Matt Nolan, has a short but sweet role as the Bartender 'Cliff'. Matt trained heavily
for the role, gaining 5 pounds in "Beer Weight", to make the role more 'real'. In his free time, Matt
enjoys a good game of pool, dating women, pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain. His credits include the movie
'MOTHER' and 'BOY'S LIFE', and television shows such as '90210', 'ROSEANNE', 'MAJOR
DAD', and 'STEP BY STEP'.
Matt hopes to have a larger role
in the next film.
Rhinos was produced under the
S.A.G. Experimental Film Agreement. It represents the collaboration between a 42 year old former tenured professor of
marine biology and two 25 year old actors. Much of the crew came from U.S.C. film school, classmates of the director. The
entire cast consists of friends and family of the actors and producers (the only auditions held were for the role of
"Tyra"). Therefore, every cast member has a story behind them.
For example, the five ladies in the bar in scene 29 consist of the mothers of the two lead actors, the wildlife film
maker who provided much of the rhino footage for the film, an acting classmate of the director, and the personal assistant
of Michael Ovitz.
The cashier in the gas station is Rich Keppler, owner of
Keppler Entertainment, one of the top product placement firms in Hollywood (they did all the stuff on Seinfeld).
The "Asshole Bar tender" is Sal, a teamster who showed up on the set
the first day of shooting and angrily threatened to call the police because of a permit violation. His rage was
extinguished by offering him a part in the film.
Melrose Larry Green, the
random sycophant at the gas station, is in real life a Los Angeles wacko who hangs out on Melrose Avenue carrying signs
promoting Howard Stern for president and has been on the Howard Stern radio show over 100 times. He showed up uninvited on
the morning we were shooting the gas station scene near Melrose Ave., so the film makers gave him a cameo role.