The last Sunday Sales for this month is about another actor. The July post about Chloe Moretz is my highest viewed post of all the posts on this blog. The 2nd most viewed page, my "Writing Voice" post, only has a 1/5 of the views. So today, I'm going to tell you about an actor that is going to be HUGE one day: Clark Duke. This guy was in Kick-Ass with Chloe by the way.
Edit: 8/15/2012 Image removed. I don't want to be sued.
This is Clark in a shot from Starpulse.com in September 2008 while Clark and his co-stars were on the publicity circuit for Sex Drive. Click the link for a larger image and photo credits and then click the jump.
I don't have a lot of information on this guy, but I'll tell you what I found. He is a 26-ish years old (math isn't working for me today) Arkansas native. Duke was a child actor in the early 90's as a regular on Hearts Afire. He worked alongside John Ritter, Billy Bob Thornton, and Night Court actress Markie Post in all 54 episodes. He was nominated and/or won (conflicting information) a Young Artist Award for "Outstanding Actor Under 10 in a TV Series" in 1992. Fast forward to around 2006. Duke took time off from acting for around 10 years to finish school. He befriended Michael Cera (the dude from Arrested Development and Juno) and that seems to have been the spark that brought him back into the spotlight.
For his college thesis film at Loyola Marymount University, Duke created, wrote, directed, and produced the pilot episode of Clark and Michael with Cera. CBS ended up picking up the film short and commissioned 10 episodes that premiered on clarkandmichael.com over 10 Wednesdays in 2006. The website is totally fubarred now, but all 10 episodes are available on Youtube if you look. C&M is a hilarious mockumentary of the lives of these guys as producers that do very little to advance their careers. Lots of swearing, juvenile jokes, reality television clichés, drinking and some fights are portrayed. I loved it.
2007 to 2011 has seen Cera into almost superstardom. A lot of articles that mention Duke start out as "Michael Cera's best friend..." That is irritating when I'm trying to find information on Duke to say the least. 2007 to 2011 has not seen nearly as much activity by Duke, so maybe that is why he has gotten so much less press. But the guy hasn't exactly been lazy. He had a bit part in Superbad, a small-ish sidekick role in Kick-Ass (he was Kick-Ass's comic obsessed friend Marty), and starring roles in Sex Drive and Hot Tub Time Machine (HTTM). While filming those movies, he was also working as a series regular in the ABC drama Greek. He played Dale, the hyper-religious roommate of main character Rusty. He was in every episode for the full 4 season run. I find it quite funny that on IMDb, Duke is listed first in billing for Greek while the show's main character is listed 8th.
He filmed a movie with Eddie Murphy called A Thousand Words that I'm pretty sure he has a starring role in but that poor film has had nothing but trouble. The message boards for this film go back to 2008. I read that they reshot a good deal of scenes in 2009. A release date in 2010 didn't work out and it was pushed back to 2011. And then 2012. I read an article that Murphy was to blame for the holdup but I didn't find a source so I don't necessarily believe that. The fact that the IMDb description doesn't list half of the character names, has a 17 word description, and no trailer/posters/production stills makes me think that the January 2012 release is probably sketchy too. A post on the message board says it's going to have a January 2013 release instead and that seems more likely. Or the project is dead in the water. It is a shame because I'd really like to see this guy in more starring roles.
He had bit parts in several television series over the years. He was in 1 episode of Campus Ladies, which I can't find anywhere. He was in a CSI episode for about 2 seconds. He did some voice work for a few episodes of Robot Chicken and had a silent role in one episode of Drunk History (with Jack Black no less). He had a small role in his HTTM co-star Rob Corddry's Children's Hospital in 1 episode. Yeah, I think that covers it.
Obviously, I like the two films that he had a big role in: Sex Drive and HTTM. The C&M web shorts and his parts in Greek were funny, but this guy really shines in the movies. He plays the uber confidence=sexy Lance in Sex Drive. And he is the cliché basement dwelling MMORPG nerd Jacob in HTTM. Both roles are absolute aces in my opinion. I keep seeing his name on those "Top # Stars Under 30 to Watch" lists that every magazine does. Seriously, this guy is going to be huge. It may not be as an actor, but he is going to be in the industry for a long freaking time even if it is behind the scenes. He went to film school after all.
Side note: He is a huge John Hughes fan (according to some HTTM interview I saw) and that makes me instantly fangirl. If you don't know, Hughes wrote 41 movies between '79 and '08, some of which are considered the most iconic films of the 80s (Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Uncle Buck, etc). Hughes also produced 21 films and directed 8 films. The guy is a legend. Most of the Disney-esque stars of today wouldn't have a damn clue who John Hughes is so Clark gets my vote... for whatever it is I'm voting on.
Love is love, no matter the back story. <3 DS
Love is love, no matter the back story. <3 DS