Method Acting: Felon Goes Hollywood Between Murders

images1Clifton Bloomfield was perfect for the role in casting director David Córdova’s movie “Felon,” a violent prison film starring Steven Dorff and Val Kilmer. After all, he had already killed two people and was the ultimate method actor. Indeed, it was difficult to see where Bloomfield’s method acting ended and his actual murders began.

This is not exactly what Constantin Stanislavski had in mind.

Bloomfield had experience as both a criminal actor and an actor criminal when he got the call back from the movie casting team. He had murdered two people and previous experience in the movie ” To Live and Die ,” which was filmed in Albuquerque, and the cable TV show ” Breaking Bad ” being produced out of Albuquerque Studios.

In October Bloomfield pleaded guilty to murdering five people in four separate crimes — having resumed murdering people shortly after the movie was finished.

In the movie, Dorff is a homeowner who killed a burglar breaking into this house and his cellmate is Kilmer.

It was an ironic role since Bloomfield played the role of the burglar in real life in 2005 when he was convicted of home invasion in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. The movie was shot in the New Mexico prison system.

After taking a break on probation to share the scene with Kilmer, he broke into a home one month after the film was done and killed homeowners Tak Yi, 79, and his wife Pung Sil Yi, 69. Then in June 2008, he and a friend broke into another home and killed newlywed Scott Pierce, 38.

As part of his guilty plea to avoid the death penalty, Bloomfield also confessed to the 2005 murders of Josephine Selvage and Carlos Esquibel.

I suppose that Bloomfield agrees with George Bernard Shaw when he said “Why, except as a means of livelihood, a man should desire to act on the stage when he has the whole world to act in, is not clear to me.”

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4 thoughts on “Method Acting: Felon Goes Hollywood Between Murders”

  1. Gyges,

    Thank you and you’re welcome. I love van Vogt too, but it’s been several years since I read him last.

  2. Buddha,

    That joke was just for you.

    Also, this would be an appropriate time to thank you and Mike for inspiring me to reread the Amber series. And to recommend a favorite I had forgotten about: “The Weapon Shops of Isher” by A.E. van Vogt.

  3. lol, Gyges.

    BTW, I recommend the series “Breaking Bad”. Very well done. I’d say something about the quality of the acting, but the article itself points to their dedication to appropriate casting.

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