Welcome to this week’s installment of “On a Geekly Basis,” a feature that profiles awesome geeky people and things! This week we want to introduce you to stunt actor and cosplayer Lex Langford!
Do you consider yourself more a geek or a nerd? As cheesy as it sounds, I believe that Geek and Nerd are actually one in the same. I know that’s a total cop out, but it’s true. Nowadays, there are so many things that you could “nerd out” or “geek out” to that they aren’t specific anymore.
When did you first know you were a geek or a nerd? I first knew when I got into a heated debate (not an argument) with someone about certain comics. Which actually lasted for a few hours. If I recall correctly, we even took Taco Bell breaks.
How did you get into stunt acting and cosplaying? I began acting when I was younger, but even before that I was extremely into martial arts. (Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, Michael Jai White, and Ray Park. These guys were my IDOLS. Just typing about them is giving me nerd jitters. My inner brain is going, “YOU JUST TALKED ABOUT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM IN THE SAME SENTENCE!!” It’s cool, I’m calm.) For the longest time I thought only a select few people did their own stunts, until I learned what a “Stunt-Actor” was. That’s what I wanted to do! So from then on, I made it my goal to learn and become a stunt actor.Cosplaying is actually brand new to me. I knew, of course, that people dressed up at cons and such, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that I learned how people were going above and beyond with it. Making their own costumes, doing post editing to make the photos look AMAZEBALLS! Even turning it into a profession. Naturally, inner me freaked out again “YOU GET TO BE YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS!!!” Inner me likes to shout… his ADD is waaaaay worse than mine.
What is your favorite fandom? God that’s a hard one, I’m going to have to go with Marvel and DC. Growing up, I connected with a lot of characters from both. Whether it’s being picked on like Peter Parker and Jason Todd, or wanting to be a part of something greater. We all connect with characters, for one reason or another. That’s what makes them so amazing.
What project or projects are you working on? Right now I am writing a live action DC short film, that I hope to pitch to investors and get filming in the next year. I’m also working on a few cosplays: Iron Fist, Red Robin, Tony Stark (beginning of Iron Man 3), and two genderbends, Classic Mystique and Domino.
If you could meet one fictional character, who would it be and why? Does it have to be one?! I have to saaay… Tony Stark. I’ve always loved Iron Man. From Tony’s attitude, to his intellect, to his deep down genuine care for his friends and loved ones, even though he has a crappy way of showing it. I just think it would be cool to chill in the labs of Stark Tower and make stuff, while probably getting on each other’s nerves, but then toasting to how awesome we both are, with some Johnny Walker Blue. Whereas in reality… he is awesome… and I am a… potato.Tell us about yourself. I am 22. Born in the bayou Mandeville, Louisiana. Yes I am Cajun. (If you have some Remy LeBeau jokes, now is the time). Grew up in mainly Florida most of my life. Started collecting comics when I was 8. We had moved to a very small town where there is not a lot to do. At the time, there was a comic store called Bad Apple Comics, right downtown. My family didn’t have a lot of money, but when my step-father saw how fascinated I was with comics, he made me a deal: Bring A’s home and I could get 1 comic every week. Needless to say, I was a 3rd grader in The Honor Role. I happen to be the WORST player when it comes to Marvel vs Capcom, so if anybody ever wants to take me on… please be gentle… (sobs). I am currently attending Le Cordon Bleu-Los Angeles to get get my Culinary arts diploma. Oh! My middle name… is Huckleberry. No that is not a typeo. My father is a mega hippie, and I guess he was a huge fan of Samuel Clemens around the time I was born. I promise you, that is my middle name. There was a point where my step-father didn’t believe my mother for the longest time. Then we had to find my birth certificate for something and he says “That’s ACTUALLY his middle name!! It’s on there!”
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