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Johnathon Schaech (pronounced Shek) joins host Robin Milling. Currently starring in Phantom, he tells Robin how his role as the master escape artist in the TV movie Houdini helped him to prepare for the claustrophobia on board the submarine. When they weren't in tight spaces the cast and crew kept themselves entertained playing baseball and Schaech even took Pilates classes, courtesy of co-star David Duchovny.
You would think by now he would've changed his last name with all the embarrassing ways it's been mispronounced, namely one that starts with an 's' and rhymes with 'lit!;' but Johnathon says, 'they got Schwarzenegger right.' Actually it was Sparrow director Franco Zeffirelli who christened him 'Jon-a-thon' when his real name is John; so it stuck.
An avid supporter of the arts, he talks about being recruited by former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum to join Adopt The Arts which led to his successful campaign on Capitol Hill, raising $35 million to keep crayons in the hands of first graders. He is extremely passionate about education, working with John Hopkins University to get students to learn math and science skills more creatively through music.
Next you can see Johnathon in Ray Donovan where he'll be playing a Tom Cruise-like movie star opposite Liev Schreiber's Hollywood fixer.
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It's good to talk.