Augusta, GA, April 06, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- On April 14th, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Morris Museum of Art, JamesWorks Entertainment presents the Professor Pauper production of "That Guy: The Legacy of Dub Taylor," a ground-breaking documentary about Walter Clarence "Dub Taylor," a character actor from Augusta, Georgia. Taylor is credited with acting in more than 200 films and television shows, and was most well known for his portrayal as Michael J. Pollard’s double-crossing father in "Bonnie & Clyde."
However, most people who’ve seen Taylor on film never remember his name after the credits roll. The well-respected character actor, with an active, six-decade career, never played a lead role in a major motion picture.
"He pops up in everything," said director Mark Ezra Stokes.
“I had never heard of him before Mark brought this project to me in May of last year,” explained Executive Producer and JamesWorks Entertainment Chairman James Kicklighter. “But you know, there are so many talented actors and actresses in movies past and present that seem to have small, insignificant parts upon first viewing. When we look at them in retrospect, we realize that their role was the part that made the movie work."
Taylor’s last role was a cameo in the 1994 blockbuster, "Maverick," starring Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson.
Taylor’s recurrence in popular films without gaining notoriety among the average American moviegoer is what fascinated Stokes in the first place. Former Georgia State Representative Roger Byrd, a producer on the film, first brought the man to his attention.
"Roger is the biggest film buff in the world," Stokes said. "Like most people, I had no idea who he was talking about, and then he showed me a picture of him and I was like, ‘Oh, that guy.’ In fact, that’s what everyone says about him when they see him: ‘Oh, that guy.’ And that’s going to be the name of the film: That Guy," Stokes said.
The much buzzed feature "That Guy: The Legacy of Dub Taylor" will premiere in Taylor’s hometown of Augusta, Georgia on April 14, 2007 at the Morris Museum of Art. This film has taken Stokes and Assistant Director and Executive Producer James Kicklighter big places, interviewing Taylor’s friends and co-workers, including director David Zucker (“Airplane,” “The Naked Gun,” “Scary Movie 4”), Don Collier (“The High Chaparral,” “Little House on the Prairie”), Dixie Carter (“Desperate Housewives,” “Designing Women”), the Grammy-winning Riders in the Sky (“Monsters, Inc,” “Toy Story 2,” “Cars”), Cheryl Rogers-Barnett (daughter of Roy Rogers), novelist Bill Gulick (“The Hallelujah Trail,” “Snake River Country”), Emmy Award Winning Stunt Coordinator and Grandson of Dub Taylor, Matt Taylor (“24,” “Déjà Vu,” “Kill Bill: Vol. 2”), son of Dub Taylor, Buck Taylor (“Gunsmoke,” “The Alamo,” “Comanche Moon”), among many others. Additionally, the project has already received affirmation from several in the film industry, including Peter Fonda (“3:10 to Yuma,” “Wild Hogs,” “Ghost Rider”) and Bill Cosby (“The Cosby Show”), with assistance from Academy Award winner Dana Adam Shapiro (“Murderball”). Christa Maerker (“Die Schweizermacher"), an award-winning German documentary filmmaker, also serves as Supervising Producer for the project.
Another unique feature of this film is that the feature-length documentary is counted as the first in-depth look at a man who most in the industry knew and respected, but was content to stay out of the limelight.
"Dub didn’t want awards; that wasn’t his goal. He just wanted to make enough money to support his family and his hobbies; hunting and fishing," Stokes said. "His family has been very supportive of the film, and his son, Buck, and grandchildren, Matt and Cooper, have interviewed for the film.”
"If there is one thing that I hope viewers get out of the film, it’s that you don’t have to be Paul Newman or Nicole Kidman to be famous. Some of the biggest stars in Hollywood are the ones you can’t name." said Kicklighter.
For more information, visit the official websites at http://www.thatdub.com/, http://myspace.com/jamesworks, or http://www.youtube.com/jamesworks. Additionally, Facebook users can join group “That Guy: The Legacy of Dub Taylor."
The World Premiere is on April 14, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia, with a reception at 6:00 p.m. For more information about the viewing at the Morris Museum of Art call 706-724-7501 or look online at www.themorris.org/calendar/events_performance.html. The museum is located on 1 Tenth St. in Augusta.
"That Guy: The Legacy of Dub Taylor" is directed by Mark Ezra Stokes. The Executive Producers are Stokes, James Kicklighter ("The 1 Second Film"), and Kasey Ray-Stokes. The Producers are Angelo Castillo and Roger Byrd. The Supervising Producer is Christa Maerker ("Die Schweizermacher"). Kicklighter is the Assistant Director. The Directors of Photography are Angelo Castillo, Chris Clark, and J. Lawrence Williams.