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"Grimm"

Postby David Loftus » Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:16 am

This is the third and latest television show to be shot in Portland of late, after "Leverage" and "Portlandia." I have done extra work on six episodes of "Leverage," which runs on the TNT network, and have not landed any work with the sketch comedy series "Portlandia," which airs on IFC and stars former SNL star Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, actress and guitarist/singer.

I watch so little television that I probably wouldn't watch any of these shows if they didn't regularly feature places I know and friends and colleagues of mine. "Grimm," if you haven't watched it, is beautifully shot and has a couple nifty characters as well as a dynamite premise. It's a combination horror/fantasy and noir series: the protagonist is a young Portland Police detective who learns he is a descendant of the Grimm Brothers, and that the creatures in his ancestors' tales were all real monsters and supernatural beings. His job is to keep things in balance and control the nasty elements. Only he can see the true nature of some of the hideous things that live, disguised as humans, among us.

Frankly, the plotting and dialogue are often rather pedestrian and don't often rise to the level of the premise, but the hero's "sidekick," a reformed wolf character who helps him understand this new underworld he's just getting to know, is a hoot and a half. And the show seems to be maturing as it goes along, freighted as it is with a helluva lot of backstory, and attracting good numbers from that vital 18-35 viewing demographic, so it may be shaping into a decent hit.

Of course a lot of local actors I know have already appeared on it, mostly in tiny roles that pop up and disappear. If you've watched the series faithfully, I can tell you about some of them that I see regularly and consider good friends.

But here's the best part: I just landed a little role on the show myself! It will be my first appearance on a national network TV show.

I had my third round of auditions last Tuesday -- a week ago today -- and the following day they asked me to hold my calendar for the shoot dates for the 19th episode. I was absolutely certain I would not get this role: surely they were searching for someone in L.A. who would be more appropriate, because my character was described in the script as a Reaper: "rotund, but well-built...." It also says Reapers "are reminiscent of the IRA. These guys have been through the wars, been in many fights, and should look like it." Just what you think of when you think of me, right?

To add to the challenge, the character will ostensibly be based in Mannheim, Germany, but speaks French, which will be subtitled on the episode. (I had several friends more fluent in the language help me fashion a decent translation from the script, which was totally in English). Well, I learned yesterday that I had landed the role, and will be shooting on Monday. I am still rather stunned.
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Postby Chuck Messer » Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:40 am

Congratulations on the part! I haven't watched the show yet, but it does sound intriguing. Let us know when your episode airs.

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Postby FrankChurch » Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:31 am

So, is Portland the new Vancouver?

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Postby Steve Evil » Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:36 pm

Well done!

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Postby Duane » Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:05 pm

Hey David! That is awesome! I have friends who are actors, and I've performed with them, in limited roles, on stage and screen. I have enough experience to realize I have no acting gift to speak of. Kudos for branching out and discovering a unique talent.

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Re: "Grimm"

Postby David Loftus » Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:43 pm

Thanks, guys!

If you've never seen the show, you can catch up on all the back episodes on the NBC website. They're all there. Carole and I had to watch several of them online because it's sometimes hard to avoid conflicts with the the Friday at 9 p.m. time slot.
War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off. - Karl Kraus

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Postby Moderator » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:28 am

David, congratulations. "About time" and all that!

Like everyone else here I'll have to check the show out -- we ended up with an over-abundance of programming this spring and just never checked it out. (Virtually all of our favorites are being canceled this fall -- Fringe, The River, Alcatraz, with the lone exception of Amazing Race. Lots of freed up DVR time!)

Looking forward to checking th show out, and let us know if/when you get the broadcast time and date.
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Postby FinderDoug » Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:10 pm

Late to the kudos - had a fiction deadline to hit and been down with a sinus thing - but this is indeed excellent news, David. Break a leg!

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Re: "Grimm"

Postby David Loftus » Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:12 am

If anybody was checking out the show for the first time tonight, please don't judge it on that basis alone. The show's writing has been uneven, and tonight's tale was especially cheap and sloppy, on both the plotting and photography fronts. Exciting, perhaps, but far from the best "Grimm" has to offer.

The good part for me is that, in passing, they mentioned the threat from "the Reapers"; Monroe, the wolf-consultant, mentioned about a third of the way into the show that another Grimm got beheaded by a Reaper in Europe. Woooo . . . them's MY people! (All this foreshadowing is making me nervous about measuring up to the advance billing; I'm shooting on Monday.)

As I said, all the past episodes are available for free viewing on the official NBC "Grimm" Web site, here:

http://www.nbc.com/grimm/

Plotting's always a little dicey, but the interplay between Nick and Monroe, photography of Portland in the city and the surrounding country, and sometimes the guest creepiness, can be fun. I'd recommend "Tarantella," "Organ Grinder," or "Beeware" for a decent introduction to the program.
War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off. - Karl Kraus

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Re: "Grimm"

Postby David Loftus » Sat Apr 28, 2012 1:31 am

So . . . my episode aired tonight, and with some dramatic lighting, I really did manage to look like a real badass on national television. Little ole recovering nerd and introverted intellectual me!

If you missed it, the episode should be readily available on the official NBC Grimm website for free viewing in a day or two. I hear some people have been catching up on old episodes on Hulu as well.

That was a real rush, and kind of surreal -- yeah, that was me, and yeah, I did that, but somehow it wasn't really me, either -- but now it's on to the next job. (I reported 37 different revenue sources on my income taxes last year, and at least one of those my agent, funneling payment from half a dozen or more other clients).
War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off. - Karl Kraus

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Postby Steve Evil » Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:28 pm

Don't if it's available in UK, but I'll have to check it out. You look mighty bad-ass in the pics!

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Postby Gwyneth M905 » Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:39 pm

Congratulations on landing the part, David, and "break a leg" on future appearances! :) Very cool and very well deserved!
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Re: "Grimm"

Postby diane bartels » Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:43 pm

David watched on On Demand and you looked good. The I watched a couple back episodes. Interesting premise. Good luck with future shows.

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Re: "Grimm"

Postby David Loftus » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:32 am

Diane:

Shows earlier in the season tended more toward the "X-Files" critter-of-the-week approach to capture audience. The more recent episodes have filled in more of the larger story arc, the considerable back story for the premise, and I've therefore found them more interesting.

I just posted a bit more explanation of the show and of my audition and role on the California Literary Review. The two pieces are not hard to find on that site, but you'll also find direct links from my Facebook page.

I still think there are a lot of better shows on network television, objectively speaking -- from "Person of Interest" to "Blue Bloods," and I've been hearing a little buzz about the new one, "Awake" -- but "Grimm" has charm, and watching it is pretty much a professional obligation for me, since I know so many of the actors and places that turn up on it.
War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off. - Karl Kraus

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Re: "Grimm"

Postby Chuck Messer » Mon May 07, 2012 2:27 pm

Loftus, you magnificent bastard, I WATCHED YOUR EPISODE!!

I think I might catch some more episodes of this series. I thought you were a convincing Reaper Boss, and your look of horror in a certain scene, followed by rage was most effective. Do you speak French? You came across as fluent in your scenes.

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