“Third Man” producer Jon Smith has been generous in sharing information with me as his film – based on The Sixth Day: A 17,175-Word Novella About Creation and Prizefighting – evolves through pre-production.
Earlier this month, I was given the opportunity to read the most recent version of the script by Alistair McKenzie and Jasmine Fontes. I smiled from the opening montage to the final ‘fade to black.’ The two writers have done something special with my little novella about faith.
Last week, Jon told me we are close to finalizing a deal with “an amazing actor with an impressive track record” for an important role.
Familiar with the actor’s scope of work, I asked Jon if an actor of this man’s stature takes a role like this because it’s just another paycheck, or does he take it because he expresses true and committed enthusiasm with the story and the project.
Jon responded, “…some actors will merely do a project for a check, while others will do it for passion…” Then he shared this actor’s response to the script and said it would put his personal approach into perspective.
“I just finished the script and I think it is Brilliant! I’d love to do Father Flynn. This is a great tale, told in a most amazing way! The imagery and dialogue together with a story of “Belief, and Faith” combined with an incredibly witty dialogue is fantastic. I wish I were the Old Man in this script. I love it and would be proud to be a part of it! Thank you for thinking of me for this.”
Actors like this make great films, and his attitude is consistent with HopLite Entertainment’s approach to the film. I’ll let you know who he is when his contract is finalized. This bodes well for “Third Man.”