Sticky to Appear on Law & Order

Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones has made a post alerting his fans that he'll be making an appearance on the television show Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The episode will air on Tuesday, February 13 on NBC at 9/8 Central.

Apparently he'll be playing an undercover cop that specializes in the criminal side of the rap world. He doesn't mention whether or not he'll be back for future episodes, so my guess is that it's a one time deal.

[tags]Kirk Jones, Sticky Fingaz, Law & Order Criminal Intent[/tags]

New Poll: How Was Kirk Jones as Blade?

One of the biggest topics of debate for the Blade show (other than it's cancellation by Spike TV) is the performance of Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones as Blade. Some say he did a great job while others think he is a big reason why the show wasn't picked up. Well, now's your chance to let us all know what you think about his performance as Blade.

How Was Kirk Jones as Blade?

  • Excellent

  • Okay

  • Not Good

  • Horrible

As you can see, there's only four choices so choose what matches your feelings the best.

[tags]Kirk Jones, Sticky Fingaz[/tags]

Podcast Interview With Blade Cast

I found this podcast interview with some of the Blade cast members via the Comic Monsters forum. I believe Jill Wagner, Jessica Gower, and Kirk Jones are all in there somewhere, but since I'm at work, I'm unable to listen to it right now. Once I get home I'll definitely listen to the whole thing and post my thoughts on it.

[update: I've had a chance to listen to the podcast now. My thoughts on it are below.]

Ok, first off, if you want to listen to the podcast, skip ahead to about the 25 minute mark because everything before that is fluff and intro that has nothing to do with the Blade series or the interviews with the cast. Second thing to note, the interviews were actually done awhile ago, just after the pilot.

After you get passed all the junk in the beginning, you'll be treated with a pretty well done interview with Jessica Gower. The first thing I noticed was how incredibly sexy her voice was. She also carried herself very well on the phone and interviewed extremely well. She talked about how Blade: The Series is her first American show and how she got the job only four months after moving to Los Angeles. She also says how she actually first auditioned for the part of Krista Starr but casting people felt she'd be better as Chase. Gower did admit that she wasn't really a fan of the movies - a refreshing bit of honesty from an actor/actress.

37 minutes into the podcast Jill Wagner's interview comes on. There really isn't much "meat" in Wagner's interview, though she does talk about how she's a huge fan of the Blade movies even though she's not really into comic books. She also says how she got the part and moved to Vancouver one week after her first audition.

Kirk Jone's wraps up the podcast, starting his interview near the 53 minute mark. In my opinion, his interview was the weakest by far. He came off as if he doesn't know how to interview well, with the interviewer having to jump in many times to keep the interview going after Jones wouldn't answer fully. His part of the podcast focused mostly on his love of comic books. It sounds as if the X-Men and especially Wolverine are his favorite comics. He's also very excited about the Blade show and hopes it will do well.

Overall I think Gower's interview is worth the listen. Wagner does alright, though she doesn't really go into any new information. Maybe it's just that Jones' interview was at the end, but for me, his interview was quite boring and didn't give up any interesting tidbits.

[tags]Blade podcast interview, Jill Wagner, Jessica Gower, Kirk Jones[/tags]

Interview and Photos With Kirk Jones

Denise has sent in another awesome Blade: The Series link and this time it's an interview with Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones. The link also has a bunch of great photos of Jones and the other main Blade cast members.

From the article:
MB> What was it about this role that attracted you and made you want to pursue it?
KJ> Everything. First off, we need more black superheroes. Blade is one, and he’s so cool. But, outside of that, you’ve got three monster machines behind it -- New Line, Spike TV and Marvel Comics -- so it was incredible.

MB> Were you approached about doing the role, or did it just come out of a regular auditioning process?
KJ> It came out of a regular auditioning process. As a matter of fact, I had to fight for it. It didn’t come easy. I had to really go to bat and say, “I want this part and, not only do I want this part, but I’m taking this part, and y’all are going to give it to me. My name is Sticky Fingaz and everything I touch, I take, and I’ve already touched the part, so it’s taken.”

As you can see, Jones really wanted and fought for his part on the show. He goes on to talk about his familiarity with the films and comic books as well as how he identifies with the character.

Also from the article:
MB> Was there a lot of training involved with this role?
KJ> Yeah, vigorous training. They’ve had me doing martial arts, kick boxing, wing chun, wire work, sword work, body sculpting, dieting, stretching, everything -- the works. But, it’s not new to me. I’ve always done most of that stuff, anyway.

MB> Do you do a lot of the stunts yourself, or do you leave it to the stunt people?
KJ> I do at least 85% of the stunts myself. It’s just, when they’ve got somebody jumping out of a three-story building onto cardboard boxes, I’ll let the stunt guys do that. Everything else, I can handle.

It's good to see he admits to having stunt guys doing some of the stunts, though I haven't seen much in the show that would really require stunt men for Blade - yet. He also notes that there's been no serious injuries and that his biggest injury was some nerve damage in his hand (that's since recovered).

There's a whole lot more in the article as well as some great photos of Jones, Wagner, Jackson, Gower, and Lee. In case you missed the link above, it's right here.

Oh, and in case you're interested, Jones had this to say at the end when asked about whether or not the show has been picked up for a second season "I’ve been told, unofficially, that it will. I’ve got the inside scoop." How reliable that information is is anybody's guess, but it sure does make me that much more hopeful.

[tags]Kirk Jones, Sticky Fingaz, Blade interview, Blade second season[/tags]

Kirk Jones Interview

Yesterday I posted a link to an interview between Comic Book Resources and David Goyer. Well, that same site has just posted a follow up interview with Kirk "Sticky" Jones.

From the interview:
Interviewer: David said in the beginning you started by watching the films and they told you to stop doing that. Do you think that helped?

Kirk Jones: I did watch the boxed set of 1, 2 & 3 and I had already seen all three already, but I just went back to revisit it. By watching those I think that what might have happened is it made me think I don’t want to fuck with the public too much by taking on Wesley’s character when we’re trying to create a whole new character. Yeah, it’s the same Marvel Comics character, but it’s a different person playing it. Like, Michael Keaton is going to do Batman differently than Christian Bale. It was more like, “Sticky, forget what you’ve heard and seen. Just do you. We trust your judgment. Run with it.” I think that’s what I started to do around episode 3 and on.

So Jones admits to having a slightly shakey start with the Blade character. I do agree that the TV Blade is completely different from movie Blade, but whether or not that is a good thing is another story.

The interview does goes into the Blade stunts, the Vancouver filming location, and Jones' music as well as some future projects he has planned. Unfortunately there is no mention of a second season or DVD possibilities, though it's got some great behind the scenes information on the series and what it takes to do some of the things we see each week. Jones comes off as his same old cocky self, but it's definitely worth the read for any Blade fan.

The link to the full interview is right here.

[tags]Kirk Jones, Sticky Fingaz, Blade interview[/tags]

San Diego ComicCon Blade Cast Pictures

Reader Sarah sent in some photos she bought on eBay featuring the Blade cast at the San Deigo ComicCon. Kirk Jones, Jill Wagner, Jessica Gower, Neil Jackson, and Nelson Lee were all at the convention and the photos show them smiling having a good time in front of their fans in San Diego. The photos are a little grainy, but they're pretty good shots and show the cast outside their television roles.

San Diego ComicCon Blade Panel Photo

San Diego ComicCon Blade Panel Photo

San Diego ComicCon Blade Panel Photo

Jessica Gower doesn't look so scary in these photos. In the show, she is truly frightening, but the photos show her off in a much kinder light. Neil Jackson still looks like he's hiding something and the first photo shows Kirk Jones trying to appear a badass as usual (though he does smile in the other photos). Jill Wagner looks hot as always and Nelson Lee just looks like he's having a great time.

A big thanks to Sarah for sending in these great photos!

[tags]San Diego ComicCon photos, Blade: The Series panel, Blade cast photos[/tags]

Chicago Sun-Times Interviews Kirk Jones

The Chicago Sun-Times has posted an interview with Blade: The Series' Kirk 'Sticky Fingaz' Jones. Well, it's actually more of a Kirk Jones rambling than an interview. The reporter has a few lines in there discussing the show and Jones, but it's mostly Jones talking about his role and his life without any specific questions being asked.

While it's not actually a question and answer interview, it is a pretty good look into Kirk Jones' life and personality. He talks about how hard it was for him to get the Blade role, his first role in a movie "Clockers", and how he's currently single and lonely - just like Blade. He does seem to take the whole "tough guy" attitude a little far, making him come off a little fake in my opinion, but it's still a good read and provides some good insight for fans of Kirk Jones and the Blade show.

In case you missed the link to the full article above, you can find that here.

[tags]Kirk Jones interview, Chicago Sun-Times, Sticky Fingaz[/tags]

Blade Cast's MySpace Profiles

Well, after some further MySpace digging, I found that the main Blade: The Series cast members all have MySpace profiles. Below are the links to the profiles.

*update: thanks to reader Mike, I have updated this post to include Jessica Gower's and Geoff Johns' MySpace profiles. Thanks Mike!

*update 2: it appears that Jessica Gower's profile has been deleted. I will update this post if I can find a new link.

[tags]Blade tv series cast, Blade MySpace profiles[/tags] Interviews Kirk Jones

Over at, they've post an exclusive interview with Kirk Jones. They talk about the Blade television show, the movies, comic books, and his band Onyx.

From the interview:

"What do you think of the dramatic rise of comics to film within the last ten years? Was that a reason you wanted to do this?

KJ: For the first question, I think it’s incredible, especially with the technology because they can show more and they can pull you in further. They don’t have to use a green screen or blue screen every time they want somebody to fly. Some people they hook up to a wire and make them fly. What made me want to do this was the whole package. There were 3 monster engines, (1) Marvel, which I am a fan of and have been since I was 10 years old. I still read and collect comic books. Two, New Line. I love all the movies they put out and Spike TV is one of the more newer cable stations that are real edgy.With Blade, I don’t know anybody that I have come across that hasn’t heard of Blade. It’s really inviting and I feel like we need more black superheroes out there, so, of course I would jump on the opportunity to play a black superhero like Blade."

Read the full interview here.

[tags]Kirk Jones interview, Onyx[/tags]

Blade Cast Promote Show At Ultimate Fighter Finale

Spike TV had their Ultimate Fighter live finale last night. What does that have to do with Blade? Well, Spike TV used the opportunity to promote the hell out of the show. Besides having trailers and previews during nearly every commercial break, they had Kirk Jones (Blade), Jill Wagner (Krista), and Neil Jackson (Marcus) there to promote it even more. After certain fights they even had Joe Rogan, one of the fight announcers, interview a cast member about the new show.

Kirk Jones talked about the intense training he had to go through to prepare for the show. He specifically mentioned kickboxing, martial arts, and wire training. His "interview" was quite brief and besides the training information, he really just talked about how much he enjoyed the UFC and how he believes it will take over boxing.

A few fights later Jill Wagner was asked a few questions, also focusing on her training. She said how she didn't have to do much training for martial arts because her brother is a big martial arts guy and he had trained her a lot already. She also talked about how she has a gun collection and that she's very comfortable holding guns onscreen.

I did mention that Neil Jackson was in attendance, but Rogan didn't speak with him. We actually only saw him when the camera was focused in on Kirk and Jill with Neil poking his head in from the side. That shot actually showed Jill being very friendly with Kirk, with her arms wrapped around his and leaning all over him. Actors often show affection like this to the cameras without it meaning anything more than friendship, but it'll be interesting to see if an onscreen romance translates into something in the real world as it often does.

All in all, it was good to see Spike TV putting in a good amount of effort to promote the show. It's been said that they spent a lot of money on the pilot and are backing it 100%. Hopefully these are all good signs of it becoming a successful show.