411 Talks With R. Marcos Taylor About Working With Don Wilson, Mi>Paying Mr. McGetty, More
The B- Movie Interview: R. Marcos Taylor
R. Marcos Taylor is an actor, stuntman, and martial artist who, according to imdb, has been active in the movie and TV business since 2011. He has performed stunts for TV shows such as White Collar, Blue Bloods, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sons of Anarchy, and Luke Cage and the movies Dead Man Down, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Martial Arts Kid. As an actor, Taylor has appeared in all of those shows, along with others, and has had parts in movies like Straight Oughta Compton and Code of Honor. Taylor stars in the upcoming action comedy Paying Mr. McGetty alongside action legend Don “The Dragon” Wilson (the movie will see release at some point in 2017). Taylor recently took time out of his busy schedule to talk with this writer about Paying Mr. McGetty, his career, working with “The Dragon,” and more.
Bryan Kristopowitz: How did you get involved in Paying Mr. McGetty?
R. Marcos Taylor: I worked on The Martial Arts Kid, and James Wilson mentioned that he would like to use me again. Said he was impressed with my scene, and thought I was funny in it. While I was working on SOC I would call him from set almost every day, and mentioned how much I hated playing a guy like Suge Knight which required me getting into and keeping in character. He told me that he had an idea for me of a character that would be almost the opposite. Later James connected me with the director Michael Baumgarten, and he discussed the character. I was already sold on anything that had me working with Don “The Dragon” Wilson again, but it was a no brainer for me to also play someone like Tyrell.
BK: Why did you want to make Paying Mr. McGetty?
RMT: Paying Mr. McGetty is a movie that features a good man who messes up, and has to struggle in a day where the worst of things are happening to him, and everything about it is for his girlfriend. It’s a love story that I can relate to. I have messed up, I have struggled and the most important thing to me is my wife so Tyrell is probably like many others out there. We struggle, work hard and sometimes it seems we get further behind than ahead, but we don’t quit.
BK: What was the most challenging part of making Paying Mr. McGetty? What was the easiest?
RMT: It was a challenge to quickly go through all the changes and emotions of Tyrell’s day. Scenes are not always shot in order so I could go from a scene of happiness and the next scene would be one of fear. I had to be able to put myself into Tyrell’s head quickly for what the scene would call for. The easiest for me because it is what I enjoy doing was fighting Don. He is a legend, and I am proud to call him friend. So fighting Don is the best.
BK: You’ve worked on big Hollywood productions like Straight Outa Compton. What’s the difference between working on something like Compton and something like Paying Mr. McGetty?
RMT: On an Independent film you have less time for multiple takes, everyone is in a hurry, there is no time or money to waste. That is perhaps the biggest difference. It all boils down to money.
BK: What’s it like making a movie in Florida as opposed to Hollywood?
RMT: I loved filming in Florida except for having to watch out for the rain. The people are excited to have you there and eager to be of help. In Hollywood they are jaded, and help at a cost.
BK: What was it like working with action movie icon Don “The Dragon” Wilson?
RMT: Working with Don as I mentioned is the most fun I have had, and I got to fight him in 2 films now with 2 great Fight Coordinators: James Lew for TMAK and John Kreng in PMM. Can’t do better than that for a martial artist/fighter/stunt guy like me.
BK: What is your martial arts background? Do you have a martial arts nickname?
RMT: I have studied karate, taekwondo, muay thai, capoeira, hapkido, kung fu, judo, western boxing, ninjitsu, and Gracie jui jitsu. I also fought as a kickboxer. My nickname as a fighter was Marcos “kickmeinthehead” Taylor.
BK: What is most likely to happen first, Tyrell discovering the next big rap star or marrying girlfriend Meena?
RMT: Tyrell is definitely going to marry Meena so I would bet on that. But not so sure that he is going to discover the next big rap star. I hope he gets both. I am looking forward to a sequel! There certainly is much more for Tyrell to do… plus it’s be cool to see the Ninja again.
Thanks again to R. Macros Taylor for taking the time to participate and to david j. moore for setting it up.
Check out R. Marcos Taylor’s imdb page here.