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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Sum of the Parts Premiers This Saturday!

Hey folks

At long last, the time has come...

Ten years in the making, Sum of the Parts will finally have its world premier on Saturday, July 14th at Portland's Hollywood Theater (4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97212) at 9:30 pm. After the film there will be a brief Question and Answer session with director Raymond Steers (and maybe a couple of the actors... you never know...)

The synopsis, for those of you who don't know the story, runs thus:

"Batty Krieg never knew much about his father, but he idolized him as the deceased war hero he was said to be. When he finds himself with a murdered best friend and a mysterious device that people seem willing to kill for, he must dig into his past and become the man his father was…literally."

My part in the film came nearly ten years after principal photography wrapped. Steers had just finished his first rough cut of the film, and realized that the ending he'd scripted wasn't working, so he wrote a new ending that included a flashback scene. Batty's father (who never appeared in the original script) was needed for the flashback... and I was lucky enough to get cast in the part. Over the course of shooting the flashback sequence Steers and I found several other parts in the film that Jules, Batty's father, could appear in.

The film itself is an innovative head trip, which plays with reality and pushes the boundaries of what many consider "action cinema." Those who saw a test-screening last September were quite taken with it. One word of warning, though - even though the film isn't rated, there is plenty of violence and language; I'd consider it a PG-13, and probably not appropriate for young kids.

If you have Saturday evening free, please come on by the Hollywood and take in the film. I and many of the other actors who appear in it will be on hand, and I know that Ray would love to pack the house for this opening night.

Hope I see you there...