Mark Ricci has drummed up an impressive resume in a short period of time. He became known for his massively successful YouTube video playing Peter Parker in what has become one of the most beloved fan films on the Internet. He was the first teenager with comedy special on Amazon Prime Video. And he’s been a series lead in the Mattel animated series “Fireman Sam,” and its spinoff, ‘Fireman Sam: Set for Action!” which grossed $2 million overseas. Having made his mark in comedy, children’s programming, YouTube, and many other areas, Mark is quickly showing the world that he’s a force to be reckoned with in American entertainment.
Mark’s “Spider-Man” fan films have garnered over 100 million views on YouTube. And he’s recently announced he’ll be reprising his Peter Parker role in the upcoming “Spider-Man: Final Swing.” It will be the final installment in the series and is set for a December release date with its trailer being released sometime in October. His fans were also excited about the behind-the-scenes footage he just released: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_dPeevj78g.
Vents spoke with multi-talented actor on the excitement of the latest film, his early childhood, .
1) When did you first know you wanted to be an actor?
I knew from childhood. I would always re-enact films in my living room at age 4 for family and friends. Maybe I didn’t consciously know that’s what I wanted to do, but it was definitely subconscious.
2) Who inspires you the most?
Right now I’ve been on a Sylvester Stallone high, as I can relate to his early struggles and turning to writing as a creative outlet while waiting for the next acting job.
3) Your first Spider-Man video got so much attention and praise. Is there pressure for this next video?
They’ve all done really well! So there’s always pressure. Not so much for how it’s going to do, because we know it has been highly anticipated, but for how it is critically received by our fans. That’s always number-one priority.
4) How does it feel to be the first teenager with a comedy special on Amazon Prime Video? How would you “brand” your comedy? Observational? Slapstick?
Actually, I would use both of those words! I’m an animated storyteller. I bring my crazy and real stories to life in such an energetic way, you’d think I’m on crack.
5) Fireman Sam was cool, and beloved by many children. What TV shows did you watch as a child? How does it feel to know you’re part of the early entertainment experience of children in such a positive way?
Oh, I watched so many television shows as a child. Some of them were Canadian-made, so stop me if you’re unfamiliar. My favorites were Bob the Builder, Blues Clues, Art Attack, Bear in the Big Blue House, Arthur, Teletubbies, Bananas in Pajamas, Little Bear, The Berenstain Bears, and George Shrinks. When I got a little older I was obsessed with SpongeBob. It’s so surreal to be a part of children’s entertainment because it shapes our minds and inspires kids to join the arts. I’m now getting to work with people I watched almost 20 years ago, and perhaps kids that are watching Fireman Sam will get to work with me in 20 years.
6) What is your dream role?
I really want to play another superhero, but with a $100 million budget. If not Spider-Man again, maybe Plastic Man!
7) What kind of projects do you most want to delve into in the future?
I want to start out making the kinds of films that I love to watch, so action films, comedies, and action comedies. And then in the future, I will probably take on challenges with different genres because I just love film and acting.
8) If you could meet one living actor, who would it be, and why?
I would love to meet and work with Tim Allen. He was such a huge part of my childhood between the Toy Story and Santa Clause movies. I watched those basically every day. I believe it will happen.
Follow Mark Ricci on Instagram @moviemanmark.
Subscribe to his YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKanmMixVNgdrFHZaoTRTUg.
For more information on Mark, please visit: https://www.markriccicomedy.com.