Except for a guest role on television's Trauma Center the previous year, 1984, Lovelines was actor Don Michael Paul's first major role and first role on the big screen. I was browsing around researching another actor form the 80's when I came upon images of Don Michael on Poseidon's Underworld, a site that I love to visit often.
Don Michael looked so adorable in his tighty whities, I had to seek out the movie. I was about to order a copy of Lovelines when I found the full movie was uploaded to Youtube. HERE:) 80's sex comedy at it's best and worth. Don Michael is joined by a young Mary Beth Evans and the equally hot 80's actor Greg Bradford, in a silly, but nonetheless, entertaining mindless hour a half.
Don Michael was in many memorable films from the 80's and 90's including Rich Girl, Heart of Dixie, Aloha Summer and Robert Wars. Although he continues to act, the actor moved behind the camera in the 90's, writing and producing Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man with Don Johnson and Mickey Rourke and directing films including Half Past Dead, Tremors 5, Lake Placid: The Final Chapter and the upcoming Kindergarten Cop 2 starring Dolph Lundgren.
That play turned out to be Bent, Martin Sherman's Tony nominated 1979 play. Bent became one of the first times that the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany became part of the story of the Holocaust. When Heath made his naked entrance, photographer Tom Rubeck could tell Heath was proud of his body, and more importantly, had a very 'old school' and very classic look about him. 'He LOOKED like he walked out of the decade of the 1930s.'
I couldn't agree more with Tom's assessment of Health and look. It might be his theatre background, but Heath reminds me of some of the guys I knew when in University Theatre classes. Guys whose face, hair, body and overall presentation allowed them to weave in and out of different looks, different characters as well as different time periods. Heath looks like belongs front and center on stage, comfortable holding a skull performing Hamlet's soliloquy, or singing and dancing as Berger in Hair. I love Heath's look, his beautifully expressive, often intense eyes, and the incredible lines he creates using his entire body.
Tom contacted Health through a mutual friend about a possible shoot. Heath was eager, but had a lot of things going on and asked they wait for things in his life to slow down a little first. Well, flash forward to over a year later and the two connected again. Heath was now ready for a shoot and addition to the incredible body shots, Tom and Heath decided to also shoot some new publicity and head shots for Heath's work as a model and actor.
The shoot ended up being a two-parter, with the first half walking around downtown Dallas taking headshots for Heath's portfolio. 'This was actually a fun time for us, and allowed us to get to know each other better, since we had actually never met in person.' The second part of the shoot, the more 'artistic' piece of their work together, was back at the studio where both the lighting, and the model, were stripped down.
'I love using a model as an object to light; to play around and find good angles and interesting shadows, etc. Heath was perfect for this, as he seemed to have no ego nor agenda and was very eager to give me what I wanted. His posing was lyrical and lovely. I am very proud of the images we shot.'