EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Actor "Christopher Cordell" Talks "Chucky" TV Series, Upcoming Projects And Much More With Standish...

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"Christopher Cordell"
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STANDISH: You played the "Intruder" on the "Chucky" TV series, how'd you land this role and what's it feel like to be apart of the Chucky legacy?

CHRISTOPHER: What a fabulous gift to be invited to be a part of the series. The Chucky legacy is such a loved favourite that being able to join the story in such a pivotal and influential role was a total thrill.
Don Mancini, the creator of Chucky and the Executive Producer of the series, was an absolute delight to be around. We shot during the height of Covid with strict testing, mask mandates and social distancing protocols. On one of the shooting days, I was doing my best to respect the Covid rules and my fellow cast and crew by, in between takes, staying in the corner of the house we were shooting, distancing, as best I could, from everyone else. Don spots me in the corner and fights his way across the crowded room to make his way over to me to strike up a conversation and thank me for agreeing to be a part of his TV series. He thanked me! What a treasure of a human being. Don worked so hard and was so cleaver in his creation of the entire franchise and instead of positioning it that I was lucky to be working on his project (which I was, very lucky) he went out of his way to thank me. I really respect and admire him for that. I would jump at the chance to work with him again.
I was originally sent the audition for the part by my agent, Phil Flagler. I wasn’t given the entire script, as it is often kept secret. This led me to not be certain of what type of character/person the role might end up being, so I recorded and submitted three distinctly different variations. Later, the director, Dermott Downs, told me that those three distinctly different variations led me to being cast. He was initially concerned that the casting department would send him stunt performers who could act, but what he was hoping for was an actor who could also do stunts (the original script had a large fight scene that ended up being cut). He was convinced when he saw my audition that I was an actor that could also stunt. It was very generous of him to share those details with me, and I took it as a huge compliment. I really enjoyed working with Dermott. His style and approach gave me courage to take big swings and try ideas that weren’t on the page.
I had worked with the stunt coordinator before, Darren Marsman, and I believe he also recommended me for the job. Which was super generous of him.

STANDISH: Tell us a little about your overall mission, Christopher –

CHRISTOPHER: I enjoy telling stories. I also really enjoy collaboration. It is amazing to me what can be created when a group of people get together and support each other to pursue and obtain a goal. Everyone on a film/tv set is an integral part of that project’s creation and my mission is to meet and work with as many amazing collaborators as time will allow. I am currently pushing my acting career forward and focusing on being genuine and grounded.
You've landed some great gigs, how did you get into performing stunts?
The short answer is perseverance, tenacity, hard work, and a whole lot of kindness from others. The long answer is, I started in showbiz as an actor when I was a child. With school plays and some work with The Children’s Theatre Company. I loved it. I then watched a documentary on TV that was about a stunt family in LA and I was enthralled. The documentary focused heavily on the fact that they were a “stunt Family” and to my 12-year-old mind, that was how you became a stunt performer. You were born into it. Which can actually be true. There is a large percentage of stunt performers who are in the business because a family member was in the business, they were friends with someone in the business or they were sleeping with someone in the business.
I continued to pursue my first love, an acting career. A few years later, when I was 16, I found an advertisement in a local Toronto newspaper, advertising a “Stunt School”. I clipped it out of the newspaper and carried it around with me every day, tucked into the sleeve of my creative writing binder at school (there is a picture of this clip on Instagram @stuntcordell). I remember calling and being so disappointed that, to take their course, they wanted me to pay them more money than I could afford. I come from a very poor beginning. By the time I was able to save up the money, the phone number no longer worked, and I once again abandoned the idea of becoming a stunt performer. I continued my pursuit of acting. All the while leading an active and daredevil filled life. Then my best friend’s older sister, Shelley Croft, called saying she needed some help with her University Film project. She needed an actor AND a stunt performer and could I please come and do BOTH for her. Hell yes, I can! That was the start of my stunt journey. Through that experience I realized that being able to perform stunts gave me a greater opportunity to be asked to be in a film or TV production. Shelley called me because she believed that I could do both. Stunts also seemed to be a way to bypass the casting director and land acting roles without relying on an agent. But I still didn’t know how to become a “working” stunt performer in Union shows, so I started taking entry level work on sets as a background performer and a stand in. Learning, watching and asking a lot of questions. Fairly soon, an accomplished stunt performer, Patrick Mark, was on the same set as me, crashing a motorcycle. During our down time in between shots, I struck up a conversation with Pat. He was very generous and kindly gave me a wealth of information about stunts and how to pursue a career. I quickly put his knowledge to work. I started researching who the stunt coordinators were and what productions they were working on, started cold calling them and sending them 8x10’s of myself with my resume. I was relentless and persistent and finally one day, Rick Forsayeth, one of the top stunt coordinators in Canada, called with a small job. This was my very first Union stunt. I was over the moon and thrilled that I had finally “made it”. But in truth, I was still a very long way from “making it” as I was still a very long way from being a trusted and dependable stunt performer. I was new and most stunt people didn’t trust me to be someone they put their life or reputation on the line with. I continued to struggle to find reliable consistent work as a stunt performer. I asked a stunt coordinator, Wade Eastwood (Wade now stunt coordinates the Mission Impossible films with Tom Cruise), why he hadn’t hired me, and his response opened my eyes instantly. He said “Why would I hire you? You’re not a f*cking stuntman!” He then went on to list all the skills he believed I lacked. One of which was the ability to ride an air ram. I quickly upped my training regime and ensured that I was accomplished at all the skills Wade had listed but becoming proficient at using an air ram was proving difficult. At that time air rams were expensive, there were only 3 air rams in the Toronto stunt community and the owners of these 3 air rams didn’t want to share them with me or more accurately likely didn’t want to be liable for my injuries. Air rams are extremely dangerous and can break you/kill you in a heartbeat. So, I bought my own from a German stunt performer and had it shipped to me. I took it apart as soon as it arrived and reversed engineered a second entire ram. I now owned 2 out of the 5 rams in the Toronto stunt community and I was training on them every single week. Honing a skill that lots of working “professional” stunt performers didn’t have. Then shortly after, opportunity collided with preparation. I was working as an SSE (Special Skilled Extra) as a Swat Officer in the backseat of a police cruiser with 2 other SSE while two stunt performers rode in the front, Danny Lima driving and Robert Racki riding shotgun, when the other two SSE started having a loud conversation about their stunt experience. It seemed clear at the time that they were trying to impress on Danny and Rob that they had the skills to be considered for stunt work. Robert is Branko Racki’s brother. Branko is one of the top stunt coordinators in Canada. It was an easy assumption that if you made a good impression with Robert, it might lead to work with Branko. Eventually, the SSE conversation turned to air rams and one of the SSE made a statement that was incorrect, and I corrected him stating that that wasn’t how air rams worked. Rob turned around and said to me “What the f*ck do you know about air rams” in a tone that clearly showed that he believed I had zero clue. I responded that I believe I knew at least a little as I owned two and had built one from the ground up. Rob said “Bullshit! There are only 3 rams in this town, and you want me to believe that you own two of them?” I replied “Well, now there are 5 rams in this town and yes, I own two of them.” Soon after that, I had the opportunity to strike up a conversation with Branko and he said “You’re the guy with the rams right? I want you to bring one to set tomorrow and show me what you can do.” So, I did. The next day, during lunch, I pulled out one of my rams, set it up, and in front of the entire stunt team (there were a lot of stunties out that day) I showed my skills on the air ram. This led to Branko allowing me to volunteer to work for free for him and his team. I came to set everyday to hump matts, clean matts, get coffee, carry gear, help with rigging, etc. I wasn’t being paid, but I was in heaven. It was a golden opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business. And then once again opportunity collided with preparation. During a rehearsal for a big stunt gag that involved wires and fire, one of the stunt performers had a last-minute conflict and couldn’t make it to the rehearsal on time. Branko said “Okay Cordell, you want to be a stunt guy? Let’s see how you do.” He put me in and fortunately all the skills I had been training from Wade Eastwood’s notes helped me meet Branko’s needs in that moment. He was impressed enough that he hired me to do the stunt when it went to camera. I was very lucky to get that job because a TV series called “Hollywood’s Greatest Stunts” showed up to do an expose on me and my first major Hollywood Union stunt. I also met Marco Bianco on that film set. Marco is likely the best stunt rigger in the business, not just in Canda but in the entire world. He became a mentor and a beacon of knowledge for me for a great many years. This all lead to me being taken more seriously as a “professional” and reliable stunt performer and became the real start of a career in stunts.

STANDISH: You did driver stunts on the TV series "The Handmaid's Tale", how did this go? What was this like?

CHRISTOPHER: This was an interesting shoot because I was also hired to be an actor at the same time and act in a scene with the two female leads, Elisabeth Moss and Yvonne Strahovski. (A clip of this scene can be found on Instagram at @actorcordell). Both actors were extremely kind and generous to me. Which may sound like no big deal, but on a TV set, actors are often working very long hours, are hungry, tired, cold and under a boat load of pressure. It is often very difficult to be “your best self” under these conditions and yet both ladies were absolutely wonderful to me. The director, Dana Gonzales, went out of his way to ensure that I had all the knowledge and tools needed to ensure my comfort and coax a believable performance. The scene appears to be one continuous drive, but in reality, we shot it in two parts, on two separate days, shot weeks apart from each other. I love how seamless the scene turned out and that one would never know the huge amount of time that took place between the start and the finish of the scene.

STANDISH: You were stunt performer on 12 episodes of TV series "Titans", how did you land that and what was the set atmosphere like?

CHRISTOPHER: Season one of Titans was stunt coordinated by Tig Fong. Tig and I worked together on Nikita and several other projects over the years, so he was very familiar with me and my work. This led him to ask if I would be available to assist him on Titans. The set atmosphere was tricky to navigate as it was difficult for the cast and crew to always be their “best selves” due to the very high demands of the show. I was extremely excited to wear the Robin costume and consider myself very fortunate that I received such a fabulous opportunity. I really enjoyed working with Geoff Johns, who was always super kind. Producer/director, Akiva Goldsman, was also very generous to me. Anna Diop, who played Firestar, was a treat to get to know. I really enjoyed her work ethic, kindness, and positivity. Alan Ritchson was also very generous to me with his time and inclusion. I very much enjoyed getting to know DOP, Boris Mojsovski. I loved watching him work and sharing jokes and ideas together. One of the writers, Bryan Edward Hill, and I got along famously and I really enjoyed listening to him explain how the writers developed the story and why some moments in the script where more important than others. Bryan has written a boat load of work outside of Titans. If you get the opportunity, I highly recommend picking up his graphic novel American Carnage. I found it very well crafted. Director, Grant Harvey, was a breath of fresh air to work with. I enjoyed his collaborative spirit and enthusiasm to work together to tell a great story. He was also very generous with his time and patience. He showed me a rough cut of the episode he directed, and I believe to this day that it was the very best episode of Titans that I have ever seen. Unfortunately, the top decision makers chose to shelve the episode and to my knowledge it never aired. We also reshot large amounts of the first 3 episodes, which I believe seemed to crush everyone’s spirits, making it difficult for most of the cast and crew to remain positive. Add in the fact that it was an extremely cold winter, lots of outdoor scenes, lots of night scenes, and lots of very long hours and the show quickly becomes less ideal.
I still consider it a huge honour to have been able to work with so many exceptional and hard working people
You performed stunts on the TV series "Taken", can you tell us more?
We did a bunch of fun stunts on that show. My most favourite being a ratchet we did.

STANDISH: What was it like working on the "Kick-Ass" franchise?

CHRISTOPHER: The first Kick Ass was stunt coordinated by Brad Allen. Brad was one of the top action performers in the world and had done extensive work with Jackie Chan and his team. Unfortunately, Brad has passed and is no longer with us. Having the opportunity to work with and learn from Brad was an absolute treasure. The work I did with Brad on Kick Ass led to the work we did on “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”. I loved that project so much. I had the good fortune of being one of Lucas Lee’s on camera stunt doubles. Chris Evans plays Lucas Lee. He was a treat and so was Micheal Cera who played Scott Pilgrim.
The second Kick Ass had a different team and I ended up on that project due to Angelica Lisk’s recommendation. Angelica and I had worked together on several other projects, so she was familiar with me and my work and recommended me to audition for the film. Working with Olga Kurkulin who played Mother Russia was a fabulous experience. She was so very mighty yet kind and perpetually concerned that she was going to hurt me. She didn’t know very much English, and I don’t know any Russian, so we often communicated by simply showing each other what we were trying to convey with hand gestures and grunts. It was a great time.

STANDISH: You have many "uncredited" titles on iMDb, is this something that bothers you when you don't get the credit you deserve?

CHRISTOPHER: Our standard contracts normally state “credit at producer’s discretion”. I believe on lots of TV shows they try to keep their credits as short as possible to keep the run time and costs down. This sometimes leads to those that didn’t insist on a credit on their contract, being dropped from the credit crawl. I initially didn’t care about credits, but I have learned that they can be important, and I now strive to ensure that it is included in my contract.
I do find it strange, that in today’s world of action, The Academy Awards refuses to recognize stunt performers or stunt coordinators with an award category. Giving credit where credit is due.

STANDISH: With having so many awesome credits, what's your overall favorite set you've worked on?

CHRISTOPHER: Tough question. Different sets are great for different reasons.
For example, I really enjoyed the friendships we built on the TV series Nikita. Rob Stewart, Shane West, and Devon Sawa are all people I still consider friends. Shane and Devon and I would hang out regularly during the run of the show and Devon and I will still get together whenever possible. I am always thrilled to hear about his new successes and accomplishments.
My experience on Chucky was a complete thrill and Don Mancini went out of his way to make me feel welcome and included. He even presented me with a
Giant Chucky doll as a gift just for being on the show. I keep it on my bookshelf in my bedroom and it is a great reminder of the fabulous experience and opportunity.
Accused was also a great experience. I really enjoyed the collaboration with Director Brad Turner and the actors, Julia Chan and Ian Anthony Dale. All of whom were super kind and welcoming.
I would have to say though that my most favourite experience to date is likely The Ace and the Scout. That was the working title although I believe it is going to be released as Battle for the Western Front. I will follow director/producer Aaron Hugget to the ends of the earth. That man is astounding. He creates such a well flowing and conducive work environment. It is likely the lowest budget feature film I have ever worked on, yet the comradery and collaboration were absolutely phenomenal. We shot during Covid just outside of Sarnia in the fall. The producer billeted the actors in Airbnbs and we were grouped depending on who we did the most scenes with, which ended up being our scripted platoons. Our Airbnb was a house that was situated right on Lake Huron. I am a total water enthusiast, so I was in the lake every single day after wrap. We would all make a meal together, light a bonfire and sit around after our swim running lines and fleshing out the scenes. It was a total dream scenario. I had the time of my life.

STANDISH: Is there any role/character you'd love to play?

CHRISTOPHER: Yes, writer/director, Kim Barr, has written a fabulous script that has a role that I would love to play. I can’t say much about it as I signed an NDA but it is a striking coming of age story that takes place in Germany during WW2. She has written a complex and compelling character named Max, that I am absolutely dying to bring to life.
That and Victor Von Doom from the Fantastic Four comic books. I had the opportunity to portray Victor in a short “Fan Film” made by a group of students as their thesis project many years ago. I would be thrilled to get a chance to bring him to life on the big screen. I believe Victor and Darth Vader are two of the most misunderstood heroes of our generation.

STANDISH: What can we look forward to in the future from you?

CHRISTOPHER: Battle for the Western Front will be released in 2024 so we have that to look forward to. I have been cast in a feature that Director/Writer Robin Carless is currently working on securing funding for so hopefully that will go to camera late 2024.

STANDISH: Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

CHRISTOPHER: I see myself working with Stephen Spielberg on his next project. Just need to convince Stephen to see that too!
I will be continuing my pursuit of acting opportunities in projects big and small. It is my desire that that pursuit will lead to collaborating on projects with likeminded and creative artists.

STANDISH: Who are some of your mentors?

CHRISTOPHER: In the stunt world, some people who have provided great opportunities and shared their wealth of knowledge have been John Stead, Branko Racki and Marco Bianco.
In the acting world, Rosemary Dunsmore has been one of my favourite teachers. Micky Rooney gave me advice as a teenager that may or may not have been helpful.

STANDISH: Where do you find your motivation to be so great?

CHRISTOPHER: Life can be difficult for absolutely everyone. In my experience it will always have its ups and downs. I try to recognize that both my bad days AND my good days are not a true reflection of who I am. I will not fail all the time and I also will not win all the time. I try to take each day one at a time, always striving to accomplish at least one thing everyday that moves my career in a forward direction. It doesn’t have to be something monumental; it can be something as simple as reading a script, or watching a famous actor reflect on their career, or going to the gym. That way I continuously have a belief that I am moving in a positive way towards my goals and desired achievements. This makes keeping a positive outlook easier for me and I found positivity begets positivity. When you smile others will often smile with you.

STANDISH: During COVID, we all faced struggles, what was one of your main struggles?

CHRISTOPHER: struggled with two things. I was surprised at how much I relied on mouth movements and positions to both read other people and to convey my own thoughts and feelings. I really struggled with masks covering such a large portion of people’s faces. I found it very difficult to communicate affectively and to accurately read other people’s emotions and wellbeing.
I also struggled with how divisive Covid seemed to make society. There seemed to be two main groups, people that were afraid of the disease and people who were afraid of the vaccine. I struggled and was saddened by the amount of fear and the amount of anger that seemed to erupt from Covid and it’s mandates.

STANDISH: Where can fans find your work?

CHRISTOPHER: My Instagram page has a great selection of scenes that I have performed @actorcordell
Otherwise people can look me up on IMDb and find the shows that I have worked on and then locate that show on their favourite streaming service.

STANDISH: Anything you'd like to include?

CHRISTOPHER: Thanks for taking the time to include me in your publication.

STANDISH: What are your social links?
Instagram @actorcordell
Instagram @stuntcordell
Twitter/X @stuntcordell

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Darryl "DMC" McDaniels Talks DMC Cookies, New Projects & Much More With Standish...

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Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels!

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STANDISH: DMC Cookies have been introduced to the universe, can you tell us more about your cookie mission? Any other varieties coming?


DMC: Darryl Makes Cookies was something I’ve been thinking about for a few years.. I like creating things that are fun good and that make people happy. I’m always around children adults and families. I thought in addition to my music, My Adidas and my comic books, what could I create. I love cookies and I love people! I’m going to be everywhere cookies are. We will have more flavors, gluten free, vegan and of course a protein cookie for the gym!


STANDISH: Should we be expecting any new books from you? Whether comics, children's, etc.


DMC: Of course more books are coming. 2 new childrens books are own the way: Darryl’s Decision and Young DMCs Christmas In Hollis. And the DMC #4 graphic novel comic book is being created as we speak!


STANDISH: Having "Darryl Makes Comics", is there anyone you're dying to collab with in the comic world?


DMC: I have really incredible productions coming. Not just the books! I’m working with Chase Conley on something SUPER magnificent!  I’ve worked with him before on early on in The DMCU. DMC #4 has a great writer, some incredible new talents, and one of my fav writer artist creators! DMC #4 is really good because of the people I worked with. I also want to collab with Marvel and do a DMC Spider-Man team up! Makes sense because we are both from Queens!!! Marvel Let’s Meet!!!!


STANDISH: You have your own DMC wine, can you tell us more and where we can purchase it at?


DMC: I don’t actually have my own wine. Old York Cellars in Ringoes NJ has a magnificent vineyard where they do collaborations for charity! They created a DMC wine line where percentage of the proceeds go to The Felix Organization my foundation for children and youth in the foster care system. You can go to Old York Cellars website to find out how to get the DMC Labeled wines.. People that do drink and love wine say it’s a real good wine! Great for collectors, people that do drink and if you want to do something good for children. Old York is a wonderful place so if you ever come east to NYC or NJ, I suggest you should visit there. They do sell the DMC wine certain in Wegmans Supermarkets right now. 


STANDISH: Today, what would you say your biggest accomplishment has been?


DMC: My biggest accomplishment is being living proof that you can beat and defeat whatever you are struggling with. I had a multitude of mental health battles.


“Im not afraid of the dark anymore 

Because I am the light

I’ll be there at the start of the war

Because I am the fight

I’ll be the first to walk through the door 

cause I don’t want you die

I’m not going to cry anymore because I already cried

I’ll be the cure for all of the ills 

All the emotions and the thing that kills

Paid my dues like I pay my bills

Still gonna fued with the dudes on the hill

It’s okay cause I’m at ease

Kool like a breeze as it moves through the trees

Just like a wind as it sails on the seas…..

Sweet melodies is all I need!!!


STANDISH: You create opportunities for kids in foster care with "The Felix Organization", can you tell us more?


DMC: Every child deserves the opportunity to become the people they were born to be. Their situation doesn’t define who they are. We started Camp Felix to get them around others like them, their siblings and other children so they can see the truth and beauty of who they are regardless of what they are going through. From camp to college or career is what Camp Felix focuses on! Me and Sheila Jaffe, who is an award winning casting director out in Hollywood, are the cofounders. We are both adopted and we have the best team of people that make it possible to make dreams come true. Check out TheFelixOrganization.org - Donate Participate and become part of the empowerment! 


STANDISH: What all can we look forward to in the future from you?


DMC: My next frontier to boldly go where no one has gone is animation, tv series, film and Broadway! And of course new single is being released in June with album to follow. 

Single is called "She Gets Me High" and the musicians feat on it are Travis Barker, Mick Mars, Duff McKagan and Sebastian Bach. It is PHENOMENAL! Album is called America! Feat. Joan Jett Chuck D Ice T Jazzy Jeff and Sammy Hagar just to name a few. 


STANDISH: Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?


DMC: Right here still doing interviews with Standish!!!


STANDISH: If you could pick 1 person in the entire industry to do a song with, who would it be?


DMC: Looking to collab with Sir Paul! One of The Beatles with One of The Beatles of Hip Hop??? PMC and DMC! Legendary!!!! Game Changer!!!


STANDISH: Who's your top 3 of all time?


DMC: Me, Myself and I! As De La Soul would say!

or

Freddie Mercury Mick Jagger Rob Halford

or

Sharock Joan Jett Janis Joplin

or

Chuck D Grandmaster Caz Kool Moe D

or

Paul McCartney John Lennon Chris Cornell

I could go on and on!

My top 3 changes because of each individual connection on a daily basis.

But a consistent top 3 who will show up constantly is Chuck D, Freddie Mercury and Caz! 


STANDISH: What does a relaxing day look like to D today?


DMC: Sitting writing a song or creating a new story for my childrens book, comic book, or writing for my play or musical.


STANDISH: Anything you'd like to include here?


DMC: 50 years of Hip Hop and I’m just getting started!!! Joan Jett told me to keep on Rrrocking!!!


STANDISH: What are your social links?


DMC: IG is @kingdmc, @dmcmakescomics and @dmccookies


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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Actor "JASON BAYLE" Talks Working With Jamie Foxx, "Happy Death Day", "The Burial", & More With Standish913...

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"JASON BAYLE"!


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HEATHER: What was the most memorable part of acting on "Happy Death Day”?


JASON: Sometimes you can tell from the beginning that you have good actor chemistry with someone and I could sense that Jessica and I could play well with each from the minute we met. And that that film is so funny and touching and scary is a testament to how talented a filmmaker Christopher Landon is. 



HEATHER: You played "Gordon Metzger" in 2023's "The Burial" starring Jamie Foxx & Tommy Lee Jones, how'd you land this role?


JASON: I audition, had a zoom callback with Maggie Betts, the director, and booked it. 



HEATHER: You played an "Associate Lawyer" in "Get Hard" starring Kevin Hart & Wil Farrell, how'd you land this role & what was the set atmosphere like? 


JASON: That was the first film I ever booked and I got cut out of the scene I was in. The atmosphere was great but I was scared out of my mind. I was there with Will, Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson, and I could barely breathe. Probably why I didn’t make the final cut. But they were super welcoming and supportive. It was great experience. 



HEATHER: Which set location was the most interesting to work at?


JASON: The closed prison they used for Black Bird is a spooky one. You can feel the ghosts in the walls. 



HEATHER: What is the most fulfilling part of being a speaker coach?


JASON: Helping people find their most authentic and expressive self never gets old. And I feel like I get to use a lifetime of experience and brand new way. 



HEATHER: Out of every location you've worked on which was the most challenging and why?


JASON: We did over night shoots for Roots and that was tough. Hard to muster your best concentration at 2am in the morning. 



HEATHER: We find inspiration in so many things. What inspired you the most to start your career in the film industry?


JASON: The main thing that has kept me in the business are teachers and mentors and the people I meet. The combined effect of someone appreciating your work and the encouragement you receive along the way is the thing that keeps you going. 



HEATHER: What types of characters are you most excited to land role for, why?


JASON: I’m not too picky these days frankly, but I love characters that do the wrong thing for the right reasons. 



HEATHER: Have you had to reject any roles due to conflicting schedules?


JASON: I try not to! But happens to the best of us. Schedules shift and sometimes things just can’t be help and you have to pull out of project.



HEATHER: Acting can be very demanding on the mind and body. What is something, possibly a hobby, you do to relax in your free time?


JASON: I like to read, spend time with my family. I try to exercise and meditate. I have a great group of friends and I play golf as often as I can with them. 



HEATHER: If you wouldn't have proceeded with acting, what do you think your career would be today?


JASON: That’s a really great question. Maybe in tech somewhere, like IT? Hard to tell. Feel like I”m pot committed at this point in my life. 



HEATHER: Out of all of your credits, what's been your favorite?


JASON: Like asking who’s your favorite child! I’ve been lucky to work with tremendously talented artists. Getting to do a scene with Jamie Foxx was a dream. Working with Dennis Lehane on Black Bird. In 2019 I got to double Alex winter and and play Bill, of camera for he and Keanu on the new Bill and Ted movie. It was a fantastic experience. I’m lucky on so many levels. Every piece of TV or film that gets made is miracle. I try to appreciate them all and not take them for granted.



HEATHER: Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?


JASON: If I could script it for myself, I’d be on a really cool Sci-Fi series. 



HEATHER: Who are some of your mentors?


JASON: Kathy Scambiaterra, Jon Shear, Fred Hoebel, George Judy, Rick Holben. 



HEATHER: During COVID, we all faced struggles, what was one of your main struggles?


JASON: Paying the mortgage! We were really lucky though and as I look back on that time, we spent so much time together as a family that I treasure it. And we never got sick.



HEATHER: Where can fans find your work?


JASON: I think I’m just about all over the streamers. But you can find me on Instagram too. @jasonbayle



HEATHER: What are your social links?


JASON: @jasonbayle, on instagram and X


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Hey Christopher, it's Jess Harnell. I just want to say thank you very much for reaching out for the interview. I wish you luck with your channel and it seems like you're doing some great things. Let's get started!


STANDISH: You voiced "Chilly" in "Doc McStuffins", can you tell us more...


JESS: Doc McStuffins I was so grateful for because it really helped a lot of young kids feel more comfortable about going to the doctor and not so scared if they got sick. So I was happy to be part of that.


Basically Chris you know any time you get to voice a major character like that it's just a huge blessing in a real gift, because hopefully it can impact people's lives in a happy, positive way and make them smile which is really a kind of know what I'm all about at the end of the day.



STANDISH: You voice "Crash Bandicoot" in video games, TV series & more, how'd you land this amazing role and what's it like being apart of such a great legacy?


JESS: Crash Bandicoot obviously I think it's fantastic because so many people have played those games for so long. It's like whenever I meet somebody who loves Crash I always say that it's like we've been friends for years because we've been playing together for years ya know?



STANDISH: You voiced "Ghost Knight", "Jimmy the Gardner" & more in different "Scooby Doo" projects, tell us how that feels and also how you landed these?


JESS: As far as the Scooby Doo stuff is always a pleasure! I've even got to do Shaggy for something but I don't member what it was. In any time you take on a legacy character like that from your own childhood it makes you smile because there's that connection you know?



STANDISH: You voiced "Ironhide" in many "Transformers" projects, can you tell us more?


JESS: Transformers was fantastic! I actually didn't know what I was auditioning for the first time that I recorded for that, but then I found out it was Transformers and I'm very happy to be a part of that franchise and legacy too. I can tell you it was funny because they wanted an English accent. I always wonder why there are so many English accents in space, much less coming from a robot.



STANDISH: You voiced "Wakko Warner" in "Animaniacs", tell us more about how you landed this awesome role...

 

JESS: As far as Wacko Warner, that was my first really big series that I ever got. Before Animaniacs and that came about as when I did the call back, we were just trying all kinds of different impressions and somebody said how about the Beetles? And, I said yea how about them, I love those guys! So that's how we arrived at Wacko sounded like Wacko you know which is pretty cool. He sounded like a beetle on helium.



STANDISH: What was it like working with Adam Sandler's movie "Little Nicky" as "Gary the Monster"? How'd you land this role?


JESS: You mentioned working with Adam Sander or Little Nicky, I landed that with an addition. Adam couldn't have been nicer. In fact my wife and I ran into him in a hollywood restaurant recently and again couldn't have been nicer. It's always nice, always great to see a nice person become so successful because man you know the world needs nice people right? Right! 



STANDISH: What's it feel like being apart of the "Tom & Jerry" legacy?


JESS: I'm just very grateful to be a part of that as well as a lots of other things that hopefully do have a legacy or will have a legacy as years go by. Sometimes we work on shows, and we don't know that they're going to be as impactful as they are until a years later, so I consider that a real honor.



STANDISH: With me being born & raised in Kansas, I see you've landed several "Wizard Of Oz" projects, how'd those come about and do you have any history in Kansas yourself?


JESS: Yes, I have and I love that. That's my favorite movie of all time, so how cool is that Chris? I got to be the lion, so I love doing that. It came about again through auditions and the fact that I think I had a little advantage or of a secret weapon and that I got lion hair and, I know the movie like the back of my hand so I came and very prepared. Don't have any history in Kansas myself except passing through the state which of course as you know is beautiful and I met a lot of nice people there so I'm happy about that.



STANDISH: If you could play one specific voiceover/role today, what would it be?


JESS: I would have to go with Batman. I've loved Batman since I was a kid and haven't had the chance yet to play him, but hopefully one day I will. I would love to do that, just because it's a part of my own childhood.



STANDISH: Can you tell us a little about your overall mission, Jess?


JESS: Well, that's a good question, Chris. I like that. My overall mission is to be a good man. I want to be a good Christian. I want to be a good husband. I want to be a good man. And all those things come into play in my daily life. Hopefully, a part of being a good man is just, you know, taking a minute whenever possible to make somebody else feel good because the light that we shine on other people always seems to reflect the most brightly on ourselves. So I just kind of go through my life. I try to be nice, and I hope I agree. That's my wish that everybody would do that because the world is a brighter and happier place.



STANDISH: You're in a band called "Rock Sugar", can you tell us more about this?


JESS: Yes, I am! Rock Sugar took off in a big way. For those of you who haven't checked it out you can go to RockSugarBand.com or to hear the music you can go to youtube and just put in a Rock Sugar. If you like anything about the eighties you will love this man and I say that with no ego because if I had nothing to do with it, it would be my favorite band just cause it's so much a darn fun. Basically what we do is we take eighties metal songs from artists like Metallica, AC/DC and heavy bands like that and then I sing pop songs by artists like Journey, Madonna, Paula Abdul and stuff like that over these heavy rock songs and create mashups. As far as I know we were one of the first bands to do that live and it took on a life of its own. It really became a big deal, on which I'm very blessed and grateful for we got to play in front of ten and thousands of people, and opened up for bands like Aerosmith, AC/DC, Deaf Leppard and a lot of bands that I loved when I was a kid. So that was pretty awesome! We just put out a second album last year, no actually like three years ago now that I think of it. Time flies man and you can get that album on Rocksugarband.com and I even if you don't get it check it out on youtube, guarantee it'll make you smile and if you play it at a party your friends will think they're drinking a whole lot more than they are cause it's full of surprises.



STANDISH: What can we look forward to in the future from you?


JESS: Man, hopefully more of the same. You know it's like I've been doing this, like so many of the great people that I work with, have been doing it for a very long time, and every year that we get to do it again is a huge gift and I don't take it lightly.


In the meantime, you know hopefully new projects will continue to come up and they do. I'm working on a few series right now that I can't say too much about but hopefully people will love them. You know more of the same, more music and if we ever have the pleasure of meeting you or any of the people reading or listening to this interview hopefully a lot more smiles, that's a good thing!



STANDISH: Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?


JESS: Again basically just doing my thing man, and my thing. My world has gotten a little smaller since I think 2020. I met my wife shortly before that time and at this point my favorite thing to do is just stay home. I'm not you know the oldest guy in the world but I love just being at home under a blanket with my girl and our kitties, watching movies, watching tv, reading, taking walks and going to great restaurants. And in five years hopefully more of the same, as well as some more you know cool credits to be proud of but I am already so lucky and so blessed to have the list that I do. You can check that on IMDB, I always forget the stuff that I worked on and then people read and I had no idea you worked on that, I said yet neither and I forgot.



STANDISH: Who were some of your mentors?


JESS: Well God is a big one, Jesus is a big one, Dale Carnegie is a big one. Dale Carnegie wrote a book called How to win friends and influence people, that changed my life. If you haven't read it, it will change yours, it's all about how to just get along with people, which when you think about it is maybe the most valuable skill you can have in the workplace or in your personal life. In voice over I would say my animaniacs co-stars because it was my first series, Rob Paulson, Tres McNeil, Frank Welker, people like that. Also Jim Cummings I worked with Jim you know when he was the star of a couple of shows that I guested on and I watched him work and was so impressed and I still am. 



STANDISH: During COVID, we all faced struggles, what was one of your main struggles?


JESS: During covid we all faced struggles, what was one of your main struggles? My biggest struggle during covid because I was happy as a clam because I got to be at home with my girl which as I said above is to a favorite spot of mine. My means one of my the biggest struggle I think I had was feeling bad for other people. I consider myself a compassionate person and I saw lots of people lose their businesses, lose their restaurants, lose their stores. These are independent stores and restaurants not the mega stores that you now seem to come through just fine, but that really made me sad. Made me sad to see kids miss their friends and feel secluded and not get to go to their proms or graduations or events that they otherwise would have been able to go to. I felt very sad and I was really happy when it was over.



STANDISH: Where can fans find your work?


JESS: First of all I never use the word fans to describe myself. I look at it like their friends because they support me and that's what friends do. They can find it anywhere! I have had the extreme good fortune of being featured on almost of every big animate animated project in a long for a long long time and even like I said early or I'm surprised sometimes to see my name because I forgot I worked on them., but I did and if you just google me or go to imdb you'll find all that stuff I'm all over it, youtube with a Rock Sugar and other things and you never have to look too far which is kind of nice.



STANDISH: Anything you'd like to include here?


JESS: Anything I'd like to include yes, I just want to say that I wish everybody out there all the best and that they continue to be happy and make a other people happy and do their best, because we only got one shot of this thing and it's not a dress rehearsal so let's make it fun on less make it count.



STANDISH: What are your social links?


JESS: My social links are...


Instagram @JessHarnell_


Facebook @TherealJessHarnell


Twitter @Jessharnell


Also I would like to include that there's a little Instagram page that my wife and I created @harnellevision and that's on Instagram. All it is, is like two to three minute wishes and like advice and input and experiences that we've had. That we hoped might benefit other people. It's free, it's quick, and from what I've heard it adds a bright spot to people's days so if you're looking for something or you're looking for a little you know being uplifted this is a good place to find it we hope. And if you like it all we ask is that you share it with your friends who might use a positive word on a sometimes negative day, you know?


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STANDISH: You're executive producer of upcoming movie "Cinderella's Curse", can you tell us more


SCOTT: Yes, we made the movie last year and it is coming up for its release in a few months. It is a nod toward CARRIE.


STANDISH: How did you prepare for your role as "Richard" in the movie "Chicken"?


SCOTT: It was actually a theatre play before a movie. So, I was lucky enough to be able to work on the role for some time during the theatre run in London. When I then reprised the role for film I worked a lot more on the voice, the movements etc. I watched a lot of documentaries with children on the spectrum and tried to find the most accurate way to perform the role.  


STANDISH: Out of the movies you have acted in which was the most exciting role?


SCOTT: For sure Chicken! I was spoilt with that being my first lead role. I then went on to think everything would be as challenging and fun.. With acting I like to really ACT. So, CHICKEN was a truly special role. 


STANDISH: You've produced so many movies in such a short amount of time. How did you manage your time so well?


SCOTT: I do not have a social life! I work extremely hard, and no matter what time of the day or night - I will always reply. I am addicted to it. I absolutely love what I do and my determination to be successful drives this. I set myself goals and I ensure I meet them.. or somewhere close!

STANDISH: Which of your upcoming projects are you most nervous for critics to review?


SCOTT: I don't really care about critics to be totally honest. They don't make me nervous what so ever. I think with films such as Winnie they were always going to be spoken in a negative light, people want to hate! These films are not made for critics so I have no interest in seeing what they have to say. 


STANDISH: Being able to play as "Ian McKellen", how did it feel knowing you landed that role?


SCOTT: It was incredibly exciting. What a legend!! I was over the moon to get the role, and to play someone as amazing as Ian!


STANDISH: What are a few things you do during your busy schedule to relax?


SCOTT: Hmm.. Watch movies! I love going to the cinema, going to the gym, shopping.. Generic fun stuff. 


STANDISH: Which film location was the most difficult to navigate, why?


SCOTT: They all have their challenges because you are working on a shoe string budget (mostly) and so you are constantly dealing with the hosts moaning and complaining! Shooting in the woods is always hard because the British weather is unpredictable, and finding places for general things can be hard such as; toilet, someone to keep dry, keep warm etc..

STANDISH: When acting do you prefer the full length or short films best, why?


SCOTT: Feature for sure! I like to go on a full journey with a character showing a full beginning, middle and end. You do not get to always do that on short films due to the time you get to play the role. 


STANDISH: What would be your dream role to land?


SCOTT: Something similar to American Pyscho. I want to play someone who is super unhinged and layered - difficult roles excite me. 


STANDISH: Are there any specific people you would enjoy the chance to work with or alongside?


SCOTT: Not really. Famous people don't really do much for me. I am mostly interested in working with nice people. Personality is everything to me. I want to work with people that don't bring drama to set!


STANDISH: Do you have any advice for people who aspire to work in the film industry?


SCOTT: Work hard. Don't be lazy. Don't go into this job expecting everything to come on a plate and be easy. This industry is tough and to make it you need to go for it. Don't wait for the phone to ring - just go for it!


STANDISH: "Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey" went viral. How do you feel about it becoming so big?


SCOTT: It was crazy! It was what I had been leading toward - I wanted this to happen. I had been making a load of clickbait movies in hope one would pop. I was excited but also wish I had the budget to have made the movie what we truly wanted. However - it now has opened the doors to great opportunities and that was the plan all along. 

STANDISH: What inspired you to do what you do today? What keeps pushing you further?


SCOTT: My love for horror film is truly what keeps me going. There is not a specific person or project, it is the determination to succeed and do well. 


STANDISH: What was your experience like on the set of Doctor Jekyll?


SCOTT: It was a fun shoot! I got to work with Joe Stephenson again and I absolutely love working with him. 


STANDISH: What are your social links?


scottchambers_ / insta

scottjeffreyproducer / insta

scott_jchambers / x


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