Mark Griffen flips out in the Surfer King
Yesterday was the gala world premiere of
The Surfer King
which, to the best of my knowlege, is the first surfing movie ever to be shot in Colorado.
It's a fun, family-oriented movie about the adventures and antics that the staff
of the Water World theme park experience through the summer season, culminating
in the annual competition between the employees for who can become the park's
champion, the Surfer King.
That's Mark Griffen of Asgard Entertainment pictured upside-down right up there, doing the
signature surfing flip for the movie. He went through a lot to be Randy Wayne's stunt
double for The Surfer King. Just one of many reasons I'm glad to be an
actor who does stunts rather than a stuntman who doubles other actors.
Maybe it's just as well that it's pretty hard to find someone else who looks enough like
me that I even could double him for a film. There's probably a lot of
people glad of that.
It was quite the to-do, with the proceeds from the event going to benefit
The Hospice of Saint John, LALMBA, and The Hyland Hills Foundation.
I was lucky enough to persuade the lovely and talented Wendy
into being my date for the evening. Can't ask for much more than that.
Well, okay, maybe I could, but being able
to get away with it would be another matter. :)
Wendy and I outside the Buell Theatre
With 2,882 seats, the Tempel Buell Theatre is no small venue, and it was pretty nearly packed with
all the people who had come to enjoy the show and mingle with the cast and crew afterwards.
Celebrity castmembers in attendance included Randy Wayne, Ben Ziff, Lindsay Wagner, and Gabriel Iglesias.
Mark Griffen, Mark Grove, Trygve Lode, Wendy Wylde, Michelle Grove
Mark Griffen, Mark Grove, me, and other members of the Asgard Entertainment stunt and
effects team were there, too. You might not have seen our faces on the screen when you watched the movie,
but I'm sure if we all stuck bags over our heads, you'd recognise us in an instant. :)
Wendy and I with the Surfer King himself, Randy Wayne
The party afterwards stretched on into the night, featuring--believe it or not--live surfin' music
provided by The Aquasonics.
I just ran into a writeup on the event in the
and I was amused to note that I'm lurking in the background in at least a third of the pictures.
Apparently my lurking skills are even better than I'd thought--though, usually, I prefer to lurk
up close and personal instead of restricting my lurking activities to the background. :)