I had the pleasure of meeting Neal McDonough (TVs “Desperate Housewives”, “Boomtown”) at a celebrity charity event in San Diego a couple of years back. My producing partner, Christopher Showerman, was- having played ‘George of the Jungle’ just a couple of years prior – asked to come down and be involved in the thing (They had him reading kid’s books in a jungle setting, quite fittingly. The kids, of course, yelling ‘George!’ ‘George!’ whenever they’d spot Showerman on a break. Funny stuff). Having worked with Neal before, Showerman introduced us. Neal was a great guy. Very warm. Happy to chat (As was his partner). Remember chatting to him a fair bit about his role in the remake of “Walking Tall” with Dwayne Johnson. I remember thinking ‘if a down-to-earth personality means anything in Hollywood, then this guy’s on his way’.
But anyway, seems McDonough’s career has really exploded since then. In recent times he’s appeared in such flicks as “The Hitcher”, “Flags of our Fathers”, “The Guardian”, “Traitor” and “Street Fighter : The Legend of Chun-Li” (though I’m sure he’d like to get into the back-end of IMDB so he can expunge that one from his list of credits). Not all great films – but they’re films, big films. And next, according to Deadline, the Massachusetts-born actor will be doing an even bigger film – he’s playing comic-book’s own ‘Howling Commando’ Dum Dum Dugan in Marvel’s “Captain America : The First Avenger”.
In the film, Dum Dum (who, interestingly enough, is a ‘red head’ in the comics) would likely be fighting alongside Samuel L.Jackson’s Nick Fury, helping to thwart the dastardly deeds of ‘Red Skull’ (Hugo Weaving).
Though the guy in the lead role (Chris Evans) mightn’t be the biggest name around, “Captain America” director Joe Johnston seems to be surrounding him with some high-quality ‘names’ -folks like Jackson, McDonough, Tommy Lee Jones and Hugo Weaving. Always a good way to help draw ‘em in, but come in under budget.
- Superbowl Spot : Insurgent - January 31, 2015
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- Nicolas Cage’s latest lands a Hobbit - January 31, 2015
- Rose Byrne back for next X-Men - January 31, 2015
- Orphan Black star gets lead in Star Wars spin-off!? - January 31, 2015
- Leia may face a Hutt again in The Force Awakens - January 31, 2015
- Affleck, Schoenaerts are HBO’s Lewis and Clark - January 31, 2015
- Production begins on Zoo - January 31, 2015
Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.