#tbt #MustSee #MovieRecommendation #Chuck #2016. Last week as I was connecting with my dearest, best life long friend “MBeeHanson” for her birthday, the subject of a movie job from a few years back popped up. In 2015, I had the opportunity to work briefly in the movie “CHUCK” staring Liev Schreiber.
Even though this was a 12 hour day, my role fits well into the category of world’s smallest part, but who cares, ... I was in a scene with Liev Schreiber after all. I was beyond humbled, honored, EXCITED as I was playing a local gym bud directed to shake his hand over and over again on cue. And may I add, what a friendly, talented, professional famous movie star / actor he is.
So this is my big scene with him. ( and for God sakes don’t BLINK!! ) As he walks into the Old School Boxing gym, I recite my big line ... “hey champ.” Ironically Liev is given my real name to reply to my character. In a typical mumbled fighter’s raspy low voice... Liev replies, “hey Jer how are ya.” Ta-Dah!!!! Ok. Hold your applause please until after you see the entire movie where it’s deserved.
Chuck is a true story inspired by the life of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner, ( convincingly played by Liev Schreiber ). Wepner had a once in the lifetime nationally televised match with Muhammad Ali in 1974, which inspired Sylvester Stallone to write the 1976 movie ROCKY. Yes, important true pop culture history you may not have known about, but should.
My motivation for this post is not so much that I had some involvement, but more to the fact I really like this film ... and you will too. I enthusiastically recommend it. It grabbed me, moved me, unexpectedly from start to finish.
Convincing performances throughout this dramatic story are laced with famously awesome 1970’s era pop music. Naomi Watts is outstanding, playing a true local Bayonne NJ bar beauty - accent and all. That alone worth seeing. And the icing on the cake that day? The real Chuck Wepner was on the set with his wife. #Don’tChuckThisMovie #WatchChuckTheMovie #LievSchreiber #DontMissOurHandShake #TheArtOfTheHandShake @lievschreiber @naomiwatts #ChuckWepner @mbeth.hanson Special thanks to my agent Mandy Esposito for this booking.