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TheCoast.ca — Steve Lund is a cliche. At first glance Lund seems about as rare as a three-leaf clover, or a piece of hay in a haystack. A Steve, after all, is just a variation on a Chris, a Ryan or, heaven help us, a Tom. A Steve is exactly who you’d expect to fall in love with a Sandra or an Emma. A Steve drives fast cars, flies to the moon, works for the CIA or gives Hitler a sock on the jaw. A Steve is unquestionably the lead actor in a CBC legal drama. But here, in his own words, is the thing that sets Steve Lund apart: “I still to this day never feel more myself, never feel more comfortable or more able to access more of my entire being than when I am on set.”

Ha! Just kidding. What a fucking cliche!

If you just look at Lund, it would be as easy to make him the new Batman as it would be to shrug him off as “that guy from Bitten” while paying him $40 for a photo at a fan convention. He’s tall, he’s white, he’s handsome. He has all the ingredients to fall up a ladder and into a Cinematic Universe or up a totally different ladder into 20 years of Supernatural.

But when you actually watch Lund, there is a spark of something else: A reminder that we are the ones who shouldn’t be so obvious, that we are the ones who need to ask for some nuance from our Chrises, our Ryans and our Toms. And when you really watch, there he is—a Steve!—offering it to us.

Lund grew up in Manor Park and Halifax’s south end. His first acting role was the role of Banzai, a hyena in a production of The Lion King at Shannon Park Elementary School. He was in grade four. “I think I stole the show,” he says. His voice warms with humour whenever he talks about his family and childhood. He has two sisters, one older and one younger. “I’m the jelly in that doughnut.” He liked to dress up as Indiana Jones. “I had the hat; I had the whip; I had the cap gun; I had the leather jacket. Oh yeah. I even had the satchel. I believe it is still in a birch tree in Dartmouth.”

In grade five, Lund was cast in Jafar in what sounds like a Guy Ritchie production of Aladdin, but the play was cancelled. “It was going to be my big break, for sure,” he claims, obviously serious. That play’s cancellation dovetailed with his first year of rep hockey. (Competitive minor league hockey that is more competitive than community-based house league.) “It all kind of fell into place before I really realized or had made a conscious decision and eventually hockey was everything. It was my entire life for a very long time.”

Lund, who says he is “not a natural athlete” with the same breeziness of Tyra Banks saying she was an awkward tween, was picked fifth overall in the 2005 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft. He played defense for the PEI Rocket (now Islanders) and Halifax Mooseheads until 2008. A series of concussions (“I was living in a fog for most of the year. It was really awful”) and a sucker-punch at a pick-up game (“It was really bad, I was lying unconscious in a pool of my own blood at centre ice while someone called the ambulance”) made him realize maybe a 19-year-old shouldn’t be facing the end of a career, but instead begin one. So he left the sport. Continue reading

The Chronicle Herald: Former Halifax Mooseheads player Steve Lund stars in CBC’s ‘Street Legal’ Reboot

The Chronicle Herald: Former Halifax Mooseheads player Steve Lund stars in CBC’s ‘Street Legal’ Reboot

TheChronicleHerald.ca — What’s the difference between a lawyer and a werewolf?

If anybody can come up with a punchline to that setup, it’s Halifax-born actor Steve Lund, who previously bared his canine teeth on the Syfy/Space horror series Bitten, and now trades his full moon fever in for a law degree on CBC-TV’s upcoming revival of its late-’80s/early ‘90s hit Street Legal, premiering on March 4.

“I think I have the answer,” he says after a few seconds’ thought. “The difference is a much better wardrobe.”

The Vancouver Film School-trained actor and former Halifax Mooseheads defenceman definitely looks sharp on the streets of Toronto in the new Street Legal, but his character Adam Darling is anything but a $1,000 suit shyster.

Instead, he’s part of a team of hungry young lawyers whose boutique advocacy law firm is working on a class action suit against big pharma over a highly addictive painkiller launched without the proper testing. As it turns out, they’re taking on the same pharmaceutical company that original series star Cynthia Dale’s Olivia Novak is after, when her Bay Street law firm implodes in a bloodbath of corporate headhunting.

Looking for a new challenge, and admiring her new partners’ energy and uncorrupted idealism, she agrees to bring her skill and guile to the table, joining Adam, Lilly Rue (played by Cara Ricketts) and Mina Lee (played by Yvonne Chapman). And so launches six episodes of the kinds of courtroom machinations and personal intrigue that were Street Legal’s stock-in-trade three decades ago.

Born in 1989, Lund was still a toddler when Street Legal was at its peak during its 1987-’94 run. When he got the chance to appear on the reboot, it wasn’t a name that registered with him immediately.

“When it was first mentioned to me, I thought maybe it was about a group of freewheeling auto mechanics,” he chuckles. “But when I looked into it, I realized there was a lot of history here, and it was one of the most successful Canadian TV shows of its time.

“There’s a lot of added responsibility when it comes to rebooting a series with such notoriety like that. But I also got the sense that there would be a lot of attention paid in the proper areas to do the original justice.

“I knew there would be a lot of integrity when it came to the scripts, with the tone of the show and putting a contemporary spin on a cherished classic. It seemed everybody would undoubtedly want to do a good job with it, and that was an alluring prospect, knowing they were trying to craft something great.”

In the first two episodes available to preview, Lund’s character Adam has a lot to cope with. The young lawyers realize they might be getting in over their head with a major case against a company that has further reach and more legal clout than they can shake a brief at, but Adam has a personal reason to go after the pharmaceutical corporation.

His parents — played by veteran actors Rosemary Dunsmore and Tom McCamus, both recently seen on Orphan Black — struggle with his mother’s addiction to the new painkiller that wasn’t supposed to be harmful. His father is a man of the cloth, but even this seems to be beyond his powers of understanding. It’s up to Adam to breach the gap, and when he got the script, Lund couldn’t wait to take on the challenge.

“Everything about this project and this character jumped out at me and attracted me to it very early on, and continued to do so every single day that we worked,” he says. “I was so happy to be given all this rich material and opportunities to do all these things I hadn’t really had the chance to do before.

“I’d been bursting at the seams to do more of this sort of thing, and then to be given these incredible castmates to work opposite, the work is already done in some respects. I just gotta keep the pace up.”

The new Street Legal hits the ground running with its very first episode, as Cynthia has to switch strategies while her former partners betray her at every turn. But the show’s emotional charge comes during heartrending scenes of watching Adam cope with his mother’s painful withdrawal symptoms.

Lund says those scenes required every bit of skill that he has, but he also felt empowered by the strength of the performances by Dunsmore and McCamus, which took him places he’d never been before.

“Part of the thrill of it all is trying to engage in a good rally between those two,” he says. “The heavy emotional side of it, the family aspect, is something I really relished in. I found tremendous joy in being able to access the love and the gravity that comes along with family.

“I’m very close with my family and we’ve been through a lot together and have come out the other side a very fortified bunch. I think it really lends itself to being able to access the emotions that are needed for this type of subject matter. My character goes through the wringer throughout the series, you haven’t seen the half of it yet. And yet it was so fun to do, I had such a ball, I wish I could do that every day.”

Some of the most powerful scenes have barely any dialogue at all, and Lund credits director Sturla Gunnarsson, with whom he’d worked previously on Schitt’s Creek, with bringing years of experience to bear on getting them just right.

“I remember one of the first really emotional scenes that I had, it was in the first week of shooting, and I was pinching myself and stepping back between takes. I was thinking of the genre stuff I’d been doing and thinking, ‘Wow, this beats the hell out of sci-fi, doesn’t it,’ and wiping the tears from my eyes, getting ready for the next take.

“I was right where I wanted to be, doing exactly what I wanted to do, and precisely what I set out to do and be a part of when I made the choice to become an actor.”

Lund’s on-camera career has built slowly but steadily since it began a decade ago, with enjoyable recurring characters on Haven and Schitt’s Creek alternating with major series roles on Bitten, Reign (CW’s series about Mary, Queen of Scots) and now Street Legal.

With this first round of the latter show wrapped, and his next adventure about to begin in Cape Town, South Africa on a horror film for the Syfy network, Lund appears to have no regrets about trading in his hockey stick for movie and TV scripts.

“Absolutely not,” he says with a laugh. “I was just reminiscing about being on the bus and all the travel we had to do. And the fact that you don’t really have a say in the matter. You have to play a certain schedule, even when you’re not feeling good, and the whole world of it all was something I was ready to let go of.

“And I have absolutely no regrets, I haven’t looked back and wondered about what could have been. I feel much more like myself, and like I’m doing what I was meant to do. More than I ever did playing hockey. I was fortunate to realize that early on, when I made the change, and it’s been a blast ever since.”

Steve to star in ‘The Banana Splits’ a Trippy 1960s Kids Show Turned Horror Thriller

Steve is reportedly set to star in the Warner Bro. Home Entertainment and Syfy production of of the 1960’s show turned horror film The Banana Splits. You can read more below as reported by Deadline.com

Bingo, Fleegle, Drooper and Snorky, the zany collective better known as The Banana Splits, are coming back with a vengeance — and with a body count?

As revivals go, this one may be as audacious as it is unexpected: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Syfy are bringing back the Banana Splits, the trippy-dippy characters introduced back in 1968 as the anthropomorphic hosts of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour variety program. This time around, however, the Banana Splits are being served up in a horror thriller.

The original movie will premiere this year from Blue Ribbon Content, Warner Bros Television Group’s digital studio, via a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release that will be followed by the television debut on Syfy. The official synopsis: “In the upcoming horror thriller, a boy named Harley and his family (brother Austin, mother Beth, and father Mitch) attend a taping of The Banana Splits TV show, which is supposed to be a fun-filled birthday for young Harley and business as usual for Rebecca, the producer of the series. But things take an unexpected turn — and the body count quickly rises. Can Harley, his mom and their new pals safely escape?”

The Banana Splits revival stars Dani Kind (Wyonna Earp) as Beth, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong (The Kindness of Strangers), Romeo Carere as Austin, Steve Lund (Schitt’s Creek) as Mitch and Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries) as Rebecca. Danishka Esterhazy (Level 16) is directing the horror project from a script by Jed Elinoff & Scott Thomas (Raven’s Home). The Banana Splits is produced by Blue Ribbon Content in association with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and SYFY.

Syfy Picks Up ‘Bitten’ for Season 3

This is great news!

Syfy has picked up supernatural drama “Bitten” for a third season, Variety has learned exclusively.

The 10-episode third season, which is produced by Entertainment One, will air on Syfy in 2016. Chris Regina, SVP Program Strategy at Syfy and Chiller, said of the acquisition, “’Bitten’s’ emotional and engrossing storyline, combined with some truly creepy horror moments, really resonated with fans this past season. We eagerly anticipate seeing where the next chapter of Elena and her werewolf pack’s lives leads us in Season 3.”

“We’re delighted that ‘Bitten’ will be returning to Syfy,” added John Morayniss, Chief Executive Officer, Entertainment One Television. “Alongside No Equal Entertainment and Hoodwink Entertainment, we are thrilled to continue this incredible journey and looking forward to sinking our teeth into what’s sure to be another nail-biting season.”

“I’m excited to continue ‘Bitten’s’ success with a pickup of our third season by Syfy and look forward to working with the talented writing and production team to bring more adventures with our Pack to life,” said J.B. Sugar, Executive Producer, No Equal Entertainment.

Source: variety.com