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Captain Hollywood by mr-redx Captain Hollywood by mr-redx
UPDATE 1/11/19: So, after putting the Renaissance together, I suddenly realized that Captain Hollywood didn't really have a redemption reason to be on the team. So I've updated his origin a bit to make him fit in with the other team members.

Meet the Golden Boy, Captain Hollywood.

Quick Bio:

Hank Thomas was the man who had the Hollywood life that everyone dreams of, but gave it all up to become a somebody who makes a difference. Hank's parents were a strict, old-fashioned California senator and an artist, free-thinking documentarian mother. Though his parents loved each other, they were just from 2 different worlds with different opinions about the world. They tried to make it work, but kept clashing at most of the little things. When his mother became pregnant with him she decided it would be best to raise her son by herself instead of having Hank grow up in a dysfunctional home. Though they both agreed it was for the best, Hank's father's biggest regret in life was that he couldn't make it work with the love of his life.

After Hank was born, his mother took him all over the world as she documented some of the most fascinating yet unknown people. Hank received a unique education from the people his mother filmed, including a decathlon olympian, a Noble Prize-winning scientist, a master magician/escape artists, a shakespearean actor, an enlightened philosopher, a military peace operative, and a notable sentai martial arts instructor. It was revealed at a young age that Hank was a polymath, meaning he could copy difficult skills after seeing it done once or absorb vast knowledge at an accelerated rate. Needless to say, he acquired a unique skillset that would help him later in life.

When Hank became a young man, he felt a desire to do something with his life. He wanted to be somebody, but didn't know where to start. Growing up with a documentarian mother, Hank had developed a deep love for cinema and film industries, both American and otherwise; so he decided to pursue a life as a performer. One challenge he decided to pursue was to become an EGOT Winner (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). Though his mother was a bit hesitant on the path he had chosen, she nevertheless saw her son's drive and need for fulfillment, and gave him his blessing to move to Los Angeles; but giving him a warning of the type of place it was and people who lived there.

Unfortunately, Hank feel victim to the glamour of Hollywood like most people. Almost immediately upon setting foot in Hollywood, Hank was picked up by the biggest (and most corrupt) producer in Los Angels, Colin Crowe. Under Crowe's help and influence, Hank rose to the top of the celebrity A-list, and pretty soon he had adopted a care-free hedonistic lifestyle of fame-mongering celebrity, often making tabloid news. Hank's contact with his mother became less frequent, whether out of becoming more self-absorbed or because he was afraid to face her. Regardless, Hank was close to accomplishing his goal of being an EGOT winner, having won a Tony, Emmy and Grammy, and an Oscar around the corner towards turning 30 years old.

But on the night when he accepted his first Oscar, Hank got a call in the middle of his acceptance speech and learned that his mother had fallen terminally ill from contracting a rare disease while filming in Africa. He ran off stage to be with her in her final moments, but arrived too late. 3 weeks later, a celebratory funeral was held to honor all the lives his mother had touched and the impact she made through her films. Hank realized he hadn't become the fulfilled somebody he set out to be, in comparison to his mom who did so much. It didn't help that he had met his father for the first time ever at the funeral, and that his old man chastised him for not doing anything worthwhile (though this was more of a personal opinion since his father didn't appreciate the arts as much as Hank and his mother).

After the funeral, Hank took a real hard look at his life, determined to turn it around and do something worthwhile that made a difference like his mother had. He made up a list of ideas - charities, more impactful acting roles, even politics - but nothing seemed capable of making a real difference. Then, one day Crowe called him into for a discussion about capitalizing on his mother's death, which infuriated Hank. Less than half-an-hour later, Hank witness Crowe sexually harassing a new actress recruit into signing, and something snapped in him. He stormed up to Crowe and took a hard swing at him, which Crowe retaliated by declaring Hank ruined and Blacklisted forever in Hollywood.

That moment, from witnessing Crowe's bullshit and saving the girl, Hank saw for the first time what a horrible place Hollywood really was, and realized he could make a difference by cleaning it up and protecting others. It would prove difficult now that he was blacklisted, but seeing a tabloid of Earth's first and newest heroes (Empress, Zener, and Toonman), gave him an idea. That night he put all of his resources into private accounts and faked his death, believing he could only make a difference as a nobody rather than who he was now. He then got to work on an indy project he called "Captain Hollywood".

For a year-and-a-half, Hank began putting together two new identities: the first was in plain sight among normal people as crewman Jack Smith, a one-man film crew specialist who was able to gain access and knowledge of most unlawful things in Hollywood by working on the biggest projects thanks to his numerous skill set (stuntman, makeup artist, special effects director, prop designer, etc). The second was inspired by newly emerged superheroes Empress, Zener and Toonman. Hank/Jack created a superhero vigilante masked persona that combined flashy charisma of both American and Japanese films that would act as a beckon of change and a better tomorrow for Los Angeles. He called this masked persona, "Captain Hollywood"; and made his public debut with great success.

Now Hank Thomas/Jack Smith is the man who functions as a nobody while appearing as a somebody in order to make actual change in Los Angeles/Hollywood. He has put his skills, knowledge and resources into an arsenal and identity that he hopes can save the city and its people from themselves. In his career as a hero he has made allies among the heroes of the East and West Coast, most notably the Renaissance, but he has also acquired a walk-of-fame Gallery of Rogues, many superpowers but all of whom were once notably famous for something.

Powers/Abilities:
• Polymath: Able to absorb and retain vast amounts of knowledge and skills, can copy moves and abilities of people after seeing it preformed once.
• Olympic level athlete and Stuntman trained in parkour & martial arts with a high tolerance for pain.
• Master Thespian, Illusionist, Escape Artist, and Master of Disguise.
• Arsenal includes:
    • Captain Hollywood Suit - insulated, fire & bullet proof, made for quick escapes and maneuvering.
    • Helmet - Built-in communicator and different optical lens including x-ray, heat, inferred, night vision, and ultraviolet.
    • "The Prop" staff - interchangeable weapon that can turn into any weapon imaginable
    • Tazer-Laser Blaster - Combines hard light technology with taser electroshock energy to create a "laser beam" that can stun/immobilize opponents.
    • Hologram cubes - technological marvels that can create realistic hologram illusions of anything of various shapes, figures, environments.
    • Star Shooters -  throwing star discs that can ricochet of surfaces and disarm opponents at sharp painful speed.
    • Spotlight Star Emblem - Capable of releasing a bright flash of light that can bling opponents.
    • "The BlockBuster" -  high tech, all terrain stunt-vehicle with weapons and computer system.
• Jack Smith identity allows him to hear things in background and get into secure places through connections, while Captain Hollywood identity proves flash and focus to draw attention of criminals away from innocent bystanders.
• Film Fanatic and Dedicated Protector and Hero, a bit of a snob against famous people however.


BEHOLD THE NEW CAPTAIN HOLLYWOOD!!

So I should start off by saying that I've decided that Captain Hollywood is going to be part of my superhero team, the Renaissance, once again. The team, which consists of Zener, Empress, Toonman, Zoomorph, Blitz, Merauder, and Physique, all operate on the west coast of the United States, so I found it only fitting that Captain Hollywood naturally be added to the roster. But I realized before I could put him on the team I had to give him something that fit amongst the teams' theme/gimmick, which is second chances, rebirths and formers-turned-newers (if that makes sense). So I had to rehash Captain's origin so that he was given a new start in some way like the rest of the team.

That being said, Capt's new hook is that he gave up a celebrity life that he didn't even enjoy by faking his own death, thus starting fresh with 2 new personas that could help change the city of Los Angeles/Hollywood. I feel this works really well because it fits among the team's common histories, but also separates him from the other heroes because his story isn't so tragic/negative.

And of course, because I was changing his origin by giving him two new personas I realized it was high time I fully embraced the fact that Captain Hollywood has to be a flashy-vigilante as opposed to a dark one like I had original intended. I had to get away from the Batman-vibe, and of course that meant a complete redesign. This redesign was actually the toughest I've ever done because I honestly didn't know how to roll film industry, flashy, and superhero into one thing. So I decided to look up film industry from across the globe and eventually remember the lucrative film franchises of Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, and Ultraman. With their dynamic poses, costumes, over the top fighting and acting, I knew that had the look I was looking for. So now Captain's new look combines the film industry themes of two different cultures. And overall I am quite happy with what I produced.

With Captain's new revamp comes a new character direction. He is still the golden boy we all love, but now a theme among him is that he is a somebody who became a nobody in order to be a better somebody. The thinking behind this is that Hank Thomas felt he was only a somebody people loved purely for being famous and not contributing anything worth while. So he gives up his life and starts over by faking his death, the reason for this is because he believes if he were to become Captain Hollywood while as Hank Thomas and got exposed, people would think it was just a publicity stunt and all his work would be for nothing. His new life as Jack Smith allows him to have no ties to his old fame life so if people expose him, they think he is just some random guy actually trying to make a difference in the world.

As Jack Smith, captain is able to blend into the background but still gain the information he needs working and a crewman in Hollywood. Jack's crewman status allows him to blend in and hear all the corruption and seediness that goes on behind LA's glamour and in the underground without being noticed. His position in film indsutry as a jack-of-trades crewman allows him to gain access to secure location and restricted areas that are normally required with ID for projects. His Captain Hollywood identity allows him to be himself but also be a hero that serves as an icon and beacon of change in the city, slowly earning the public's trust. Both identities require great acting on Hank's part.

So, most of Capt's allies will also be getting a revamp of the Sentai treatment, including Super Star and PopStar, and I'm even thinking of bringing back Captain Bollywood.

FUN FACT: Captain's real name is a play on actor Tom Hank's name, who is the actor I respect and admire the most for doing The Whole celebrity thing right. His Jack Smith persona uses the most used first name and surname in movies.

NEW NOTES FOR CAPT'S UPDATED ORIGIN:
So, in regards to getting Captain Hollywood to better fit in with the Renaissance, I have now changed his origin in which Capt. does fall victim to a celebrity lifestyle before becoming Captain Hollywood. It gives him a fall from grace that he can rise up from and be a better person/hero for. I should point out that during his time as a celebrity he wasn't a complete asshole, but more like Tony Stark in the beginning for the first Ironman movie: carefree and love for being famous while taking for granted what he had.

COMMENTS PLEASE!!

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ryderdecade Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2019
My name is Hank Thomas, and I'm here in Hollywood for one purpose: To save my city.  When I was born, my mother raised me on her own after my father and her split. Born a polymath, I've gained certain skills until Hollywood's corrupt fame destroyed me costing my mother's life to get me out of the spotlight. To the outside world, I'm a "one man film crew" named Jack Smith. But in secret, I fight against those who'll harm and manipulate the youth of the next generation. No one can stop them, but me as my own personal superstar. I am.... Captain Hollywood! Welcome to MY "city of dreams".
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mr-redx Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2019  Student General Artist
Well done, my friend!
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Dcmarvelimage Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019
Did he have facial reconstruction done so no one would recognize him?
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:iconmr-redx:
mr-redx Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019  Student General Artist
Nope. Just wears disguises as Jack Smith.
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TheMysticSpyral Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019
While I get the desire for all the Reniassance members to have this mutual theme of redemption, this new origin doesn't feel quite right. Working to become an EGOT is a big undertaking, especially if you accomplish it all before turning 30. That would create a major celebrity figure, and yet said figure is able to fake his death and meander around LA and no one is recognizing him?

Also, I say don't hold back. Make Hank a full-on asshole pre-origin story. Let him completely miss the point of his mother's stress on artistic integrity and get coaxed into the glamour of Hollywood. That'll make the abrupt death of his mother and the cruel chastising from his father sting even more (Keep the polymath thing though, so Hank remembers what his mother helped teach him as he tries to reinvent himself).
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:iconmr-redx:
mr-redx Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019  Student General Artist
Well, the idea is like Clark Kent/Superman, but he takes it to a more professional level in a real-life sense.
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ryderdecade Featured By Owner Edited Jan 11, 2019
You mean tokusatsu ("toku" for short)? There's more than just sentai (power rangers). There's also Kamen Rider & Ultraman.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokusats…
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FactionParadox Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019
Booster Gold's younger half-brother from another mother.  LOL.
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:iconmr-redx:
mr-redx Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019  Student General Artist
Only without the desire to be a hero for the pure fame of it.
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FactionParadox Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2019
:)
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mr-redx Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2019  Student General Artist
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shaqkill Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019  Student Digital Artist
Read his Origin And I love it He's my favorite 😄😄😄😄😄😄👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
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geneticmonster03 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just read his origin

WOW what a hero 


as for the change for him to be more integrated in the Renaissance
i like it
the tony stark feel would work for all the obvious reasons and then possibly some others
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mr-redx Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019  Student General Artist
LOL Thanks. Cap's been on of my heroes to go through a lot of revisions, and he gets better with each one.
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geneticmonster03 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah
i think this one of the best ones
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ligr77 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019
I'm digging the new origin story! Feels a bit more realistic!
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mr-redx Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019  Student General Artist
Thanks! I feel the same way.
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TheBootyWarlock Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018
TBH, I'm kinda picturing The BlockBuster as a yellow, and red version of the Batmobile. Either the Arkham, Justice League, Or, Nolanverse one. Would any of those be right, or nah?
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mr-redx Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Student General Artist
Ehhhh more or less, but with Six wheels instead of 4.
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TheBootyWarlock Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018
Oh, That sounds hella cool! Any way you could draw it, or something? Mainly just for visual representation.
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LivingDeadProduction Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really dig this version of him. I dont see him as a tech savvy person unfortunately. But he has the look of an awesome hero. Im not sure if he likes being in the spotlight or not. I figured Mr Hollywood would love all the attention and fame. He looks like the funny and fun kind of guy. Could be like the Flash. 
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mr-redx Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018  Student General Artist
Thanks! It means so much to have you like and comment on him. :)

Funny thing is, he actually doesn't like the spotlight, but operates in it because he has to. Its part of his cover and way of doing crime. He acts like he likes the spotlight, but its really a front he puts up to draw attention away from his secret identity. Its like Green Hornet pretending to be a criminal or Batman pretending to be Bruce Wayne.
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Zigwolf Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's got a Booster Gold vibe going for him now. Which works for the kind of flashy vigilante he is.
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:iconmr-redx:
mr-redx Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2018  Student General Artist
Thanks!:D
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Zigwolf Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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WolfPirate53 Featured By Owner May 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, honestly i like this want than the previous one. O well nice fancy hair
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brad328 Featured By Owner May 27, 2018
I really love this concept! :)
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:iconmr-redx:
mr-redx Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! Capt. is actually one of my oldest character ideas, having first come to me in high school. I feel he has really come a long way with his design and story.

Overall, he works right? He's got a good hook to separate him from other street-level vigilantes? And his design is unique enough to stand out on his own while incorporating that Hollywood feel?
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brad328 Featured By Owner May 27, 2018
Cap absolutely works, a street level hero but there's a flash and his look definitely evokes Hollywood style entertainment. :)
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mr-redx Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Student General Artist
Awesome! I'm so glad!
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shaqkill Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Excuse my language but FUCKING AWESOME 💯💯💯🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃
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mr-redx Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Student General Artist
Thank you!:D
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shaqkill Featured By Owner May 28, 2018  Student Digital Artist
You Welcome Can't wait to see more 😍😍😍😃😃😃😃
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
While I thought the former version was pretty darn cool, I gotta say this feels more like Hollywood. While he's still modern the change in the head hearkens back to old school heroes from serials like Flash Gordon to me. Once again I wish Id thought of this concept first. I guess I'll have to be satisfied with my Las Vegas hero concept.
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mr-redx Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Student General Artist
Thanks, so do I. I was looking at a lot of old school heroes when redesigning him, mostly Rocketeer or Buck Rodgers, but there was a little Flash Gordon in there.:D LOL, there seems to be a lot of jealousy going around concepts on DA, but that only means we admire each other's work enough to respect it.

And hey, your Captain Vegas idea can be a really cool thing on its own if done right! I look forward to seeing it!
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
My Vegas hero is called Card Shark and he has enemies like The Whale (Vegas term for a high roller) and Wild Card as well as lots of maffia to battle.
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mr-redx Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Student General Artist
Sounds like an awesome character! You got a design down?
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Ive done some VERY rough sketches. Ive got the concept down but havent created the finalized art yet.
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TFSU-Samano Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Golden Mode!
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TheMysticSpyral Featured By Owner May 24, 2018
Random thought: If you're now going for this new Eastern/Western-inspired take on his suit, why not apply that to Hank himself, have him be biracial and his mother full Japanese?
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mr-redx Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Student General Artist
Actually, he's getting updated again. Mostly still the same, but with a different mask.
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Matt22152 Featured By Owner Edited May 23, 2018
No disrespect of any kind, but he kind of looks like a Power Ranger, not that it’s a problem, and his “Prop” staff reminds me of a Deception Hunter from Robots in Disguise
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nerd-with-a-pencil Featured By Owner May 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooh, I like this new look! Very bright.
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bjv016 Featured By Owner May 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely saw the tokusatsu influence, so you definitely succeeded on that front. The colors are so bright that I thought this was a new character altogether for a moment. I like it. The only critique I have is with the insignia; I would of used a stylized 'H' instead of a star, if only because that's what Zener's got. 
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mr-redx Featured By Owner May 23, 2018  Student General Artist
I'm actually going to remove the tokusatsu helmat and try something more american like a spider-man mask. And I'll see what I can do about the insignia.
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bjv016 Featured By Owner May 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, I like the mask, but he's your character, so I can't stop you. Haha
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TheMysticSpyral Featured By Owner May 24, 2018
I agree, having a Hollywood-based hero have a star-shaped mask kind of works. Perhaps exposing the bottom half of his face might help humanize him a bit while he's in the suit.
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ligr77 Featured By Owner May 23, 2018
Admittedly, didn't expect the power ranger-esque look, but it's a pleasant surprise!
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mr-redx Featured By Owner May 23, 2018  Student General Artist
I know, most people weren't. But I think this could work better.
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ryderdecade Featured By Owner May 23, 2018
My name is Hank Thomas, and I'm here in Hollywood for one purpose: To save my city.  When I was born, my mother raised me on her own after my father and her split. Born a polymath, I've gained certain skills and became an EGOT winner until my mother died by an unknown disease. To the outside world, I'm a "one man film crew" named Jack Smith. But in secret, I fight against those who'll harm and manipulate the youth of the next generation. No one can stop them, but me. I am.... Captain Hollywood, the Golden Boy! Welcome to MY "city of dreams".
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