MAD MAX: FURY ROAD REVIEW
This was a fun one. But when Doug reached out to me, I was a little nervous. He told me I’d be playing a Warboy, but they were all shirtless in the movie. Was I going to have to run around with no shirt on for his video?
I immediately hit the gym.
But much to my appreciation, he put me in a white shirt and a thick leather jacket. And thick makeup. That kept coming off, but that’s another story.
Doug’s direction was hilarious: keep up the energy and testosterone. Everything we did involved shouting, head butting, and extreme facial expressions. I even head-butted Doug during a take early in the video, where we needed to get nose-to-nose. But both of us wear glasses normally, so without them we had limited depth perception. So we almost gave each other a bloody nose.
We also did a lot of improve in the car, which was fun. The whole searching for the explodey stick and then saying, “I never learned how to read.” I was happy Doug kept that in. It even showed up for a while in his opening credits.
All in all, this was a very fun video to participate in. And I LOVED the movie, so that made it all the more special.
The Matrix Revolutions Review
Doug went through a review month dedicated to The Matrix movies, which was a favorite series of mine (well, the first movie, anyway), but less so for Doug. None-the-less, always on the lookout for a part of for the bald man (and forgetting my inability to memorize dialogue from the Last Airbender review), Doug invited me to be in another of his reviews. This time with a LOT of dialogue, and finally appearing in a scene with Malcolm and Tamara while we were in the room together.
My appearance starts at 22:09 in the video, and it calls back to another favorite movie of mine. I won’t spoil it for you, but if you haven’t seen the movie I’m the reference for, I would recommend changing that. This video would also lead to me doing more dialogue in my appearances with Doug, which is always a fun time.
After appearing in the Dragonbored 5th year movie with Doug Walker, Doug found another role I could help him on: being the tolken bald guy in the Last Airbender review. It was a small role (I show up at 37:40, and only for a few lines), but was still a lot of fun to do. Although, he and I still joke about how terrible I was at memorizing my lines. Which, at only 2-3 lines, it’s a little embarrassing. Because no matter what I did, I couldn’t remember my lines.
It’s a story that, to this day, Doug still teases me about.
A while back, I was approached by Doug Walker (the Nostalgia Critic) to appear in his 5th year movie. He had moved on from the NC, and started doing a series called Demo Reel, and he wanted to take the new skills and techniques he had learned in film making and apply them to a new flick that wouldn’t involve all of the Channel Awesome reviewers. Co-written by his brother, Rob Walker, this movie was about an office employee who obsessed over playing a video game called Dragonbored. However, one day the character he created comes into our world and starts throwing a wrench into his life!
I played the game company CEO, appearing at the very beginning of the film in an interview, as well as in a post-credit scene. It was a lot of fun to do, and we did a lot of improv during that filming session. Doug had a few important talking points for me to hit, but otherwise said I could say basically whatever I wanted to keep the energy high and make people want to play this game. I did just that – and did a lot of swearing – which you can see some of the outtakes in the blooper reel, below!