Mullen and Doiron get the monkey off their back

While the genre of the next film by Niagara Falls natives April Mullen and Tim Doiron may be a surprise for some, it’s something that has been a long time coming, Mullen says.

April Mullen & Christopher Lloyd by Richard Hutton -Niagara this Week 22.10.13

Tim and I really wanted to adventure into this new genre for a long time,” Mullen said during a break from shooting her and Doiron‘s latest film, 88, in Port Colborne Friday. “This is a really old script idea for us. It’s been in the works for over five years. We’ve been anxiously, patiently waiting for our opportunity to do this,” Mullen said.

“It’s very cathartic in a lot of ways, I have to admit,” Doiron added. “It’s been something that has been like a monkey on our back for so long. We’ve never been in the position to make a movie like this.”

While the duo’s first three films have been comedies — their last film, the award-winning Dead Before Dawn 3D has a special showing Oct. 30 at Niagara Square — 88 is an action thriller.

“It’s extremely different.” Mullen said of the process of making the film. “Every day at the monitor we’re not laughing and holding laughs in. Instead we’re immersed in a really strong story that is captivating.”

Gwen, played by Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps/American Mary) is a young woman who “comes to” in a roadside diner with no idea where she is or how she got there. Split between two timelines, blurring fiction and reality, Gwen gets taken on a revenge-fueled journey as she seeks out the person responsible for her lover’s death.

The film stars Christopher Lloyd, who is best known for his portrayal as Emmett “Doc” Brown in the Back to the Future Trilogy, as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family and as Jim Ignatowski in the television series Taxi.

“It’s fantastic to watch him work. I love watching him in this role. It’s a huge departure for him. He’s very used to doing comedies and huge character roles where this is about subtlty and what’s happening underneath the lines.”

Rounding out the cast are Jesse McCartney (All My Children/Alvin and the Chipmunks) who co-stars as Winks, while Kyle Schmid (Copper/Lost Girl) play’s Gwen’s love interest, Aster.

It’s a decidedly dark turn for the 75-year-old actor known primarily for comedic roles.

“I try to find the reality of the character,” Lloyd said. “What he’s all about and everything. But there’s no funny lines, that’s the only difference. It’s great, it’s great, I love working with her. I always feel secure as an actor. She’s very accomplished at what she’s doing. She has great instincts.”

Mullen also was quick to credit Isabelle for taking on the demanding lead role that sees her involved in virtually every scene. “It takes someone with a lot of strength and vulnerability to pull this role off and she’s just been mesmerizing.

Shooting in an around Niagara will continue until Nov. 8. Mullen said 88 will be released sometime in 2014.

Source : Niagara This Week (22/10/13)


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