True devotees of the Little Guitar Army know that mid-period vocalist Linda Stang has a background in acting. She appeared, for instance, as porno star “Connie Lingus” in the Vancouver-shot horror film Live Feed
Tony Bardach also has a long history of film work, beginning with the Dennis Hopper-lensed, Vancouver-shot 1980 cult classic Out of the Blue, but he also pops up in the Watchmen movie, in the role of the “john with Rorschach’s mother.” (See him just after the one minute mark, here.)
But who knew that Sonny Dean had thespian abilities?
“I wouldn’t call me an actor quite yet,” the humble, distinctive, good-humoured Dean explains, in a call to the Straight. “I’ve done a couple small acting scenes. One good one in a (2002 made-for-TV) movie called Jinnah - On Crime: Pizza 911. I got to play an Indo-Canadian biker. I thought that was kind of neat.”
In addition to appearing in shorts for the Vancouver Film School, Dean has done “extra work—lots of extra work. I was on set last night for Almost Human, and recently I’ve been on Supernatural, as a biker. I’ve been in Smallville, numerous shows. I was in Blade: Trinity, The Chronicles of Riddick,” he adds, and a long list of films that of course includes at least one Uwe Boll (as a warrior-barbarian in In the Name of the King).
“I’m generally a tough guy-inmate-biker,” he explains. “And of course I was in Elf. And every Christmas, everyone sees Elf!”
Sonny Dean is in Elf? Really?
“Yep! I’m in jail,” he says, referring to a scene shot at Riverview hospital. “When the father gets the call that the Elf is at the local police precinct in the holding cell, I’ve got my elbow on the bunk bed. I take up the screen, and a lot of people see me. At first, they asked me to sit next to Will Ferrell, and I just looked at him and said, ‘Hey, Will!’ And he goes, ‘Hi.’ And then all of a sudden, they called, ‘Sonny! Stand up!’ ‘Oh, no, am I in trouble?’ And they asked me to stand by the bunk bed, and that was a better shot for me.”
Sonny Dean, as previously reported, will hold his 43rd birthday bash-Christmas party at the Princeton Pub on Saturday (December 21), which will end in a free-for-all jam session featuring the hirsute guitarist.
“They wanted Little Guitar Army to play on my birthday, actually, except certain members don’t get along. But man, if we could get a few people in there to just do a one-off thing, that would be cool,” he says, his voice taking on a hinting intonation.
Sounded to us like there might be secret plans afoot...