Author Scott Voisin will appear with many of the actors he celebrates in his new book, Character Kings: Hollywood’s Familiar Faces Discuss The Art & Business Of Acting (Bear Manor Media) at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California on Saturday, November 14th at 2 P.M.
Voisin’s book focuses on actors he calls “character kings.”
“These guys may not be stars,” says the writer, “but they are the heart and soul of the movies and TV shows they’re in.” Still, most audience members just know them as ‘that guy.’ Voisin says, “I wanted to talk to the person who was able to become ‘that guy,’ the Hollywood survivor known as the successful character actor. The question is, why is ‘that guy’ so good at what he does? Why is he so memorable to us?”
Voisin tracked down fifteen veteran character kings. Among his pantheon: Tobin Bell (Saw), William Sanderson (Blade Runner), Ronny Cox (RoboCop), Ray Wise (Twin Peaks), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), James Karen (Return of the Living Dead), Daniel Roebuck (River’s Edge), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) and Keith David (The Thing).
Topics go beyond anecdote and reminiscence. Voisin delves into how these artists understand their personal path of craft and career. For this reason, The Phantom of the Movies’ VideoScope Editor, Joe Kane, calls Character Kings, “remarkably candid conversations with some of Hollywood’s most familiar faces” (and) “an invaluable textbook for aspiring actors.”
Tentatively scheduled to appear with Voisin for autographs and conversation at Dark Delicacies on November 14th at 2 P.M. will be Peter Jason (Deadwood, Dante’s Peak, 48 HRS.), Martin Kove (Last House on the Left, The Karate Kid, Rambo II), Art LaFleur (The Blob, Field of Dreams, The Santa Clause 2), Daniel Roebuck (Lost, The Fugitive, Matlock), James Karen (Return of the Living Dead, Poltergeist, Wall Street) and William Sanderson (Blade Runner, Newhart, Deadwood). More character kings will be present if their schedules permit.
Since many of Voisin’s character kings are bona fide horror stalwarts, Voisin said Dark Delicacies seemed the natural place to celebrate the book’s west coast arrival.
Dark Delicacies is a gadfly haven for fans and writers of horror and related genres. Owners Del and Sue Howison have created a bookstore that is completist in its shelf inventory as well as a cozy hangout for writers, composers and filmmakers in the field.
Dark Delicacies, 4213 W. Burbank Blvd. Burbank, CA 91505.
Interview excerpts and ordering information: Character Kings