The Shirtless Violinist Goes The Distance As ‘Hercules’ This Halloween

Shirtless Violinist Matthew Olshefski and pianist Johnny Walsh

With Halloween just a few days away, Matthew Olshefski, the Shirtless Violinist, shares that he wanted to dress up as a 90s Disney Prince.

After a survey of his fans, the decision was made to go with ‘Hercules,’ which also came with the built-in choice of song for a music video, “Go The Distance.”

Now, the Shirtless Violinist can’t be donning a bulky toga as the muscle-bound Demi-god, so the search was on for a more ‘shirtless’ appropriate costume.

Olshefski found a gladiator costume online that seemed to fit the bill, and they were priced 2-for-1!

Matthew called up handsome pianist Johnny Walsh, who’s collaborated on a few past music videos, and the casting was set.

Pianist Johnny Walsh guests on the new music video

The duo came up with a music video featuring the friendship (or more?) of ‘Big Hercules’ and ‘Little Hercules’ with some male-bonding/mentoring theme going on.

According to Olshefski, the only snag in shooting the video was when it came to teaching ‘Little Hercules’ to skip a rock across water. Apparently, neither Olshefski nor Walsh nor any member of the crew could skip and rock.

“Can you skip a rock?” “I thought YOU could skip a rock…?”

Spoiler: the results you seen in the video represent some ‘movie magic’ shot weeks later at a lake 🙂

In any case, the result is (in the motto of the Shirtless Violinist) “easy on the eyes and the ears.”

Listen and watch the Shirtless Violinist’s take on the Hercules classic, “Go The Distance,” below.

Happy Sunday!

New trailer: “The Legend of Hercules” starring Kellan Lutz

Shirtless Kellan Lutz stars in the upcoming "The Legend of Hercules"

Clip description: In the epic origin story THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero — the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength.

Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom.

Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land.


New Trailer: Kellan Lutz in “The Legend of Hercules”

New trailer for the upcoming film "The Legend Of Hercules" starring a shirtless Kellan Lutz!

New trailer for the upcoming film “The Legend of Hercules” starring Kellan Lutz.

If you like 300, Gladiator and Spartacus, this Renny Harlin-directed film will probably be up your thing.  I know I’ll be seeing it 🙂

The Legend of Hercules hits theaters on January 10, 2014.

Another Hercules film – this one directed by Brett Ratner and starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – is also due out next year in July. Haven’t seen so much about that film yet. But I’m betting with The Rock, it’ll be packed on the beef-cake side of things, too.