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Almost Mayor Vince Gray‘s transition director Reuben Charles is kind of a mystery. He met Gray in May, and quickly became his top fundraiser, de facto campaign manager, and now directs the transition team.
But we still don’t know what much about him. LL has reported on part of his past in the Midwest, which includes some unpaid debts, and his financial backing of a prison consulting firm.
Now we have a video (H/T to the Post) of Charles the movie star. The film is 12, a 2003 low-budget video that still exists on YouTube. Here’s the plot summary on IMDB:
Best Friends since childhood, Jack, Steve and Larry found St. Louis an unlikely spot for the Pope’s annual pilgrimage. Raised on the streets the three boys survived the harsh winters and harsher summers cheering their beloved Rams, Blus and Cards…they also dealt drugs. Jack’s girlfriend now pregnant vows enough is enough and would not accept a drug dealer as father to her child… and Steve the ringleader has something very important to share with his lifetime cohorts…on this very special day…their lifes are about to change…forever.
Charles plays drug tycoon “Lowell Heschel.” The film was directed by Lloyd A. Silverman. Back story from the Post:
Silverman gained acclaim as executive producer of 1999’s “Snow Falling on Cedars,” which was praised and nominated for an Oscar for its cinematography.
A few years later, Silverman was shooting a film in St. Louis, where Charles, a member of an art museum board at the time, was friendly with Silverman and his wife. Charles said he agreed to let Silverman shoot scenes in his office and he soon found himself in the film.
See the video clip after the jump:
Money line: “Everyman had his passions, religion’s mine.” Deep!
LL thinks Charles has got some good acting chops. What do you think?