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Local Actor Appears in "The Ides of March"

Posted Jan. 23, 2012

RohnThomasRohn Thomas will take his place among some of arguably the most recognizable actors of today in Golden Globe nominee, The Ides of March, starring George Clooney (Michael Clayton and O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and Ryan Gosling (Crazy, Stupid, Love. and The Notebook). The movie opened in theatres Friday, Oct. 7 and was released on DVD on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The Ides of March follows an up-and-coming press secretary for a novel presidential candidate who finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens the campaign. Rohn Thomas plays the "stage manager" during a debate scene. During his three-day shoot in May 2011 at Miami University in Oxford, he worked directly with Clooney and Gosling.

"The trailer looks great. George [Clooney] was absolutely genuine and positive. You can sense how things are going with a shoot by the energy of the crew. [It was] very upbeat on this one," said Thomas.

During a break in the green room, Thomas accidentally discovers an interesting irony - that part of the movie theoretically takes place at Kent State University.

"Fun story...I noticed a computer screen with the Kent State logo on it. I asked if The Ides of March was going to be filming at Kent State. [The production designer] tells me, no, that although actual filming was taking place on the Michigan State campus, that they were going to use the KSU logo and signage but referring to the university as Kent State," said Thomas.

Thomas has previously been cast in other popular movies including The Mothman Prophecies (2002) starring Richard Gere, The Shawshank Redemption (1994) starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and The Dark Half (1993) starring Timothy Hutton (Leverage).

Thomas is no stranger to live theatre either. Most recently he appeared in the Great Lakes Theater Festival's production of Taming of the Shrew. He also worked with the Cleveland Playhouse as well as Buffalo's Studio Arena Theatre in New York. Audiences may also recognize him for his performances as Smea in Peter Pan, Mayor Shin in Music Man and Mooney in Anything Goes at Porthouse Theatre, on the grounds of Blossom Music Center.

Thomas is a part-time faculty member at Kent State University in the School of Theatre and Dance where he teaches "Acting for the Camera" and also produces and directs short films.

He lives in Kent, Ohio with his wife Terri Kent and their four children.

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For more information, contact:

Effie A. Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398