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A FunnyMan for All Seasons
An Interview with Actor, Filmmaker, and Friend of Friends, Jim Mahorney
IndieRunner: What got you into film, acting, and being a well rounded funnyman?
Jim: What got me into acting was just the great desire to perform and make people laugh. I’ve always been the class clown and the funny guy in my life. I live to make people laugh, I’m good at it and i crave the feeling I get when I can make a bunch of people laugh at any given time. I studied film at The University Of North Carolina at Wilmington. I acted in pretty much every project that I worked on while there. My degree got me into a career of working in lighting in the film industry and I love it. However my dream is still to be in front of the camera and I’m glad to know people Like Troy Carlton and Marcus Mizelle who had faith in my comedic capabilities to be in this film.
IndieRunner: How did your role in Half Empty come about?
Jim: My role in Half empty came about because Troy and I had been friends for a while and he asked me to be a part of the film. At the time it was just gonna be the bar scene as a lil teaser. Gosh, that was like ’06 or something. Troy and Marcus decided to shoot the whole script and the many cast and crew just kinda chipped away at it for the next couple of years. It was tough and everyone has to make money so we shot when we could.
IndieRunner: What was the shooting experience like for Half Empty?
Jim: The shooting experience was great. It was tough driving back and forth from Durham to Wilmington but, I had a lot of passion for this project and I really loved being a part of it. I miss those times and wish we had some reshoots or something, maybe a sequel .
Give us a good story about anything during shooting…
Jim: A good story? Hmmmm, most of them are unspeakable. Hah, just kidding. Something funny that sticks out in my mind is when we had our first raquetball scene and I was shown the infamous shorts that I wore in the film. I thought it was a joke, honestly. Or maybe they were for someone else. I mean, a medium? Really? They had that mesh like underwear inside them. Quite tight on my tackle. Uncomfortable yet, hilarious.
IndieRunner: How do you think online audiences will receive Half Empty?
Jim: I think that the online community will enjoy the film. I love that they can just watch it whenever they want while its online. Kinda like Net flix instant, its so convenient. Soon everything will be online and people will just be watching all their flicks this way. I’m glad Half Empty is getting a shot at reaching audinces beyond our capablilities.
IndieRunner: What else can we see you in, and what do you have coming up?
Jim: My next film is called Attack of the Alien Jelly Monsters and it was directed by Justin Soponis. I play a redneck who is forced to rid the world of some aliens that invade. It’s another hilarious film, so look out for that one too everybody.
Thanks for your time, Jim, we will definitely be on the lookout for “Alien Jelly Monsters” and anything else you land a role in. Good Luck!
Make sure you see Jim in “Half Empty”, which will be available in full and for free online exclusively at www.IndieRunner.com this Tuesday, April 5th, 2011. Mark it!
The unrated, uncut DVD is available for purchase at www.halfemptymovie.com !!
Coming next week… An interview with one of the stars of “HALF EMPTY”, actor, filmmaker, and friend of friends, Jim Mahorney. Yes, we spelled his name correctly.
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