July 2014 Interviews

Celebrity Interviews – July 2014

[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on July 23rd, 2014

Millions of people have faith that Jeff Arnett will keep them in constant supply of Jack Daniel’s, the world’s No. 1 selling whiskey. As manager of quality control and whiskey maturation, he oversees all 77 warehouses and 1.7 million barrels of whiskey maturing at the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg (pop. 361), Tennessee. Jeff grew up down the road from Lynchburg in Jackson, Tennessee. He received a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Alabama and cut his teeth on food and beverage manufacturing for 11 years before coming to Lynchburg in 2001 as a quality control engineer.

He must have done a good job, because now he’s trusted with the worldwide stock of Jack Daniel’s. Jeff and his wife, Lori, live in Lynchburg with their two children. When he’s not working at the Distillery, you might find Jeff in the barn on his farm, working on his classic cars.

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[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on July 19th, 2014

Tyler Mane constantly breaks boundaries and defies expectations.

Certainly he’s got an undeniable physical prowess, but the actor imbues a tangible humanity into every role he plays, whether he’s donning the mask of Michael Myers in Halloween and H2 or the crown of King Ajax in Troy. He can be the villain or the hero, and that versatility is what makes each one of his performances memorable.

It’s been quite the road from Saskatoon, Sasketchawan to Hollywood for Tyler. In 1986, he officially began his professional wrestling career. Studying with the legendary Hart family, Tyler developed a formidable presence that would see him dominate rings in the NWA, NCW and around the world for years.

However, wrestling was just the first big step in Tyler’s journey. “I was a tall skinny kid with glasses and braces who was always picked on,” he reveals. “I felt like an outcast, and I decided I was going to do something about it. I dreamt of wrestling and acting as an action star. I was digging acting before anything, but I knew I needed a stepping stone to get there. Wrestling gave me that”

Tyler formally hung up the wrestling boots in 1999, and he fully immersed himself in acting, realizing his dream. As Sabretooth in 2000’s big screen adaptation of X-Men, he finally ripped right through pop culture in a big way. “When we were filming, I knew we were doing something big; I just didn’t know how big it was going to be. It was another nice bridge to where I am today. It felt pretty badass.”

Things got even more badass when Tyler sunk his teeth into classic Greek Mythology alongside Brad Pitt and Eric Bana in the 2004 hit Troy. Tyler goes on, “King Ajax is one of those phenomenal characters in history that you hope you get a chance to play, and I was lucky enough to do.”

Soon after Troy, Tyler formed a bond with Rob Zombie with his turn as Rufus in The Devil’s Rejects. That relationship inspired Rob to pen his take on Halloween with Tyler in mind for Michael Myers. Together, they created a darker, deadlier and deeper character.

Tyler adds, “I like the fact that Michael Myers is a tormented, tortured human being. The way he expresses himself is through violence. In H2, he’s out amongst society, and he’s still wearing his mask with the big beard that I had. He’s always hidden himself and withdrawn from society. In my mind, Michael was trying to reunite with the only family that he know–Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton). I wasn’t approaching it as I’m trying to kill her. His only connection to humanity, so to speak, was Laurie.”

The character became much more intricate in Tyler’s deft hands, but he still conjured a viable darkness on screen. “Every kill was someone who tried to get in Michael’s way and stop him from reuniting with his family. There might have been one or two thrown in for laughs though,” laughs Tyler.

He’s a powerful presence and he takes over the scenes he’s in, but there’s a genuine emotional element to everything he does. That’s what makes Tyler’s Michael Myers so real. Tyler will be slashing through Hollywood again with the official launch of his production company, Mane Entertainment. The company’s first two projects, Compound Fracture and Penance Lane are well underway.

He explains, “I started up Mane Entertainment because I wanted to create quality projects at a reasonable price. Instead of waiting around for projects, I figured I’d build my own from the ground up. I want to have an active hand in the whole piece instead of simply acting. I went from the small-town kid to a wrestler to an actor to a producer with my own company. The next step is for me to be the visionary at the helm

Ultimately, it’s always about giving back. Whether Tyler’s dominating a scene in a film, overseeing production on set or hosting his monthly show The Mane Show on OMFGEEK.com, he leaves audiences with a part of himself.

“I want people to enjoy anything I’m involved in. I want them to escape reality. I hope they get taken away by the performance and the film.” That’s the aim of all great performers, and Tyler’s doing it.
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[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on July 18th, 2014

Gabrielle Reece was born in California in 1970. Raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida, Reece made a name for herself at Florida State University, where she starred for the school’s volleyball team and launched her career as a successful model. She later became one of the leading faces of professional beach volleyball. Reece is married to surfer Laird Hamilton
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[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on July 12th, 2014

Frank Shelton, Jr. is part author, visionary and speaker but FULL communicator of Gospel Truth. He’s a fifth generation Washingtonian (DC) and has a passion for God & Country. He is married to his best friend, Ruth and they have two children, Hannah Grace & Andrew Lincoln residing in Southern Maryland. He is a FOX NEWS contributor and was tapped International Evangelism Chairman of 2012 Olympics outreach in London, England with LWFCI and “Olympian of Century” Carl Lewis and just named that position for the 2016 Olympics outreach in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. He is also a volunteer White House Press Correspondent with a Christian newspaper and attends press briefings monthly in the James S. Brady Press Room of the West Wing. Regardless, if sharing the Gospel on “HANNITY,” in Hollywood,with the homeless or with Capitol Hill’s most prominent politicians he longs that everyone will encounter a personal relationship with Jesus.
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