Sitting in a restaurant at the Calgary airport, waiting for my mac-n-cheese to arrive. Then I’ll head to my hotel and get ready to spend the next four days filming dog-sledding, downhill skiing, ice-climbing, sleigh-riding, skating, and snowball-fighting in the Canadian Rockies.
My job is pretty amazing.
But OH MAN, do I miss my wife and my cat.
Movember Day 26: Full-Dad achieved. Next stage: Ultra-Cabbie.
I’ve been doing Movember this year, but due to a busy schedule and a nasty cold that knocked me on my ass for close to two weeks, I haven’t done anything else to promote the cause. No adorable animal pictures. No classic movies. Nothing but a straight-up, no-nonsense moustache.
However, if you would still like to support men’s health — as well as my own spectacular hirsuteness — why not throw a couple of bucks in the pot?
There’s only one movie poster at the Sandwich office and it hangs behind my desk (seen here)—a gorgeous Argentinean edition of my favorite ninja movie, 1983’s “Revenge of the Ninja”. Keep that in the back of you mind.
Today, NBC News is launching a brand new version of their Breaking News app, and they brought me in to make a video for it. Their whole thing is quality news you can trust, not a bunch of garbage. It’s based in a time-honored respect for journalism that reminded me of the old titans of news: Edward R. Murrow, David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite. So I pitched the client on the idea of having one of those salty old news guys present their app as the savior of news. And bless their hearts, they let me do it. So I enlisted my talented writing friend Joshua Allen to give the character a voice, and the next step was casting our news man.
Here’s the fun part.
Casting is never easy in these videos we make. Never. But every once in a while, a brilliant actor, a master of the craft who you recognize as having played the villain in your favorite ninja movie walks through the door to the audition and you try not to lose your shit, you try to pretend you don’t know who he is, but you know that voice, you know those wise, charmingly menacing eyes. This man is Arthur Roberts and he’s played a major part in your subconscious since the 3rd grade. He’s informed some important archetypes for you, as a storyteller. He’s Arthur Roberts.
So you cast him, of course. And he is simply a joy to work with. A gentleman and an artist and a pro in every sense of the word.
Breaking News. What a world.