Meet Reunion's Big Bad, Jesse Lee Keeter!
In yesterday's update you learned that it was a bit of a challenge to cast our male lead, our "Good Guy" part. One of the problems we were having was that we just weren't getting many actors auditioning for that role. Everyone, we learned, wants to play The Bad Buy, the man in the mask.
But there can be only one.
And we ended up with the very best -- Jesse Lee Keeter.
Jesse was on our radar from the start, first arriving to read at our December 2010 auditions. He came in for multiple callbacks -- not because we weren't sure about him, but because the part that he ultimately grabbed and made his own was so crucial to the success of the movie. We wanted to make sure we had seen all of our options, but in the end, there was only one option -- and all of us in the final casting session knew it. It was to be Keeter for Caswell.
His performance is amazing. While Reunion is, at its heart, a slasher film, it's a slasher film with a twist -- these characters are not being picked off by a random whacko. They are being picked off by a whacko they have a history with. That allowed Jesse to play scenes where he and the other characters (especially Brian Sutherland's character, Jason Lasby) delved into their shared past. It was an opportunity for Jesse give his character a depth not typically seen in a horror movie killer and that's exactly was he did with the part of Caswell.
On set Jesse had his own room upstairs where he could prepare between scenes away from the other actors, actors he would soon be brutalizing with an intensity that still scares my wife. Once the camera rolled he was riveting to watch. Recommended viewing, if your heart can take it!
You'll soon be seeing Jesse as the lead in Glitch, an upcoming web series produced by Reunion's Brian Sutherland. Jesse also produces, and acts in, a web series with his friends Ahren Buhmann and Gabe Congdon. They work under the &@ (And At) moniker and can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/And-At/152705784762354?sk=info.
Photo of Jeremy David Bell, Jesse Lee Keeter, and Rylan Morris Schere ©2011 Adam Smith (www.theadamsmith.com).