(PLEASE READ AS THIS ACTUALLY HAS A REAL LIFE POINT HERE…)
Okay, remember this guy?^^^ You know, the (hot) Kenny Rogers lookalike one with like, ONE LINE in Season 1 during the Anglo Garrick arc? The walking talking GI Joe? Metal Gear Solid reincarnate? The one who has slowly gained more air time and apparently become a part of Red’s army permanently? Yeah, THAT one. Well, I decided to update my “Red’s Army” drawing from last year and remove Mr. Vargas, (curse his lying scum bag ways!!!) and instead add this guy^^^ who we now have learned is named, “Baz.”
So me, doing my research, looked him up on Google to find out his real name. Know what it is? It’s Motherf%&king BAZ!!!
Now I bet you’re wondering, “Why is she using “motherf%&king” in front of his name, and why did they use his real name as his character’s name?” Well, I’ll tell you why.
His name is Bazzel Baz (no joke) and get this… in real life HE RESCUES CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN KIDNAPPED ALL OVER THE WORLD. Mr. Baz is:
A former US Marine
A 10 year vet of the CIA
And founder of ARC (Association for the Recovery of Children)
(he’s also apparently a reality tv star, tv consultant, and producer)… but back to the badass’ness…
HE IS ALSO ONE OF ONLY 12 CURRENT AND FORMER INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS KNOWN AS “LIFE GUARANTORS.” WHICH LITERALLY TRANSLATES TO “HE CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE IN ANY SITUATION.” ANY.
“’If you get shot, I can do surgery. And then I can get you out of the area, because I know how to fly a plane.’ He can also hotwire a car, drive a truck, captain a boat, resuscitate an injured person-basically, anything that needs to be done to make sure the person under his protection gets out of a life-threatening situation intact.” (Focusonthefamily.com 2015)
As the founder of ARC, he recruited an elite group of half a dozen former military men whose sole purpose is to find kidnapped US children throughout the world and bring them home. It’s been in operation for OVER 24 YEARS.
ARC was founded in ‘95 mainly with his own money and resources. His team has successfully rescued over 60 children, and has a 100% success rate to date.
It all started in ‘91 during a tour in Somalia (right before the events of Blackhawk Down) when his squad noticed two small girls cowering for cover and lost. He wanted to bring them in, but it wasn’t part of their mission, so they left them there. “It just tugged at my heart,” Baz said. Two days later, he went back out with his team and recovered the girls, and also located the girls’ mother and brother, reuniting them all in the middle of one of the deadliest US campaigns of all time.
This became a mission of Baz’s, to the point that he used all of his own leave and vacation time to go out and find other missing children around the world who had been kidnapped.
One of Baz’s most famous rescues was of a little girl named Lily Snyder in 2003 (pictured above)^^^. She had been missing for over two years before she was located by Baz and his team in Costa Rica. She was recovered safely after an early morning raid by ARC on the compound where she was being held.
About 15% of the children ARC rescues are taken by sex traffickers. Luckily, because ARC is NOT a law enforcement agency, they can get away with a lot more and take quicker action than the government could. “I don’t like bureaucracy, and I hate evil. I’m grateful for what other organizations do, but kids don’t come home until boots are on the ground.”
Baz states, “A calling isn’t a job. You don’t do it to get rewarded. You’re compelled to do it because it’s in the DNA of your soul, and you will give your life to do it.”
Unfortunately, because it ISN’T a government funded group, their funding often is lacking, leaving dozens of cases where the children cannot be rescued by his team.
Currently, Baz is playing his recurring character of BAZ on The Blacklist as the head of Red’s protective detail. I’ve come to the conclusion that he is literally so badass in real life, that they just said, “F’ it… You’re staying BAZ. THAT’S your character’s name.” He is also a consultant on the show. This gig allows him a steady income that he then uses to fund his grassroots organization to rescue more children.
(I’m totally convinced that Baz isn’t even acting on the show… that’s just HIM. No wonder Red wants him in charge of his protective detail!!!) But I thought people should KNOW what I found out about him, and spread the word, BECAUSE THE WORLD NEEDS MORE BAZ’S!!! Please reblog this, and let NBCBlacklist know that Baz needs to stay, (Baz needs the money,) so Baz can continue being a literal “Motherf%&king HERO” offscreen and saving children’s lives while he’s not acting on the show.
(And to think that this all came about because I wanted to do a drawing of him…)
Please let NBCBlacklist know (tweet, tumblr, Facebook, WHATEVER!!!) that we love Baz, and Baz should NOT be killed off. Make him a recurring character like Mr. Kaplan at the least, and let this man continue to be as badass as he possibly can (on AND off the screen).
And THAT’S why he’s “Motherf%&cking BAZ.”^^^
Please spread the word on this amazing man and tell NBCBlacklist WE WANT BAZ!!!
There are foundational elements in our lives. People that form the brick and mortar of who we are. People that are so deeply embedded that we take their existence for granted, until suddenly they’re not there. And we collapse into rubble. I’ve stood over the open grave of someone I’ve loved. Too often. Once for my mother, and then, the others. I needed to recall this feeling because I’d be staring at another body right now if it weren’t for you Aram. It wasn’t weakness that prevented you from watching your friend die today. It was hope, and thank heavens you were in a hopeful mood. You saved Elizabeth. I’m forever in your debt.
“ He’s developed a level of patience in the work that he’s taught me to have. He told me when I would get frustrated with a scene or something, he taught me how to focus that frustration and put it back into the work and I said to James, ‘Is this frustration ever going to go away? and he said no. He said you have to work to manage it. He’s just become one of the dearest people in my entire life…
Megan Boone describes her work with James Spader (x)