(placed some pics that lost hosting): I get Google hits all the time for "Cowboy Blog" and I'm sure many visitors go away disappointed in my blog's content. For you folks, let me direct you to Cowboys 101
, a Resource and History of the Old West page that includes a list of Cowboy-themed blogs, including yours truly.
As my site description says, "I'm not a real cowboy, but I play one in the movies." That movie was "Ghost Rock
," a low-budget kung-fu-sexy-Western that went straight to DVD (be sure to check out the review at the imdb site). If you want to know how bad this movie was...it had Gary Busey reciting Shakespeare. Once you tear your expectations down low enough, though, it's kind of a fun movie. It's got cheesy dialogue (thanks to Michael Worth
), gratuitous nudity and violence (thanks to director Dustin Rikert
and Dan Southworth
, actor and fight coordinator), and me (thanks to Mom and Dad)!
The production was so low-budget that they didn't pay the extras, but it was a fun experience and most of the Hollywood folks were nice enough to pose for photo ops with us.
Lindy Teague (of Baywatch) was a nice lady whose part was cut severely in post-production.
Craig Wasson was the evil comic relief. I know he's been in other movies (I haven't seen), but I remember him from The Boys in Company C
("Happy Birthday, General Dearborn" *BOOOM!*).
The guy I'm helping walk had his speaking parts totally out...there went my close-up! That's Adrienne Barbeau
(very nice lady) center front.
Besides my nice guy townsfolk persona, I appeared in two other costumes as the second unit director started running out of bad guys (the bad guys were running out, wanting to get paid):
Cowboy purists would poo-poo my shooting style here, but really, my thumb was too short to gain purchase on the hammer without losing grip on the handle, so I cocked with my off-hand.
No one can fault me for stunt work here, though. I think I got shot by Jenya Lano
's character. She's hot.
That's her in the middle. Update:
(l. to r., Renee Roland
(Producer), Crista Sauls
, Jenya Lano, Adrienne Barbeau, Peggy Seagren
(1990 Penthouse Playmate and Special Assistant to Mr. Busey...yeah, right).
(Photo by Spooky Joe, SASS#24061 - Yes, there were a bunch of CAS guys there.)
On the last day of shooting, they had me fill in for one of the thugs that walked out. I'd shaved my beard down to a Col. Sanders goatee, but you'd never know it. I got to beat some Chinaman ass in my last scene, then got beat up by his brother. Had to take three or four gutpunches until they got it right. That reminds me, I better check the Tucson Film Office site
again for upcoming casting calls!