Local Montreal website CULT MTL dropped by the set of our new action flick Billy Trigger and talked to star Fred Williamson and actor/screenwriter John Fallon. Here’s an excerpt of the sit down.

Fallon’s horror movie reviews are stylistically chock-full of male-centric bravado — less critical and more in line with a guy who just wants Jack Daniels and, as he’s written in the past, a “good flick.” His personality and his work on Trigger fit perfectly in line. “Action has always been my first love. You know, then I started writing about horror and people pigeonholed me for that. And I love horror, too,” says Fallon.

Though the gritty nature of Trigger hearkens back to gritty low-budget action films of the 1970s, both Fallon and Williamson insist it’s not a throwback, but the real thing. “We have a junkyard chase scene — you never see that in movies anymore,” Fallon points out. “Gritty throwbacks are bullshit,” says Williamson. ”What Tarantino does with the negative scratches,” he continues, referring mostly to his work on Grindhouse, “it’s just bullshit.” He adds that there was no way that would have gone over well in the 70s.

You can read the whole article here!

Billy Trigger started with a bang since we had to reshuffle our schedule several times to accommodate various scheduling problems with our main talents. It ended up defeating my main goal: Not shooting exteriors in November, a sorrowful and cold experience I had the displeasure of experiencing on several other shoots before. We failed totally on that count and we started shooting smack in the beginning of a cold snap. Of course, most of the exteriors fell on those days. We also had to shoot with our first “star”, Matthew Bennet who plays Aaron Doval in the cult series Battlestar Galactica, as well as tons of other interesting roles all over American and Canadian TV… You never know how things will go with name talents.

Sometimes they are great, sometimes not so much. Well, we lucked out. Mr. Bennett was an absolute gentlemen, who went above and beyond the call of duty. First day was rough as somehow Billy Trigger himself went MIA in his shower, not hearing our calls and door knocks through his blaring alarm and shower noises… Since we were on a tight schedule, we had to leave him behind (not knowing he was there and wondering where the writer/star could be and why the hell would he miss his first shoot day). We brought Mr. Bennett to the studio where he did a costume fitting and started rehearsing the intricate star choreography for the next day while Fallon, now out of his thunderdome shower, was trying to figure out why production did not pick him up…
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