March 2010 Rex Smith Interview

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March 2010 Rex Smith Interview

Post by spyhunter2k » Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:51 pm

Check it out here:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/showbiz/te ... -22087482/

I got George Clooney his big break - time he returned the favour, says Street Hawk star Rex Smith
Mar 5 2010 Exclusive by Iain Hepburn


THE star of 80s cult TV favourite Street Hawk has revealed how he helped get Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney his big break... and joked its time the Oscar winner cast him in one of his films in return.

Rex Smith, who played Jesse Mach in the crimefighting series, suggested to producers of the show that Clooney should be cast as the villain in the opening episode.

"I'd met George around town and we hit it off quite well," he told DailyRecord.co.uk
"I recall that he had a old convertible like a 72 Buick or something, and in the glove box he kept a collection of crazy sunglasses from John Lennon granny glasses to Elvis Presley Vegas glasses, and anyone who rode in the car was forced to dig through the glove box and pick out a pair of sunglasses while they were in it.

"I went to the producers and suggested George would be a great fit to play my best friend in one of the upcoming episodes. George auditioned and I was happy that he got the part.

"It's quite amusing that I helped George get his Screen Actors Guild card, as this was his first television appearance. I do think he could return the favour by including me as one of the crew, perhaps in Oceans 17!"

The cult series, which saw Smith fighting crime in Los Angeles on a supercharged, laser-firing motorbike, is finally coming out on DVD 25 years after it's original screening, much to the delight of fans of the show who have lobbied for its release.

Smith was already a star of stage, screen and the charts by the time he donned the black and silver leathers to play injured cop turned crime fighter Mach, alongside Joe Regalbutto as the bike's creator Norman Tuttle.

"Because of my popularity as a singer, most of the plots revolve around a young musician falling in love, but I was intrigued by the premise of an action-based series centred on a motorcycle." he said.

"I recall that I had invited a beautiful California blonde to accompany me to ABC, and as I left the pitch meeting, executives were walking me to the lobby and asked me what I was going to do for the rest of the day.

"I merely pointed towards the incredible California blonde seated in the lobby, and truthfully that's probably when I got the show."

Running at the same time as similarly themed Airwolf and Knight Rider, the show also saw guest appearances from Christopher Lloyd, former Dr Who companion Daphne Ashbrook and Bianca Jagger.

After Street Hawk came to an end, Smith went on to a number of other roles - including playing the original TV version of superhero Daredevil a decade before Ben Affleck's flop film, and a regular slot in popular US soap As The World Turns, and has also returned to stage and the charts - with six albums now under his belt.

"I have to say, although I enjoy screen, that I’m foremost a singer, especially Rock ‘n Roll," he said. "Broadway has been a very good fit in my life, as it allows me to grow both as an actor and musician."

But he hasn't ruled out a return to the role which gave him hero status to millions, and revealed he's working on a sequel to the show.

"I am currently developing a script for a new re-envisioned Street Hawk along with my oldest son Brandon, called Street Hawk Resurrection'." he said.

"Universal Studios has shown interest in the project and I would like to ask all the fans of Street Hawk to e-mail me so that I may show the executives at Universal just what kind of support I have for a new series."

And Smith admits he still gets stopped by 'men of a certain age' who remember him from the show, which retains a loyal online following.

"I've seen variations of the show on YouTube, where someone has put Street Hawk in the framework of Grand Theft Auto," he said.

"I feel that this is proof that the show still strikes a chord in young men and their two-wheeled machines."
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Re: March 2010 Rex Smith Interview

Post by josh » Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:23 pm

Nice find!

I particularly find this bit of the interview interesting:

"I am currently developing a script for a new re-envisioned Street Hawk along with my oldest son Brandon, called Street Hawk Resurrection'." he said.

"Universal Studios has shown interest in the project and I would like to ask all the fans of Street Hawk to e-mail me so that I may show the executives at Universal just what kind of support I have for a new series."


Anyone know what his email address is??? It is also kinda irks me to find out he is still interested in Street Hawk, but has never bothered to pay a visit to the forums, ever after several requests, to ask for some input or suggestions. :(

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Re: March 2010 Rex Smith Interview

Post by pentastar » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:10 pm

I guess it shouldn't surprise us that the release of the DVD would be something Rex could use to try and resurrect his acting career.

Very interesting article, here are some exerpts and my thoughts:

"...coming out on DVD 25 years after it's original screening, much to the delight of fans of the show who have lobbied for its release."

I wonder if the online petition had any effect whatsoever. It would be great if it did, but I kind of doubt Universal ever saw it.

"I am currently developing a script for a new re-envisioned Street Hawk along with my oldest son Brandon, called Street Hawk Resurrection."

Good for him. Though if he copied my diostory, I'm gonna sue! :x

"And Smith admits he still gets stopped by 'men of a certain age' who remember him from the show, which retains a loyal online following."

That's a really nice way of saying "cult fans in their 30's". But it is nice they mentioned the "loyal online following". All 5 of us thank you in return. :lol:

I've seen variations of the show on YouTube, where someone has put Street Hawk in the framework of Grand Theft Auto.

Someone needs to let Tobie know his work got noticed!

Overall this is a cool find. It kind of validates our time and effort spent here. I just wish we saw more evidence on the forum that there are a decent number of fans out there.

And Rex, you can make your presence known any time! All us "men of a certain age" would love to hear directly from you!

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Re: March 2010 Rex Smith Interview

Post by spyhunter2k » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:44 pm

I was thinking the same thing about Tobie--cool to know that Rex has seen his work. I guess I could do a "walk-around" of my nose buck and put it up on you-tube. Maybe he would notice it then...though it's hard to believe that he's never lurked on this forum before and seen my project already.

The only way to contact him via his website for anything other than booking him is his management:

Elite1Productions
P-562-447-8207
management@rexsmith.com

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Re: March 2010 Rex Smith Interview

Post by Jack18 » Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:49 pm

hi

i was wondering the same thing

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Re: March 2010 Rex Smith Interview

Post by gothicfairy » Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:02 pm

Josh it's on the boxset. try rexsmith.com

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Re: March 2010 Rex Smith Interview

Post by Hawk Legend » Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:07 pm

Definitely... this interview is top notch stuff. Rex rocked my day. I'm gonna drop the legend a mail. Universal is listening... ;)
"The true rock'n'roll legend is rising again... the man, the machine... Street Hawk returns!" - Elvis Presley, 2010.

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REX SMITH interview

Post by Mark J.Cairns » Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:23 pm

Loved how George Clooney was put on the spot with that. Class.

This Leeza Gibbons interview with Rex and Brandon is interesting too:

"My Dad is Street Hawk"...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSw7omedfeM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2SKdOyO8rI


And then there's the SMITH & SMITH UNLIMITED video:
http://www.youtube.com/user/globalsmith ... twKYpTeSuo

And he looks just like he did 25 years ago.
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