'A naked man caused a scare for a driver and a bystander in the Bluemont neighborhood early Saturday morning. The incident happened around 12:55 a.m., on the 5000 and 5100 blocks of Wilson Blvd. Police say a man, who was “under the influence of narcotics” and not wearing clothing, jumped in front of a car traveling eastbound.'
One of the interesting thing about this piece is not just the story, but the comments that follow on the page. The naked man in question, appears to make the first comment, apologizing for his actions in a well written and thought out response. Of course, this is the internet, so comments of support, mocking and judgement of course then follow.
When trying to get to know a model or actor for a blog piece, I often throw at them the 'favorite quiz. I put the quiz together many years ago as a way to blend some of the profile pieces I was doing with the blog's theme of favorites. With Darin Farano, a pattern certainly arose that helped connect both his passions, his pictures and his personality.
Darin Farano is first and foremost a showman. An actor, singer, dancer and model, Darin has appeared on stage, in nightclubs and cabarets throughout California, Las Vegas and beyond. Darin exudes an old Hollywood vibe with his handsome good looks and piercing Hazel eyes. Like the music and movies he loves, Darin looks like he just stepped off the stage with Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., or just walked on set with Clark Cable and Bette Davis. Darin's stage work also has deep ties to old Hollywood having appeared on stage with acting and music icons Liza Minnelli and Debbie Reynolds. Liza and Debbie are certainly two of the worlds greatest performers, and personalities and Darin has had the privilege of learning, and working with the best!
'When I met Desi it was like meeting a family member. We had a wonderful rapport. We shared many interests and views. Our shoot was casual but he had specific things in mind which I thought were very interesting. My favorite part of working with Desi was having such great communication.'
Although he may have some classical or vintage characteristics and attributes, Darin beautifully blends them with the present. His images, especially his work with Zedneram and David Wagner are distinctively modern and sophisticated, elegant and sexy. Although Darin has shown the Full Monty within his modeling, he is certainly not opposed to it within his acting work depending on the project, the role and the persuasive skills of his director.
'I get asked to do nudes frequently so as a result many photographers (some known ones) have offered to fly me to them all expenses paid to do nude shoots. One wanted to fly me to LA...another to Palm Springs. I have been offered nudes, erotic, porn and everything in between. Some can be very manipulative. Others are harmless and sweet. Some want to buy me underwear and clothing or send me gifts. I politely refuse these offers.'
'James Loy was also a pleasure to collaborate with. We shot inside an old hotel that was vacant in certain areas. I remember it being VERY hot without any air conditioning. He told me stories of clients he had worked with throughout the years which I found fascinating. My favorite part of working with James Loy was how precise he was.'
'Ray John was pleasant to work with, he really is a very nice man. We did not plan anything before the shoot. He just made general suggestions as to what to bring. The shoot was more in the moment rather than planned out. My favorite part about working with Ray John was his overall creative vision.'
'David Wagner and I talked for 2-3 months before our shoot. I felt I knew him even before meeting him in person. Everything was planned in advance. We'd toss ideas back and forth each making notes as to what we liked and did not like. Meeting David was also like meeting a family member. We got along so well. He has such a fine eye for detail. Not only is he a great photographer but also a great man as well. My favorite part of working with David Wager is that I came out of it with a friend.'
Nickname you were given: Mr D. or just D. Pet you had as a kid: A dachshund named Fritz Animal: Dogs are really my favorite but I truly love all animals Sport: I'd say Swimming and Hiking Tv show: I Love Lucy - all the great classic shows Tv show you watch but are embarrassed to admit: Dancing with the stars - but most of the time I never know who the "stars" are Movie: To Kill A Mockingbird. I have many favorites in addition to this film classic. Actress: Katharine Hepburn - Angela Lansbury - Vanessa Redgrave Actor: Spencer Tracy - James Stewart - Mickey Rooney
Cartoon Character: Scooby Doo Halloween costume you wore as a kid? Little Red Devil Singer: The greats like Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald Food: Well...being all Italian, I would most certainly have to say pasta Restaurant: I am not a big fan of chains. I prefer quite places that are plain and simple. I don't like anything too fancy Drink: Water and homemade Lemonade. I like wine on occasion. I also love Stingers Modeling photo of you? The WagnerLA image of me in the chair Photographer: David Wagner Subject in School: History and English Celebrity you think you most look like: I have never really thought about it but people have told me I remind them of Ralph Fiennes. First Celebrity Crush? Oh...I'd have to say Daphne from Scooby Doo and Wonder Woman Moment in High School? Being part of the music program and of course graduating!
Playgirl: Discovery, June 1993 A Dreamy Wake-Up Call - Reid Hutchin (credited as Reid DeWitt). Photographs by Sebastiana Marko
Last week's post about the book Red Hot had me thinking about the origins of my love of red hair. I remember my first real life crush, it was Colin, who I wrote about earlier in the spring. (Russet) I can't be certain, but I think the first time I saw a red haired hunk, either or television or in print, one whom was meant to illicit desire, was Reid Hutchins.
Reid's first outing in Playgirl, back in 1993, was the first time I remember seeing a man with red hair as the object of lust and desire, and not just the comic relief. Red's long flowing locks were a sight behold, with a body which more than kept up with the strength of his hair. Reid went on to appear in Playgirl several more times over the years, (which I will post soon) but in addition to changing his last name, he cut his long gorgeous locks and changed the the color. (at least on his head...) Reid's hair seemed to get blonder with each new pictorial, but thankfully he left the hair on the rest of his body, it's beautiful natural colr.
To be completely honest, I am not sure I have actually seen The Pirate Movie, at least not all the way through. I do know, after the success of The Blue Lagoon, producers seemed eager to get Atkins shirtless, back on the beach, and into the water in another scene with him wearing a loincloth. I do however love how the movie created the perfect pants, including a little belly button cleavage to show off the best reason to watch.
William (Billy) Zabka wasn't really on my radar when I was growing up. One of his biggest roles was in The Karate Kid series of films in the 80's and for some reason those movies repelled me back then...they still do. I am sure that I would like them if I gave them a shot, but there was something about the film that had me turning, or tuning, away at every opportunity.
My first memory of Billy, I guess predictably, involved a little less clothing than his white Karate Gi. That piece of clothing was red in fact, a red speedo he wore in the Rodney Dangerfield flick Back To School. I remember our family renting the movie in the late eighties, and my sneaking back to the rec room to rewind Zabka's diving scenes, standing on the diving board in his speedo, high above the University swimming pool.
It is funny how memories get buried until the just the right trigger. Some sadly are lost forever, but sometimes some get uncovered in the unlikeliest of places. Never really a fan of How I Met Your Mother, it was a sit-com I rarely watched unless using it as background sound while working around the house or multi-tasking something for work.
In 2013, it was an episode featuring Zabka, that had me flashing back to the past. Zabka appeared as himself seven times on the CBS sit-com in 2013 and 2014. After seeing Zabka on the show, I IMDB'd Billy to find he has worked fairly steadily since his debut in the eighties. I had also forgotten about another VHS mainstay that Zabka co-starred in, One Of The Boys, next on my cue of Billy movies to check out!