Actor For Hire is the story of struggling actor, Jesse O’Neill, in hopes of becoming a legitimate Hollywood Actor. After losing yet another role because he is bald, Jesse finds quick success when he dons a cheap wig and becomes a completely different actor. Jesse soon finds that to get a break; he has to create a break. That break comes as Jesse (with wig) is fired from a TV show and quickly befriends the show’s star, Joel Hogan. The little white lie of Jesse now needs to be protected as he starts to become noticed by everyone in Hollywood. It is amazing how different Jesse looks with and without the wig.
The movie is also an expose of the life of the unknown actor as they bounce from one audition to the next. They embellish their work to pad their resumes and audition for people who don’t know what they want. The problem is we’ve seen this kind of film before.
Dances With Films (2015)
Director: Marcus Mizelle
Writer: Marcus Mizelle
Cast: Jesse O’Neill, Joel Hogan, Hollie Shay, Jandres Burgos, Greg Perrow, Najee De-Tiege, Jesse C. Boyd, Brittany Finamore, JT Alexander, Beth Lepley
Actor for Hire is not an original story. We’ve seen plenty of movies about struggling actors. The appeal of the movie is that it is a stereotypical independent film. You can see that writer/director Marcus Mizelle made Actor for Hire with an extremely low budget, with all of his friends and most likely without a single filming permit. It is as if the movie, Bowfinger, was his manual on making a film.
The best example is the moment that Jesse has a meeting on a studio lot. The camera follows Jesse as he enters the soundstage doors. As the camera pans, you see is the corner a studio security guard walking right to the camera. That’s just one of the Bowfinger.
I was not blown over by Actor for Hire. The story is solid and moves at a good pace. Most laugh-out performances come from the film’s supporting actors, especially from Greg Perrow as Jesse’s body builder actor and Jandres Burgos, who manages to go too deep into character. You get the sense that Actor For Hire is a labor of love for filmmaker Mizelle.
Walking away from Actor for Hire, I felt more admiration for the film, than amazement. I admire the filmmaker, cast, and crew for their hard work to achieve their dream of completing the film. Watch Actor For Hire as a way to support the independent filmmaker. Great filmmakers are creative and resourceful when it comes to making a movie with nothing. Kudos to Mizelle for getting his vision on screen and producing a solid film.
For more information about Actor for Hire and future screenings, go to ActorForHireMovie.com.