Justin Fargas, one of the nation’s most heralded running backs out of Sherman Oaks’ Notre Dame High in the late ’90s who spent his senior year of college at USC and then had a seven-year run with the Oakland Raiders, is looking for a connection to Hollywood.
Because his dad isn’t a good contact any more?
Fargas was one of 22 players picked to attend the second-annual “NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp” set for March 11-15 at Universal Studios.
That’s not all that far where Fargas’ father, Antonio Fargas, was on the set during the five-season run of the ABC prime-time series “Starsky and Hutch” from 1975-’79.
Antonio Fargas’ character, Huggy Bear, was the police snitch on the street who had all the info for the two under cover cops. They often filmed around the Fox 20th Century lot on Pico, the police stations in Long Beach and San Pedro and then the El Paso Bar on Main Street in L.A. — which was Huggy Bear’s hangout.
The 33-year-old Justin Fargas, also the half brother of Hollywood producer Matthew E. Chausse (Dark Tide), will be joined for the seminars on how to get a foot in the door for Hollywood projects are former NFL MVP Shaun Alexander, as well as four active players — Oakland’s Darrius Heyward-Bey, Cleveland’s Alex Mack, Tampa Bay’s Gerald McCoy and Miami’s Jared Odrick. Former Palmdale High star receiver Derek Hagan (Arizona State, Oakland Raiders) will also attend.
The program is directed by NFL Player Engagement and Film Life Inc., the New York-based film production company. Topics covered as film financing, directing, producing, editing and screen writing — acting isn’t all that encouraged.
Thomas Tull, a Legendary Pictures partner/producer (The Dark Knight, We Are Marshall) and member of the Pittsburgh Steelers ownership group is among the guest speakers, along with director/producer Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) and actor/director/writer Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle).
The NFL Player Engagement program is set up to offer 10 training programs for current and former players to consider in their post-playing career.