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Me, Tom Cruise And Barry Seal

I look more like Barry than Tom does ...

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I've done quite a few interesting filming jobs in my time, but the one I'm on at present is especially interesting. I got a call from a film company and asked in for an audition ...

Barry Seal flew for the CIA and Tom Cruise starred in the film about him called American Made.

Barry Seal flew for the CIA and Tom Cruise starred in the film about him called American Made.

It was for the role of someone called Barry Seal in a reconstruction documentary. I looked him up and found that he was a notorious American drugs dealer, but more curiously that the actor who last portrayed him was none other than ... Tom Cruise.

I phoned the company and told them that flattered as I was, I had few, if indeed any, similarities to Tom Cruise. They told me to look at a photo of the real Barry Seal, and yep, I look more like him than Tom does.

So, I got the job and am currently filming. I'll let you know when it's out and where you can watch it. I've got a rather spectacular death scene which I'm especially looking forward to.

But I still get the nagging feeling that had Tom Cruise been available and had the company had a larger budget, he's have pipped me at the post for the role.

"Would you like to know more?"

If you think I look more like Barry Seal than Tom Cruise does and would like to hire me for a film role, give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to ping me an email and let's see how I can help you.

Until next time ...


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David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.

David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.

He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.

He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.

This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing £10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.

David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.

He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!


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