In his second feature as a director, Honest Thief, filmmaker Mark Williams (A Family Man) tells the story of a career bank robber intent on turning himself in for the sake of love, who gets caught up in a violent conflict with two crooked FBI agents intent on stealing his money.
Tom (Liam Neeson) is a lot of things, but two in particular: an infamous thief and a newfound romantic. His feelings for his new flame Annie (Kate Walsh) have inspired him to right his past wrongs and leave behind his life of crime. Although he has always worked with integrity and precision, exclusively carrying out non-violent bank jobs, he does not want his relationship with Annie to be built upon lies. He resolves to turn himself in to the FBI and forfeit the money he has stolen in return for a plea deal and a clean slate. When he calls the Boston FBI field office to confess and set a meeting, Agents Baker (Robert Patrick) and Meyers (Jeffrey Donovan) laugh it off as a prank.
They send their subordinates, Agents Nivens (Jai Courtney) and Hall (Anthony Ramos), instead. The two younger agents are shocked to discover that Tom is the real deal, and see Tom's stolen money as their golden ticket to a better life. So begins a cat-and-mouse game where good and bad become tangled, but love always rings true.
Honest Thief is written and directed by Mark Williams and stars Liam Neeson (Taken), Kate Walsh (Grey's Anatomy), Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice), Jai Courtney (Suicide Squad), and Anthony Ramos (Hamilton). The ensemble cast includes Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Blindspotting).
Completing Williams's creative team are director of photography Shelly Johnson (Captain America: The First Avenger), production designer Tom Lisowski (The Oath), film editor Michael P. Shawver (Black Panther), with music by Mark Isham (The Accountant). The film is produced by Mark Williams (Ozark), Myles Nestel (Wheelman), Tai Duncan (Proud Mary), Craig Chapman (Wheelman), and Jonah Loop (The Kid). The executive producers are Lisa Wilson, Andrea Ajemian, Charles Dorfman, David Gilbert, Simon Williams, Christelle Conan, James Swarbrick, Will Young, Martin Sprock, Jonathan Bross, Joe Simpson, John Jencks, Jay Taylor.
"It has the action, the thrills, car chases, guns going off, things exploding. But at the heart of it, it's a love story, and to me that's the most important thing." Mark Williams "The themes of the story really revolve around second chances and redemption. Both characters, Tom and Annie, find themselves in situations where the past hasn't been so kind to them. And this situation gives them an opportunity to, not only find a second opportunity in life, but find love in the process." Mark Williams
"He's infamous. And he has met a woman, not a girl, he's met a woman. And he, for the first time in his life, has really fallen in love. I guess it says something about the power of love that he's decided to give up this sort of bandit career, accumulating these millions of dollars that he's never going to spend. So I just thought that was really original. It really touched me." Liam Neeson
"I think that the love story aspect of it is really interesting - particularly for Liam's character, having done a lot of these different action pieces - but I think if you look at what each character will do for that and who they love, it's not just our two main characters, but a lot of the characters throughout the movie are making decisions on a regular basis for the love of their family or love of their occupation or love of each other. And I think that's a powerful human condition. We all do it on a daily basis. We're making decisions constantly, good and bad, for what we love or are searching for. So I think that's something that will resonate with just about anyone." Mark Vanselow
"I was really drawn to this idea of a love story and people's second chances, where both the role that Liam plays and that I play are just two people that have a history and a past, like we would at our ages, and find each other. And it's about what you do for love and how you grow and expand for love, with love, in ways that you probably never thought you'd have to, or would ever anticipate. I thought that was a really interesting, beautiful theme to explore. And especially in times where we're in a world that could be dark and tumultuous, to have this kind of beautiful story in the midst of craziness was really cool." Kate Walsh
"It's a second chance story about somebody who is so in love with another person that the idea of having any kind of emotional overhang or corruption within that isn't worth it. So trying to come clean, trying to be forgiven for your past so that you have the freedom and the space to move forward, is kind of spectacular." Jonah Loop
"What would you be willing to do? What would you be willing to pay for a second chance at life and love? And that was the interesting thing for me. It really presents this question as to what is life about, what does it really mean and what is it worth? And I think it confronts that question in a pretty unique way. And that was the exciting part about it for me." Craig Chapman
"I think it's [about] redemption. You know, it's about a guy wanting to do the right thing after he's done the wrong thing for so long. He has this moment where he's like, I want to make my wrongs right. How many of us have thought of that in life, period? I mean, people say, No regrets. I'm like, yeah, all right. No regrets. Okay, sure. We all have one or two things we've done in life where we're like, Man, I wish I could take that one back. And this is about a guy who was confessing to that, and then what sparks that confession is love, which is even deeper. So it's about a guy who wants to do the right thing. Not because he feels guilty, but because he's fallen in love and he wants to preserve that as long as he can. And the only way to do that is to be vindicated, you know? And then boom, you cut to this other storyline with these other two guys. You got one partner who gets involved in this thing that is way bigger than anything he ever imagined, but it's only because in the back of his mind, he's like, my family can be good after this. I can take care of my family and not stress over the things that I usually stress it over. And then you've got the other guy on the other hand who was like, I'm just trying to get it all and I don't care who I've got to cut to do it, you know? There's so many layers in this story." Anthony Ramos
"Well, the elements that really drew me in were, it's anchored in this love story between Tom and Annie. He's a really relatable character. He's a guy who's going straight for love and trying to get a sort of second lease on life and have a second chance to clear his conscience and to just clean the slate and move forward. And he's been a career criminal, but for reasons that I think stem from an honorable place in a way." Jai Courtney "I hope audiences are entertained and enjoyed the ride, but also they think about things like second chances and redemption, and the fact that we're not all perfect but sometimes love is enough, and if you stick by people that you care about, love will win." Mark Williams
"I hope audiences are a) entertained. That's very, very important. It's a nice pulse of entertainment for 93 minutes. I think they come away and still believe that love is possible at any age, but just be really entertained, you know? And believe the scenes they're seeing and believe the couple of car chases there are. That's about it. There was no hidden message around it. I guess it would be, if I was to wear a banner, it would be, believe in the power of love, you know, it's powerful. John Lennon said, All you need is love. I tend to believe that, especially in these times we're living in." Liam Neeson
"I think that Mark has an ability to write characters who have an external toughness but that have a complicated and softer inner core. And the idea of investigating the duality of those characters in that way is something that I think he's great at." Tai Duncan "Mark is often action oriented, but he is pretty well suited with the human condition and really likes taking an every day common associable character and twisting them into an unfortunate scenario where they have to find an escape." Jonah Loop"
Mark brings a grounding of reality to an actor's performance. So what he really tries to draw out of people when he's directing them is, how can they be as real as they can? How can each moment really play towards what we all experience every day? And the kinds of properties that he really gravitates towards are just the human condition at its base level and how those frictions rub against each other as characters. So when he works with Liam and works with Kate, they rehearse, they spend a lot of time, they've gone through not just what's going on in this scene, but what's gone on behind the scenes in order to get these two human characters here and working together. I would say that's probably the biggest thing that Mark brings." Jonah Loop
"We didn't over intellectualize it at all. Sometimes you can talk a thing to death. Sometimes you can talk a scene to death instead of just exploring it. Mark trusted his actors. If he gave any notes, they were just very detailed and simple." Liam Neeson "I think probably what's fun about it is you have a bad guy that Liam plays, who's trying to become honest. And then you have good guys who're trying to be bad. So it's a fun kind of a movie in that respect." Jeffrey Donovan
"All the characters in the movie, whether it's Jeffrey Donovan or Jai or Anthony Ramos, they're all these men that are, and of course Liam's character, that are broken in certain ways, or going through their challenges. I think Mark and I really clicked on that, too, that your way into humanity is in the brokenness. In this culture that often encourages us to strive for perfection or shiny, happy, perfect, or something, really we want to see people that are broken and feel that they understand what we're going through or that we can understand them." Kate Walsh
"I think that people are capable of greatness and smallness and darkness and light. And part of the draw and appeal of the character and the story to me was that none of these people are straight up infallible. And I think we're beyond the days in our culture, certainly in my life, of hero worship. And so it's not really how you do when people show you their greatness and their lovability and all their great qualities. But how do you deal when you realize their weaknesses and their fallibility and their mistakes and their darkness, their ugliness, how do you deal with that? That's harder to love." Kate Walsh
"Ultimately I think when actors read the script they have to feel the character arc. They have to understand that there's more to the character than a surface level portrayal of who this person is and I think the script really accomplished that on a lot of different levels for each individual character in the story. Each character plays an intricate role in defining the story and how it moves forward. And nobody's just there to be there, they're all very important. It's a small cast. There's not a lot of actors in this movie and so every single one of the actors were handled with care and in a transverse perspective they've handled their roles with care. They've done an amazing job really bringing this writing to life." Craig Chapman
"It's important for us as actors to understand what we need to stay true to and keep the integrity of, and not just kind of run off and make things up because we feel like doing them or saying them, but I think it's also cool when a director can cater to that a little bit and allow you to bring a little more of that in, and try things. Because at a certain point, you do gain ownership over these characters. I think when it leaps off the page and you start to walk and talk like them and dress like them and you're putting your mannerisms into it." Jai Courtney
"When we finished developing the script, I was asked, who is the ideal person to play Tom? And my answer was easy. It was Liam Neeson. He has all the elements that it takes to be Tom: strong, action type, but also he's got the intelligence and the humor and the heart that the character requires." Mark Williams
"I did like the script. I know that's a cliche to say that, but I love writers. I love screenwriters. I have a little, I call it my cup of tea test. If I start reading the script and I get to page six and I decide, Oh, I must get a cup of tea. It's not a good sign. With this one. I got to the end of it and thought, I must make a cup of tea, this is giving me pause for thought." Liam Neeson
"It was wonderful working with Liam. Every day, he'd show up excited to be there and talk about the character and the scenes and would be supportive of the work that we were doing and help other actors out and really make the set a fun place to be." Mark Williams "When Liam signs on, you get an idea of what it's going to be, but Liam also has a way of really defying expectations, or at least giving you something unexpected." Tai Duncan
"I mean obviously there's a linchpin to every cast, there's a driver behind a cast, and that's Liam Neeson. And for obvious reasons. I mean, he's incredible and he's an incredible human being. He really is a good, kind man. And, you know, that does go a long way." Craig Chapman
"Liam's a legend and we all know that. It's a really cool thing to be able to share the space with him and share the screen. It's something I'll cherish for sure." Jai Courtney
"I had such a high regard for him and it only got bigger when I met him. Couldn't be a nicer guy and not surprisingly, what a pro, and somewhat surprisingly I think he's got about 15 or 16 years on me and when we tussle, I was impressed by his ability. He really - I mean, the fights that you'll see in the movie - it's him. I mean he really goes at it and he doesn't have his double come in and he sits in a trailer, it's really Liam. And it was really impressive." Jeffrey Donovan
"Well, this is the 19th or 20th project we've done together. So, we know each other a little bit, so yeah. He's a champion. I mean, he really is. I think some of the production group and the cast and the crew really realised that as they worked through these circumstances. It's cold and it's like you said, it's a smaller budget and there's a lot of constraints, but he's just amazing. He's a hard worker and likes to do as much of the action as he possibly can. And so we have a shorthand of working together now and I try to build the action around what suits his character and what works for him and try to do stuff that we haven't already done in previous movies. And that's challenging as well. So again, and that's where the story driven and the character driven action helps out, because it's different because it's a different character every time. So even though it's Liam, it's still, what's the background of this person? Where does he come from? How old is he? What's his current mental state? You know, all those things play in. It's not just Brian Mills all the time kind of thing. It's a blast working with him." Mark Vanselow
"Liam is Liam. Liam is amazing. He's a mega super duper movie star, but working with him, it's like a collaboration of shooting a student film with someone who was beyond larger than life. And he really treats it that way. I mean, he's super collaborative. I was having a scene where I was laying on the ground and I had to be still. And Liam was like, Just try, you know. Try, try. And I was kind of fidgety and Liam was like, Take three deep breaths, try taking three deep breaths and count to three and then just be still, this always helps me in this situation. He just drops little nuggets all the time." Anthony Ramos
"It's just about relaxing, you know, remembering to breathe. I know that sounds very simple, but it's true. Sometimes you stop breathing when you're under a little bit of stress or you're trying to remember those lines or whatever, then you find yourself just literally stopping breathing and that doesn't help at all, you know? You know, at the end of the day, there's so many definitions of what acting is, so many theories, so many philosophies and stuff. I always liked Jimmy Cagney's. He was telling somebody who was asking for advice from him during a shoot many, many years ago. And he said, Sweetie, you walk into the room, you plant your feet, speak the truth. That's it. That's what you want to do." Liam Neeson
"Once Liam came on board as Tom, it was all about finding the right Annie: a woman who would not only fall in love with him, but more importantly, that the audience would fall in love with. And when we met Kate Walsh, it was obvious she has a charm and a fun spirit to her that made it the obvious choice." Mark Williams
"Looking for kind of the actress to play Annie was a little bit of a tall order, you know, that you needed to find someone who in many ways is the kind of kind soul of the entire movie, yet is a woman who has lived a life and is kind of experiencing a second life and maybe a second chance at love. And so finding an actress who can play both the innocence and the experience of a life lived wasn't easy. And when we had a chance to work with Kate, we took it." Tai Duncan
"When I first read the script, I was like, Who is this magical unicorn? I guess she's me. But it's been fun to play that and find that and also keep it grounded and real and intimate." Kate Walsh
"I loved the idea of being in an action movie that centered around a love story, and I think that's what sort of makes it different than maybe anything we've seen out there before. Also, of course, working with Liam Neeson. I'm a huge fan of Mark Williams, too. I love Ozark. I love him as a human. That goes for Liam, too, and basically everyone on the set. It's been a real joy to work with everyone. But I was really drawn to this idea of a love story and people's second chances, where both the role that Liam plays and that I play are just two people that have a history and a past, like we would at our ages, and find each other. And it's about what you do for love and how you grow and expand for love, with love, in ways that you probably never thought you'd have to, or would ever anticipate I thought that was a really interesting, beautiful theme to explore. And especially in times where we're in a world that could be dark and tumultuous, to have this kind of beautiful story in the midst of craziness was really cool." Kate Walsh
"It's really sexy. It reminded me of something that you'd see in the seventies, this great kind of heist film. It was just very sexy to me and romantic and fun and the message of love and hope, of course, was really powerful for me." Kate Walsh
"I think I can say that [Mark and I] jived right away and in terms what our ethos was, but the work ethic and also what kind of stories he's interested in telling right now, and really jiving around the whole love story, about how it has to be kind of the centering, grounding thing for people to really care." Kate Walsh
"I'm so glad that they cast Kate Walsh. The pair of us got on really, really well, which was wonderful. Cause there's nothing worse than having a girlfriend in a movie and the pair of yous don't particularly seek out each other's company. That's tough. I hope Kate and my chemistry works. I mean, we certainly were incredibly at ease with each other when we were shooting our stuff, you know. And she's funny. She'd make me laugh, just even looking at her, I'd burst out laughing. Out of love! Not because she was funny looking! But because I knew something left of field was going to come out of her mouth when they said, And cut, I knew she was going to say something. She's a great girl. Really is a great woman." Liam Neeson
"Kate did a lot of her own stunts, actually. I mean, she had one big stunt scene and we did bring in a stunt double, but Kate did the majority of that herself." Andrea Ajemian "What a wonderful person, and so talented. And you could see why her career has spanned 30 years. She's so great. I think people will be surprised not at how good she is in this, but this tenderness and this woundedness that she has, because she's such a strong and formidable presence on screen, but here she's doing something really unique and different, and I'm really, really impressed by it." Jeffrey Donovan
"What Jeffrey brings to the role is a sense of humor and a lightheartedness so that we're not suffering with him, but we're feeling for him." Mark Williams "Jeffrey is a wonderful actor and has really sunk into the character as well, bringing a whole lot of his own flair to it and almost some comedy, but also some really tragic comedy." Jonah Loop
"Jeffrey is I think one of the most interesting actors alive and every role that he takes, there is something wildly unexpected about it. And we did know that Jeffrey kind of grew up in the Massachusetts area and that he might have a very unique point of view in terms of who and what this character was, and that's proven to be the case. And so in many ways it was exactly what we expected and so wonderfully better than we expected at the same time." Tai Duncan
"I knew Jeffrey's work. Always loved him from Fargo. He just leapt out at me. Cause I knew I'd seen him before in some stuff and I was really, really thrilled when they got Jeffrey. He's just one of those consummate actors. He just is, you know what I mean? He just breathes it. It's simple acting. It's truthful. You believe every word that comes out of his mouth." Liam Neeson
"Well, I liked Mark Williams' writing. I thought it was very truthful, very specific. And I also thought that if I can be on screen with Liam Neeson that would be pretty, pretty cool. And so those are the two things: The writing, I really liked. And to work with Liam." Jeffrey Donovan
"Liam and I's character, we're both at crossroads. He's lived a life of crime and now wants to change his life for good. And I've led a life of honesty and it got me no reward with my personal life. So it costs me my happiness and his crimes cost him his happiness. And then we both want to make changes. So I thought that was an interesting parallel that I certainly wanted to explore, and Mark wanted to explore, when I started telling him that was what I was keying in on, is that where we're kind of the same guy. We just follow two different paths." Jeffrey Donovan
"What would you pay for a second chance at love? What does it cost you? That's what it is. Here's a guy, my character, who put everything into his marriage and it failed, and here's a bank robber, who put everything into bank robbing and wants a marriage. He has to come with asking for forgiveness for that before he can move on with a slight amount of contrition. And until he does that, I don't think he can move on. And whereas I think I have to come to grips with that I put everything into the FBI and it was my first love. I just can't admit it." Jeffrey Donovan
"I think he's a wounded guy. I think he's a tough wounded guy. I think he cared deeply about his wife, but the sad part is that he put everything into his job to make his home life succeed, but it didn't work out that way. So I think that once he gets the dog it becomes a bit of a crutch. It's almost like a remnant of what his relationship with his wife used to be. And he forces himself, he forces the dog into this kind of cat and mouse game that he has with Liam's character." Jeffrey Donovan
"[Tazzie] was his number one scene partner. I was like, Buddy, here you go. Don't worry about her stealing focus at all. I worked with babies for like the better part of a decade. So yeah. Babies and animals, you know, enjoy it, enjoy it. But she was pretty, is pretty sweet. And it's always great to see, either a tough guy or, you know, a Fed guy who's serious as a heart attack with this little cutesy dog. I mean, especially Jeff, he's such a great actor and he's so stoic and has such a great face. I think he's so iconic. He's an old friend and I just love his work so much, but to see that face and that kind of calm groundedness that he brings to his character in his role. Certainly. And then you have this little dog. I love it. I loved it." Kate Walsh
"[Nivens is] a macho, tough guy, single agent who might compromise in a given situation to get things done." Mark Williams
"Jai is a truly wonderful actor and technician. But he's a big imposing person, you know, and that physicality and that size that he has has really meant something for the character that he's playing." Tai Duncan "When Jai turns on that bad guy, everybody steps back, and we have this amazing scene where Jai just rises up with a gun as the monster shooting away and we just stop on him and everybody kind of holds their breath while it happens." Jonah Loop
"Liam Neeson's making films of this nature and has been for the last, what, 10 years now, in pretty quick succession and has managed to formulate a real following behind it and do them really, really well. And I've always been a fan of his and it was just a chance to go back to some pretty straight up and down, but good fun, action stuff, which I hadn't done for a while. Some of the early opportunities I got within the business were within films more of this nature than stuff I'd been exploring lately. So it was a bit of a chance to go back to my roots in a sense, and kind of mix it up. And I just saw the potential for a lot of fun. You know, Nivens is a character who's kind of complicated. He looks pretty well, he's sort of put together, he's an agent with the FBI, but it's not what's on the surface, it's what lies beneath and there's some some interesting stuff to play with in him and it was just a chance to come and be part of something that I thought would be a really strong piece and have fun doing it." Jai Courtney
"Nivens is a little slick. He takes himself pretty seriously. He's also a fun guy. I wanted to introduce a level of charm and irreverence with him that I thought we could have fun and identify with, because there's a lot of serious characters in this piece." Jai Courtney "I think what really attracted me was playing an officer of the law, but with someone who has totally bent ideals and really doesn't have his duty to uphold that at the forefront of his mind. He's motivated by other things in this piece. And so the kind of the journey that I get to go on with him is really quite a long arc. I just saw the potential for a lot of playtime within that. He's a character that sort of shifts the stakes, his motivation shifts, every time we see him on screen, we're advancing through. And so the guy you meet on page five of the script is definitely not the dude we leave behind at the end." Jai Courtney
"There's a difference definitely between Hall and Nivens. We're partners, Anthony Ramos plays that character, and he has a totally different outlook on the world and I think a different responsibility to the badge that he holds, his duty, and his job within society. And I think Nivens, I don't think he's an all around bad dude. We explore this really sensitive side with him and his mother. He has an ailing mother who's very important to him. But I think he's a guy who sees the gray areas a little more easily than some others. The world isn't black and white to him. And when faced with the opportunity to essentially obtain all this cash, which is the money that Tom is turning in, he's really clearly motivated by that point and decides that he'll go to any length in order to protect a future that he sees being a little brighter." Jai Courtney
"[Hall is] a father of two, married, do-the-right-thing kind of guy, who gets sucked into a situation that is way over his head." Mark Williams
"He's the one character that you're hoping has a chance to redeem himself over the course of the movie. And he is a guy that you just so inherently fall in love with when you meet him, that he really had those virtues." Tai Duncan
"Anthony Ramos plays that character, and he has a totally different outlook on the world and I think a different responsibility to the badge that he holds, his duty, and his job within society. " Jai Courtney
"I liked that Hall was a bad guy who was good. He just so happened to flip a coin and the coin landed on the wrong side. And I also loved that he has heart. There's an awesome scene with his wife, who I was blessed enough to play with my actual girlfriend, and she says to him something along the lines of, Just follow your gut, follow your instinct. You'll know what the right thing is to do. And it's just awesome that we see him at home, we see him in the office, and then we see him in this street when it's an action movie." Anthony Ramos
"One of the biggest reasons why I wanted to play this role was the action. And I hadn't done a role like this. I haven't done a movie like this. And I was so excited because there are really only five central characters. There's Tom. There's Annie, right, there's Meyers, Nivens, and Hall. Those are the guys, those are the guys and the gal. So I was just super pumped to have a chance to play this role and to also take on this guy's story. He had such an arc. I think Hall has the biggest arc of anyone actually in the movie, which was one of the conversations I had with Mark, our director, about it. Mark was telling me, I think Hall is like the heart of the movie, and when you really think about it, I was like, Yeah, you're right, actually. Yeah. And when he gave me the part, I was super hyped. It's like, all right, let's go. Let's be the heart of the movie." Anthony Ramos
"I love the dynamic between Nivens and Hall. At least when I'm doing it with Jai all the time, it feels real. It just feels there's nothing to put on about it. And everything he said to me before I made the decision to take the money was valid, or they were all things I was genuinely going through. They're all things that I think Hall would be thinking about, which is school for his kids, car payments. I mean these are all things that I think many of 14us think about. And this was a chance for him for the burden to be a little lighter on him. And he took it." Anthony Ramos
"Liam Neeson was another huge reason why I wanted to do this movie because he's one of my favourite actors. And it's so awesome to get to work with one of your heroes. We had a moment where we were upstairs and he's like, Anthony can we rehearse this? And I'm like, Yo, whatever you want, bro, whatever you need. We go upstairs to the room, we're working in this house, and we walk upstairs to this bedroom to rehearse our lines. And I just kept forgetting my lines. I just couldn't remember my lines cause I was so in awe of the moment. And then Liam started feeding me my lines and I was like, Yeah, I'm so sorry dude. He's like, No, it's okay. He's a great guy." Anthony Ramos
"I wasn't aware of Anthony being nervous or anything like that. He certainly didn't show it. I did go up to him when I saw him to say I loved him in A Star is Born. I thought he was fantastic. He was very chuffed at that. We just did the scenes. I thought, I have to beat this kid up, geez. He was lovely. He was wonderful." Liam Neeson
"We spent a lot of time during pre-production not only location scouting, but also with stunt rehearsals. There's a lot of fight scenes and so it was important for us to have the actors in the scenes actually doing the fight. So we spent a lot of time having them fight with each other and with the stunt guys." Mark Williams
"I'm in charge of all the stunt action that happens in the movie. And we start early working with the director and the producers to find out, you know, how the action serves the story and how we can best sell that on film." Mark Vanselow
"I really like story driven action. You know, if it's just action for action's sake, there's a million YouTube channels we can watch for that. But, when it's character based and it moves the story forward, that's what's interesting for me. And so every director and writer has an idea of what they really want to see and how they want to see it, which is the fun thing for me, because it changes with every project. So I'll get together with Mark eventually and see what his vision is for each piece and then start to develop it based on that." Mark Vanselow
"Every director's a little bit different. Sometimes they say that's what they want, but then when they start shooting it, they're like, Oh, that's neat, but let's blow this thing up over here. So it varies as you move along, but you know, it's what Mark wanted. So it's reallydynamic, concise action that works around the story. And that's a lot of fun, cause it's more precise as opposed to just, you know, everything blowing up all the time. Although that's fun, too." Mark Vanselow
"We had some great stuff. We fell out of the window of this hotel. And that was lots of fun. And we had some good car crashes. We had a rear end collision, a T-bone collision and some good car chase sequences. So man, it's been a lot of fun, some good fight action as well. And we really tried to do it with all the actors being able to do as much of their own, particularly in the fights, as much of their own action as possible." Mark Vanselow
"Any time I had off, which wasn't much, I had fight training and stuff like that, but I'm a real stickler for it. Make sure the fight training's done every day, so that nobody gets hurt." Liam Neeson
"We have a place in Los Angeles that we did a pre-viz and set up all the fights prior to me coming out here. So we set them all up, just kind of based on the initial conversations I had with Mark and everything of how he likes to see the action and the fights. And so we built all those. We shot them and we kind of put together a basic edit. And I brought those here when I first started. And then Mark signed off on them as kind of an outline. And then I was able to send those to the actors. So Kate saw that and, and liked the direction it was going. We had a conversation and she was wanting to do as much as she could. So we got to beat her up, which was lots of fun." Mark Vanselow
"Well you know, basically what we present in stunts, which a lot of people don't appreciate, is it's the art of the illusion, right? So certainly it's difficult and it's painful and you do a lot of training to do all those things, but it's how we make someone look like they're getting beat up like that because clearly even stunt professionals, as good as they are, we just can't get beat up every single day, cause we need to work, as it turns out. So we were able to work with her on those processes and we had a stunt double that came in for some little stuff here and there, but she was able to do I think even more than she originally thought." Mark Vanselow
"If my work is seamless and just works with the overall picture, then I've done my job both as a stunt performer and as a stunt coordinator. If it just jumps out at you with every time that we appear, then we're really not doing service to the project. It's just about the stunt. If all of a sudden someone's walking down the street and they burst into flames for no reason, it's really exciting. It's fun for us, but it doesn't really suit the story or help the audience move along in the tale. So that seamless nature is really great." Mark Vanselow
"Mark and I have a very, very, very tight shorthand language. Let's say there's two or three fight sequences in the film for the sake of argument. We'll set out a schedule. He'll work with his stunt guys first and devise the fight, a fight, fight number one, say. He'll show it to me and after we've wrapped one day, I'll go to wherever. We always have a space. We make sure we have a space to rehearse and have an outline of the set and all the rest of it. So he'll show me what they've devised for the fight. I look at it. I might have a couple of notes and say, We did that in Taken 1 and 2, or we did that in this film or that film. Can I not do a kick there instead of a punch? Or something like that. We'll slowly, slowly go through it. Grab the other actors if and when we can. Very, very slowly go through it, go through it, go through it, go through it. And then when we stop, we go through it again. So that when we get to shoot that fight, we will act it as if it's the first time we've ever done it, that the audience believes it's real. And that also, because we've rehearsed it to death, that no one is going to get hurt, you know? And in 24 films now with Mark, I've never once scuffed a knuckle. I've never once had a damaged muscle, nothing at all. Touch wood." Liam Neeson
"So Mark Vanselow, our stunt coordinator, has done 18 movies with Liam. I met him for the first time on this film, and having formerly been a department head long before I was a producer, it's always nice to be able to work with other really experienced department heads. There's a reason that Mark has done 18 movies with Liam and it's not just that they look similar. Mark has been able to approach the stunts in a very practical way that has much more to do with the performance than some kind of testosterone driven need to just break things, which you often see in stunt sequences. And for Mark, it's always been about the camera. And how do you get the story through the lens, rather than how do you get the most actiony thing that could possibly create sparks, right? The angles that we use, the lenses that we use, the way that he has been working with and designing the stunt sequences and the fights and the sequencing of it all has been really to story. And at no point have we ever had to pull him back and go, Well, there's no reason to really slide that car around that corner. It's all been right on point. And thus this is why Liam calls him on every single movie for 18 films. I mean, he's great." Jonah Loop
"That was also something that was really exciting for me. If I'm being super honest, I was really drawn to this big action sequence and this fight scene with Jai Courtney's character. That was really fun for me to work with Mark, who's our stunt coordinator on it. And to do that whole thing was really fun and exciting for me. And of course, Shauna, who was my stunt double, who was incredible too. So at a certain point, she took over for some of the head stuff. You'll see." Kate Walsh
"You wanna know about the beat up scene? That was incredible. That was pretty memorable for many reasons. I was so excited to do that and worked on it with our stunt coordinator Mark, as I said. Jai was so incredibly in it to win it and professional, and I felt very safe with him as well. It's a very active, very violent scene. And so for me to be able to do that was really exciting. This wasn't a driving scene, this was actually a physical fight and fight for your life kind of long sequence as well. There's a certain intensity and energy of that, and focus and sort of heightened awareness that happens that I think all actors want. You sometimes get it from theater, for sure. But rarely in film do you get that. Or you get maybe certain scenes that you're at that fever pitch and your adrenaline's going. So it was really cool." Kate Walsh
"I found that all of the stunts in the movie were set up in a way to advance the storyline. I also think it's fascinating that Liam does, I would say 90% of his own stunts. And, Mark Vanselow his stunt coordinator who he works with all the time, has been just a pleasure to work with. He brought in top notch guys and yeah, he was always funny. He'd come into my office and say, I need more money. And then I'd say, Well, we don't have more money. And then he'd show me his budget and say, I'm saving you money. So that was our running joke." Andrea Ajemian
"Our cinematographer was Shelly Johnson, who was an easy choice for me. I worked with him on my first movie called A Family Man, and we have such a good relationship. And we think the same way as far as shots go and style. And for Honest Thief, it was really apparent, or early on when we started talking about the different types of shots and style that we were going for, that we were on the same page. And really, we were aiming for a movie that had some style, but wasn't stylised. And so we spent a lot of time talking over the shots and the look and, and really honed it in." Mark Williams
"Mark shot it very, very simply, which I was pleased with. There was no pyrotechnics with the camera. Sometimes, first time, second time directors like to show off a bit with the camera. That can get in the way of the story, telling the story, the thruline of the story. But Mark just shot it really simply." Liam Neeson
"Mark had made a movie with Shelly prior to this and I had been a fan of Shelly's work, of course, for quite some time. Be it some of the bigger budget Marvel movies that he's made, to some smaller, more contemplative pieces. And yet getting to work with him has been a great eye-opener. He is an artist through and through and there's nothing overlooked or not thought through. And yet he's one of the true gentlemen of the business. How often people on this movie, when they're standing behind some sort of monitor that's projecting the image, look at each other and say, Wow, that's beautiful, has been pretty overwhelming" Tai Duncan
"Shelly's great. He's a total professional. He has some great ideas and he's calm and focused and it's really great to work with him. I hadn't worked with him before. I had not. I know Mark worked with him on, I think, the last movie. I think we're very lucky to have Shelly and I've been hearing what the dailies have been looking like and everyone's been super happy about it. So yeah, I was lucky to be working with him." Tom Lisowski
"For Mark [Vanselow], it's always been about the camera. And how do you get the story through the lens, rather than how do you get the most actiony thing that could possibly create sparks, right? The angles that we use, the lenses that we use, the way that he has been working with and designing the stunt sequences and the fights and the sequencing of it all has been really to story. And at no point have we ever had to pull him back and go, Well, there's no reason to really slide that car around that corner." Jonah Loop
"Shelly, our DP, our director of photography is an artist, painting with a lens and light and getting everything. The set that we have tonight that we're shooting is, just lights everywhere. Multicoloured. It's a tableau." Jonah Loop
"Well, ideally when you set up a cast and a crew and a team, it becomes a family, and it's a hierarchical family, but it's still a family. So in trying to get everybody to be on their best game, trying to get everybody there, you really want to bring department heads that can shine and then make their seconds and thirds really shine with them. And this film has really done that." Jonah Loop
"It's not a fantastical story. It is pretty straight. And with real people with a kind of almost true to life kind of story. So the challenge was to tone it down and really keep it sensitive colour wise and tone wise to the environment that we're in. It's not Los Angeles, it's not New York, but it is definitely a New England feeling story." Deborah Newhall
"There was so much in the writing and the locations and the little moments of background information in the script that just informed me very easily and quickly. I had a sense right off the bat, pretty much, what I would start to reach for to build a closet to work from and talked to [Mark] quite a bit. And he visited me every other day in the office when we were during prep, to kind of see what was going on and see the colours, see the textures." Deborah Newhall
"I really think a lot about colour and I try to build a colour story for the characters, so that there's a transition that they go through with their own progression in the story. Like for example, Liam's character, Tom, starts out as a sort of very solo figure living in a dark, not-on-the-surface world where he's under the radar. That's sort of his mode of operation until he meets this woman where it begins to change. And you can see some slight change in his colour and his wardrobe as that relationship goes on. And then you've seen him from the very darkest point in his life to a brighter lightening towards the end, as the story progresses. And the two of them, you know, start on their path together. So there's that. And it's also knowing the colouration that the actors are best suited for, trying to work with their palette, and then kind of weave that in and be conscious of it so that they are always wearing colours that look good on them, as well as also tell the arc of the show, the arc of the story." Deborah Newhall
"These days I tend to think, unless I'm playing up some extreme character, which hasn't happened for quite a long time, if I think, Okay, this is me. How would I react in this situation? What would I wear if I was going out on the job to crack a safe or something? What would I wear? Would I wear overalls? Or would I wear jeans, you know? So it kind of starts there. I guess I'm at a stage now that if I put on false noses, false ears and wigs and stuff, then you might be depriving an audience who may want to come and see a Liam Neeson film. We always kind of compromise in there somewhere, but there's nothing that'll stand out as being not real." Liam Neeson
"There are specific choices for the agents. Especially for Nivens, it's a more aggressive look to him: sharper, not the kind of everyday, simple uniform, or just your basic suit, for Meyers and even Baker. They're older, they're more settled. They've gone through more stuff, whereas Nivens is on an aggressive path. So the cut of his clothes is a better, sharper cut, better fabric because he's spending money on himself where the other guys, it's not about them, where that character is about him. And even Hall has a little bit of echoing of his partner, but he's a family man, so he's a little softer. So there's definitely a different palette to all of them within a contained range of FBI colours. They're meant to not be noticed. They should kind of blend in and not stand out in any way. Unfortunately, Mr. Nivens stands out a little bit too much." Deborah Newhall
"For me, the character really comes together when I get to put the costume on. It really does. I have a lot of thoughts and do the work in my sort of process in developing that involves certain things, but it's not until you throw something as simple as an overcoat on that it all starts to come together in your mind. We developed a look, both with the wardrobe department and with hair and makeup. I think it was a good clean feel for him, which suits the way he approaches the world." Jai Courtney
"All of the wardrobe has been very character driven, which is really important when you're trying to relay such deep meaning and relationships between the characters, being able to have their wardrobe really shine as elements of their character is important." Jonah Loop
"I think about all of this stuff as I'm creating who they are and making them real. So the audience can instantly get who they are. And after a minute they're not looking at the clothes, they're looking at their story that's going on. I'm there to support the words, support the story and support what they have to do. And I have to think about how action is working with them, and movement, where they are, what's the colour of the environment that they're in, what you know, all of that. So that it hopefully is a satisfying, complete experience, that it all hangs together. It all works together. It all knits together, effectively. But the lighting and the camera work has been amazing. So all of that, and the production design, everybody is working nicely together." Deborah Newhall
"I've done four movies with Tom, our production designer, and Tom was hired for a reason. Everything looks amazing. Everything is done right. Done well. They're all characters, all of the locations, all the sets, all the dressings are all characters unto themselves as well. And they all really drive the movie." Jonah Loop
"What I do as a production designer is, I figure out how to visualize the film. I work closely with the DP, who's doing the same thing. Only my side of it is to create all the sets and help find the locations, build a colour palette, create something that's beautiful to shoot or that's really gritty or whatever it is for the different movies. And that's with the director and with the DP, we're all the creative minds behind coming up with what something is going to look like visually and how we can tell a story visually and make it stick in people's minds. And that's a lot of that stuff we were talking about before, about all the stuff that's kind of unconscious, and you're communicating something almost on a subliminal, unconscious level. All that stuff is part of creating. How can we create the most powerful message, and tell the story in the end?" Tom Lisowski
"I've done a few different movies with Mark before, so we go way back actually. And in this case we came out, we scouted it early on and saw a lot of different locations. We kind of developed the whole look of the movie, and the ideas that all the rest of the designs are based on, in this case on how the characters are breaking out of cages. For example, in the hotel set, the wallpaper has these bars on it, which are basically Liam Neeson trying to get back into a cage at the beginning, and then he breaks out in the second part. So we wanted to show that subtly in the different sets. And the same thing with even the FBI office, those guys are all in cages. And so everyone's, like the way a lot of people are in their lives, trapped, and then they break out and all kinds of craziness ensues after that." Tom Lisowski
"It's one of those things that your unconscious mind is picking up on, and you might not think about it, cause you're following the action. They're doing a car chase or something like that, and you're following that, but then you have a certain feeling about certain things and that feeling changes from the beginning of the movie to the end of the movie, when suddenly they're out in the open and driving around in cars and firing guns and stuff like that. And it's a lot different from when you're trapped in a hotel room for three days. We're always trying to show stuff like that. And then you have this certain kind of iconic imagery that goes with different characters, and it helps you to create a contrast between them." Tom Lisowski
"The whole movie has a certain palette itself and then the characters also for sure have palettes. And it's great when you have the opportunity to show somebody in their environment. Like we see Kate's character in her apartment or in her house. And it's great to, in physical form, see who they are." Tom Lisowski
"It's a cliche, but the location is one of those parts that is giving you something. It's not all the crew, but it's also that location is going to give you something that you wouldn't find if you were somewhere else." Tom Lisowski
"When we were looking for locations, we looked not only in Boston, but in the surrounding cities, and one city called Worcester, Massachusetts fit the bill for us because it had so many of the elements of Boston, but not all the big city craziness. So it had the charm and the style of old school buildings and history of the churches and other elements that made it a perfect fit." Mark Williams
"Worcester, I mean, they really rolled out the red carpet for us. I can't say enough about the Worcester police. It would have been five times as hard to pull this off any in any other city. We would say, This is what we want to do, can we do it? And they'd say, We can do anything, we just have to figure out the semantics of it." Andrea Ajemian
"Worcester is great. It's a satellite city of Boston obviously, but it still has the same feel and it's a little less expensive to shoot here. Boston's become expensive like New York. It's comparable in cost profile to shoot and part of my job is to look at what's the cost profile of the picture and what's the best way to accomplish the most value on screen and by coming to Worcester we were able to do that. It's been a very inviting city. Everybody's been great. The police force has been incredible." Craig Chapman
"We were promised early on in the setup of the film that the city would open up and welcome us with open arms. They have without any question, I have to say, and I have to do a shout out to the police of Worcester. Whenever we needed anything, they were there. They were the easiest to work with. I've worked in many cities where you always have some kind of conflict with the hired police that you have on the show. These guys have been amazing. These guys have shut down streets for us. They have provided protection. They have done everything. They've bent over backwards. We would absolutely shoot here again, just the police force here alone has been amazing." Jonah Loop
"This town has become like our own private backlot. The town's really been accepting of all of us coming in, in the middle of their holiday season. The police and everybody have really been helpful. And it's been an absolute blast. I think that it becomes an actual character of the film. As we did location scouts, things revealed themselves as, Oh, we could use this as a location in this. And it really has become its own thing which I'm not sure we would have been able to achieve in Boston the way we have here." Mark Vanselow
"There are a lot of churches, these old churches in Worcester. They're also in Boston, it's full of churches. As we're scouting, we chose two churches and said, We'll have the scene in between the two churches and have these big moments with that. And we had another one of the big fights in front of the churches. So that also can come in as part of the story. One of those subliminal things. They never talk about any church, anything related to that, but it's part of the background and it just ties it in, where you don't really see stuff like that in LA or other places." Tom Lisowski
"Worcester reminded me of being back home in Northern Ireland. There was a Presbyterian church on every street corner. It was just a really pleasant shoot." Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson (Tom Carter) is an internationally recognised actor who is best known for his work in more than 70 films including Schindler's List, Michael Collins, Kinsey, The Grey, the blockbuster Taken trilogy, Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins, Love Actually and Gangs of New York. Over the course of his career, Neeson's films have grossed over $7 billion worldwide. The actor is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and the proud father of two sons.
Kate Walsh (Annie Sumpter) With over two decades of experience, Kate Walsh remains one of the busiest actresses in the industry. Her most recent live performance role was in the off-Broadway play If I Forget, directed by Dan Sullivan at the Roundabout Theater in New York, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in the category "Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play" and nominated for a Drama League award in the category "Distinguished Performance."
Onscreen, Walsh most recently starred in two of Netflix's highest acclaimed series: in The Umbrella Academy, alongside Mary J. Blige and Ellen Page, as the Handler, and in 13 Reasons Why as Olivia Baker. Walsh also plays a feature role in Mike Doyle's Almost Love, which made its US premiere at 2019's Frameline in San Francisco. She can also be seen in the sci-fi flick, 3022, streaming now on Amazon. Up next, Walsh graces the big screen in films Honest Thief, opposite Liam Neeson, and indie drama Sometime Other Than Now. She will also be seen in the upcoming TV series Emily in Paris.
In 2017, Walsh was seen in Universal's hit comedy, Girl's Trip, alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Regina Hall, as well as the Netflix feature #REALITYHIGH and Sony's Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House. Walsh is widely known for her starring role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the ABC drama Private Practice. The enormous success of her role on Grey's Anatomy led ABC, along with writer and creator Shonda Rimes, to create a spin-off based solely on her character, Addison. Private Practice also starred Amy Brenneman, Taye Diggs and Paul Adelstein and debuted as the #1 show on Wednesday evenings.
During her two seasons on Grey's Anatomy, the show received a SAG award for "Best Ensemble" in 2007, as well as ensemble nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Grey's won the Golden Globe for "Best Television Series Drama" in 2007, Emmy nominations for "Outstanding Drama Series" in 2006 and 2007 and received three consecutive NAACP Image Awards for "Outstanding Drama Series" in 2006-2008.
In the TV space, Walsh appeared on various shows, including series regular roles on The Mike O'Malley Show (ABC), Mind of a Married Man (HBO) and The Drew Carey Show (ABC) and executive produced and starred in NBC's Bad Judge. Most recently she had a four episode arc on FX's critically acclaimed series Fargo, alongside Billy Bob Thorton, Colin Hanks and Bob Odenkirk. The series went on to win three Primetime Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes including Outstanding Miniseries. On the big screen, Walsh was seen in the supernatural thriller Legion starring opposite Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid and Angels Crest opposite Thomas Dekker, Mira Sorvino and Jeremy Pive. Additionally, Walsh was seen in Summit Entertainment's The Perks of Being a Wallflower, starring opposite Paul Rudd, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman.
Aside from acting, Walsh continues to be an advocate and a voice for change. She is passionate about carbon offsets and climate change, and seeks to inspire others to make tangible changes in this space. She has also been a strong voice in the fight for women's rights; she has served as a member of Planned Parenthood's Board of Advocates for over 10 years. Another cause important to Walsh is ocean and marine life conservation. As a longtime supporter of the organization, Oceana, she seeks to protect the world's oceans and marine life with policymaking. Lastly, Walsh has also traveled around the world with Operation Smile to provide surgical care to children born with cleft lips. The organization continues to be one of great importance to her.
Jeffrey Donovan (Agent Tom Meyers) has recently wrapped Guy Ritchie's newest film Cash Truck, opposite Jason Statham, Holt McCallany and Scott Eastwood. Jeffrey can most recently be seen in Noah Hawley's Lucy in the Sky alongside Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm for Fox Searchlight. He can also recently be seen in the independent feature Villains opposite Bill Skarsgard, Maika Monroe and Kyra Sedgwick. Further film credits include Soldado opposite Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro, the Focus feature Let Him Go alongside Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, and the independent feature Honest Thief opposite Liam Neeson.
Notable film credits include Denis Villeneuve's Sicario; Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar and The Changeling; Rob Reiner's LBJ and Ric Waugh's Shotcaller. On the TV side, Jeffrey most recently starred in the Hulu series Shut Eye as well as in FX's critically acclaimed 2nd season of Noah Hawley's Fargo. Prior to this, Jeffrey famously starred in the hit USA series Burn Notice.
Jai Courtney (Agent John Nivens) has quickly become one of Hollywood's most highly sought-after actors. Jai recently wrapped filming on James Gunn's The Suicide Squad for DC Comics/WB reprising his role of "Captain Boomerang,". Prior to that, he wrapped on the action comedy Jolt for Millennium Films as Kate Beckinsale's love interest. He will soon be seen in the Australian TV mini-series Stateless opposite Cate Blanchett and Yvonne Strahovski which just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix.
Currently, he can be seen in Lionsgate's Semper Fi directed by Henry Alex Rubin, alongside Nat Wolff and Finn Wittrock. Upcoming he stars in Honest Thief opposite Liam Neeson and Kate Walsh and in the independent feature Buffaloed opposite Judy Greer and Zoey Deutch. He also recently starred in Storm Boy, a contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele's 1966 classic children's book.
In 2017, Jai starred with Lily James and Christopher Plummer in the war drama The Exception which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival; on stage, he starred in the title role in Macbeth, a Melbourne Theatre Company production directed by Simon Phillips; and he starred in the Netflix comedy series Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later as Amy Poehler's love interest.
2016 saw Jai portray the villain-forced-to-be-hero 'Boomerang' in the Warner Bros. and DC Comics box office hit Suicide Squad. He starred alongside Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto. Jai also starred in the psychological thriller Man Down alongside Shia LeBoeuf and Kate Mara for director Dito Montiel.
In 2015, Jai starred in three films - Insurgent the second film in the Divergent trilogy; The Water Diviner, Russell Crowe's feature directorial debut about an Australian man who travels to Turkey to attempt to locate the bodies of his three sons, who were killed there during WWI; and he starred as 'Kyle Reese' alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the sci-fi film Terminator: Genisys.
In 2014, Jai starred in three films - Unbroken directed by Angelina Jolie which is based on the unbreakable spirit of Louis Zamperini, the former Olympic track prodigy who endured unimaginable hardship as a WWII POW at the hands of Japanese prison guards; Felony alongside Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson in the film written by Edgerton about a young police detective who suspects another detective is lying about a crime he's committed and he gradually builds a criminal case against him; and the box office hit Divergent, alongside Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet. Previous work includes Jack Reacher, A Good Day to Die Hard and Spartacus; Blood & Sand.
Jai was born and raised in the northwest region of Sydney where he developed an early interest in theatre. He participated in a state sponsored drama program for young people. In 2005 he was accepted into the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), a prestigious institution in Perth from where he graduated in 2007.
Anthony Ramos (Agent Ramon Hall) is a Grammy and Tony Award-winning musician and actor, best known for inaugurating the dual roles of "John Laurens" and "Philip Hamilton" in the critically acclaimed hit Broadway musical Hamilton. Ramos voices 'King Trollex' in Paramount's Trolls World Tour. Additionally, Ramos will star in Amblin's upcoming sci-fi comedy, Distant, directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon and written by Spenser Cohen. Ramos will also play the lead role of 'Usnavi' in Jon M. Chu's highly anticipated In the Heights. The role originated with Lin-Manuel Miranda in the Broadway run of his Tony-winning Best Musical.
Additional credits include his role opposite Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in the Academy® Award-winning film A Star is Bron, Warner Brothers' Godzilla: King of Monsters, Elizabeth Woods' White Girl, which premiered at Sundance in 2016 and was released by Netflix and Geremy Jasper's Patti Cake$, which was named on the National Board of Review's Top Ten Independent Films of 2017.
Ramos earned rave reviews for his role as 'Manny' in Reinaldo Marcus Green's award - winning Monster and Men, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival winning the Special Jury Prize. Ramos himself won the 2019 Imagen Award for Best Actor in a Feature Film, on behalf of Monster and Men.
On the small screen, Ramos starred as 'Mars Blackmon' in Spike Lee's critically-acclaimed Netflix series She's Gotta Have It, a contemporary adaptation of Spike Lee's 1985 debut film of the same name. Ramos also appeared in a recurring role on NBC's Will & Grace reboot.
His debut studio album, The Good & The Bad, takes his listeners through his own journey. It digs into the parallel narratives of his experience leaving his home, family and friends alongside the rise and fall of a relationship - assessing the challenges he faced and the lessons he learned. With this project, the rising star of the stage and the screen asserts his own deeply personal voice and emerges as a major songwriter and storyteller.
As a musician, Ramos made his solo debut with the release of his EP, Freedom. Freedom is a collection of future soul pop anthems inspired by the 2016 presidential election and current climate in the world. The EP garnered critical acclaim, attracting the attention of Republic Records, who signed him soon after. The full EP of original music was released on January 20, 2018, one year after the inauguration. Ramos also co - wrote and performed three original songs included in the first season of Netflix's She's Gotta Have It.
Born in Marietta, GA, Robert Patrick (Agent Sam Baker) has worked with the top actors and directors in his field for the last 20 years. His breakthrough role came as the legendary T-1000 in Terminator 2. He was the first actor in the history of motion capture and since then, he has worked on iconic films and television shows including Die Hard 2, Wayne's World, Last Action Hero, Fire in the Sky, Cop Land, The Faculty, Walk the Line, Bridge to Terabithia, Spy Kids, Flags of Our Fathers and on the television hits The Sopranos, The Outer Limits, Elvis, The Unit, The X-Files and Sons of Anarchy. He starred as Agent Cabe Gallow in Scorpion for CBS for four seasons.
He most recently was seen in the 3D re-release of T2 and the dark drama thriller Last Rampage, based on the real life prison escape and murderous rampage of Gary Tison. Of his acting in the film, which he also executive produced, Deadline wrote "Patrick is one of those actors who, like Gary Oldman, completely immerses himself into a role, no matter its size. In Last Rampage, he has a tour-de-force turn on the big screen in a true story portraying psychopath Gary Tison. One of these days, the Academy voters will perk up to just how good Patrick really is."
On the small screen, Robert was a series regular on Season 6 of HBO's True Blood and also appeared in the final season. He had a memorable role in the final season of Sons of Anarchy, did a cameo role on the cult favourite Community and had a supporting role in Season 1 of Robert Rodriguez' From Dusk til Dawn for the El Rey Network. In Spring 2017, it was announced that Robert would have a featured role in Gale Ann Hurd's highly anticipated Amazon series Lore, based on the popular horror podcast.
Film credits include Universal Picture's Identity Thief with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, Warner Bros Gangster Squad in which he played a member of Josh Brolin's "squad" going up against Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen, Trouble with the Curve opposite Clint Eastwood, Lovelace opposite Sharon Stone and Amanda Seyfried and Universal's remake of Endless Love with Alex Pettyfer and Focus Features' Kill the Messenger, opposite Jeremy Renner and The Road Within with Kyra Sedgwick, Dev Petel, and Zoe Kravitz. Additional films include Back Roads directed by Alex Pettyfer, Tone Deaf for director Ricky Bates, Will Gardner for director Max Martini, Edge of Fear with Morgan Freeman, the upcoming historical drama The Rising Hawk and Steven Soderbergh's The Laundromat. He will next be seen in the upcoming HBO series Perry Mason.
In addition to his acting, Patrick is a lifelong supporter of the military and the USO. The grandson of an Army veteran, who served during World Wars I and II and the Korean War, Patrick grew up with a profound respect for troops. Devoted to giving back, he regularly goes on USO hospital visits and has participated in four USO tours to seven countries since 2008, visiting more than 8,100 service members and military families. As a longtime motorcycle enthusiast and Boozefighter, Patrick served for years as an Honorary Grand Marshall for the famed Love Ride which benefited veterans. He became the proud co-owner of Harley-Davidson Santa Clarita.