‘Pawn’ Actor in Awe3 May, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey
Actor Sean Faris (Never Back Down, Ghost Machine) sounds like a kid in a candy store describing the set of the crime thriller Pawn.
“The talent was immense,” he said.
Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, The Last Stand), Michael Chiklis (“The Shield,” Fantastic Four), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas, Killing Them Softly) and a host of other well-knowns joined Faris for the film, out now on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Anchor Bay Entertainment.
A hostage drama told from different viewpoints, Pawn sees a cop walk into an all-night diner and right into a robbery in progress. A hidden mafia plot, sleazy cops and an ex-con in the wrong place at the wrong time keep the audience guessing.
Faris marks the story as amazing, but points to the cast as the first reason action fans should pick this one up.
“Chiklis ran the show, an excellent example of professionalism and awesomeness when it comes to multitasking,” Faris said. “My hat goes off to him. For me personally, the greatest point in this movie was the three hours I worked with Forest Whitaker. There’s no surprise he won an Oscar (The Last King of Scotland). I learned more from him in three hours than I did in 10 years of acting classes.”
The film was the directorial debut for David A. Armstrong, who had racked up 40 cinematographer credits before taking the lead. Faris said it wouldn’t be his last effort.
“He was very collaborative, calm on set, and [had] the confidence to get through it,” he said. “We shot the movie in 15 days, and that’s no easy task for any director. He’s got the eye for it, knew how to make everything look really cool.”
Anchor Bay includes a lengthy behind-the-scenes featurette on the discs.