Although he attained worldwide fame as George McFly in 1985’s Back to the Future (perhaps you’ve heard of it), Crispin Glover has opted for a more low-key career, pursuing his own offbeat passion projects and only making sporadic appearances in more mainstream fare. So when news of the actor joining a bigger project surfaces, you best believe that I perk up and pay attention.
THR says he’s joined the indie thriller Motel, co-starring John Cusack and Robert De Niro. The movie, currently in production, centers around a hit man hired by a notorious crime boss who has to fight his way through a whole host of shadowy characters in a secluded Bayou motel in order to complete his job. (In addition to Glover, dwarf actor Martin Klebba has also joined the cast. You might remember him from his brief screen time in Project X punching teenagers in the groin, or his time on TV’s Scrubs punching Zach Braff in the groin, or the TV movie Knee High P.I. where I assume he also assaulted the groin region of various foes.) Motel is being directed by David Grovic, a first-timer behind the camera, from a script by James Russo; the director and his partner, Paul Conway, also took rewrite duties on the man’s work.
I am and will forever be a die-hard Crispin Glover fan; Back to the Future aside, I find him to be a fascinating person, a true artist who could’ve taken the movie star path but instead decided to carve out his own unique career. Motel itself also sounds promising, and has assembled two great leads, so there must have something to it besides money. (It’s an independent production so I doubt Cusack and De Niro are pulling that much, salary-wise.) I will be keeping an eye on Motel as production continues, and once there’s a trailer or something, you know that The Film Stage will be right on top of it.
Look for Motel sometime next year.
What do you think of Motel? Sound promising? Also, any other Crispin Glover fans out there?
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