Very cool. My wife wrote a book called Hollywood Hoofbeats. It’s the history of horses in movies. It covers stunts and cowboy wranglers. Tough mothers.
Yes, tough guys. I’d love to read that.
I love that you can share multiple dishes, kind of family style. You can have all your friends here and just order a variety of meats.
Yes, it’s meant to be that way. It’s meant to be like family style, and so every dish comes with its own corn or flour tortillas. You can go either shrimp, fish or steak. Anything you order is complemented by what we add to the table. Lime, salt and the tortillas.
The restaurant has gotten buzz as a “subterranean late-night Mexican steakhouse.” The craft cocktails and tequila button service as well. Do you appreciate tequila and mezcal?
I’m really into mezcal these days. We have a great mezcal cocktail here that I love called the Poblano Escobar. Mezcal is an acquired taste in some regards. When you have your first one or two, you might be a little resistant, but then over time, mezcal becomes really, really pleasing to the palate. There are quite a few fancy drinks here. Like for the ladies, we have a novelty drink that’s served in a ceramic donkey, like an old-school style Mexican restaurant would have.
What do you have planned for the year for the restaurant?
There’s a growth process with every restaurant. It’s got to find its legs, from the menu to the staffing, to the functionality of it all. It gets better and better each time you come back, which is another thing that I love. Then hopefully we’re successful enough to franchise this to other places. We’d love to do a Hideaway London, Hideaway Chicago. Vegas may come calling at some point, so we’ll see.
Cool. That’s 2023 for the restaurant. What about your entertainment projects?
It’s a lot, man. Between now and the spring, I have four movies coming out. [Our interview with Ryan took place this past October.] The two that are out now or next week are American Murderer and Summit Fever. I’m shooting a new pilot for ABC in the coming year. I’m going to direct my second film in the spring, a horror movie. I’ve also just started doing a podcast for a company called Wheelhouse that Jimmy Kimmel’s involved with, which is an oral history of stunts in film and television.
We’re going to start back with Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, go through the martial arts movies and Spaghetti Westerns. We’ll work our way all the way up to The Matrix and Mission Impossible. I’ll be interviewing stunt men and women coordinators and we’re really hoping for a sit down with Tom Cruise to talk just about his stunt career.