(He laughingly calculates the sixty hours a week, nine months a year that he puts into the show will land him in mastery territory before he knows it.) He had a passion to perform from an early age, and made his first effort to crack Hollywood at age nineteen, but returned to his native Toronto.
Ankner also works closely with Martin Scorsese and M.
Night Shyamalan in the mentoring of younger filmmakers.
It’s a win-win: helping the newcomers also offers these veterans fresh portals of entry for their own work in a perpetually shape-shifting business.
(His stance is one of friendly demurral until somebody shows him a script.) The burgeoning action hero — who, like Tom Cruise, does all of his own stunts — is getting offers but is waiting for the right vehicle.
In the meantime, he is happy to concentrate on for which he has just returned from a promotional tour of Europe and China.
Each episode balances present-day intrigues with an “origins tale” — flashbacks of the hero’s lost years on an island, where he honed his amazing archery skills — putting Amell in practically every scene of every show.
He takes to heart Malcolm Gladwell’s prescription that to become proficient at anything, you need to do it in a focused, concentrated manner for 10,000 hours.
I’ve been building a library of their work, studying the development of their careers.
Band or singer you’re obsessed with: I focus on individual songs rather than bands.