Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Kevin Sorbo A World Fit For Kids!


A World Fit For Kids with Kevin Sorbo


In case you missed the earlier interviews with Kevin Sorbo, here are the links:

Part One Link  Kevin Sorbo An Extraordinary Man! 
            
Part Two Link Kevin Sorbo on an ExtraordinaryJourney!


Part 3 Interview
Alex Graham:  Despite a hectic work and life schedule, you have been personally involved in numerous charitable causes over the years and specifically in A World FitFor Kids!, Can you tell me what a World Fit For Kids means to you?

Kevin Sorbo:  Hercules became huge!  By 1996 we had beat Bay Watch as the most watched show in the world!  I am on the other side of the world in New Zealand and all of a sudden I am getting inundated with all these…you know it made people pay attention a little bit more. So Make a Wish, Pediatric Aids, all these really good foundations came to me and said that we would like you to be our spokesperson.  But I knew people, bigger names then myself that were already doing that kind of stuff. 

So I said to my manager, 

“Find me something that’s an at school program!”
A World FitFor Kids!
I want to work with high risk kids, in high risk neighborhoods, in high risk lifestyles. I want to keep them off the streets. I want to help teach them about fighting childhood obesity.  I want to work with them on their grades, preparation for the real world, work with them for physical education and all that. And this woman at this time who runs the World Fit for Kids! Her kids were screaming for me to be “their guy” because they all watched my show.
At that time, the woman that runs the foundation didn’t know who I was but all the kids did.

Alex:  Wow! That is so cool! What a tremendous compliment!

Kevin:  So she got a hold of me and there you go. 
I have been there 16 years now and we are the Number 1 at school program in the state of California every year since about 2004 or 2005 now. 
And you know we do amazing stuff and every year I go to Congress and I show them the facts and the stats and show them what we are doing with 12 000 kids.

And every year they (Congress) slap me on the back 
and say, 
“Great Work!”

and I say (Kevin Sorbo), 

“Why aren’t you making this expand?”

 “Why aren’t you helping us get this program 
in every city in this country?”



It amazes me! It doesn’t matter if you are Republican or a Democrat. Nothing gets done there.  And every time I go there, I tell them you know what guys, 

“Getting rid of taxes and getting rid of laws that are stupid that is doing something!” 

For some reason they think they keep needing to add on to stuff.  You know here we are in California and we are about to go to 13% tax. It’s insane! Everyone here that is actually paying taxes here is about to pay upwards of what? 55% of their income direct to the government.  It’s crazy!

Alex: That is such an excellent point about government continuing to add and add rather than clear up some of this mess and just do it. 

Kevin: Well, there are hundreds of taxes in the last century.  It is just unbelievable.  But there you go. I am trying to help these kids to let them know that they can lead a better life by not letting other people set their life page. 

Alex: Right!  And you basically say,  “Get out there and make a difference for the future!”

Kevin: Yeah! Look I grew up in large family. I am the fourth of five kids. My dad was basically a public school teacher and my mom was a stay at home mom.  And as you know, there is no money in public school teaching.  I didn’t come from any money.  You know for me, I started my own paper route in 2nd grade for crying out loud.  I learned the value of a buck very early in life. 

You know my dad said to me, 

“Work hard!” 

So I did!

Alex: Excellent!  All the movies and TV you have done in your career to date are definitely a testament to a phenomenal work ethic.  By the way, I noticed you are also on Twitter creating a space for thought and politics.

Kevin: Yes, my official twitter is Ksorbs
You know that’s why I tweet.  I get all kinds of people pissed off at my posting but you can’t please everyone. I just really want people to think when I get all political. 

It’s like guys (fellow Americans),

I want people to think and I want you to look at 
where we are going as country.

You know we are following the European model and people need to read about what is going on over there. It isn’t working to well for them there. 

Alex: I actually follow you now on twitter, face book and TV interviews and I think you are an excellent communicator. You really get your point across clearly.

Kevin:  Thanks.

Alex:  What can we look forward to from Kevin Sorbo in 2013?
Hallmark Channel Shadow On The Mesa!
Kevin: Well I have a wonderful western that has just come out called "Shadow on the Mesa".  That is on the Hallmark Movie Channel. I start shooting a movie in Dallas this month.  They have a couple of different titles for it now so I don’t want to give out a title that could be wrong. And I have got another movie “God is not Dead” which I hope will air before Christmas.  It’s a really nice movie.  And I have got another movie which is called “Trial by Fire” which is kind of a Karate kid, family type movie. And you know, I am staying busy. And we have a couple more that we are trying to raise money for right now.  And that is about it!

Alex:  Movie after movie! Sounds great! I look forward to seeing both of your new movies in 2013. I am sure they will be big hits with audiences from around the world!  Anyhow, thank you very much for your time today.  It has been a true pleasure!

Kevin:  Well thank you!

Alex: Have a good one!

Kevin:  You too!

For more information about Kevin Sorbo's Phenomenal Charity Check out the video!  And or click on this Link:  A World Fit For Kids!




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Twitter:  @ksorbs  https://twitter.com/ksorbs


Or through his Official International Fan Site


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Language Learning Tip: Use Twitter

Twitter is Free and it is easy to sign up and use immediately!

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Twitter is becoming a common educational tool!   
It is great for collaborating and you can also use it to find lots of new and natural vocabulary.  For example, if you follow Kevin Sorbo you will learn lots of new political language, jokes, Kevin’s projects, things to think about, and much more.  Try it out!

Kevin Sorbo on Twitter

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Friday, 19 April 2013

Kevin Sorbo on an Extraordinary Journey!

 
Kevin Sorbo an Extraordinary Journey
Kevin Sorbo in Abel's Field

Part Two 
 “THE REAL HOLLYWOOD” 
and the critically acclaimed film
 “ABEL’S FIELD”

 Interview 
For those of you who missed Part One True Strength with Kevin Sorbo, here is the 

Alex:  In your Book True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal–and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life.
you are very candid about Hollywood.  Moreover, I see a theme of mentorship running through your life but I will touch on that in Part Three A WORLD FIT FOR KIDS!

Kevin Sorbo Book True Strength
True Strength by Kevin Sorbo!

Alex:  What do you see as the biggest misconception about the acting industry in Hollywood?

Kevin Sorbo:  

"The biggest misconception…the biggest misconception is that Hollywood is fair and Hollywood is tolerant."

You know what it is, it is weird!  It is run by a bunch of “suits”.  You know in reality they don’t care about there actors.  They can pretend they do, they love the industry of it all, they love the business of it all, but on the flip side of it all there a lot of frustrated people on the other side of the camera.  There are a lot of people successful in the industry on the other side of the camera that were failed as actors. But they were smart, they were clever, they were cunning, and they worked their way up the ladder.  And I think there is, I think there is a begrudging held toward actors that have success.  You need actors to make your movies and make your industry.   

But you know, Alfred Hitchcock 
called actors, "a bunch of cows”!

So you know it’s weird! So I think envy is a big problem in Hollywood for everything.  And it runs at all different levels. But on the flip side if I do any bitching and whining and moaning about the industry, and I try to keep it to a minimum, friends will say well why are you in the business?  The reality is I love it! I love being on set, I love the creation of something out of nothing.  I admire writers.  Writers to me have the most difficult job in Hollywood.  I have been fortunate but then again I made my own fortune. I worked my ass off.  I got lucky but I had 13 years of doors being slammed in my face. So perseverance is the key!
  
Alex:  ABEL’S FIELD is get rave reviews from media and fans, and of course, you are the Executive Producer and main character in this film, Could you please tell us a bit about the movie and your role in it and directing or producing Abel’s Field?
http://www.abelsfield.com/
Kevin:  I started my production company about 6 years ago and this is one of the first projects that came to my production house.  I met with the Director and the Producer Gordie Haakstad and Tore Knos. They sent me this material earlier and I loved the script.  And I spent the next 3 and half years raising the money for it.  Tore and I worked very hard with every connection we had and ahh you know, we finally got the money together, about a 2 million dollar budget. You know it is one of those things again.  The economy fell apart 5 or 6 years ago and   But you know I just loved the character, I loved the guy that I got to play, Because it is about redemption, and I think a lot of people can relate to the fact that if they have any kind of faith in their lives whatsoever, I think that we have all done things in our lives that we know that God has forgiven us for but maybe we have a hard time forgiving ourselves for.  I think a lot of times we are our own worst critics.  And we have a hard time forgiving ourselves for things we have done. And this guy, basically, has been wandering in his own desert trying to find redemption within himself. And I think people, will relate to that. 

Alex:  Absolutely yes! Is this character Abel similar to yourself? 

Kevin:   
"You know, I think every actor brings 
something of themselves to the role they play." 

And you know what I liked about the character that I could kind of relate to is I like being around people but I have no problem being on my own.  And this is a character that is really on his own. And I can relate to that loner status that he had.  You know maybe it is because I was brought up on Client Eastwood Spaghetti Westerns who was just a guy on his own all the time. 

You know I am not going to go as far as Richard Nixon and say, "I don’t like people!"  and which isn’t…isn’t a really good quality for a President. Hahaha...

Alex:  Hahaha.  I totally understand where you are coming from.

Kevin:  But you know I understand what he said.  I get it. Because there are lots of times that I dislike…you know like Greta Garbo stated, “I want to be alone”.  I have no problem doing that and I think we all have to find that down time for ourselves to unwind.  And sort of put life in perspective, you know?  For me, it’s midnight  starring up at the stars.

Alex:  Yes, true.  Great references by the way with Nixon, Client Eastwood, and Greta Garbo.  Ha ha ha…love it! Nixon  hahaha great!

Alex:  Biggest challenge as an Executive producer?

Kevin:  It really just comes down to finding the financing.  The budget is the biggest problem. 

Alex:  Right.

Kevin:  You know I learned a lot on Andromeda because I was the Exec. Producer for all 5 seasons of it.  And to be able to spend time with people that knew what they were doing on the other side of the camera which was a great education for me. 

Alex: Wow.  That sounds like such an amazing experience! 

Kevin:  Yes, and you know I can think I have an idea or something but to actually sit in on a meeting and discuss casting, discuss the writing, discuss how you are going to break up the budget for each department, from wardrobe to hair to props to whatever. It was interesting and it really made me recall my marketing and advertising business majors, you know?  And it made me go, “Oh Great!  My college education isn’t wasted. Excellent!” OK, hahaha…

Alex: Hahaha…

Celebrity English is proud to present the final installment of the Kevin Sorbo feature LINK A World Fit For Kids!  

You will see more of the mentoring, educational,
and political side of Kevin Sorbo!


Also, check out the critically acclaimed film Abel’s Field!
Already out on DVD, this is a fantastic weekend movie for the whole family! Enjoy!  




Kevin Sorbo's Official Website
                   LINK:  http://www.kevinsorbo.net/



 
Language Learning Section

Part Two Vocabulary Boost – Business Expressions

Find the following High Frequency Vocabulary expressions from Kevin Sorbo’s interview Answers. Then, try to write down the meanings or ideas for each word.  Next, try to guess the meaning from the context for the words you don’t know. Then ask a friend or classmate about the words you don’t know.  Finally, check out the expressions on the Internet. However, just in case, the answers are below. Just roll your cursor over the black area to the right of the Business Expressions.

From Kevin Sorbo's Answers:
It is run by a bunch of “suits”. = the industry is manged or owned by  a group of executives or high level businessmen. Usually a Negative meaning; suits are people that are very detached, cold, unfeeling. They only care about the business aspect not the people involved and often are not able to do what the workers do.

and they worked their way up the ladder. = to advance; to make progress in a process or structure; to increase their level in a company or industry.

industry = any general business activity; commercial enterprise.

why are you in the business? = why are you a part of your business industry? In this case, why are you a part of the movie industry?

I worked my ass off. = slang; to work very very hard at something.

I had 13 years of doors being slammed in my face. = I had 13 years of people refusing me in a rude manner.

And it runs at all different levels. = and it occurs at all different levels of the industry or business.

perseverance = the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult. The action or condition or an instance of persevering; steadfastness.

Executive Producer = Executive producers oversee the film making in regards to film finance. They liaise with the line producer and report to production companies and distributors.

Director = a film director is a person who directs the making of a film. Generally, a film director controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects, and visualizes the script while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of that vision.

production company = a production company provides the physical basis for works in the realms of the performing arts, new media art, film, television, radio, and video.

my production house. = another name for a production company.

raising the money. = to gather together; collect money for a specific purpose; to get funding.

connection = business connection. A person you have a relationship or association with.

a 2 million dollar budget. =  an amount of money available for spending that is based on a plan for how it will be spent. How the 2 million dollars will be spent between departments.

The economy = the process or system by which goods and services are produced, sold, and bought in a country or region. In this case Kevin means the American economy.

fell apart = to fall apart = to break down; collapse.

a hard time = a difficult time period.

I get it. = I understand it.

perspective = a way of thinking about and understanding something (such as a particular issue or life in general).

biggest challenge = greatest test of ability, skill, or strength of (someone or something).

It comes down to finding the financing. = It comes down to finding the financing. = In essence the money provided by someone or something.

sit in on a meeting = to attend a meeting.

how you are going to break up the budget for each department, =  'break up' casual business language for allocate.

marketing major = major = college/university concentration in marketing. Marketing is the action or business of promoting and selling products or services.

advertising major = major = college/university concentration in advertising. Advertising is the activity or profession of producing advertisements for commercial products or services.


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Monday, 15 April 2013

Kevin Sorbo An Extraordinary Man!

Kevin Sorbo An Extraordinary Man at Celebrity English!

 Kevin Sorbo is an Extraordinary Actor 
on an Extraordinary Journey!

Hollywood Actor, Author, Director, Family man and whole lot more!  Celebrity English is truly excited to present a 3-Part Feature on Kevin Sorbo!   

Kevin talks to Celebrity English about his inspirational book TRUE STRENGTH, “THE REAL HOLLYWOOD”, the critically acclaimed film ABEL’S FIELD, and his wonderful charity foundation A WORLD FIT FOR KIDS


Part One
Kevin Sorbo Talks about True Strength
True Strength Book
True Strength by Kevin Sorbo!


 Interview

Alex Graham: Good morning Kevin Sorbo!

Kevin Sorbo:  Hello Alex.  Whenever you are ready!

Alex Graham: Great! I am just going to dive into it!  Today we are talking about Kevin Sorbo’s inspirational book

In part of the title for your inspirational and motivational book you wrote,

…“and - How Nearly Dying Saved My Life”.

Can you tell us more about that time in your life?

Kevin Sorbo:  It was the end of season five. You know I lived in New Zealand for 7 years filming Hercules for a 7th season. But they edited out a lot of season five because I was having all kinds of problems with my left arm. I couldn’t figure out what was going on.  And I was coming back to America to do a movie in Atlanta. So I stopped in LA and I was actually going to do a press tour for Kull the Conqueror which was my first big feature film of the prequel of Conan the Barbarian.  And umh. I went to see my doctor and he found a lump in my left shoulder.  And he wanted to do a biopsy on it. But before they could do a biopsy on it. That lump ended up being an aneurism in my left shoulder clavicle, which opened up and sent half of the clots to my left arm and I was told they might have to amputate by someone at the hospital. And then those 3 clots unfortunately went up into the brain and I suffered 3 stokes. So it was a …a bit of drag.  

It was a long road to fight back to get to a place in my life where things were going to be 'ok'.  
The title True Strength really comes from, all of us are going to hit that roadblock.  And we all have that one common denominator death for all of us and we just don’t know when or how it is going to come to us.  So you react to that when it happens.   So it is sort of a play on words with Hercules.  Hercules, you know… on Hercules they had a bunch of stunt guys making me look good.  But I did do most of my own stunts but still I can’t throw a guy a 100 meters.  The True Strength title really came from defining the own true strength within your own life. When bad things happen to you, how do you react, how do you deal with it?  And in terms of saving my life… you know…it made me realize what was important in life.  I was pretty self-absorbed. I have never really considered myself a jerk, I am pretty out going with people but it made me realize what is important.  And what is important is family, friends, and your health!  Those are the most important things.  Everything else, you know, if you like what you do for a living and I hope everyone does but I know a lot of people don’t. But you know if you do then you are blessed and fortunate.  Just enjoy what you have!

Alex:  You really open up to the readers about life in Hollywood, and your excruciating mental and physical health challenges during this time in your life.  You basically lived through a nightmare!  What kept you going in your darkest days?

Kevin:  You know what, part of it was, I have a very strong will. I am a very strong willed person. When I moved to Hollywood I didn’t know a person out here.  I knew nothing about Hollywood. I just knew that I wanted to be in the movies and television. I had every door slammed in my face over and over again but I learned early in life from my father and people I met that were successful people were saying, “Failure is a positive thing! Always look at failure as a positive thing. You can always learn from failures!” And that is the biggest thing that holds people back.  I am a big proponent like FDR (American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt) when he said,

“The biggest thing to fear is fear itself.”

That’s what holds people back in their lives.  And for me, you gotta keep pushing on.  And that is what I did.  I just kept pushing on.  And my wife was certainly by my side pushing me on as well.   


Alex:  I noticed in the book, and I thought it was brilliant, that you let some other people tell your life story. Where there any surprises when you saw what these people had written?

Kevin:  I was very honored. My wife started saying things to me and has better recall memories for me on a few things.  And I said,

“You know what, why don’t you write a chapter?”

“Why don’t you write your perspective 
of what I was going through?”

You know the before and after. And right then I decided to further and include Michael Hurst who played Iolaus, Eric Gruendemann who was one of my best friends down their and the only American producing the whole time with me, and John Mahaffie, and my mom. I thought why not have people put these things in there.  So people can really get a sense of this is the voice of other people telling you:  

“This is what I had to overcome.” 
“This is what happened to me”.  
Kevin Sorbo as Hercules
 Playing a guy who is supposed to be the strongest guy in the world in his thirties. And I knew I was in better shape then most athletes, most college athletes. I was in great shape!  And this still happened to me. And you are like going: wow!” You know. And it has been amazing the reception from this book. I get so many people coming up to me at these book signings. All walks of life and have suffered not just strokes maybe whatever cancer, leukemia, car crash, heart attack, all survivors saying my book motivated them to push themselves harder to better recovery.  And that is really what I wanted the book to be about for other people. 

Alex:  That’s so fantastic you can help and inspire people!  And your book True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal–and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life is just flying off the shelves!  I checked on Amazon earlier today and there was only one left in stock.  Extraordinary!


Kevin Sorbo on Hollywood   The biggest misconception about Hollywood is...


Part Two of The KEVIN SORBO feature at Celebrity EnglishKevin talks about “The Real Hollywood”, and the critically acclaimed film Abel’s Field!
 
Language Learning Section

Natural Language

Vocabulary Boost!  Medical Theme
               
Here are some high frequency medical words from the Kevin Sorbo interview!

First, try to write down the meanings or ideas for each word.  Next, try to guess the meaning from the context of the words you didn't understand. Then ask a friend or classmate about the words that where difficult.  Finally, check out the expressions on the Internet. However, the answers are posted below. Just scroll your mouse over the black area under Vocabulary Definitions. Also, check out the LISTENING BONUS BELOW!


New Vocabulary

From Kevin Sorbo's Answers: 
Answer 1
doctor =
shoulder =
arm =
lump =
aneurism =
clavicle =
clots =
amputate =
hospital =
brain =
saving my life =

Answer 3
in great shape =
cancer =
leukemia  =
heart attack =
survivors =
recovery =
  
 Vocabulary Definitions

 
doctor = a person licensed to practice medicine, as a physician, surgeon, dentist, or veterinarian.
shoulder = the laterally projecting part of the human body formed of the bones and joints with their covering tissue by which the arm is connected with the trunk.
arm = the upper limb of the human body, especially the part extending from the shoulder to the wrist.
lump = a piece or mass of indefinite size and shape; protuberance; especially : an abnormal swelling.
aneurism = an abnormal blood-filled bulge of a blood vessel and especially an artery resulting from weakening (as from disease) of the vessel wall.
clavicle = a bone of the vertebrate pectoral girdle typically serving to link the scapula and sternum —called also collarbone.
clots = plural form of clot.  A coagulated mass produced by clotting of blood.
amputate = to remove by or as if by cutting; especially : to cut (as a limb) from the body.
hospital = a place where sick or injured people are given care or treatment and where children are often born.
brain = the organ of the body in the head that controls functions, movements, sensations, and thoughts.
saving my life = to stop someone from dying; to rescue or protect from or deliver from death or harm. 
Answer 3
in great shape = in good/excellent physical health; in good condition physically and functionally sound and sturdy (Used for both people and things).
cancer = a serious disease that is caused when cells in the body grow in a way that is uncontrolled and not normal, killing normal cells and often causing death.
leukemia  = a serious disease in which the body produces too many white blood cells.
heart attack = a serious medical condition in which the heart does not get enough blood, causing great pain and often leading to death.
survivors = plural form of survivor.  a person who continues to live, despite nearly dying.  A person who is able to continue living their life successfully despite experiencing difficulties.
recovery = the process of getting back something lost, especially health, ability, possessions, etc.


BONUS! Listen to Kevin Sorbo's video (below) where he talks about his book True Strength. You can hear a lot of the vocabulary that you just learned.  Enjoy!






 
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"God's Not Dead" Latest Blockbuster featuring Kevin Sorbo! 

 

 

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