To say Johnny has been around the film
industry for awhile would be a minor
understatement. He's been in the
industry for over a decade and his
first noted film came in 1991.
He had a role in The Commitments in
1991 and he moved on to Bury Me in
Kern County. Movies like Don't
Eat The Chili at The Detour Diner or
Glimmer Man gave him a little more
screen time, but according to fans, it
still wasn't enough. Get Carter
prompted more screen time and a
phenomenal performance by Johnny.
The movie was lacking in development
and Eddie was scum, but something
about Johnny's portrayal of the bad
guy made you have a bleeding heart for
And then it happened. In
2001, something hit most of us like a
ton of bricks. That something
would be the ruggedly sexy and growly
Leon. When The Fast and The
Furious was released there were people
clamoring over Dom and Vince, but
there was something intriguing about
Leon. The subtle way his
presence was pushed to the forefront
even when he didn't have a lot to say.
Maybe it was Johnny's portrayal of
him, maybe it was the toothpick, one
can't be certain, but we knew that
Leon was sex and it was a beautiful
After The Fast and The Furious,
fans were eager to know more about
this man that gave Leon so much life
when he wasn't pushed to the front as
much as other characters. We
wondered if there'd ever be anything
that could make us swoon so hard or
top such a performance. Leon was
a beautiful performance of someone
that could have easily faded into the
background, but didn't because Johnny
made his presence very known.
Suddenly we were hit with the most
beautiful, emotional, heart- wrenching
performance that came in the form of
Delta Sgt. Randall Shughart.
Black Hawk Down tapped into the most
beautiful, pure side of Johnny's
acting ability that one could ever be
fortunate enough to witness.
Johnny was able to bring forth the
emotions, the reality, and the
sacrifice that one man had the courage
to give for his country and his fellow
man. We sat shaking heads and
covering mouths as Randy and his
partner so selflessly asked to go aid
and were continually told no. We
cried when the raw emotion came
through Johnny as Randy and his
partner were finally able to assist.
They gave up everything knowing they
might not be coming home to their
families. Johnny's portrayal of
Randy Shughart was the most phenomenal
thing I have ever been able to see.
For someone to bring that much emotion
and honor to a role is a rarity that
we don't get to experience often
enough. And, according to
Johnny, Randy was his favorite role.
Johnny is a pure actor that finds
his inspiration in his heart. I
think that can be seen any time he
graces our screen. No matter if
the role is big or small, we always
know he's there and that he's put all
of his effort into making this his
best performance ever.
For a complete list of Johnny's
*Film bio is solely written by
me. I wrote from my opinion on
his career and the roles he's been in.