With 2018 firmly behind us and filed on the shelf labelled ‘Oh God, don’t remind me!’, I can happily announce that the fallow year is no more and there are some new exciting projects on the horizon for the spring of 2019.
First up, I’m now the voice for the new UK campaign for BOOKING.COM You can watch it below here and catch it on the TV spots throughout the spring as part of the UEFA Nations League campaign.
I’ve also recently returned from Belgium, where I did a cheeky appearance in a new spot for Orange. This fun little piece below was directed by LA based director, Ryan Patrick.
It was bitter sweet catching the Eurostar train from London thinking that this could be the last time I can happily walk through the gates with my EU passport to work. Freedom to work easily in Europe was always a great addition to my career – sad to think it might soon disappear, especially when I clearly have such a great gallic nose. Viva La Nez! Vive L’Europe !
I’m now well into my third year in my newly adopted town of Los Angeles and have learn’t quite a lot: like how to eat a burrito whilst driving, leaf-blowers are on EVERY street corner and that kale and yoga pants are a religion. I’ve also managed to scale the castle walls of network TV and land a few of those juicy acting gigs. Here’s what you can catch me this spring on your screens.
First up, you can catch me dropping in for chapter 14 in the epic 2nd season of LEGION on FX coming this April 3rd. Starring Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza and me, David McCusker!
Also coming up this spring you can catch me in the new season of PLAY BY PLAY on streaming channel Go:90
This coming of age comedy is about an ESPN sportscaster who looks back on his life in the 90s and gives the play-by-play of his adolescence. You’ll be able to watch me as Lester Tinkum, the strange neighbour who makes his debut in episode 2 of this new season.
More news to follow on my latest writing project, so WATCH THIS SPACE!
Excited to announce my first foray into a major video game franchise !
The release of this new chapter of Call of Duty or COD (that’s what the kids call it) happened today and I was proud to get to be a part of it. You can catch me in the game giving a little intro on the merits of joining the Royal Armoured Division.
Catch the video below:
Here’s the Beta Version intro to all the divisions.
Des Moines, Iowa. Who knew? I didn’t. I’m not sure if most of America knows either, but I had a lovely time cycling the Netherland-flat city in search of craft beers in-between filming the second season of Play by Play, a new comedy for teens on the Verizon channel Go90.
I think that’s all I can say. Keep your eyes peeled for my lovely character bursting on your screens soooooon. (Spring 2018)
June 1st 2017 saw the launch of the new Xbox Game Pass service with Danny McBride at the helm of the advertising campaign directed by Jody Hill (‘Eastbound and Down’, ‘Vice Principles’) In just two days after launching we already had 1.5million hits!
Catch me give him some acting notes in the this new spot:
We are pleased to announce the opening of the award winning film THE MEANEST MAN IN TEXAS at the IFS FILM FESTIVAL – directed by first time director, Justin Ward. The film is an incredible true story about acceptance and redemption based on the life of Clyde Thompson, a triple murderer who was sentenced to death in Texas in 1931.
THE MEANEST MAN IN TEXAS stars Mateus Ward (Hostages, Murder In The First, Weeds) Alexandra Bard, Jamie McShane (Argo, Bloodline, Marvel’s Avengers). Nominated for over 25 awards, winner of 8. The film will have its Los Angeles premiere on May 5.
Date: Friday, May 5th at 10:00pm
Location: Beverly Hills Music Hall
Address: 9036 Wilshire Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 90211
It’s all happening this month for a bit of McCusker on the US Networks.
First up, catch me this March 5th at 8.30pm/7.30c on FOX in the opening episode of new comedy Making History alongside Adam Pally and Leighton Meester. The show was written by Julius Sharpe (Family Guy) and directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre). Keep your eyes peeled forsome great cameos from a piece of ham and a duffel bag.
Next up on March 14th at 10.00pm/9c on CBS you be able see me guest starring on Criminal Minds, Beyond Borders, alongside Gary Senise, Annie Funke and Daniel Henney and my on-screen girlfriend Ceri Bethan. Follow me on Instagram to see some fun ‘behind the scenes’ photos which I’ll post when it airs @mccuskervision.
In other news I have just finished a project with funny man Danny McBride (more news on this in May) and I’m still slogging away at getting my comedy web-series, Losing My Accent up and running. See below posts for links to the trailer.
Ok, the less said about 2016 the better, right? Every current online post is all about the bloody awfulness of the last 12 months, so the last thing you want is another end-of-days moan accompanied by a ‘See No Evil’ monkey emoji, AMIRIIIIGHT??
Instead then, let me share with you some New Year LOLS. At the beginning of last year (no, don’t say it!) I started writing a new web-series comedy called Losing My Accent; a cheeky little 10-episode piece about the life of a middle-aged actor trying out life in Hollywood (the parallels are astounding, I know). I shot a teaser, and started the pitch to industry whilst beginning the online push for 2017.
I’ve launched the teaser on Vimeo. The teaser itself is an extended scene from a the 1st episode /pilot – so you get the flavour of it. Hold on to your diaphragms, it’s 9 minutes long:
KUDOS TO THE TEAM:
I was very lucky to get a great team for project too; working opposite me was the sublime talents of David Fynn (currently in School Of Rock in ol’ London Town) and Sims Holland (check out her new Disneycommercial) and the wonderful director was comedienne Ella Smith (catch her in Hoff The Record and Cinderella). Special thanks to the amazing crew and the editing prowess of Emma Rasmussen.
If you want to contact me regarding the project please email:
Well, a WHOLE year has passed since I posted something on this news page, “What’s been going on? You move to Hollywood and we don’t hear a peep from you. Your mum is worried sick!”, I hear you cry.
Sorry Mum (Mom), I meant to call, but I was busy trying to figure out how not to become another actor/writer statistic in Hollywood. One such way was to get off my backside (butt) and get one of my scripts made. The ever changing landscape of onscreen entertainment means that now we, the artists, have the power to make our own work and showcase it to potential audiences and industry bods (peeps), which is really inspiring. So I put together a team, worked out a tiny budget and started filming my first own comedy pilot.
Losing My Accent is written by myself and also stars the wonderful co-star talents of David Fynn and Sims Holland and is directed by the super funny woman Ella Smith. (Yes to more female directors please, Hollywood)
More details to follow soon! Here’s a cheeky still to whet your whistle:
In other news, the BBC online drama The Last Hours of Laura Kgot nominated for BAFTA Craft award! I had a little part in it playing IT tech guy Graham Young. From what I’ve read in the press, my performance was basically the backbone of the whole piece and without me they probably would never even got it off the ground…JOKES…. I did bugger all, but the team were ACE. Just look at them: