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Fango heard from the people behind a new independent feature called BOOLEY, about the shaping of a man into a murderer, and they also passed on some exclusive photos. The Potent Pictures production is currently lensing on Brooklyn and Philadelphia locations under writer/director Christian Jude Grillo, and includes in its cast a couple of Howard Stern cohorts.
Tom Detrik stars as Angus Booley, who’s having a bad time in life: His job has been outsourced to India, he thinks his wife Fiona (Raine Brown, in first photo with Detrik and second pic) is cheating on him with co-worker Tony (Josh “Jacaso” Caso) and his daughter Rose (Carmela Hayslett) is a victim of bullying by her school’s chief Mean Girl (Gina Lynn). But Angus soon finds a solution to his problems when he checks out a DVD by motivational speaker Jack Harrington, whose teachings lead him to a vengeful rampage of murder. Stern pals Richard Christy (fourth photo) and “Stockbroker” Sal Governale appear as a local drug dealer and a nosy neighbor, respectively.
“Rose meets Lyle when she visits him to buy drugs for the very first time,” Grillo tells Fango. “It turns out Lyle is an intellegent, friendly, likable character who went to the same school as Rose and had the same issues. He went to college for three years and dropped out due to a poor economy when he found flourished more as a drug dealer. Lyle takes a liking to Rose and advises her that there are still good people left in her school—she just has to look a little harder to find them!
“Everyone participating in this film has been absolutely great,” the writer/director continues, “from the actors to the cameramen to the producers to the postproduction crew. We all enjoy working together and we make it fun for each other. If it isn’t fun, then it isn’t worth doing.” And the most fun for actress Lynn? “Gina commented a few times that her favorite part was filming her torture scenes,” Grillo reveals.
Brown shares the good vibes: “I had a great time working with the Potent Pictures gang,” she says. “They filmed all my scenes using two cameras, which made it very efficient. They were on top of things and made for smooth working days and lots of coverage. Fiona is totally bored and fed up in her marriage, and looking elsewhere for love; it was great to play such a negative character with so much anger and frustration. Definitely a more mature role for me, but very enjoyable and challenging.”
“I’ve known Tom for a few years now, and I’m happy to be playing his daughter,” adds Hayslett, who’s also serving as BOOLEY’s supervising editor and is also known as on-line horror hostess “Roxsy Tyler.” “This is actually my first serious role in a film, and to be acting alongside someone so talented and who I’m so comfortable with is a blessing.” Christy, who was originally set to play Harrington until scheduling conflicts led him to switch parts, is enthusiastic as well: “It was a lot of fun working with the crew from Potent Pictures,” he says, “and I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished product. I’m sure it’s going to be awesome!”
BOOLEY marks Grillo’s first time at the helm of a feature, after writing and producing a fright flick called BELIAL and directing the award-winning short THE WISH, also starring Detrik. Co-produced by New Jersey-based SaintSinner Entertainment, BOOLEY is set to wrap in May. You can find additional info and lots more pics at the movie’s Facebook page.
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