This past Friday, March 18, 2011, was the release of LIMITLESS starring Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro and Abbie Cornish. As you can read in Part 1 and Part 2 of what has turned into our Who Looks Like Bradley Cooper?! blog series, I was in competition to play Bradley Cooper’s Stand-In for the film while it was shooting in Philadelphia. The director chose another actor for that position, but within a few weeks I was hired to play one of several Bradley Cooper look-a-likes for a scene in the film.
The scene made it into the final cut of the film; and last night I had the bizarre experience of seeing my mug up on the big screen for the first time, an ambition that goes back to when I drew a stick figure of myself when I was 4 or 5 years old and asked my mother to title the sketch “me as a Movie Star.” Movie Star I am not, but there I was sitting in a packed theater seeing myself up there for a few seconds. Surreal.
A whole host of other Philly talent made it into the film. A few I know personally: John D’Alonzo had a nice shot at the top of the film reacting to a bizarre rant by Bradley Cooper; Peter Patrikios you’ll miss unless you know it’s him walking with the hat and gun about half way through the film (but you can see him a lot in other things, like ANSWER MAN); and Brian Anthony Wilson, who I performed alongside in the Arden Theater’s production of Our Town, won the prize with a credited, speaking, meaty role as a cop. Brian was on THE WIRE people. And so many other things. All three gentlemen are extremely talented, Philly actors.
Check out the film if you get a chance. It’s a lot of fun. It reminds me of a character a high school friend and I imagined while bored in Trigonometry: Mr. Efficient.
LIMITLESS was released the same day as the opening of LOSING THE SHORE, the world premiere play by Catherine Rush that I’m currently performing in with BCKSEET productions, my first play in two years, making this a very fun weekend for me. (Come see this play before it closes April 2nd. A friend who already saw it said he “really really enjoyed it” and that “it was extremely well done.” PLUG)