One of the members of the 2013 Hall of Fame Induction Class is 2000 Full Sail Film graduate Larry Katz, who has spent the last decade working as a Second Assistant Director on the sets of some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, including Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Captain America: The First Avenger, and X-Men: First Class. Working on dozens of movie and television sets has inevitably led to a few opportunities to meet some of the industry’s biggest names, like Steven Martin and Dustin Hoffman. We’ll be talking more with Larry as the Fifth Annual Hall of Fame approaches, but in the meantime, we wanted to share a few of his personal photos and stories from throughout the years. Check them all out below.
“Steve Martin is one of my absolute heroes in the entertainment industry. He’s a true ‘Renaissance Man.’ I was thrilled when Nancy Myers asked me to make an appearance in this scene for It’s Complicated. I’m actually looking/acting at Meryl Streep in this picture! I retired from acting after this … after all, these are two of the best actors in the world … where could I go from there?”
“This picture was taken in Cadiz, Spain, where we recreated the running of the bulls for a big chase sequence in Knight and Day. The first time we rehearsed with the bulls, they escaped and ran through the streets of the town! I’m standing in the lower right of the picture wearing a brown sweatshirt and a red scarf.”
“I worked with Eva Longoria on Desperate Housewives … she is very beautiful and very nice. Definitely one of my favorite housewives!”
“I had the opportunity to work with Dustin Hoffman on Little Fockers. He’s another one of my favorite actors. I actually had the chance to stand inches away as he massaged Robert DeNiro’s feet for a scene that didn’t make it into the movie.”
“Bob Newhart had a story arc on E.R., and I had the opportunity to spend some time with him each morning. His character ends up committing suicide and this picture was taken in the makeup trailer before his body was discovered. I asked him if he’s ever died on TV before. His response: ‘No … but I’ve died in plenty of comedy clubs!'”
“The walkie-talkie is one of the most important tools in the 2nd Assistant Director arsenal. This is my version of the iconic Star Wars movie poster, and one of my favorite views of the Hollywood Sign!”