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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Amazing actors tell THE WHOLE TRUTH

I'm thrilled to announce our leading lady - a name synonymous with "screwball comedy" -- not! is Elisabeth Röhm!

This will be her first foray in comedy and trust me - she will not disappoint! We're both excited about her turning in a surprising - if not shocking - performance for fans who know her best from her gripping work in Law and Order and her recent uber-dramatic turn as a concert pianist in Bernard Rose's The Kreutzer Sonata, based on the novella by Leo Tolstoy, celebrated only two months ago at the Edinburgh Film Festival. This woman is *fearless!*

Joining her and Eric Roberts (as you never have and never will see him again) - I told you this is a comedy, right? Once again, this thinking thespian will show you his range is not limited to dramatic roles!

Also hopping aboard our train to Fun and Frolic is the amazing Jim Holmes - who, again, will delight one and all with the splendid timing and layers of persona he conveys for the guy he's playing in THE WHOLE TRUTH. You'll recognize him from that laugh-a-minute hit show, "24."

Yes. This. Is. A. Comedy.

Rick Overton, known as one of the best comedy script writers around (even winning an Emmy for his labor), character actor (he's in three summer movies this year alone), stand up comic (HEALTH WARNING: if you see Rick in person, you may want to bandage your torso. I saw him recently at a Seattle comedy club and believe I cracked at least one rib laughing so hard. He is *merciless* as he keeps the laughs coming!) and consummate mensch is with us as well. If you don't know, a mensch is a person with great character; a true-blue, genuinely good-hearted person. He also appears regularly on the Stephanie Miller Show, writes for the Huffington Post and is Captain Nemo in the new Capital One TV commercials.

See? At least one person famous for working in comedy is with us. That gives us at least a little street cred with comedy purists. Oh! Our editor Stephen Myers has also worked with Carl Reiner and other comedy greats in the biz!

Next week we finish casting locally, location scouting is already underway-Craig Stewart is one of the top location scout/managers in the industry; our production office is going to be set up, our fantastic, enthusiastic Director of Photography Paul Mailman and other key crew are aboard - and in just a little more than a month... the camera rolls!

Once again, the lure to sign up for this little independent film is the script. It gives everyone participating - on and off screen - the opportunity to shine. And, hopefully, to have a great time while we all work our hearts out!

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  • At 1:55 PM, Blogger ryan dot cooper at gmail dot com said…

    Incredible! Congrats. This is going to be an amazing film.

  • At 2:00 PM, Blogger cp said…

    From your lips! At least I know everyone will fall in love with the cast!

  • At 3:40 PM, Blogger Mireille M said…

    Well if Sean Patrick Flanery is attached to this project, then you have my full attention and support! Sean's an amazing actor. I am stoked to hear more news about 'The Whole Truth'.

  • At 3:44 PM, Blogger cp said…

    He's not only a superb actor, he's a terrific person as well. It will be a real treat to be around him, let alone direct him.

  • At 10:37 PM, Blogger Jarrod said…

    Wow! Congrats CP! This project is coming together beautifully.

  • At 3:42 PM, Blogger cp said…

    Ah, the best laid plans .. Sean Patrick Flanery's schedule to film the sequel to Boondock Saints competed with our schedule for two crucial days of filming, so his role is now being played by another fine actor, whose deal is currently being put in place. Sean is as disappointed as we are, but we both understand this; and the actor coming aboard is outstanding. That announcement comes soon.

  • At 12:18 AM, Blogger Jarrod said…

    Damn! Although, I'm looking forward to seeing him in the sequel of Boondock Saints. The original is a favorite of mine.

    It's disappointing he won't be in The Whole Truth, but I'm a firm believer in everything happens for a reason.

  • At 9:16 PM, Blogger Mireille M said…

    I was quite sad to see that Sean will not be in this film. It's like Jarrod said though .. everything happens for a reason. I still look forward to watching The Whole Truth (even though Sean will not be involved in the project). Best wishes for success to you!

  • At 3:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I had the good fortune to meet someone who is on Law and Order, just as it was announced that Lis rohm was leaving. He said, she was so professional, always knew her lines-and other's as well-was intelligent, witty, and extremely funny off camera. In fact, he said, "I wish someone would give her a sitcom up to her talent and standards."

  • At 4:57 PM, Blogger cp said…

    At the risk of pissing off Lis' representatives - who of course want her working all the time: IMO, unless the program were the quality of 30 Rock or The Office, her talent and skills would be wasted on any typical American sitcom. The roles in this film present tremendous challenges to every actor in it; each character has a huge range and all are quite against type for each actor. That's why I chose actors known primarily for their serious dramatic work. My hope is that after TWT, Lis can write her ticket to any role or project she desires. She deserves it - as an artist and a very special person.

  • At 12:20 PM, Blogger Rob Christianson said…

    Hey! Welcome to Seattle. I just had the fortune to walk thru where you were filming on 1st Avenue. Was that Rohm I saw in a cat costume? Very funny. I look forward to seeing the finished film.

    Back in my single days, I had a thing for Rohm when she was on "Angel"

    Anyways, just wanted to extend the welcome and hope your experience in Seattle goes great. =)

  • At 6:23 PM, Blogger cp said…


    I received your comments just a few minutes after you sent them on my wireless phone - and Lis was very touched! She said, "Aww. Thank him so much." So that is your personal message from "Rohm." She does make a pretty cute kitty, doesn't she? The shoot went so smoothly. It's been a terrific and most enjoyable production - in large part because "Rohm" is simply a fearless actress who is tireless in her quest to learn all she possibly can in her lifetime about her craft. Thank you for your kind remarks. cp


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