Saturday, August 5, 2017

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Tony Germinario, Writer/Director of BAD FRANK

Bad Frank is a slow burn action/thriller that delves into the world of mental illness. The film centers on Frank Pierce, who leads a seemingly normal life, but when his disturbing past re-emerges and something precious is taken from him, his mask of sanity loosens and unearths the urge to be violent once again. Here at Merc With A Movie Blog, we talk to Tony Germinario, the writer/director of BAD FRANK.

MARLA REED: Were your investors at all concerned that your lead, the amazing Kevin Interdonato, was a relative unknown?

TONY GERMINARIO: Well, considering I was the main investor, no, I was pretty cool with it.  Ha!  Seriously, Kev and I had worked together before so he was the only person I ever spoke to about the role.  He was the man.

MR: What was it about Kevin that made him the right choice for the role?

TG: He’s just super intense and he’s a bulldog.  He goes out there and does his work and he’s just a good guy to have in your corner. He did his own stunts – or at least threw ‘real punches’ – in those fighting moments, by looks?  Yeah, they were all real punches, but not at real people.

MR: Do you think that if an A-list actor had played the part of Frank, you would have been able to convince them to do half the stuff Kevin was prepared to do in the movie?

TG: You’d be surprised what actors are willing to do.  Acting is very personal and they take their work very seriously.  When you’re in character and doing something very emotional you can’t just stop and turn it off.

MR: How hard has it been to conceal the ending of the movie?

TG: Ha!  It’s not that bad.  I just smile wryly and let people think what they want to think.  The coolest thing is that everyone has an opinion which means we did something right.

MR: How was it working with Tom Sizemore and Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini?

TG: At first a little intimidating, but overall it was incredible.  We had worked it out that Tom would show up on set a few days after we started so we’d be moving along and were a well-oiled machine by that point.  The schedule changed and we had Tom on our first day, first scene.  So, there I am, directing Tom Sizemore who’s worked with Oliver Stone, Steven Spielberg, etc.  It was crazy.  But he’s just a regular guy, and a great one at that.  He’s full of stories and was great to work with.  He got real comfortable on set and it shows in his performance.  Ray is one of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet.  He was friendly and gracious, and he took pictures with all the kids on set.  He’s another guy that I grew up watching on TV, albeit in a different role, but he showed up and nailed it.  Couldn’t have asked for anything more from the experience from both of them.

MR: Where can fans find you online?

TG: The movie is at and @badfrankmovie on all social platforms.  Personally, I’m @tonygerm just about everywhere. We’re also available on iTunes and Vudu, Amazon for the BluRay/DVD, and a whole bunch of platforms.  Just go to the website to check it out.

We'd like to give our most sincerest thanks to Mr. Germinario for taking the time to talk with us.  And be sure to check out Bad Frank today!

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