Stacked Actors

I’m not much of an actor.

I was in a few high school musicals: Fredric in “Pirates of Penzance,” and Pippin in “Pippin.” I sang pretty well. But when it came to convincingly speaking words that weren’t mine, I fell flat. That and I kept breaking character by running my hands through my then-copious bangs.

I’ve done a few music videos — most notably “Jackie Chan” — in which I played someone other than myself. That was fun, but I’m not sure you’d call it acting.

I wrote a screenplay a few years called “Mo’ Hart.” It’s a (surprise) coming of age story about (surprise) a post-collegiate, singer/songwriter/senator’s son. Once upon a time, I intended to play the lead character. Being that I’m not so young anymore (I’m well past post-collegiate), though, I think someone else (Ben McKenzie? Joshua Jackson?) is going to have to play my part.

And I’m not sure the various women who’ve wandered in and out of my life would agree, but I don’t think I’m much of an actor in relationship. I’m pretty honest, so long as I know what I’m feeling. And I’m not much of a liar, so I don’t even try.

So the likelihood of appearing on “Inside The Actor’s Studio” is low. Nonetheless, due to a crush of MTV-related work, and a lack of time and inclination to offer a more substantive or relevant Daily Journal entry, I’m ripping off The Duck and answering the Bernard Pivot questionnaire. Enjoy. And have a nice day.

Q: What is your favorite word?
A: Yes.

Q: What is your least favorite word?
A: No.

Q: What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
A: Openess.

Q: What turns you off?
A: Small talk.

Q: What is your favorite curse word?
A: “Fuck.” And I’ve really been diggin “douche bag” lately. I just like how it sounds.

Q: What sound or noise do you love?
A: The ocean. And acoustic guitars.

Q: What sound or noise do you hate?
A: Traffic. Sirens. Subway brakes.

Q: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
A: Film director.

Q: What profession would you not like to do?
A: Anything involving manual labor or numbers.

Q: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
A: Oh man, I just hope there is a Heaven, and that I’m welcome there at all. For the sake of questionnaire, though, it’d be extra nice to hear, “Welcome. Nice job down there. Not perfect, but good effort. Oh, and Bob Dylan’s really been looking forward to hanging out. He’s over there with Janis.”

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