Meryl Streep. Cybill Shepherd. Elisabeth Shue. Famous? Talented? Gorgeous? And, perhaps most importantly, all three of these icons have had “Mike Messier Moments”.
Mike Messier has worked as an Actor In Residence at Maine Media Workshops, providing his talents and gaining valuable experience with experienced instructors such as cinematographer Steve Fierberg (Entourage), director Alan Meyerson (Laverne & Shirley), and actor/director Barry Primus through his class Acting Techniques for Directors. Mike cites Robert De Niro, Nicole Kidman, Denzel Washington and Vince Vaughn as inspirations, and earned the nickname “Magic Mike” for his willing talents.
Early on, Cybill Shepherd, star of The Lact Picture Show, Taxi Driver and Moonlighting, saw talent in Mike Messier and hand-selected him to play her son in the USA Network film Hard Luck. Mike (as “Eugene”) has scenes with Cybill, Wesley Snipes and the film’s director Mario Van Peebles in the gangster redemption action film.
In 2011, Mike had an unexpected opportunity to share a short comedic bit in Hope Springs, a Meryl Streep-Tommy Lee Jones-Steve Carrel film. In the bit, Mike is the pratfall for teased by Elisabeth Shue (Adventures in Babysitting) as Meryl giggles in delight. Mike’s scene appears at 1:37 in the trailer and – in full – about 25 minutes into the film.
Additionally, Mike shares a scene with Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins in the HBO Award Winning Mini-Series Olive Kitteridge.
Mike’s contributions as lead writer and co-star of the feature horror film Anders Manor, lead to him working in scenes with Christina Robinson (from Dexter), Kevin Nash (from Magic Mike), Sully Erna (singer of Godsmack) and Mike Bennett (of Impact Wrestling). Mike plays rough neck hunter Ole Bayton in the film, a man troubled by an overbearing brother (played by Erna).
See examples of Mike’s acting work in Sleeping on the Job (Dylan Calder, 2010), Bloody Mary (Jacek Laskus, 2010), The Mortified (Michael Zammito, 2012), Wakeless (Dana Goodman, 2012), along with some outtakes of Wakeless on YouTube.