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Updated: Aug 21, 2022

KingWolf catches up with Director and Actor, John Charles Gerald to talk about his latest film, Johnny, his passion for acting, and what’s next for him career-wise.

1. What attracted you to create the movie "JOHNNY"?

  • Johnny was a beautiful accident. I was making a music video with a puppet that didn’t work out. That puppet turned out to be Johnny. It was too good to toss away, so I decided to make a film with it. At first, I didn’t know what to write about so then I decided to write my own story with some fictional enhancements to the characters and the story itself. The puppet was a great addition to the story and it is indeed what makes the story as unique.

2. Did you find it difficult or easy to wear both the directing and acting hat for this film?

  • Yes, it was very difficult because you have to simultaneously be on the opposite sides of the coin. It’s hard when somebody is not looking at your performance on the other side of the camera and guiding you like a conductor to an orchestra but it is what it is, and I think I pulled it off well. Would I ever do it again? Only if I had to.

3. Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character.

  • Joaquin Phoenix. Characters like the latest Joker and even his role in PTA’s The Master, leads me to believe that he would make a really good Floyd.

4. What are your favorite genre films to watch?

  • My favorite genre of films to watch is psychological dark dramas bordering the horror line and this is exactly where I intended Johnny to be at.

5. What came first.. acting or film-making?

  • They both came at the same time. It was a beautiful choreography that set me up for success and started me off on the right foot with a film filled with great characters.

6. What is the best piece of advice that you have ever received in your career?

  • I’ve received so many advice's that I could not select one of them on the spot as the best one, but because you’ve caught me off guard, I’m gonna just pick one that comes to my mind which is “A film should be personal… Write something so personal that you’re embarrassed to share it with others.” That’s how personal a film should be written.

7. If you were not a filmmaker or actor, what would you see yourself doing?

  • An inventor and/or a Real Estate investor

8. What would you consider your "dream role"? Like a specific kind of character you've always wanted to play, but haven't found the opportunity yet. Who would that character be?

  • I would like to play a millionaire. To me its a fun, challenging and exciting role. An astronaut, a villain robbing a bank and basically everything that one cannot do in real life. That’s the beauty of acting.

9. Is there a film director that inspires you? If so, who and why?

  • My biggest inspirations are George Lucas for his perseverance and vision with Star Wars, Alejandro González Iñárritu for his impressive storytelling skills, Alfonso Cuarón and David Fincher for their outstanding broad range of technical skills, Stanley Kubrick for his mastery in composition and elaborate innuendos, David Lynch for his unique style and sound design involvement and Darren Aronofsky for his brilliant execution of dark psychological subjects that often torment his characters. Paul Thomas Anderson is also among my favorite directors.

10. What is next for you? Do you have any projects in the works to either director or act in?

  • They both came at the same time. It was a beautiful choreography that set me up for success and started me off on the right foot with a film filled with great characters.

Indie film supporters, check out John Charles Gerald's Psychological Thriller JOHNNY. Floyd is a surviving child abuse victim constantly being tormented by the voices in his head. After numerous hallucinations, Floyd comes across a talking puppet that is somehow linked to his abusive childhood.

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