Wednesday, August 17, 2011
THE MANY HIDDEN FACES OF RAY PARK
Heard of Ray Park?
Some people have. Most haven't.
He's a martial artist from Glasgow, Scotland. This makes him unintelligible in conversation, but handy in a bar fight.
Still not ringing bells?
What if I told you he was a featured supporting actor in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
What if I added that he was in the first X-Men movie in 2000?
Your trivia is terrible.
Last clue, he was one of the main characters in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, starring opposite Johnny Depp.
A mental blank. Terrible.
Funnily enough, Ray Park has been a major player in 4 films which have grossed a total of $1,730,165,371 worldwide.
You don't know who he is because he plays characters that have heavy make-up, obscured faces or, in one case, no head. (In order they are: Darth Maul from Star Wars EP1; Toad in XMen; Snake Eyes in GI Joe and The Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow).
To add a pinch salt to the wound, when his character did finally have a head in 'Sleepy Hollow', they substituted him.....for Christopher Walken.
Ask him, and I doubt he'll complain though. He is living the Hollywood dream.
But it's worth noting: success doesn't always equal fame.
RAY PARK - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0661917/
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