James L Brooks Film With Jack Nicholson, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson
Writer and Director James L Brooks Untitled Film starring Jack Nicholson (Charles), Reese Witherspoon (Lisa), Paul Rudd (George), and Owen Wilson (Manny) recently wrapped. It is a comedy/drama about the love lives of sports stars. Lisa, a professional softball player, is in a love triangle with George, a white collar executive, and Manny, a professional baseball pitcher. George is also pursuing Terry, a physics professor, played by Shelley Conn. I played Alex Truong – a computer technician at the university. My scene is with Paul Rudd and Shelley Conn. We shot the scene at the University of Pennsylvania in Summer of 2009. The original film title was “How Do You Know”.
I was in Toronto, Canada visiting friends and family on the weekend I got the call to be in the film. I “smoked” for the first time thinking that it would make me a better actor by expanding my creative muscles. While we were watching I Love You Man starring Paul Rudd, I get a call from the casting director that James L Brooks wants me to be in his new film starring, ironically, with Paul Rudd as well. I thought to myself, this must be some really good weed. Maybe I should try crack next?!?! My call time was the upcoming Monday at 7:15 am. My flight back was at 9:45pm on Sunday anyway so it would have worked out perfectly. When I got to the airport at Sunday 7:40pm, the receptionist told me I almost missed final check in by 5 minutes! I would have had to rent a car and drive down 8 hours from Toronto to Philadelphia just in time to be on set Monday.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY
I almost missed my first big gig by 5 minutes by being away on vacation. It is a very difficult lifestyle having to choose between spending time with family and friends over acting. Fortunately for me, I have been very lucky so far. Mostly because I choose projects and time commitments very carefully. I always put family and (close) friends first. You have to prioritize people who prioritize you. It is difficult never the less.
The release date for the James L Brooks film is set for December 17, 2010