WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA, August 05, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Actor and voice over artist D.C. Douglas
takes the literal helm as captain of the Titanic while also navigating figurative troubled political waters as a tea party gadfly.
After weeks of rampant rumors and reactions of disbelief and bemusement, the DVD release of "Titanic II" has finally been announced for August 24th, 2010. The play on the roman numeral two should dispel any confusion, as it's referring to the second iteration of that ill-fated ship, not a sequel to the mega-blockbuster. In addition to D.C. Douglas, this Titanic "themed" film also stars Bruce Davison ("X-Men"), Brooke Burns ("Shallow Hal") and Shane Van Dyke (grandson of Dick Van Dyke).
However, there is more symbolism involved with this Titanic film aside from the "II" of it's title. During the weekend Mr. Douglas filmed his scenes in "Titanic II," he was also in the eye of a political storm, "a tempest in a Tea Party, if you will," as he refers to it.
Back in April, Mr. Douglas had been targeted by the right-wing PAC FreedomWorks for leaving a humorous voicemail message inquiring about their mental acuity. His voicemail, along with his phone number and several factual errors, were posted on BigHollywood.com - owned by Andrew Breitbart, recently called out for his misleading post about Shirley Sherrod - and readers were encouraged to harass Mr. Douglas and one of his voice over clients, GEICO. GEICO dropped him from the campaign.
"I think I would do the same thing if in GEICO's position," Mr. Douglas admits. "FreedomWorks is an ugly, scary group that is very good at silencing dissenters and bullying corporations."
But instead of remaining quiet, Mr. Douglas spoke up and began a media blitz against FreedomWorks and its president, Matt Kibbe. During that week, Asylum Films tapped Mr. Douglas to play the captain of the Titanic II.
"It was quite surreal. In between takes I would be checking my email and fielding interview requests, fan mail and death threats. Then I'd go back to set and try to save the Titanic II," says Mr. Douglas. "But I have to thank [producer] David Latt for reaching into my maelstrom and pulling me out for a few days to just be an actor. And an actor in a potential cult movie, to boot."
During the filming, Mr. Douglas took time to appear on FOX News' "Geraldo At Large" to talk about the incident. "I thought the best way to reach FreedomWork's followers was to go onto that network. Of course, I figured my points would probably fall on deaf ears, but at least I stood up to Matt Kibbe's oily tactics." (The "oily" is a reference to Matt Kibbe's grassroots involvement with BP.)
It was also during the filming of "Titanic II" that Mr. Douglas conceived of his video response to the FreedomWorks/GEICO controversy. "I was just in awe of how efficient the Asylum production team was and how they really squeezed a lot of production value out of a small budget. It woke me up a bit and inspired me to pull together a small crew and film a mock PSA. Which I did the following week."
The "D.C. Douglas Tea Party PSA" was posted on YouTube and garnered over 300,000 hits, which led to several interviews and a segment on CNN's Joy Behar show.
Mr. Douglas first worked with Asylum Films in 2002 on "Killers 2: The Beast," which was directed by Asylum co-founder David Latt. "I would like to come back in another life as David Latt," Mr. Douglas jokes. "Seriously, though, he's multi-talented. And the man is funny, unpretentious and very kind. Plus he and David Rimawi have got quite a successful business model with Asylum. Those are all rare and valuable qualities in Hollywood."
Since the controversy has passed, Mr. Douglas' other career as a voice over artist has remained unscathed. "All in all, it was a moderate boon to my career. I also gained many more very cool fans and earned respect from some folks I admire. I wouldn't wanna go through that whole thing again, but I'd say it worked out well."
D.C. Douglas can be seen as Captain Will Howard in "Titanic II" as of August 24th and he can be heard on several major video games coming out in 2011.
To learn more about the controversy, see The D.C. Douglas Blog
Click to learn more about D.C. Douglas' voice over career
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