Bullet in the Face is coming to IFC this Thursday at 10/9c. Before the dazzling debut of our viciously funny and brutally violent show, we thought we’d take a moment to introduce you to its star: Max Williams. While Eddie Izzard and Eric Roberts play the dueling crime lords, Max plays Gunter Vogler, the man caught between the two kingpins. Vogler was a career criminal who gets nabbed by the cops. He woke up from a botched jewel heist to find himself in the hospital and covered in bandages. The cops turned him and that’s when the fun really started. Once Vogler started working for the good guys, he quickly proves to be far more dangerous as a lawman than he ever was as your unfriendly neighborhood criminal.
The man behind the sociopath is Max Williams. Max wasn’t always an actor. He was, in fact, a professional hockey player, which is not nearly as surprising once you find out he’s a dual citizen of Canada and the United States and his dad was the coach for the Montreal hockey team. He probably learned some moves on the ice that he could incorporate into Vogler’s pantheon of dirty tricks. But Max hung up his puck and uniform and, in the fall of 2000, made his TV debut on the series, Arli$$, playing conflicted, pro baseball player, Buzz. In 2003 he followed up with more TV screen time on The District and a 2010 turn in, ‘Shameless,’ playing opposite Emmy and Oscar nominated actor William H. Macy.
Max wasn’t just working on the small screen, though, he also was making a name for himself on the silver screen (check him out in the excellent action short film “The Lucky 7”) as well as the on the stage, where he was nominated as Best Comedic Actor by LA Weekly for his role as Cody Powers in the Elephant Theatre Company’s “Block Nine.” Not bad for a guy who was skating in circles in an ice rink just a few years before, eh? Yes, we said “eh” in deference to Max’s half-Canadian status.
Now Max is starring Bullet in the Face, a violent comedy that sprang from the mind of Alan Spencer, alongside Eddie Izzard and Eric Roberts. Be sure to tune in on Thursday 8/16 at 10/9c to see Max in action.
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The two-night Bullet in the Face event airs on IFC on August 16th -17th at 10/9c