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I’m great at auditioning if the character I’m playing is supposed to be a nervous guy. 

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It has been suggested that people become actors for the same reason they like extreme sports.  Both have similar challenges that produce an adrenaline rush and test one's vulnerability.

The feeling of falling from an airplane for me as a skydiver is almost the same as walking onto a stage in front of a big audience or having a film director's camera in my faceThe desire to survive is pretty much the same too.

The ACTING challenge (for me anyway) is getting out of my own way ... giving up control of my body to the CHARACTER so he can jump inside and become alive.  It feels uncomfortable at times when he does things I wouldn't do ... or uses secret fears & emotions in my own personality to express himself. 

It's fun, though, when he CUSSES a lot.  I don't know why, but for some strange reason it feels good to say "#>%!" and "≠?¤#$" in front of a lot of people and not get in trouble for it.


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Dick McMahon
     


I've been cast in several films as characters who DIE
... probably because I look good dead!
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And when the director says, "Action" getting a closeup of me as a dead guy ... it always seems like I should DO SOMETHING. "Inaction" might be the better word ... but, let's face it - no matter how GOOD I might be at playing a corpse the chances of winning an Academy Award are probably pretty low.
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Another actor friend of mine playing a hospital patient about to have surgery said he never liked hearing his director say "Cut".

 

FRANKLIN WUNDER –  This is an inspirational film about a dying man wondering if he has ever done anything good for the world, and whose actions on the last day of his life benefit others without his realizing it.  (Yeah, this is one of the films in which I die.)

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WHERE THERE IS DARKNESS - A feature-film shot in St. Augustine, FL about a Catholic priest who was murdered. He had left behind a note saying if he died in a violent crime, his killer should NOT BE GIVEN a death penalty …a true story of MURDER & MERCY that became a national news event.  I played the priest. 

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PATHFINDERS –  A war film directed by Michael C. Humphreys (young Forrest Gump in the Tom Hanks film).  I was an American General in this one - questioning the wisdom of invading Normandy.  The story is based on actual events from WWII.

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A couple of other things ------
 
FLYING SOLO –  This film was made in Fort Smith, Arkansas by Devon Parks - a Hollywood director and recent EMMY winner. One of our scenes was inside a bar where Bonnie & Clyde once hid from the law. I murdered a couple of guys in this movie - I HAD to ... it was in the script!



CHEAT DEATH - This was a commercial (not a movie) and was filmed in Asia - Singapore actually. I was cast as an "accident prone" American guy.  It was a 16½ hr flight from San Francisco but was a beautiful place to work. Singapore would be a great place to film a James Bond movie. 
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(Next time I'd like to play a "cool" guy like BOND instead of being accident prone).

Thanks,
Dick McMahon
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