Don McKay


Twenty-five years after abandoning his hometown, Don McKay (Thomas Haden Church) gets a letter from his ex-girlfriend Sonny (Elisabeth Shue) saying that she is dying and wants him to come see her. When Don returns home, Sonny doesn't seem quite like he remembers her and everything seems a little bit off. In his darkly comic debut thriller, DON MCKAY, writer/director Jake Goldberger tells a story where no one is who they seem and everyone appears to be hiding something. DON MCKAY also stars Melissa Leo, James Rebhorn, M. Emmet Walsh, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Keith David.

EXCLUSIVE: Director Jake Goldberger Talks ‘Don Mckay’

It's very unusual that a first time director would be fortunate enough to cast not one but three former Oscar Nominees, two Emmy winners and an honest to God screen legend in his or her debut film but for director Jake Goldberger ... that's exactly what he was able to do. In his film, Don Mckay, which is available on DVD and Blu-ray beginning June 19th, Goldberger brought together an amazing cast of accomplished actors, which included one time Oscar nominees Thomas Haden Church (Sideways) Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas) and Melissa Leo (Frozen River), Emmy winners Keith David (They Live) and Pruitt Taylor Vince (Identity) and even acting legend M. Emmet Walsh (Blood Simple, Fletch).

To begin with, now that the theatrical release of the film is over and it is about to become available on DVD and Blu-ray, as a first time film director, what has this process been like for you and looking back what have you learned from the entire experience?

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Jake Goldberger’ Directs ‘Don Mckay’

To begin with, can you talk about the genesis of the idea for the script, it's plot twists, and the process of taking those ideas and making them into you're directorial debut?

Jake Goldberger: Well, I've always been a big movie fan growing up and I really just wanted to come out of the gate with something that was different, fun and unusual. I think a great first feature is ... there are a lot of first features that I've really loved, Body Heat, Blood Simple and Shallow Grave, these types of movies where the filmmakers are bringing there own sense of humor to this kind of old school narrative like Double Indemnity or Sunset Boulevard. If you watch Sunset Boulevard by the way, it is a crazy movie. It's really not down the middle; it's bizarre in its own right. So that was really what I wanted to do in terms of making the movie and obviously I have something to say about regret, loneliness and all of that. But that aside, I really wanted to do something that I felt was fun and that I would enjoy seeing myself at the theaters as a movie fan.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Elisabeth Shue’ Is in Love with ‘Don McKay’

Actress Elisabeth Shue first gained fame in the '80s for a string of roles in now classic films like The Karate Kid, Cocktail, Adventures In Babysitting, Back To The Future Part II and Back To The Future Part III. But it was her role in the gritty independent film Leaving Las Vegas, opposite Oscar winner Nicolas Cage that not only earned her an Oscar nomination, but also the respect of her fellow actors and the Hollywood community.

When you first read the script, what was your initial reaction? Were you surprised by all the twists and turns or was that what appealed to you about the film?

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EXCLUSIVE: Thomas Haden Church Is ‘Don McKay’

Audiences first fell in love with actor Thomas Haden Church for his role as dim-witted mechanic, Lowell Mather, on the popular TV series Wings but it was Oscar nominated role in Alexander Payne's Oscar winning comedy, Sideways, that made him a household name. Since then the actor has appeared in a slew of mainstream studio films including Charlotte's Web, Smart People, Imagine That, All About Steve and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3, in which he played the classic comic book villain, The Sandman. The actor even won an Emmy award for his role in the TV movie Broken Trail opposite screen legend Robert Duvall.

To begin with, after doing a string of studio films, "Spider-Man 3", "Imagine That" and "All About Steve" did you feel like doing this film was an opportunity for you in a sense to get back to your "Sideways" independent-roots and earn back a little independent street-cred? Is that what attracted you to the project, a chance to get back to making interesting, small, quiet and intriguing character pieces?

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Image Entertainment Believes in ‘Don McKay’

Variety reports that Image Entertainment has grabbed all North American rights to Don McKay.

The comedic film stars Thomas Haden Church, Elisabeth Shue and Melissa Leo. It was written and directed by first timer Jake Goldberger.

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