Benny received a little surprising gift – a magnet badge of the character he provided his voice to in the animation series “The 99” – Wassi, which the producer of “The 99” sent to Benny as a token of appreciation of his work in the production.
In this animation series, Benny played the character Wassi the Vast who can temporarily make any part of him bigger or smaller, whether its his hands or nose… or even his toes! Benny landed this role as his 2nd project after he got in the industry and before he became an ACTRA member. Since this production isn’t an ACTRA production, due to the conflict, Benny had to apologize to not going back to the show when invited after he worked in this production for 23 episodes.
In “The 99” , the 23 episodes in which Benny featured as Wassi/Ashok are:
- Ice Storm (????) – Wassi the Vast
- A Rock and a Hard Place (????) – Ashok/Wassi (voice)
- The Wisdom (????) – Wassi the Vast
- Rampage in Rome (????) – Ashok/Wassi (voice)
- Siege of Seville (????) – Wassi the Vast
- Darr the Afflicter (8 July 2012) – Wassi the Vast
- Noora the Light (15 July 2012) – Wassi the Vast
- Jabbar the Powerful (22 July 2012) – Wassi the Vast
- The 99 Unbound (29 July 2012) – Wassi the Vast
- Fattah the Opener (5 August 2012) – Wassi the Vast
- Rise of the Red Shroud (12 August 2012) – Wassi the Vast
- Blackwolf (19 August 2012) – Wassi the Vast
- Legacy (26 August 2012) – Wassi the Vast
- The Power of One (2 September 2012) – Wassi the Vast
- A Candle in Darkness (16 September 2012) – Wassi the Vast
- Time and Again (7 October 2012) – Wassi the Vast
- Trial (14 October 2012) – Ashok/Wassi (voice)
- Return (4 November 2012) – Wassi the Vast
- Origins (18 November 2012) – Ashok/Wassi (voice)
- Second Chances (2 December 2012) – Wassi the Vast
- Defect (9 December 2012) – Ashok/Wassi (voice)
- Triad of Triads Part 1 (16 December 2012) – Ashok/Wassi (voice)
- Triad of Triads Part 2 (23 December 2012) – Ashok/Wassi (voice)
It was May 24th, 2013, a windy and cold night in Toronto. Benny arrived on location for KFC commercial shooting around 6:30pm. He was taken in for wardrobe shortly and went on set for blocking, preparing for the shoot later at night.
There was sun then, but the temperature had dropped and it was cold. But the scene was set for a hot summer night KFC dinner party on a family patio, so all cast were dressed in summer outfit on set. Well, it’s not fun when it’s so cold and you have to dress little though. But actors are all professionals. So is Benny. 🙂
When they were waiting for the camera to roll, they had blankets wrapping around to keep warm, but when it’s time to shoot, they all got the blankets off and smiled, ate and chatted as if they were having a lot of fun, except, their jokes at the table were all about how cold it was and how they could get through this coldness in summer outfit :p .
Benny had ate a couple of drum sticks during the filming, weren’t the greatest freshly made ones but it’s work ;). By 1:30am he was wrapped for the night. As he put on his hoodie and walked to the car, yawning, he said,”I will collapse as soon as I get in the car.”
And he did. He fell asleep crunching in the seat on the way home. 🙂
But it was still a fun night shooting!
Now let’s wait to see what the commercial looks on TV!
Benny was invited to return to PBS Kids 2013 animation series “Peg+Cat” for another episode. This time he provides his voice to a teen “Jonah” in the episode named “The Birthday Cake Problem”.
The series follows the adventures of Peg and her sidekick cat as they encounter unexpected problems that require simple mathematical solutions.
In this episode, you not only will hear Benny’s voice speaking as “Jonah” but also his singing so check back to find some clips some later time! 🙂
Benny will be in studio recording this on April 15, 2013.