A college student has caught the attention of a host of Hollywood stars including Disney executive after a Tiktok video of him morphing into his three superheroes went viral. Julian Bass, 22, from George State University uploaded the video of him transforming into these superheroes with special effects.
The video was first uploaded on Twitter.
The video, which was uploaded on Thursday has garnered more than one million likes, watched 22.1 million times with more than 557k comments.
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In the clip, set to Harry Styles’ song, Watermelon Sugar, Bass first transforms into Jedi Knight of Star Wars universe, complete with a lightsaber, before morphing into Cartoon Network’s Ben 10, Independent reported.
The 20-second video ends with Bass changing into Marvel’s Spiderman and shooting webs out of his palms.
if y’all can retweet this enough times that Disney calls, that’d be greatly appreciated pic.twitter.com/GrKlIRxg3J
— Julian Bass (@thejulianbass) July 2, 2020
“If y’all can retweet this enough times that Disney calls, that’d be greatly appreciated,” Bass tweeted.
Fortunately, his gamble paid off. Days after the video was posted, Oscar-winner Mattew Cherry, actor Josh Gad, Guardian of the Galaxy filmmaker, James Ginn, and Ben 10 voice actor, Tara Strong were also among those praising the 20-year-old, according to Independent.
“Hire this man, Ginn!” Zach Braff tweeted at Gunn.
Hire this man, Gunn!
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) July 3, 2020
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 3, 2020
Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company and former CEO, Bob Iger replied: “The world’s gonna know your name!!!”
The world’s gonna know your name!!!
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) July 3, 2020
Sony re-posted the video and the official Twitter account for The Lonely Island tweeted that it had “forwarded” the video to Disney and visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic.
Meanwhile, Bass has told the Hollywood Reporter that “these are people who have always been on my radar and it means everything in the world to me that now they’ve inspired me to a point where I’m on theirs.”
“I jokingly asked for Disney and got the chairman himself,” Bass said. “I absolutely had no idea it’d get this big. I mean, I’ve always put 100 percent into the videos I make and they’re usually well-received by those around me but nothing of this caliber.”
why are black people so talented?!? pic.twitter.com/NZjEEk8IMK— c (@chuuzus) July 2, 2020
In an interview with Times, Bass said that his visual graphics skills and abilities to edit videos were self-taught.
“I learned VFX and filmmaking on my own for the most part,” Bass said. “[There was] a lot of trial and error and learning from experience! I haven’t ever taken a film class or anything like that.”
See some reactions below:
C’mon Sony, live action Spider-Verse, ya got your Miles Morales! Let’s Go! pic.twitter.com/vQaGGLbzBX
— Marvel Fan (@Marvel_Fan_3000) July 3, 2020
My 4 year old son watched this and was so excited. He’s been jumping around the house pretending to be you for the last hour.
— The Only* Podcast About Movies (@onlymoviepod) July 2, 2020
Amazing. Well done, and Disney called!! 👍🏿👍🏿🙅🏿♀️
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 3, 2020
I only wish Harrison Ford was alive to see this
— @dolf (@Internet_Hitler) July 3, 2020