Profile: Riall Johnson

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

All Riall Johnson had to do for a reality TV show idea was head out for a night on the town.

The Bombers defensive end is an aspiring producer in the TV and film industry, and he hopes to dive right in once his playing days are over.

He's already dabbled in the reality TV world, co-producing a trailer for a show called ClubCrashers.

"If you've ever been in any night club and seen 'that guy,' I find 'that guy' and do a feature on them," Johnson said. "You've got these guys shaving their chests and their armpit hair.

"Guys do pushups and curls in front of the mirror before they go out, and girls still stuff their bras."

Johnson was born in Vancouver but raised in Bellingham, Wash.

His mom is Canadian, his dad American. He has always had an interest in people since studying sociology at Stanford, and he's combined that with his passion for the entertainment industry.

Sociology

"Reality TV is pretty much just sociology," Johnson said. "They're social experiments. You put people in certain situations, and they're going to act a certain way.

"You don't have to write a script anymore. You just have to make situations, and let them write a script for you."

What the 31-year-old would really love to do after his football career is work for a California visual effects company called Kerner, a spinoff of George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic production company.

These days Kerner is going big into 3D, which Johnson believes is the future of movies. He wants to be a part of it.

"There's a lot of Nobel Prize-winning people working there at the studio, and it's fun to be among them," Johnson said.

"It's a completely different atmosphere than it is in the locker-room."

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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