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12.20.13

I'm sitting at a table read through of the much sought after script written by Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim with all the leads, including Asif Mandvi, who is being regaled with queries on his association with Jon Stewart. Leading the HBO executives present is Jerry Weintraub, once Elvis Presley's manager, now a legendary producer. There is more hardware in the way of awards won by the people sitting at that table than it would take to sink the Titanic. Tim Robbins kicks off the reading with his uncanny deft touch and charm and Jack Black picks up the ball and runs with it to the finish line, ending with genuine applause. Heartwarming. After a few words with one of the nicest and highly skilled directors of mega million comedy blockbusters (Meet the Parents, etc.), Jay Roach about my character, Uncle Hassan, I am back to reality of picking up after my dog Tootsie and champing at the bit to begin shooting early in January.
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12.18.13

I'm at my wardrobe fitting for, "The Brink"! . So thrilled to get the call. Can't wait to meet Jack Black. Wondering if I have the nerve to gush over his incredible work as, "Bernie". Hate to come across as a gusher. I once assaulted George Clooney (back in the early 90's) with a barrage of gushiness that put the fear of God into him and since have been reticent to lavish praise on those (few) that inspire awe in me. I could go on about Bernie but if you haven't seen it, you will laugh you will cry! Get it!
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12 11. 13.

It's already my late father's birthday in India and here I am at the HBO studios in West LA waiting to read for David Rubin, one of the most significant casting directors for feature films in Hollywood, for a half hour single camera pilot with Tim Robbins and Jack Black in the leads. There is "class" written all over this project and I'm feeling lucky...
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PLTLV - Chasing Eagle Rock Interview

TTN-HD Reporter KATIE UHLMANN interviews DIRECTOR/WRITER/ACTOR/ ERICK AVARI about the feature film "Chasing Eagle Rock" at the NEWFILMMAKERS Film Screening in LA, 02/11
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Blast from the past

Here's a photo I just found from Gatecon 2001. My first ever Gatecon.
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I added a new video to YouTube

There's a great new video on YouTube with some behind the scenes footage shot during the making of Chasing Eagle Rock, but you can see it above.
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Here's some trivia you might not know...

Along with Alexis Cruz, I am one of only two actors to appear in both Stargate (1994) and its spin-off series "Stargate SG-1" (1997). I played Kasuf, the father-in-law of Daniel Jackson, in both productions.
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Started Filming "Chasing Eagle Rock"

Just started filming my new independent film. An offbeat examination of Internet crime, shady partnerships and well-deserved revenge. Chasing Eagle Rock asks the question: if they steal your identity, do you still know who you are?
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