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S4E11 - Still Toking with Mark Ryan

The one and only Mark Ryan will be in the house

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S4E11- Join us we dive into the mind of English born Actor Mark Ryan. He'll take us on his journey from Black Sails to Voicing Bumblebee and others in the Transformers franchise... Mark Ryan is an English actor, author, singer and action director. He portrayed Mr. Gates in the Michael Bay/Starz production of the pirate show Black Sails, and Nasir in the British TV series Robin of Sherwood. In the Transformers franchise, he voiced Bumblebee In 2007–2014, Jetfire In 2009 and Lockdown In 2014. In 2017, he reprised his role as live-action stand-in for the robots Bulldog (WWII Tank) and The Lieutenant (Hawker Hurricane) in the fifth installment and the final film from the original trilogy of Transformers films, Transformers: The Last Knight.

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Produced by Leo Pond and The Dorkening Podcast Network Dead Dork Radio MORE ABOUT OUR GUEST: Before his career in the entertainment industry, Ryan worked as a member of the British Army's Intelligence Corps, attached to DSF (Director Special Forces) and later as a Licensed Private Investigator in the United States. Ryan appeared in several major musicals in London's West End, spending four years in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Evita in the role of Magaldi and then playing Ché under the direction of Hal Prince.[1] He went on to appear in a cameo in the film version of the musical directed by Alan Parker. He left Evita to play Mac in the SAS action film Who Dares Wins for director Ian Sharp. In 2003, Ryan worked as a swordmaster and fight director on the film King Arthur directed by Antoine Fuqua. His duties included consulting with the director and writer regarding designing all aspects of the knights fighting styles, training all the principal actors including Keira Knightley, Clive Owen and Stellan Skarsgård, planning and choreographing their action. In 2000, Ryan played U.S. theatres with original Monty Python member Eric Idle, performing comedy roles in Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python at venues including New York's Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. The team later recorded the show exclusively for the Comedy Channel. He then went on to play John Dickinson in the Los Angeles stage production of 1776 directed by Gordon Hunt. Ryan began working on the 2007 film Transformers during filming as the on-set voice of several different robots. This work continued throughout filming and into editing, before the actual casting of voice-over talent. He was then cast as the voice of the character Bumblebee. Ryan also voices Ironhide and Hoist for the Activision video game based on the film. When Ryan was in the studio recording his lines for the actors on set, Michael Bay used the lines Ryan recorded for Bumblebee in the film. But Ryan didn't know that it would be used, and if so he said he would have used a different younger voice. He returned to voice Bumblebee as well as Jetfire for the sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and the Activision Game based on the film. In early 2009, Ryan continued voice work on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen working directly with Michael Bay and Alex Kurtzman almost right up to the release of the film. Ryan is an author and has written for DC Comics and Harper Collins as well as writing several screenplays. Ryan was the co-creator, along with artist Chesca Potter, of the Greenwood Tarot, a variation on the standard tarot deck involving pre-historic European imagery.

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