With 500,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel and a cume 125 million views of his videos, online comedian Spoken Reasons (aka John Baker) has joined the cast of Paul Feig’s buddy cop movie The Heat, which already stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as a pair of Boston cops who take on the Russian mob.
Mr Reasons, making his feature film debut, will reportedly play a lead character named “Terrell Rojas,” although no description yet.
And how did 23-year-old Spoken Reasons aka John Baker go from YouTube star to feature film lead role?
Per Deadline, the success he’s enjoyed on YouTube got him onto producer Brad Robbins’ new YouTube channel AwesomenessTV, which then helped put Reasons in the sights of director Paul Feig, who quickly cast him in The Heat.
Principal photography begins next month.
Here’s a sample of one of Spoke Reasons’ many YouTube hits. This one has been played over 1.1 million times: