I received a phone call a few months ago from a Mr. Jacob Hatley about participating in a short film he was directing for a campaign to re-brand Lincoln Automobiles for a more SoCal, west coast vibe. The short would be produced by Vanity Fair and Film Independent. Apparently I had submitted through one of the casting websites.
After he had pitched the concept, a massive one shot of an actor walking through several film sets, he said, "You'd be in the hospital section and you'd be trying to get past the front desk to see a husband, a mom, a kid; something, we don't know yet. It's not a starring role, but it's important and it's the only thing we haven't cast yet."
I was about to agree right there. Starring, not starring - it didn't matter. A cool director was calling me out of the blue to ask me about working on something. Before I could say "yes" a million times, however, he continued:
"I was going through actors and then I saw that you had been in V/H/S. I actually really liked the movie and I loved your segment and loved what you did in it. Anyway... I hope that that's ok with you. I would really, really like you to be a part of it. You can just do it. It's yours if you want it."
Not only was he being incredibly nice over the phone, but he saw V/H/S and actually remembered me. On an emotional scale of 1 to 10, I spiked straight from a 7 to Kristin Bell Sees a Sloth.
"Are you kidding?" I asked. "Of course I would love do it!"
And it was such a fun, fun shoot. I'm happy to be able to show you the finished product. You can check the film out at Lincoln Automobile Online HERE or through the embed video below! I pop in at 1:08.
Also, please be sure to check out Ain't in it for My Health: A film about Levon Helms directed by Jacob Hatley!