Interview with Mark Labella

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Interview with Mark Labella of “S.W.A.T.” on CBS by Thane 10/13/22

This was quite an interesting interview as you can tell from the video below! I enjoyed speaking with Mark.

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MARK¬†LABELLA¬†Emerges on Season Six of¬†CBS Police Drama ‚ÄėS.W.A.T.‚Äô Premiering October 4, 2022

LOS ANGELES ‚Äď Actor¬†Mark¬†Labella¬†gets entangled in an elaborate heroin operation in Thailand when he recurs as a guest star on the six season of the hit CBS police drama series,¬†S.W.A.T., premiering on October 4th.

In the season opening episode ‚ÄúThai Hard,‚ÄĚ Hondo surfaces in¬†Bangkok training alongside Thailand‚Äôs premiere S.W.A.T. team. When Hondo and his former military buddy stumble upon a wide-ranging heroin operation with ties to Los Angeles, they find themselves on the run from a powerful drug kingpin.¬†Labella¬†emerges as Lek, who proves vital when the danger heats up.

Labella¬†was excited to be part of this special storyline, sharing ‚ÄúS.W.A.T.¬†was the best set I‚Äôve ever been on. I have never felt as safe with my choices, as appreciated for my work, and as welcomed on the first day.”

Born in the Philippines and raised in America, Labella is a U.S. Navy Veteran turned Medical Doctor, who has been building a solid reputation for his talents since setting his sights on the entertainment industry. His notable on-camera credits include a role in the upcoming Gerard Butler action thriller feature film for Lionsgate, previously titled The Plane, as well as appearances in the fan favorite TV shows Magnum P.I. and NCIS: Los Angeles.

Behind the camera, Labella has been discovering success as a screenwriter and producer. His background in medicine has become the basis for many of his original projects, including the television drama series, MisDiagnosed, which won the Boston Screenplay Awards and gained enough attention to land him further opportunities as a screenwriter and producer.

Labella¬†has received awards and accolades for a several of his projects:¬†Breathe –¬†ISA Screenplay Contest Top 10, HollyShorts Semi-Finalist and currently on third round of Launchpad Writing Competition;¬†Soul & Spice¬†‚Äď PAGE Int‚Äôl Awards Competition Top 25 Comedy, Austin Film Festival 2nd¬†Round, WeScreenPlay TV Pilot Competition Finalist;¬†To The Last Girl I Ever Loved¬†‚Äď Blastoff Screenplay Competition Winner, Queen Palm Int‚Äôl Film Festival Gold Winner, Best Script Award (London) Finalist, Independent shorts Awards Winner, and many others.

Currently,¬†Labella¬†is producing the U.S. leg of the Filipino feature film project,¬†Labyu with an Accent, starring Filipino superstars Coco Martin and Jodi Sta. Maria. In addition, he is the writer for the upcoming comedy series,¬†Soul & Spice, starring the Philippines‚Äô ‚ÄėComedy Queen‚Äô Ai-Ai delas Alas, Tony Winters, and Johari Johnson; and his latest psychological thriller feature film script,¬†Catholic School, has just been optioned and will head into production soon.

When he is not on-set,¬†Labella¬†spends much of his spare time participating in medical missions and supporting medical and veteran charities. He also volunteers his time writing PSA‚Äôs to spread the word to his fellow Filipino-Americans to vote.¬†Labella¬†believes, ‚ÄúMy main goal as a creative artist is to tell the stories that I‚Äôve witnessed during my experiences around the world.‚ÄĚ Because of his commitment to telling these untold stories,¬†Labella¬†accepted the nomination as the incoming Executive Director of the 13-year-old non-profit organization, Fil-Am Creative. He is excited to honor his performance to coincide with October‚Äôs Filipino-American History month in the United States.

Mark Labella is represented by Walter Tabayoyong at Altamero Management and Rachel Tolliver at Firestarter Agency.

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DVD Review of “S.W.A.T. Season 4”

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“S.W.A.T. Season 4” Review by Suzanne 8/20/21

This show always has a lot of great action, led by series star Shemar Moore (Hondo). Honestly, I just love him…I’ve been a fan ever since he was on “The Young and the Restless.” I even got to meet him once and get my picture taken with him at a charity event. He’s always outstanding on his shows, including “Criminal Minds” and now this one.¬† What’s amazing is that when he first started, he was not a great actor. However, he was not only gorgeous, but he just had that certain something that makes great TV stars. Also, he clearly worked hard on his acting skills because now he’s as good as anyone else. From all accounts, he’s a really great guy, too. He does a great job of keeping in contact with his fans on social media.

This season, they added a new character: the global pandemic. They chose to use the real-life drama to make drama for their show, and it worked. Many shows just ignored it or only dealt with it briefly. It was brave of them to do it. They also dealt with other real world issues, such as white supremacy, protesters, sex trafficking and the public’s current attitudes towards the police as well as personal issues each of the team members were going through.

This is one of the few reboot/remake shows that CBS has done that is even better than the original series. The reason is obviously Shemar Moore.  This DVD set would make a great gift of anyone.  It lacks special features. It only has a blooper reel and one behind-the-scenes feature: Special Tactics: Tanker Takedown.

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THREE FAN-FAVORITE SERIES ARRIVE ON DISC AHEAD OF THEIR FALL PREMIERES 

THE GOOD DOCTOR SEASON 3
AVAILABLE ON DVD AUGUST 4

THE BLACKLIST SEASON 7
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S.W.A.T. SEASON 3
AVAILABLE ON DVD AUGUST 18

S.W.A.T. SEASON 3                                                                                                                                                 

SYNOPSIS
Torn between loyalty to where he was raised and allegiance to his brothers in blue, former Marine Daniel ‚ÄúHondo‚ÄĚ Harrelson (Shemar Moore) has everything it takes to be an excellent leader and bridge the divide between his two worlds. With Hondo leading the charge, his team of dedicated men and women bravely put themselves at risk to protect their community and save lives.

DVD BONUS FEATURES

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Blooper Reel

CREDITS
Executive Producers: Shawn Ryan, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Neal H. Moritz, Andrew Dettmann, Justin Lin, Marney Hochman, Pavun Shetty, Billy Gierhart, Craig Gore, Alison Cross, Michael Jones-Morales, Paul Bernard
Cast: Shemar Moore, Alex Russell, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, David Lim, Patrick St. Esprit, Amy Farrington, and Jay Harrington
Developed by: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and Shawn Ryan
Based on the series ‚ÄúS.W.A.T.‚ÄĚ Created by Robert Hamner, Developed by Rick Husky

SPECS
Approximately 886 minutes
DVD: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen | Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital

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