Larry Hankin: Outlaw Emmett Deemus and “Willy Jones”

By on August 28, 2015

It’s Friday and once again time for another new post from our filmmaking friend Larry Hankin. Today, we’ve got another short film about everybody’s favorite outlaw biker uncle, Emmett “Sagittarius” Deemus, who is back with another fable about what happens on the road (“The road will provide,” he says at one point). It sure does, Uncle Emmett.


In this episode, Uncle Emmett and a hitchhiker he’s picked up — his co-star here, Wayne Wilson (Willy Jones), who also gets a co-writing credit — are heading to the Big Biker Rally is Sturgis, South Dakota, starting from his hometown outside of Boise, Idaho. Along the way they encounter a stranded motorist (Jeff Michalski as The Man In The Suit), who turns out he’s not what he seems. This episode is slightly NSFW for language.


This one is part of the longer movie, “How To Be An Outlaw,” and this particular section was directed by Hiro Murai, who has also directed videos for Flying Lotus, St. Vincent, Earl Sweatshirt, Spoon, Queens of the Stone Age, the Shins, and other artists.


About Larry Hankin

Larry Hankin is a writer, performer, director, producer and Oscar-nominee - and one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces in the world of character actors. A graduate of “Second City”, an original member of “The Committee”, Larry has gone on to play roles in such diverse projects as “Laverne and Shirley”; Charlie Butz in "Escape From Alcatraz": the convict Clint Eastwood left behind. He stole the raisins on "Seinfeld"; he was Mr. Heckles, The downstairs neighbor on "FRIENDS"; on "Breaking Bad", Larry was the junkyard owner who destroyed the "Meth" Winebego and supplied the huge electro-magnet this season.   Larry's been seen in over 120 other TV shows and movies along the way, including Michael Bey’s: "Pain & Gain" with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (“In the film, my character ultimately gets the crap beat out of him by Dwayne Johnson, and I consider it a milestone and an honor in my acting career”, Larry was quoted as saying). But comedic storytelling is where his heart lies: all along, Larry's also been writing short, satiric fables which he‘s been turning into film shorts (30, at present), then directing and starring in them as “Emmett Deemus”, an old, street savvy homeless poet. In Larry’s first film short: “Solly’s Diner,” he introduced his younger, comedic street character, “Sometimes Jones” to audiences here and abroad and was nominated for an Academy Award.   Larry's written and starred over 30 of his own shorts – including Larry's second incarnation of his Sometimes Jones character: Emmett Deemus: basically Don Quixote on a motorcycle: a heroicly inclined, odd elderly biker on a battered old motorcycle with a sidecar: ”The Outlaw Emmett Deemus”. At present, Larry's writing a feature and TV series for Emmett. -xxx-