Our special interview series entitled Talking Mr. McGetty continues today with a conversation with one of the stars of Paying Mr. McGetty
, R. Marcos Taylor.
Taylor is a martial artist and up and coming actor who many may recognize as the actor who portrayed Suge Knight in Straight Outta Compton. Taylor also has a recurring role in the Netflix series Luke Cage and in 2017 he will be sharing the screen with Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx in an action thriller entitled Baby Driver.
CTB: First question I have to ask what was it like working with an action legend like Don “The Dragon” Wilson in Paying Mr. McGetty? Did he give you any martial arts tips?
RMT: It was GREAT! Don is a legend in the ring and on the screen. I am a martial artist/kickboxer like him so it is a dream that I was lucky enough to work with Don twice now including The Martial Arts Kid. And I want to add that Don along with James and Michael expressed to me their belief that I was a good enough actor to play Tyrell who goes through almost every emotion possible in one day. Fight scenes are easy for me, but their confidence in my acting is something that means a lot.
CTB: You got to work in Al Lang Stadium, a true St. Petersburg landmark, as part of the big action finale. What was it like working in such a large venue? And do you prefer working on location or on a soundstage?
RMT: Incedible! It is so impressive to be standing in the middle of that field. I always prefer location. Being on location gives a movie a more realistic feel for the audience. And as an actor you can feel it too.
CTB: Why do you believe action fans should check out Paying Mr. McGetty?
RMT: Don “The Dragon” Wilson! Also because we are all real martial artists so our fights look more real including their short duration. We had a great Fight Coordinator with John Kreng. He makes things easier. As a group there was a lot of experience and talent.
CTB: In my research I saw you grew up a big Superman fan. Was landing a spot in the comic book themed Luke Cage series on Netflix a dream come true?
RMT: It was! I am a big Marvel and DC fan. And I also got to once again work with stunt coordinator James Lew who did The Martial Arts Kid. As a stunt performer it means a great deal when you have guys like James and John to work with.
CTB: We talked about you working with The Dragon, you just mentioned getting to work with James Lew, who we are big fans of here on the site, you were also part of the Steven Seagal movie Code of Honor. Are there any other action stars you’d like to work with in the future?
RMT: Yes, there are too many to name so I will list the martial artists: Scott Adkins, Tony Jaa, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Chuck Norris, Donnie Yen… I may be forgetting some. I also hope to fight “The Lady Dragon” Cynthia Rothrock on film one day.
CTB: A special thanks to R. Marcos Taylor for taking time out for our readers and we look forward to what the future holds for Mr. Taylor in the world of action entertainment. For those of you who missed part one of our Talking Mr. McGetty series, you can click here to read my interview with Michael Baumgarten. And tomorrow on the site we wrap up the series with a chat with the one and the only, Don “The Dragon” Wilson!