardavany Approach is an amazing way to master the art of acting.  

Some of Tom’s students are Rudy Reyes and Salvador Torres in HBO’s Generation Kill, and Matt Gerald in James Cameron upcoming epic Avatar.

For more information on the future guests of the “Actors on Acting Series”, class orientation, schedules, etc :

www.theapproach.net

If you are searching for a new acting approach, I suggest you check out Tom’s class and sign up for the free orientation.  He takes the art of acting to a new level.  He allows you to open that door so you can extend your creativity to a higher place.  The Ardavany approach allows you  to  use what is already in you to capture the essence of the character.  As Josh talked about, being specific in your approach allows you to use what’s inside you to become the character.  It is such a useful approach that has proven to be effective.

I didn’t have a chance to ask Josh a question but Tom contacted me the other day.  He was so kind to let me know he would pass on my question to Josh.  Tom didn’t half to do that.  He took time out of his busy day to do this for me.  Tom, thank you so much.  I really appreciate it.

Through the editing of my last podcast, I left out some of the great observations of Tom and some of the great insight I was privy to.  I recorded a special actors podcast for the blog.   Listen to part 2 of the night with Josh and Tom :

Night with Josh Holloway and Tom Ardavany Part 2

Ryan Reynolds to star in ‘Buried’

Actor will follow up ‘Proposal’ with indie film

Ryan ReynoldsReynolds

 

After starring with Sandra Bullock in romantic comedy “The Proposal,” Ryan Reynolds has lined up a much grittier proposition for his next film.Reynolds will star in “Buried,” playing a civilian contractor who’s kidnapped in Iraq and awakens buried in a coffin in the desert, armed only with a cell phone, a candle and a knife.

Rodrigo Cortes will direct a script by Chris Sparling; production will begin this month in Barcelona.

Peter Safran will produce through his Safran Co. banner with Adrian Guerra of Spain-based Versus Entertainment, which is financing the film. The picture will shoot entirely in Spain, which is home to Cortes, best known for directing “The Contestant.”

Reynolds takes the job after the showy role of Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “The Proposal.”

He decided to go the indie route as a way to stretch his acting chops in a movie with a claustrophobic premise, and one in which he holds the screen through most of the picture.

Reynolds, the writer and director are repped by UTA.