He played the cocky womanizer “Cole” in “2 Headed Shark Attack” http://wp.me/p2eH5w-A but in reality Geoff Ward is a multi-talented actor that is hardworking, self-disciplined, and a down to earth guy. He’s far from a womanizer because he’s happily married to his high school sweetheart. Geoff continues to maintain his professional body building fatigue and is Hercules in the upcoming film “1313: Hercules Unbound”. I truly appreciate Geoff taking the time to tell us about himself and his experience filming “2 Headed Shark Attack”.
It sounds like at one point you just went crazy with doing a lot acting, open mic comedy, stunts, commercials, martial arts all in a short time. Was that a stressful time or did you have fun doing it or combination?
GEOFF: I’m flattered you went through the trouble of learning some personal info about me…thanks. I’ve never been stressed out by taking on my artistic expressive hobbies. There have been many diverse experiences through entertainment and work, from working as a clown to acting in Spanish television. The efforts I put in to things such as stand-up comedy, martial arts stunt training and amateur body building, were all just misguided paths I took because I lacked the knowledge of how to break in as a film actor. But our past is what molds us, so I wouldn’t change those journeys for anything.
The entire cast for “2 Headed Shark Attack” appears to be a fun outgoing group. Did you guys joke around a lot on set and after the filming did everyone celebrate and blow off some steam?
GEOFF: If the cast of Two-Headed Shark Attack seems to get along like actual friends…it’s because we really are. And there’s a whole other group of relationships that no one sees on the DVD, which is that of the crew. Everyone was so awesome, from the producers to artistic departments and our director Chris Olen Ray. Casting director, G. Webb, didn’t have the easiest time finding the right actors for the film, which resulted in him finding actors from all different cities in Florida. But the ensemble he rounded up was incredible. Our celebrities Carmen Electra, Brooke Hogan, and Charlie O’Connell, fit right in to the mix just like everyone else. Even though it was basically three weeks in paradise, we sometimes had rough conditions with the wilderness and weather. So it was great that nobody acted like a diva. I didn’t go out much at night after work. I usually got all of my fun and horseplay while on set. There was some good partying going on from what I heard, but when the day was over, I needed that time to study my script, exercise like a motherfucker and try to get some beauty sleep.
Does your wife joke with you about your role as a pretty boy?
GEOFF: My wife was so happy for me landing a part in a movie, but she thought the character of “Cole” was pretty much me just playing my meathead self.
What are you currently doing with your bodybuilding career, any competitions, advertisings, or modeling?
GEOFF: In bodybuilding and fitness, nowadays, I consider myself an actor/athlete. The other day I filmed my sixth exercise device commercial and right now, I’m currently free of any sports supplement contracts. I don’t take any protein or fat burners at the moment. But I’d love to try some new ones and take my physique to the next level. I’m working out 2 hours a day and eating pretty darn clean. If there are any nutritional companies out there reading this, please feel free to bring on the spokes model job offers.
What’s next for you?
GEOFF: I just returned home to Florida after a five month visit to Los Angeles. I had the fortune of playing Hercules in an independent film and got to study improvisation at the world famous Groundlings school. It sure is nice to be back home with the wife. In LA, I reconnected with my good buddy and co-star Ben James Anklam and now we’re writing films together. If all goes as planned, we should complete one of those features this year. As far as a job, luckily, I visited my agent and right away they put me to work on all the local South Florida productions. This whole experience with Asylum Films has been the dream I was waiting for, 10 years in the making. I just want to thank you for taking the time in this interview and casting director G. Webb for coming in to our little town and changing so many of us actor’s lives.
Even though it’s not an Asylum film, be sure to check out Geoff as Hercules. “1313: Hercules Unbound” should be released on DVD/VOD this July.