As the father of four daughters, I have much to be thankful for. Just for the record, it’s not the least expensive position in the world to be in. I’ve often told the story of my eldest daughter Livia (who is now in her late 30’s), who was a toddler when I got into the business.
She was about five years old when I landed the role of the Big Bad Wolf in Disney’s “The 3 Little Pigs.” As I read to her “The 3 Little Pigs” that night, I could not resist doing the voice of the Big Bad Wolf. Halfway through, she sleepily looked up at me and said: “Daddy, could you not do any voices in the stories tonight. I’m kind of tired and just want to go to sleep.” So much for fame. All of a sudden, I felt like I’m the Rodney Dangerfield of animation!
My second daughter Raleigh brought home a flyer one day from grade school about the Southern California Children’s Musical Theater for kids and their favorite adults. Next thing I know, over the next few years, she and I would co-star in many plays at the Thousand Oaks Civic Center. Willy Wonka, Bye-Bye Birdie, Lil’ Abner and The Wiz. Raleigh caught the acting bug and still has it happily. She is amazing. Of course, with all four of my girls I have always been tapped to appear at the school for bookfair week to read in my various character voices and support fundraisers. I think that being a father and showing my daughters what a good and true man looks and acts like is a bulwark for them against any potential, future bad choices. I rely upon my faith to guide me accordingly.
I’ve always loved just being a daddy and providing a level of love, comfort and security for my girls. Seeing your children grow and witnessing their achievements along the way are milestones in a life well lived according to a divine plan. With my two younger daughters, I have been a single father for most of their lives. These last few years, I have been blessed with a magnificent woman in my life and enjoying custody of my girls is such a blessing. The beauty of going forward with yours, mine and ours is a wonderful thing. I am a modern dad, brave enough to weather life’s storms with grace, dignity, laughter and love. Oh, and by the way, on the subject of truth and lies, I teach my children that the truth will prevail. And it will.
Thatsmye Interviews: Les Weiler on Henchin’: the Series
The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.
The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.
Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.
The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.
Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.