He's worked with Mark Wahlberg and The Rock. He's convincingly played an angry judge. And he's the only man on set who's ever made me cry.
Piankhi was my personal trainer - that's how we met. As a comedian, I'm always looking to make people laugh. It took me two solid months to elicit even a polite smile from the trainer whose seeming disdain for the likes of me served as a great motivator (in hindsight). In fact, the only time I EVER managed to touch my toes is when Piankhi told me to. But as soon as we became buds, I quit training, and got fat(ter).
It wasn't that Piankhi hated me. He just assumed I was a skinhead. This is me after one of our workouts in early 2012:
Can you blame him for thinking I was a crypto-fascist? I had shaved my head in solidarity with whatever your favorite charitable cause is (aren't I nice?)
Anyway, long story short, Piankhi is a great guy, and a fantastic actor. We're already working together on a post-Sam project, and we finished shooting his scenes yesterday.
Here are some screen grabs: