Volume 93, Issue 23
Thursday, October 7, 1999
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Buie jumps to reel world
©Photo by Rob McEwan
AHH, THAT'S BETTER. THESE SHOULDER PADS WERE CHAFING MY NIPPLES. Western grad Michael Buie protrudes in the comedic drama Mystery, Alaska.
By Mark Pytlik
He lives in Los Angeles, stars in big ticket motion pictures and rubs elbows with the likes of Burt Reynolds but make no mistake about it, Michael Buie is a Western boy through and through.
The road to stardom has been a relatively easy one for this Kitchener native, who attended Western between 1989-92, during which time he discovered theatre. Little did he know it would ultimately lead to a successful acting career, which has recently culminated with a starring appearance in the critically acclaimed Mystery, Alaska.
Buie, who is currently on the upswing of a promising career, is obviously eager to talk with a fellow Western student again. As it stands, there's actually a fair amount of Western lore in his family.
"My parents pretty much met at the Ceeps. In fact, I'm the only person in my immediate family that has not been in the Ceeps underage," he smirks. "My parents went there when they were underage and both got busted at one time or another."
Buie, an avid athlete, candidly recalls one particular class that drove him to pursue avenues outside of his kinesiology program a class where the students were introduced to cadaver work. "I'm in a room with all these dead bodies in body bags we had to go over to the arm bin to pull out an arm!" he laughs. "God, it was awful. Stinking limbs that are floating in these big vats of formaldehyde that you have to [take out] and examine. It drove me right away."
Right away to the stage, where Buie soon discovered he was a natural talent. After being discovered by a high profile agent on a chance encounter during a trip to Vancouver, Buie soon learned the tricks of the trade.
When he returned to Western to complete his kinesiology degree, he started exploring more theatrical pathways. It was during this tenure he quickly fostered his acting talents and adapted the philosophies of others. "You learn by doing, even if you have only five people watching you," he says.
His late start as an actor was partly the result of a discouraging experience as a teenager. "The [drama teacher] at my high school was a weirdo," he says. "He was hitting on the girls and he was an alcoholic so it was brutal. I had no desire to do drama in high school."
At any rate, the desire is now there in full force. As a matter of fact, acting is just one of Buie's many interests, which include health and hockey. Therefore, playing the lead scorer on a hockey team is a pleasure for the self-professed Toronto Maple Leafs fan.
In reality, Buie isn't the only talented Canadian contributing to Mystery, Alaska. "Mike Myers plays a Don Cherry-like character in the movie," he enthuses. "It's funny."
In the meantime, Buie's future is looking bright. One thing is certain, however. No matter how famous he gets, he'll never forget his time spent in London. "I'm writing a script right now and the bar in it [may be] called 'the Ceeps.'"
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