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His name is big and so are his ambitions. Corey Large, a strikingly handsome young Canadian actor and former model, has written, produced and starred in four movies in the past two years. Two of them have been theatrically released, The Weinstein Company has picked up the third for distribution and the fourth is currently in post-production.

He plans to continue his torrid production schedule, with three films going into production in 2007 and at least three more in 2008. His independent company, Wingman Productions, is producing all of them.

A number of even more ambitious projects are in the works. Among them is “In Like Flynn,” a $12 million epic about the early years of Errol Flynn, the larger than life movie star of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Set to play the title role is Errol Flynn’s own grandson, Luke Flynn, who bares an uncanny resemblance to his famous forebear. “Flynn” will be directed by Chris Levitus.

Corey Large was born in Victoria, British Columbia. He went to private school there, hoping to be a pro baseball player, but a shoulder injury put an end to those plans. He became a model, earning good money, but bored by the emptiness of the work. Acting work was hard to find in Canada at that time. He traveled to Asia, through South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, enjoying himself and trying to figure out what he wanted to do. Returning to Canada he moved to Vancouver, where he enrolled in the Vancouver Film School, taking additional acting classes at the William Davis Centre. With his good looks and charisma, he had no trouble finding an agent and was soon landing small roles in the by now thriving Vancouver film industry. But it was mainly television work, and he was vaguely dissatisfied with that. He was on a show titled “The Net” and had roles in “Disturbing Behavior” and “Cold Feet.”

“I have no disrespect for television people, but I always wanted to be in movies,” he says. That desire began when he was 10 years old, after he had seen Tom Cruise in “Top Gun.” Once he realized that this was acting, he knew that is what he wanted to do himself. He wanted to ride a jet plane, drive a racecar, get in a sword fight. And how many professions were there where you could travel the world and get paid to do it?
In 1999 he moved to Los Angeles, where he continued his studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Art and went on the endless, soul-draining round of auditions “competing with a thousand guys with similar looks.”

At the age of 25 he told himself “Forget it! I’m not going to do that anymore. I’m going to take control.” He looked to actors like Vin Diesel, Sylvester Stallone, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who were doing their own thing and making a success out of their lives.

So he sat down and wrote “Window Theory.” His family was able to divvy up some seed money for the romantic comedy, budgeted in the seven figure range, and he went to just about everyone else he knew, cajoling and badgering to find the rest of the budget. Finding that financing, one small piece at a time, was one of the hardest things he’s had to do. He starred in the film, which had a limited theatrical release in Canada, Los Angeles, Australia and New Zealand. The DVD was released in 2005.

He appeared in the special effects movie “Deep Rescue,” filmed in 2004, then started work on “Chasing Ghosts,” a thriller that he wrote and produced with Alan Pao, and starred in. Pao and his company Tunnel Post is Corey’s producing partner on all his projects.

“Now that people knew what we could do it was a little easier to raise the money, even though this was a larger budgeted movie.” The film also stars Michael Madsen, Shannyn Sossamon, Michael Rooker, Lochlyn Munro, Gary Busey and Meat Loaf. It has been sold throughout the world.

His third film as writer/producer/star was “Toxic,” a horror-thriller in the vein of “Sin City” and “The Ring.” It also stars Susan Ward (“Shallow Hal”) as well as Tom Sizemore. Alan Pao directed. It is to be released by The Weinstein Company.

This was followed by “Loaded,” an action film set in L.A.’s club scene and dangerous drug culture. He stars with Jesse Metcalfe, Monica Keena and Nathalie Kelley. “Loaded” was filmed in late 2006 and has already had a lot of interest from distributors.

An as yet untitled action film will be shot in Canada in the summer of 2007, back to back with another self-produced movie, “3 a.m,” which will be directed by Alan Pao. This will be followed by “Penthouse,” to be filmed in Los Angeles. Three films already lined up for 2008 are “Paradise City,” a “Miami Vice” type of story to be shot in Hawaii, and “Blood Red Sun,” also scheduled to film in Hawaii, and to be directed by Kyle Kramer. The third film Corey plans to produce and star in for next year is the actioner “Combat 856.”

Ideally Corey Large would like to alternate between acting in other people’s movies and producing and writing his own. He has no plans to direct, but isn’t closing the door on that possibility. “I’d like to work with “A” list actors,” says Corey, “because there’s so much I could learn from people like Cruise, Pitt or Redford. I don’t think any class can teach you what they know.”

Corey Large named his company Wingman Production, inspired by the movie “Top Gun.” Although he flies Wingman Productions solo out of Los Angeles and Victoria, he does have producing associate Alan Pao, and others on larger, upcoming projects, including “In Like Flynn.” Most of the budget on “Flynn” is in place and the script is completed. They are also planning co-productions on a number of additional action motion pictures with budgets in the $10 million to $50 million range.
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