Jul 7, 2017
My guest this week is American actor Matt William Knowles.
Matt's story is pretty incredible: he played football at Clemson
and had a real shot at playing professionally, but had his NFL
dreams crushed along with his knee during his senior year. A humble
guy, he decided to take a break and help others while he healed
himself, and he ended up teaching English in Guizhou Province in
rural China. He mastered Mandarin, was discovered singing Chinese
karaoke by a talent agent in a bar, and was launched on his path to
becoming a TV star and film actor in China. Along the way, he
became the first non-Asian to study acting at the prestigious
Beijing Film Academy, which is essentially the Harvard of
filmmaking in China, only more selective.
Cut to 2017: having made a significant name for himself in
China, Matt has relocated to London to study at the Royal Academy
of Dramatic Arts and master stage acting. Meanwhile, he looks
forward to the 2018 release of Asura, a giant Chinese $100M USD
fantasy movie that provided him with what looks to be his breakout
role, starring as Rawa, a heroic demigod battling evil. The film
looks awesome and will hopefully cross borders and bridge cultures
in much the same way that Matt himself has been doing in his work
and in his life. Enjoy!
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