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The Selfish Act of Community

I play Gerry in the film The Selfish Act of Community, directed by artist Jesse Jones and produced by The Island.

This film is an adaptation of an actual group therapy session from 1968, which was itself filmed (over 16 hours) and edited down into a documentary (which won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 1969). Facilitated by psychologists Carl Rogers and Richard Farson, the original session brought together a cross-section of eight Americans, none of whom had met prior to the session. Several of the participants had significant breakthroughs, including the person I play, Gerry.  Continue reading

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Zero Dark Thirty

I play the Deputy Director of the C.I.A. (Michael J. Morell) in Oscar winners Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal‘s film Zero Dark Thirty.

Those who know my love of statistics won’t be surprised to hear me talking probabilities in the trailer (“60%” at 1:34) or to see my dumbfounded look down the table (at 1:49) in response to Jessica Chastain’s non-statistical “100%” data analysis. I know, I know, she was right… But it was an important debate in the story — so much so that I actually appeared in the clips shown at the Oscars. Crazy. I hope my virtual doppelgänger looked good in a tux and hit all the best after-parties.  Continue reading

Fangs of Byzantium

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The film Byzantium — in which I was lucky enough to be cast — was directed by master storyteller Neil Jordan and stars Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton among others.

In the first-released teaser clip from the film (see below), I’m the guy in the flannel shirt helping his bleeding son, with Saoirse Ronan (little blood-red riding hood) looking on. I shot two other scenes as well, but they’ve been left on the proverbial cutting room floor I’m afraid.  Continue reading

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Resident Evil: First Hour

A chance to play cops and zombies? Are you kidding me?!

Resident Evil: First Hour was just the undead unction I needed. But will I be undone? This four episode web series aired on the Machinima.com YouTube channel, third most viewed on YouTube. The series was directed by Ross Peacock and April Choi — April also wrote the script — and stars James Whitwell, Kevin Millington and myself. Here are all four episodesContinue reading

News anchors!

Super 8 viral

And as you can see from this photo, my co-anchor and I take our jobs very seriously. The public depends on us.

Yep, this is me — complete with mustache and mane — as part of a viral marketing campaign for the movie Super 8 (see the video below). Let me introduce myself. I’m Jeff Baker, a strictly local news anchorman reporting on mysterious happenings in the Super 8 town of Lillian, Ohio.

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