Darrell coming to a TV screen near you

News Sep 10, 2009 Ancaster News

Darrell Jordan Hicks will probably be popping up on your TV screen or computer monitor soon.

He's the pitchman for Ford Canada's new 2010 F-150 ad campaign, which will roll out this fall.

Mr. Hicks, a teacher at St. Thomas More high school who spends much of his off-time modelling and acting, says it caps off what has been a great year for his second profession.

The Ford campaign is a big deal, he said, similar to what Howie Long has done with Chevrolet in the U. S.

"It's just me and the camera," he says.

Mr. Hicks also helped with stunts and a small role playing a zombie who loses his head to a hero, in George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 12.

"Pretty gruesome scene," he says, "definitely not for my students to see."

The 32-year-old, six-foot four-inch 280-pound Hamilton Cathedral grad says his interest in acting was piqued while playing football with the University of Utah. That allowed him easy access to the Sundance Film Festival.

While teaching is his first profession, he says acting is his dream and he has to follow it while he can.

Acting gig Right now, the sporadic acting work can exist with his teaching career. But if a full-time acting gig came along, Mr. Hicks says he'd have to take a leave from school so he could pursue it.

That could happen soon, he says, if the 13-episode drama he is developing is picked up for the 2010-11 season.

"Of course, I write myself into it.”

Darrell coming to a TV screen near you

News Sep 10, 2009 Ancaster News

Darrell Jordan Hicks will probably be popping up on your TV screen or computer monitor soon.

He's the pitchman for Ford Canada's new 2010 F-150 ad campaign, which will roll out this fall.

Mr. Hicks, a teacher at St. Thomas More high school who spends much of his off-time modelling and acting, says it caps off what has been a great year for his second profession.

The Ford campaign is a big deal, he said, similar to what Howie Long has done with Chevrolet in the U. S.

"It's just me and the camera," he says.

Mr. Hicks also helped with stunts and a small role playing a zombie who loses his head to a hero, in George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 12.

"Pretty gruesome scene," he says, "definitely not for my students to see."

The 32-year-old, six-foot four-inch 280-pound Hamilton Cathedral grad says his interest in acting was piqued while playing football with the University of Utah. That allowed him easy access to the Sundance Film Festival.

While teaching is his first profession, he says acting is his dream and he has to follow it while he can.

Acting gig Right now, the sporadic acting work can exist with his teaching career. But if a full-time acting gig came along, Mr. Hicks says he'd have to take a leave from school so he could pursue it.

That could happen soon, he says, if the 13-episode drama he is developing is picked up for the 2010-11 season.

"Of course, I write myself into it.”

Darrell coming to a TV screen near you

News Sep 10, 2009 Ancaster News

Darrell Jordan Hicks will probably be popping up on your TV screen or computer monitor soon.

He's the pitchman for Ford Canada's new 2010 F-150 ad campaign, which will roll out this fall.

Mr. Hicks, a teacher at St. Thomas More high school who spends much of his off-time modelling and acting, says it caps off what has been a great year for his second profession.

The Ford campaign is a big deal, he said, similar to what Howie Long has done with Chevrolet in the U. S.

"It's just me and the camera," he says.

Mr. Hicks also helped with stunts and a small role playing a zombie who loses his head to a hero, in George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 12.

"Pretty gruesome scene," he says, "definitely not for my students to see."

The 32-year-old, six-foot four-inch 280-pound Hamilton Cathedral grad says his interest in acting was piqued while playing football with the University of Utah. That allowed him easy access to the Sundance Film Festival.

While teaching is his first profession, he says acting is his dream and he has to follow it while he can.

Acting gig Right now, the sporadic acting work can exist with his teaching career. But if a full-time acting gig came along, Mr. Hicks says he'd have to take a leave from school so he could pursue it.

That could happen soon, he says, if the 13-episode drama he is developing is picked up for the 2010-11 season.

"Of course, I write myself into it.”