Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Each Sold Separately

Although the core parts of The Collectibles have been cast, we did manage to lock down Dennis Kleinsmith as the evil Doctor Flaming Skull.  As he wrote in his email, "What actor would ever refuse a character called 'Dr. Flaming Skull'?"

I know, right?
Dennis Kleinsmith

We're even talking about installing a lighter in the back of the action figure we're making, so that when the lever is flicked, the flame pops up out of the doll's head.  Of course if it were a real toy, it'd be a lawsuit waiting to happen, even in the 1970s.

Readers of this blog might remember Dennis played Lucifer in Ordinary Angels.  He's a lovely man and a genuine talent - an actor casting directors should be taking more notice of.

So our cast is looking good...

Brian Sutherland
Brian Sutherland (who you might have seen in the Washington State Lottery commercial) is playing the team leader in crisis, the patriotic hero called Super Star.  One part Captain America, one part Superman, one part Megalith, and several parts Evel Knevel

Lisa Skvarla

Actress/stuntwoman/martial arts instructor Lisa Skvarla is the Amazon warrior princess known as Ultrafemme.  She's culled from the archetypes of hardy characters like Xena, Sif, Wonder Woman and a little dash of She Hulk... without the green skin.

Dan Humphrey
One of my favorite partners in crime, Dan Humphrey, is stepping in front of the lens as The Quick, faster than fast, caffeine fueled hypoglycemic speedster that is a direct style parody of The Flash, Kid Flash, Impulse and Quicksilver.  Some might remember Dan from his brief appearance as Cyclops in our music video for Kirby Krackle's "On and On".  Hmmm. Typecast much?

Wonder Russell
The lovely and talented Wonder Russell is portraying the insecure Shield Maiden, who makes her living as a "bubbler" (a term used in superhero MMOs to describe defender archetypes, who will often project defensive or power boosting bubbles of energy on teammates).  She is based on defenders such as Sue Storm, Violet from The Incredibles, Stargirl and Maxima.  Wonder is also an alumnus of the "On and On" video, having played Rogue.

Frank Acosta Jr.

Veteran actor Frank Acosta Jr. is playing Aguaman, Latino Lord of Atlantis.  An eye injury involving a commercial albacore hook caused Aguaman to be put on injured reserve, and now he mostly does filing and data entry.  He, of course, is based on the iconic masters of the deep, like Aquaman, Submariner, Tempest and Man From Atlantis.

Joe Downing

My favorite badass (and no relation, I swear), Joe Downing is playing the sociopath vigilante Death-Wish.  Relying on physical training and gadgets instead of superpowers, Death-Wish has a conspiracy theory for everything.  The character is equal parts Batman, Punisher, Deadpool and Deathstroke the Terminator.  Joe was also seen in both Ordinary Angels and "On and On" (as a ninja of The Hand).

Trish Loyd

Of course the Power Posse need someone to man the front desk, and that someone is the psychic receptionist called Receiver.  Our own Trish Loyd will be getting her psionics on with this role, which is based on a long history of comic book telepaths and mega-psychics like Jean Grey, Raven, Psylocke and Scarlet Witch.

Casey Kinared
And then there's the Power Posse's agent and corporate liaison, Vance Vermicular, portrayed by Los Angeles based actor Casey Kinared, who has done several Seattle film projects in addition to his work in SoCal.  Vance is based on every corporate tool who has ever uttered buzzwords like "leverage our human assets" or "shifting the paradigm".

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