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An Interview with Patrick D. Green, Star of Crazy Right

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2017

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Your new movie Crazy Right - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?

 

The words that come to mind for me when I think of Crazy Right are "guilt" and "regret". For me, at the core, Crazy Right is saying to people "don't pass up the small moments, let people know they matter to you, life is fleeting and you don't want to fail to truly love." My character Paul, throughout the film, is desperately trying to both remember and forget all at the same time. He was deeply in love with Iris and once Iris was gone, he wanted so much to remember the good things while forgetting the bad, especially the ways in which he failed her.

 

What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Patrick D. Green can we find in Paul?

 

I spent a great deal of time with the script and drew upon the loneliness we all feel at times. It was a mission of mine to try to capture the mask of being in control when one is so out of control. I think all of us want to believe we are the hero of the story, but we all fail at times, we all do awful things. Paul is forced to confront his deficiencies and that's an incredibly difficult thing for people to do, much more so when you are also dealing with addiction and depression. Paul is very different from me as a person, but I do believe those feelings of inadequacy and loneliness are universal.

 

How did you get involved with the project in the first place? And to what extent could you identify with its story?

 

I had known the writer/director Ian Fowler for quite some time before we began production. He came to me with this script, and as soon as I read it, I was on board. I think what most grabbed my attention is how terrified I was at the idea of bringing some of the scenes to life. It was very daunting and I knew shooting would be challenging, but I think that's when you know you have to do it. If it doesn't scare you some, it's probably not worth it. I was also fascinated by the way the script exemplifies the way in which memories are fleeting and ever-changing. What you remember of an incident may not be how anyone else present remembers it. Our minds are very susceptible to creative editing... much the same way that film works.

 

How did you end up on the production side of things as well, and what were the challenges of bringing Crazy Right to the screen from a producer's point of view?

 

Ian asked if I'd like to be a producer on the film as well and I thought "why not?" I don't really enjoy producing, to be honest. It's not really my forte. But I truly believed in this script and film. I wanted to have a hand in being sure that it found an audience. As a producer, one of the biggest challenges was finding a way in which to describe the film. It's a very unusual film, in my opinion, and I had a difficult time even thinking of other films that could be considered similar.

 

Do talk about your director Ian Stewart Fowler, and what was your collaboration like?

 

My favorite thing about working with Ian on set is that he makes a very safe place for actors to go to some very vulnerable places. He allows actors to truly be in the moment and only really pushes them when necessary. It was a very low pressure, relaxed set with a minimal crew and that made it very easy to do some incredibly challenging and intimate work. Ian is also a very gifted writer.  

 

What can you tell us about your co-stars, and as a producer, were you at all involved in the casting process?

 

As a producer, yes, I was involved with some of the casting. My amazing co-star Lindsae Klein also happens to be a very good friend of mine and so that was helpful for a lot of the scenes. There was already a trust in place. We rounded out the cast with Michael Draper, of whom I am a big fan; Dennis Fitzpatrick, who has the greatest stories; Ian Stout, who was game to play on our warped little set; and Whitney Crittendon, who regaled us with talk of zit popping videos on YouTube when she wasn't also making up our faces.  

 

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

The on-set atmosphere was extremely relaxed and good natured. We had a very small crew that included our incredible DP Nathan Coltrane. When I wasn't screaming and crying on camera, we were laughing and having fun. I feel very fortunate to have had the freedom and safety of that set as I don't know that I could have given the performance necessary without feeling that kind of comfort.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

I'm currently producing and starring in a film entitled Escaping Freedom that begins shooting next month. The crowdfunding campaign is on Seed&Spark at www.seedandspark.com/fund/escapingfreedom I am super excited about working on this film, director Edd Blott's second feature, as it too is an incredibly challenging script and we have assembled an amazing cast.

 

What got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

I began acting on the stage in middle school. I did that throughout high school and college, eventually getting a Theatre Minor. I love acting, as cliche as that sounds. I was a very shy child and it was an amazingly freeing way of getting in front of people and speaking words that were handed to me. The more I did it, the more I fell in love with bringing other people's stories to life. I truly believe that the art of story and film can change people's hearts and minds. It reminds people that, at our core, we are all so very much the same.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Crazy Right?

 

Oh gosh, there is so much. Some highlights are working on NBC's Grimm, the web spot Super Drunk, and the webseries Letters (which is actually a prologue to the feature film Escaping Freedom). Also, another film I starred, in Maria Allred's The Texture of Falling, just had its world premiere at the Marbella International Film Festival in Spain. Otherwise, I'm also looking forward to a film I shot last year, a remake of the cult classic The Brain That Wouldn't Die, releasing sometime next year.

 

How would you describe yourself as an actor, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

I'm not sure how to describe myself as an actor. Maybe that's for others to say. I'll probably disagree with them though. But I like to think that I look for challenging roles. I have had formal training. A few years after college where I studied theatre throughout my time, I began focusing on film acting and have trained with many teachers and coaches. Training is never ending.

 

Actors (and indeed actresses) who inspire you?

 

Oh wow, some of my favorites are Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hardy, Kate Winslet, Daniel Day Lewis... I could go on and on. I just love truly fearless actors.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

The Last of the Mohicans, Shame, The Fountain, LA Confidential, Harold & Maude, Mulholland Drive, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Hunt... my taste runs the gamut.

 

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... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

Forrest Gump and Harsh Times come to mind.

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

My website is www.patrickdgreen.com

Crazy Right: crazyrightmovie.com

Escaping Freedom: www.seedandspark.com/fund/escapingfreedom

 

Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

Let's leave a little mystery.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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