We got a chance to speak to Johnny Greenlaw the writer, director, producer and star of the hugely entertaining award winning comedy drama Mommy’s Box. We would like to thank Johnny for taking time to answer these questions.
Q. Mommy’s Box gets released on September 30th, in theatres and digital how excited are you to see your film get a released?
Q. Being involved in every aspect of a film how did you find handling each part of the film?
I felt as an actor I was ready for this. I had just done four plays the year before and felt really strong from an acting stand point. And having written the script as well I felt very close to the character and material. Producing was the biggest task because every decision revolved around me, on set at times it took me away from my creative duties. Directing was incredible and I was lucky enough to have an amazing cast and crew, along with a super talented director of photography, John Rosario by my side. The next film I direct, I hope to do a little less producing.
Q. Were there any films that inspired decision making for the story?
No, not really. I was just trying to stay as true as we could to the original material that was written.
Q. Working with fellow up and coming stars like Bill Sorvino and Carly Brooke compared with more experienced names like Joseph D’Onofrio and David Harris did you get to learn as an actor by working with a mix of experience?
It was an amazing experience working with all the actors. The veterans can always teach you a new trick or two while the up and comers keep you on your toes. The work we all did in rehearsal was an amazing bonding and learning experience for us all.
Q. How many of the characteristics of yourself are in the Nick character?
As an actor there will always be some of my characteristics in any character I play. From a writing standpoint there were a few but Nick is a much bigger jerk than I am. Which makes for a fun character to play.
Q. Your next project sees you re-teaming with Bill Sorvino, are you looking forward to getting to work on your next film?
Yes, we are. It’s titled “The Empty Handed Painter” written by Laura Fay Lewis. A true story about an amazing man and artist. Love telling True Stories.
Q. Would you have any advice for any aspiring film makers out there?
You have to love this. If you do not love it you will not last. Perseverance is the key. Draw up a plan and work your butt off.
Q. Which Films, Actors and Directors helped inspire you into the film industry?
I’m a big fan of Martin Scorsese. I recently watched Raging Bull, that is a masterpiece. I came across Goodfellas the other day, another masterpiece. The guy is incredible. There are not many filmmakers out there that are even close. I am inspired by Mr Scorsese and his filmmaking and hope that some day I can make films that are as powerful as his.
Q. Would you prefer to continue making smaller projects or move onto big Blockbuster projects?
Why not both? I would like to continue making films my way and would also love to direct a big budget Hollywood film. I know I am ready for it.
Q. If you were given creative freedom on any film franchise, which one would you like to sink your teeth into?
I am a huge fan of the Rocky films. So inspiring, so powerful, so emotional and fun too. Ryan Coogler has done a nice job with Creed, I’d love to take a shot at the next one. Hey Sly give me call!
Q. Are there any actors you haven’t worked with that you would like to one day direct in a film?
I’d love to work with Adrien Brody, Aaron Paul and Jessica Chastain to name a few.
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