Promoting The Bad Boys, Girls

Alana Folen
Wednesday - March 30, 2011
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Hesham Metwally, owner and agent of Outlaw Agency, breaks the mold when it comes to your typical talent agency. Located in the heart of Chinatown, Outlaw Agency has made a name for itself by offering professional services to Hawaii’s rapidly growing production industry.

“It was about two years ago when I realized that Hawaii needed an agency with the bad boys, bad girls and unique-looking characters for the industry, since most agencies out here are all about the pretty boys and girls,” says Metwally, who started off as a photographer and now also works on the set of Hawaii Five-0 as an electrician.

“I started out by shooting my friends with tattoos and dreads, and actually got a friend on a local commercial, and I was like, ‘Yes, this is going to work.’ Later, Pirates came and I had a chance to meet up with the casting director and she loved a few of our characters.”

With a growing number of clients ranging from children (“Young Guns”) to adults (“Suspects”), Outlaw Agency has already booked many for local commercials, hit TV shows and movies, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Broke, Mystery Island, Off the Map and Hawaii Five-0, among others.

“I remember getting the first call from Hawaii Five-0 - they needed some ‘thugs’ to play prisoners, so they cast clients with tattoos,” Metwally recalls. “I was excited and they actually booked 18 guys one day for a jail scene, and from there it just keeps getting better.”

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Although the name Outlaw Agency may seem threatening to some, Metwally, who was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, before eventually relocating to Hawaii, says all his clients are honest outlaws for hire, all having gone through personal screenings.

“We do not want crazy people going on set and doing crazy things to give us a bad name. We might look crazy, but we are actually the nicest in the business,” he says.

“The No. 1 reward is seeing our clients on the big screen, whether it’s a commercial, TV show or movie. I can’t wait to see Pirates when it comes out.”

Metwally hopes to witness growth in the agency in the near future, and says he’s always on the lookout for possible clients with unique looks and great attitudes, with the goal to bring more diversity to the industry.

For more information on Outlaw Agency, visit, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 345-8930.


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