"I'm paying," he states, and I sense it's pointless to argue.
It's Danor's Southern demeanor that's so winning. He was born in rural Mississippi, raised in Houston, Dallas, and Arkansas--down South, where a young man is taught to say, "Yes ma'am."
We sit at a booth and I want him to tell me about his life before Utah. He says, "I was on the dive team in college. I dove All-American at Ouachita Baptist University."
I believe him. He's got the good lines of an athlete--lines that have helped him land roles in dozens of films that pack his IMDb page. Besides last week's premiere for his role in the sequel to Kieth Merrill's 12 Dogs of Christmas, Danor has roles in Peleton, 95'ers, Forever Strong and Deep Winter among others, and he's so fit that he does most of his own stunt work.
I ask him about a memorable moment on set, and he says, "During Peleton, we had trainers cycling alongside us. and we were up in the mountains, so It was pretty steep. As we were busting it up the hill, one of the trainers said that it looked like we were just amateurs out on a nice Sunday roll. My pride wasn't about to take that. So, I started hauling pretty hard and picked up speed--eventually going toe to toe with the guy. We got up to 60 mph which was a real rush. I'd never gone that fast outside before."
While in Dallas, he signed on with the Mary Collins Talent Agency which opened a lot of doors for his career, landing him time both behind and in front of the camera. At one point, he found himself casting the beloved kid's show Barney.
"You have a lot to look forward to," I say. "But what do you do differently now with so much experience behind you?"
"Well, I still want to act. I love to act, but, with distribution and marketing changing so rapidly, I think more like a businessman. I'm getting hugely into directing and co-producting."
Danor's new project, Swallow the Sun, is based on a stageplay based on the life of C.S. Lewis. "We're now into pre-production, and the screenplay is by Mahonri Stewart, a local writer. I'm very excited about this film."