Joji Yoshida
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Friday - February 17, 2006
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Heather Chong and actor Lew Lappert at the Kamehameha Schools’ 'Ohana Film Festival
Heather Chong and actor Lew Lappert at
the Kamehameha Schools’ ‘Ohana Film

Actor Lew Lappert is rapidly getting known as the guy who will give you the spectacular death scene. He gets shot by Drew Synnestvedt in
Public Access: Episode 04 of 05, run over by a car driven by Gerard Elmore in The Orb and gets zapped by Jaeves Iha in Valtor the Great Vs. The Universe. Lew was born in Meriden, Conn., and raised in the colonial Southington Mountains. He’s a master sculptor and his work took him around the world. A little trivia: His former classmates at the University of Connecticut are actors Ron Silver and Ron Palillo. Lew was nominated three times for the Po’okela Awards given by the Hawaii State Theatre Council. He’s on board for several film projects, but hoping his characters don’t get whacked. We’ll see ...

Introducing TrÌ Lê, currently seen on the latest KFC spot where he retrieves a bucket of fried chicken. He plays the parody version of Lost cast member Daniel Dae Kim. I think it’s the best local commercial on air right now. TrÌ has played many different roles that set him apart from the rest of the young actors. He matriculated at both Santa Clara University and Oxford University in England. His passions are writing scripts, acting, playing the ukulele and piano. In his latest film, The Good Ol’ Boys, he plays a burglar who has issues with his orientation. Favorite actors are Rachel McAdams, Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins. TrÌ is currently working on his master’s degree so he can teach in the public high school system ...

The Kamehameha Schools ‘Ohana Film Festival was a rousing success! Many thanks to Patricia Gillespie for promoting local filmmakers at the annual event. Seen and heard at the screening were actors Elizabeth Lindsey, Mie Omori, Rebecca Rogers, Malia Verdadero, Denise Chinen, Christian Zuckerman, Jaeves Iha, Lew Lappert, Matthew Thompson, Sam Polson, Sean Jones and industry veterans Jeannette Paulson Hereniko, Chuck Boller, Gerard Elmore, Jason Suapaia, Robert Olague, Ryan Kawamoto and Vilsoni Hereniko. One of the highlights was during intermission when all the networking among the attendees began. It’s a long way away, but don’t miss it next year ...

A gentleman I met at an acting workshop is retired Navy Reserve Capt. Rico Tudor. He worked for 30 years in Japan as president of NCH KK, directing a Japanese company in steel and auto plant maintenance. He recently embarked on a new career in acting. He amazes me with his energy and humbleness despite all his business success. A Harvard graduate, he speaks fluent Italian and Japanese. Rico’s favorites are Al Pacino movies and Japanese tempura at Bozu restaurant in Kaimuki. He attended the 2005 International Model and Talent Association Convention in L.A. with daughter Tiffany Tudor. That’s where the acting bug bit him, I believe. He studied acting with MGM casting director Paul Weber and Geoff Heise. Rico exercises at Sandy Beach every morning to stay in shape. I can definitely tell ...

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