ago, Derek Mears was just a ridiculously tall young man
from Bakersfield. At a truck stop just outside Buttonwillow,
the two of us met, compared names and improvised a little.
We became friends and as the years passed, I've watched
him become one of the top alien stuntmen in the business,
occasionally getting to show his actual face and grab a
line or two of dialogue in film and TV.
this year, Mears landed himself on the cover of Fangoria
magazine as the mutant "Chameleon" in The
Hills Have Eyes 2. He has also been a regular on Acceptable
TV and this week sent me his latest outing as part
of Channel 101, the L.A. project from which the VH1 show
Vengeance. It's funny, it's knowing, it's short
and it proves that it's good for Mears to get out from under
that latex once in a while.