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|Make Your Dreams Come True, Urges Hollywood Director|
|News Releases - Music & Entertainment|
|Written by Richard Martin|
|Friday, 18 May 2012 14:00|
TV/Movie Veteran Shares His Secrets for Beating the Odds
Nearly half of us have given up on the notion that we can get ahead by digging in and working hard, but the American Dream still has a champion in Hollywood TV and film director Guy Magar (La Femme Nikita, The A-Team, Battlestar Galactica).
As with so many stories out of Hollywood, Magar’s reads like a made-for-TV movie. A young Egyptian refugee immigrates to the United States and latches onto two dreams: becoming a filmmaker and finding his one, true love. Despite being a kid from the New York suburbs with no connections to the film industry, he finds a way to manage the first. And, after years of searching, he finally gets the girl, too.
“We had a magical Camelot wedding only a movie director could conjure – complete with sword-dueling to rescue the bride who got kidnapped when she arrived by horse-drawn carriage. It was my Errol Flynn life moment!” recalls Magar. But, into his 25th year of marriage, he learns the love of his life has a fatal illness.
“Everyone needs to dream and anyone can make those dreams come true – if they pursue them with passionate drive,” says Magar, who shares his story for the first time in his memoir Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot (www.kissmequickbeforeishoot.
He discounts the ABC News/Yahoo poll that found that, at the height of the recession, 43 percent of us had lost faith in the American Dream.
“People have suffered because of the economy, but there have always been economic ups and downs – and there have always been Americans making their dreams come true,” he says. “My dreams were seemingly unattainable, but I made them happen because mine was a passionate pursuit -- I never stopped trying and that’s what it takes.”
“Today, I have my beautiful wife, Jacqui, here by my side, healthy and happy, because I dreamed of finding a cure for her and I didn’t stop searching – against all odds -- until we found it.”
How can anyone overcome seemingly insurmountable odds? Magar offers his recipe for success:
Magar immigrated to New York City with his family in 1958 after a military coup radically changed Egypt. The family came with nothing, and Magar spoke no English. Eventually, their situation improved and Magar finished his growing-up years as a middle-class kid in an idyllic little New York town. It wasn’t until after he’d graduated from Rutgers College – with a degree in philosophy – that he discovered his love for telling stories visually through film.
“If I – an Egyptian immigrant kid – can become a Hollywood movie director married to the love of my life, anyone can make their dreams come true,” he says.
About Guy Magar
TV and film director/writer/producer Guy Magar has worked for more than 30 years in the motion picture industry. His TV credits include Dark Avenger, The Young Riders, and Blue Thunder. His feature films include Lookin’ Italian, starring Matt LeBlanc and Lou Rawls; Stepfather 3, which launched HBO’s World Premiere Series, and Retribution, to be re-released for its 25th anniversary on DVD this summer. Guy is also the founder of Action/Cut Seminars which has taught filmmaking to thousands of students with a film dream.
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