Chad Faust Discusses His Directorial Debut in Girl, working with Bella Thorne and Mickey Rourke with a limited shooting schedule.
Chad Faust (Saved!, Billionaire Boys Club, The 4400) makes his directorial debut in Girl, which stars Bella Thorne and Mickey Rourke. Faust had less than two weeks in working with these two actors who have very distinct methods in preparing for their roles. Thorne, Faust said, was meticulous in her perpetration memorizing her lines exactly to what was on the page, while Rourke was a little be more willing to play with what was on the page and flow with what the scene required.
Faust spoke with us about how he wrote the script nearly a decade ago and that his character of Charmer was a flawed person who didn’t realized what type of person he truly was.
In Girl, A young woman (Bella Thorne) returns to her small hometown to exact revenge on her abusive father, only to discover someone murdered him the day before. As the girl searches for answers, she soon finds herself prey to a sinister sheriff (Mickey Rourke) and uncovers a family legacy more disturbing than she’d imagined.
I spoke with Faust about how things evolved in where the movie was originally to be shot, how things would have changed if he wrote this script today, the struggles of releasing a film during Covid and the difficulties of not only writing, directing and co-starring in a movie that was shot in two weeks.
Faust and I also touch upon spirituality, his own journey since making Saved! and independent films are able to tell the stories they do with a much smaller budget.
Girl opens in limited release on Friday, November 20, 2020 and comes to VOD on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.