Friday, December 11, 2009

Brandon Jay McLaren & Emma Lahana in "Ratko: The Dictator's Son" (2009)

Former Ranger actors Brandon Jay McLaren & Emma Lahana both appeared in the National Lampoon's comedy "Ratko: The Dictator's Son." Filmed in Canada, the movie follows a foreign dictator's son Ratko (played by Napoleon Dynamite's Efren Ramirez) as he comes to America to experience true college life. He immediately uses his wealth to renovate his dorm, forcing the other students to be moved out. Brandon Jay McLaren (Jack, SPD) appears in several scenes as Juwaan, one of the incoming freshmen that is displaced from the dorms thanks to Ratko. Juwaan and his friend Nick take it in stride, though when they see the upscale hotel where Ratko has paid for the students to stay instead. Juwaan & Nick are seen throughout the film at events hosted by Ratko, taking advantage of his hospitality. Appearing in a smaller role is Dino Thunder's Emma Lahana (Kira, Dino Thunder). Lahana plays a Sorority girl whose house is invaded by Ratko and his dorky roommate Jeremy. Ratko mistakes the house for a brothel where he tries to purchase the women's services for his virgin sidekick. Lahana has a few lines when the two burst into her room and then appears at the side of the lead Sorority girl as she confronts Ratko before kicking him out of the house.

Brandon Jay McLaren

Emma Lahana

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Robert Axelrod in "Deep Freeze" (2003)

MMPR voice actor Robert Axelrod (voice of Lord Zedd & Finster, MMPR-Space) played a small role in the 2003 low-budget monster movie "Deep Freeze." The film tells the story of a group of people virtually trapped inside a drilling station in the arctic, where they are killed by large insect-based creatures that consume their bodies. Axelrod is one of the first actors on-screen in the film, as his character Lenny is left alone to move some barrels and becomes the first victim of the creatures who are hiding inside a water tank that he investigates. Lenny's body is found later in the film and the scientists use it to try to discover what killed Lenny and is making its way throughout the drilling station.

"Deep Freeze" is available on DVD under the title "Ice Crawlers"

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Brad Hawkins on "JAG" (2000)

Zeo voice actor Brad Hawkins (voice of Trey/Gold Ranger, Zeo) guest starred on the legal military drama "JAG" during the show's fifth season. Hawkins appeared in the episode "Promises" playing Petty Officer Rowe, whose ship is ready to deploy when a young officer, Andrea Granato, refuses his command to clean the decks of the ship and walks off, quitting the Navy. Rowe is stunned and the young female officer is charged with desertion. At her hearing, Rowe is questioned about his treatment of his female subordinate. Hawkins interacts with series stars David James Elliott and Catherine Bell in the scene. Despite his harshness with Seaman Granato, he says he respected her and didn't give her meaningless chores because of her gender. Hawkins appears in two scenes of the episode and is the fourth PR cast member to be featured on the blog for appearing on "JAG." Sean Cw Johnson, Vernon Wells & Ilia Volok were previously posted.

Season 5 of "JAG" is available on DVD

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