You learn quickly in local TV that casting your family and friends in spots is a great way to get things done cheaply. Over the years my boys appeared in many news promos, mostly for lurid (and sometimes stupid) sweeps stories.
Alex and Zack have been stalked by predators, hit by cars, addicted to violent video games, abused prescription drugs, improperly buckled into car seats, and lured into online trouble. They’ve played pyromaniacs, abused children, and teenage alcoholics. Based on their body of work, that they’ve survived until 21 and 14 respectively is a miracle.
In this spot Alex is the unsuspecting child playing innocently in a park. That’s me as the mysterious lurking man:
Hahaha. “Watch it with your kids. You can’t afford to miss it.”
And here we have little Zack getting into the household chemicals. I remember feeling a little funny directing him: “OK… now point it at your face…”
Many of these stories blow minor problems out of proportion —things that rational people really shouldn’t spend much time worrying about. TV news directors love that stuff and I gleefully went along for the ride.