DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley
About This Show
L.A.-based writer, performer and journalist Dennis Hensley, joined by a different guest each episode, riffs on pop culture, dating and life in the Hollywood slow lane. Download and listen here or subscribe for free on iTunes.
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"Baby Steps" Filmmaker Barney Cheng: "I'm a Parachute Baby"
4 days ago
Dennis heads to West Hollywood to interview Barney Cheng, the writer, director and co-star of the new LGBT-themed movie "Baby Steps," which hit VOD on August 15th. Barney talks about his inspiration for the story, landing Grace Guei AKA "the Meryl Streep of Asia" to play his mother, shooting in Weho, Tawain and India, the scene where he had to cry on camera, the six-month odyssey of getting the film made and the film's Ang Lee connection. He also discusses the reaction to the film when it screened in Tawain, from getting emails from young gay viewers to his mother watching the film for the first time to being invited by the U.S. State Department to screen the film at U.S.embassies in throughout Asia. He also talks about his breakout role as an actor as Woody Allen's right-hand in "Hollywood Ending," and what he learned from Woody about directing that he brought to "Baby Steps." Other topics include: the Tiger Mom phenomenon, what it means to be a parachute baby, the massage he got thanks to Tom Cruise, his dream of being a Broadway chorus boy and his surprising back-up career plan...farming. https://goo.gl/xYNKME
Rated 5 out of
DENNIS ANYONE? Yes please!
Do you want to know what it's really like to struggle as an artist? Do you have great affection for what you do, know you have the skills, and STILL can't catch a break? Well, take a stool next to Dennis Hensley and marvel at his conversational skills with such wonderful guests as James La Rosa, Willem Belli, Bryan Thompson and Jonathan Tolins. Dennis' travails come through loud and clear. There's a through line here, no matter who is on as his guest, which resonates so deeply with me, and hopefully should for you too. He makes people open up and tell the truth. It's a gift worth celebrating.
Date published: 2014-08-08