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You win some, you lose some…but when it came to director
Christian Jude Grillo, he won it back. When one of the bigger names dropped out
of the cast of his currently lensing shocker DEER CROSSING, he was able to
refill the role quickly, with an equally experienced actor.
Just days before screen veteran Michael Madsen was due to
arrive in Philadelphia to shoot his scenes for the Potent Media production (go
here for our last report with exclusive photos) last week, Grillo received word that
the actor would not be able to make it. Not only was a radio appearance on 93.3
WMMR’s PRESTON AND STEVE SHOW canceled, but also a promotional appearance with
Madsen at this past weekend’s Monster Mania convention in Cherry Hill, New
Grillo had to terminate Madsen’s contract and immediately scramble to
recast the role—and that convention offered up a perfect replacemnt to play a
Philadelphia police captain in the film. Grillo has announced the signing of
GHOSTBUSTERS’ Ernie Hudson to fill the part, and tells Fango, “I actually like
the dynamic of Ernie alongside DEER CROSSING star Christopher Mann. I think the
idea of having two great African-American actors in the movie’s authorative
roles breaks against the stereotype.” Hudson joins a cast that also includes Laura
Lynn Cottrel, K.J. Linhein, Kevin Fennell, Doug Bradley, Tom Detrik, Jennifer
Butler, Rob Dimension, Carmela Hayslett and Erika Lynn.
Grillo has much to celebrate these days; he has also just
signed a distribution deal with the Hostile City company for his previous
feature BOOLEY (see story here).
“Directing a movie, especially at the ultra-low-budget level, is difficult,” he
says. “As a director, I wear a lot of hats on set; you have to be a
seven-headed dragon to realize the big picture sometimes. I have a great crew
with matching passion, though.” Check out DEER CROSSING’s teaser below, and see
Potent Media’s official website here.
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