Panama City, FL--From Gulf Coast baseball to the Hollywood movie set. That's been the journey for Mike Papajohn. Michael played for Bill Frazier on the Gulf Coast baseball team in the mid 80's, went on to help LSU to a College World Series title, then, by landing a role as a football extra in the movie "Everybody's All American" which was shot in Baton Rouge, Mike got into the movie biz, first as a stuntman, now as an actor. Papajohn's back in our region to promote an action actor's academy set for June in New Orleans, I spoke with him today about how the confidence he found playing baseball made his movie career possible.
Gulf Coast alum/Actor
"And when I first had the opportunity to say hey I'm gonna go out to Hollywood and give this a shot, well what do I need to do to be as confident as I am in the outfield, on a Hollywood set. How can I move centerfield out to a Hollywood set, so when I walk on a Hollywood set I have that same level of confidence? And you know there was one answer, do the fundamentals and do the work."
Papajohn certainly made use of his athletic side as a stunt double in sports movies, like for Adam Sandler in "The Waterboy".
Perhaps his biggest onscreen moment, playing the bad guy who kills Peter Parker's uncle in the "Spiderman" movie. We'll go much more in depth with Mike a bit later this week, he's a great story, watch for that Wednesday.