|Jackson Rathbone as Russ
Directed By: Justin Lerner
Written By: Justin Lerner
Cast: Evan Sneider, Shannon Woodward
Release Date: January 1, 2010
MPAA Rating: TBA
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Evan is a young man with Down Syndrome who lives with his mother in a poor, working-class town hit hard by the recent economic recession. When he unexpectedly comes into a large amount of money, Evan uses it to romantically pursue Candy, a girl from town whom he has loved since high school.
Candy, now a barely-employed single mom, is facing financial debt, possible eviction, and the inability to rid herself of Russ, her abusive and volatile ex-boyfriend. In no position to turn down Evan’s offers of financial support, Candy hesitantly accepts his gifts, which causes the pair to enter a complicated emotional entanglement.
When Russ catches on to Candy and Evan’s relationship, all three of them become intertwined in a complex triangle of secrets, jealousy and revenge. Despite his many hardships and the seeming impossibility of Candy being able to return his love, Evan struggles to remain a resilient, pure embodiment of human compassion.
Jackson’s character Russ is described as a “harming and dangerous lead, jealous and diabolical, where you’re not going to know if you love him or hate him” according to writer and director, Justin Lerner.
• This marks the first time Jackson Rathbone is co-producing a film. He’ll be co-producing with 100 Monkeys band mate, Jerad Anderson and Shaun O’Banion.
• 100 Monkeys will be scoring and even providing a few songs for the film. Producer Shaun O’Banion tweeted “Orson Brawl” would be one of the songs used in it.
• Jackson asked directer Justin Lerner if his character, Russ, could always have a harmonica on him. Justin said yes!
• According to director Justin Lerner, Jackson told him after the first day of shooting that he was planning on playing this guy a lot meaner and a lot more tough in scenes with Evan, but as soon as he saw Evan smiling at him with the most genuine smile he’d ever seen in his life, there was no way, as awful as his character was, could he be mean to Evan’s character.
“I like dark characters having to face the light and getting burned in the process… That’s what I wanted to portray within Russ.”
“It’s an exciting time, I get to play a part in it and have a little bit more say behind the scenes, behind the camera, which is really interesting. It’s what I’ve always really wanted to get into. I love film. I love the art behind it.”