Exclusive Horrornews.net Interview:¬† Tommy DeNucci ( Writer / Director )
Film: Almost Mercy ( Woodhaven Production Co. )
Mike Joy: How long have you been shooting Almost Mercy?
Tommy DeNucci: This is day 16 of 18.
MJ: What can we expect from today’s shoot?
TD: Today is the first appearance of Bill Moseley’s character, Pastor Johnson.¬† I spent time with Bill on Saturday when he flew in and talked about his character.¬† I’m excited to see him take the ball and run with it.
Pastor Johnson is the local pastor with questionable morals.¬† He certainly makes many appearances throughout the film.
MJ: How long have you been with Woodhaven Films?
TD: This is my third film with Woodhaven as Writer/Director.¬† I co-wrote this film with B. Dolan.
TD: That’s a great question.¬† It has to do with where I’m at in my career.¬† My first film, I was just happy to be able to get a movie made and just happy to be there and happy to be on the team. My second film, I approached it with learning what I took from the first film and try to modify it.¬† Figure out the best ways to make it better. The third film is just more experience.¬† More time working with the same people.¬† I’m lucky to have a kick ass crew,¬† a lot of the core people have been with me throughout my films.¬† Each film we get better as a group.¬† Almost Mercy is by far the strongest film that we’ve ever made.¬† I’m excited to cut it.¬† I can’t wait to get in the editing room.
TD:¬† Dave was there for my first movie, Self Storage.¬† He’s had my back in the industry for awhile now.¬† He’s just a pleasure to work with.¬† Aside from being a great producing partner, he’s also a personal friend on mine.¬† We just fire about 50 text messages back and forth, about everything from pro wrestling and goofy non-sense, to serious business.¬† It’s great to have both a business and personal relationship with a producing partner.
MJ: I’ve text David before and I just can’t keep up with his texts.
TD: The man never sleeps.¬† You text him 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning, and boom he fires right back at you.
TD: One little secret about me is that I’m a pretty big pro wrestling fan.¬† When David Gere plays the character of DG Haven, he really, really owns it.
MJ: What else is coming up for Tommy DeNucci?
TD: I’m very excited to have a hand in the Martin Scorsese project, “Bleed For This” which will be produced by Chad Verdi.¬† Chad has been the driving force behind Woodhaven and Verdi Productions.. and my career.¬† He’s always supported me from the very, very beginning. When I was just an intern, he gave me opportunities to further myself as an artist.
In the Fall, we’re going to be producing the Martin Scorsese movie.¬† We have a lot of top brass.¬† The producer from American Beauty is on the project, it’s just unbelievable.¬† Miles Teller is playing Vinnie Paz.¬† He’s quickly becoming a rising star.¬† Going to play Mr. Fantastic in the new Fantastic Four movie.¬† We have Aaron Eckhart signed on.¬† It’s just a really, really classy project.¬† The biggest in scope that I’ve ever worked on.
MJ: Wow, Martin Scorsese!¬† You don’t get bigger than that.
TD:¬† He’s the guy who inspired me to want to make films.
MJ:¬† Tommy, thank you for taking the time out from movie making to talk to Horrornews.net!