He doesn’t name-drop, but if you start talking to former Stafford County deputy Jim Klock about his current career, it’s unavoidable.
The actor, writer, director and producer, who splits his time between Fredericksburg and Los Angeles, has acted opposite stars such as Matthew McConaughey, Jamie Lee Curtis and Walton Goggins.
He’s produced movies with Kate Beckinsale, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Nick Nolte, Katey Sagal and Connie Britton.
And he’s directed movies recently, ranging from a horror comedy about a night in a hardware store (“Massacre on Aisle 12”) to a gripping tale of family intrigue and secrets (“River Guard”).
Klock also has contributed a handful of hilarious comedy programs on the website Funny or Die. Segments called “Interrogations Gone Wrong,” with guests such as Keanu Reeves and Jason O’Mara, could well soon become pilots for hoped-for TV series.
He’s also putting together a program to bridge the gap between youths, the community and law enforcement by conducting seminars for young people with an interest in film, acting, writing, directing and producing.
Through “Operation L.E.A.D.,” Klock said, he envisions weekend sessions that would lead to young people producing short films featuring them, law enforcement officers and members of the community.
Klock’s first film was “Murder Eleven,” the tale of a serial killer in the environs of Atlantic City, N.J. Like most of the productions Klock either directs of produces, it was made quickly on a lean budget that most Hollywood studios would snicker at. But he got the last laugh, selling the movie to Redbox for more than three times the $22,700 it cost to make.
The Chancellor High School graduate, who took community college courses in Northern Virginia, has worked for police and sheriff’s offices in Alexandria, Prince William and Stafford, doing everything from community patrols to narcotics and other specialties.
When the 41-year-old Klock went to Los Angeles at age 25, he helped to pay the bills there working private security, for a while guarding the same Kate Beckinsale he would later feature in a film he produced, “Trials of Cate McCall.”
He’s played law enforcement roles of all kinds, from detectives to jail guards to state troopers, his 13 years as a police officer allowing him to look and act like one more convincingly than most of the other actors seeking the parts.
He’s not boastful, but if asked will share an array of stories and experiences about famous folks with whom he’s worked.
“We were rehearsing a scene on the set of ‘Scream Queens,’ and Jamie Lee Curtis said she wondered if it would work better to just lean over and kiss me,” he said, noting that she did just that without warning. “I told her I thought it worked just fine.”
Klock, who married a hometown girl last summer, quickly pointed out that Curtis’ kiss was all part of the job, though it did catch him a bit off-guard.
He was impressed by the intensity of Matthew McConaughey on “True Detective,” the larger-than-life persona of Nick Nolte in “The Trials of Cate McCall” and the “crack everybody up” humor of Walton Goggins on the TV show “Justified.”
Klock said the horror comedy “Massacre on Aisle 12,” in which he acted and co-directed, was something that came to him from a friend.
“It’s an out-there comedy, very politically incorrect,” said Klock, whose lean 6-foot-4 frame helps him stand out on the big screen.
Klock screened “Massacre on Aisle 12” for friends and law enforcement pals during the Christmas holidays, and it got a warm response.
“We filmed the entire thing in 11 days in Savannah,” said Klock, noting that most of it was shot at night in the hardware store where it’s set.
Another Klock film, “6:66 P.M.,” is now in post-production. It’s the story of a reality TV crew’s staged investigation into the paranormal, which becomes terrifyingly real when the house turns out to be haunted by the ghost of a serial killer.
“This one is more silly and for a different audience than ‘Murder on Aisle 12,’ more a ‘Scooby-Doo’ kind of feel,” he said.