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I’ll tell ya: Last night felt good. There was a Kings game (they’ve got the best record in the league and are a perfect 6-0 at home). I drank a little rum at the game and started between 4 and 620 sentences with the phrase: “If I book it…” I can talk like that with my brother Robbie. He gets it. And he knows that I’d entertain his semi-delirious ramblings for 4+ hours in a nanosecond. Later, it was onto a dive bar. We played beer pong and I hugged a lot of people. I’ve got three photos on my iPhone from the screen test… showing them to people is dreamy. In a week with two Friday’s, no Tuesday, 1,400 crunches, 120 handstand pushups, 17,000 air miles, the biggest day of my professional life, a Kings game, six straight victories at the beer pong table and a whiff of Christmas (!!!) in the air… My favorite moment was watching these two for three periods. That’s just how I roll.

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November 7, 2010 at 9:31 am

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6:03 pm, Wednesday: Hello friends. I’m writing as a form of self-preservation. In 117 minutes I can go to sleep, that’ll be 8pm local time; in the interim, my brain must remain engaged. Jet-Lag is my remorseless enemy. He will be vanquished. Besides, the odds of me sleeping more than eight hours aren’t even worth discussing. I’ve had a very special day. (I can’t elaborate. Like, legally.) Tomorrow, everything is finally happening. I’m ready.

Auckland, New Zealand

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November 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm

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So long friends. I don’t mean to sound dramatic, but I don’t know anyone in Auckland, New Zealand. (Unless, of course, someone from Auckland is a regular reader. Show yourself!) You’re not going to believe this, but I’m out of words at the moment. The gravity of this screen test mixed with an outrageous outpouring of positivity in the aftermath of CSI: Miami has formed a cocktail that may have temporarily crashed my heart. At 10:15 (LA time) tonight I depart, arriving at 7:00 am (NZ time)… Wednesday! Screen test Thursday. Flight Friday at 11:00 pm (NZ time) arriving at 4:00 pm (LA time)… Friday.

I am Marty McFly. Tuesday is my jilted lover.

I am an actor working for a life-changing moment.

It’s waiting in New Zealand.

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November 1, 2010 at 7:54 pm

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I’m going to New Zealand on Monday night. My brain is going 8,000 miles a minute. I went to a spot called just as I was getting the news. Sat in the audience with Marilyn Manson (?!?!?!) while A. Some dude did electric slight of hand tricks, B. There was juggling with stun guns, C. An illusionist and his puppet man took pole position in my nightmares for the foreseeable future, D. The world’s oldest showgirl tap danced (effectively) on her 87th birthday and E. The host of the show (Mr. Dead) shed his namesake to reveal he was a World Champion hula-hooper. Now that’s entertainment.

I’ve been sweating news on whether or not I’m making the trip for the official screen test since last Thursday. You see, initially (like… when I started this countdown) I thought the trip to New Zealand and the screen test was a done deal. Nah. Last Thursday I learned it was contingent on an excellent performance at the work session this past Tuesday. Yesterday I discovered that the executive team was shrinking the field of contenders (it’s already very small) before the actual test. (Seems financially prudent, don’t you think? Flying to New Zealand isn’t cheap. You know what else wont be cheap? The bar-bill I rack up when this is all over.) My agent called me with the good news right as our group was nabbing the first cocktail of the night. of me getting the call outside of Magic Castle. So… In the end I had two days to relax a little. Now? Back to stretching and crunches and handstands and too much water and not enough calories. It’s the f*cking homestretch and I’m in the game.

One last note: The response I’ve gotten from this blog has been sensational. People seem genuinely invested and interested in my success. Over the next few days, if you want me to have good luck all you need to do is learn The Haka. It’s the least you can do.


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October 28, 2010 at 9:21 am

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