A gifted and acclaimed actor on the stage, the recipient of the Paul Newman Award For Acting, and already reasonably well known on screen from DirectTV and College Humors parody of English period drama, The Britishes: Stephen Ellis is poised to break through into lead roles anytime now. If you're wondering where you've seen that face, he's headlined commercials for Verizon, Orbitz, Carnival Cruise, and Wendy's over the last few years. Hes recently impressed as one of Vince Vaughns many children in 2013s Delivery Man, something which cant be said of much else in that movie, and shines in the vital role of Touchstone in a 2014 feature film adaptation of Shakespeares As You Like It. But hes got his foot in the door properly with his supporting role in the Coen brothers next comedy of terrors, Hail Ceasar!, due for release next year. Starring George Clooney, Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson, the film follows a fixer-to-the-stars operating behind the scenes in 1950s Hollywood. Appearing in a Coen brothers film has been the stepping stone to the big time for so many fantastic actors and actresses over the last few decades that were surprised Joel and Ethan arent on commission. Hey, maybe they are it would explain how they continue to produce weird, brilliant films which dont make any money. At any rate, one of everyone's favourite recent performances from Mr. Ellis is in Andrew Laurichs short film A Reasonable Request, a strangely comic two-hander running eight minutes long, co-starring John Ennis. If you're wondering where you've heard that voice, the man has a thriving secondary career as a voiceover artist. Is he everywhere? Not quite, but it won't be long. https://vimeo.com/130730908
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