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From the Contributor
Anthony Rapp - (Barry) "We're paving new ground with this real-estate musical! Dan, the mad genius he is, emailed and asked me electronically if I wanted to consider the film. He'd seen me in MAN OF THE CENTURY when it was at Slamdance a few years back, and producer/star Gibson Fraizer recommended me to him. The script was goofy, smart, subversive. I've always had a taste for goofball, dark comedy. The voice, the energy was so textured - it had a real heart among the screwball. Besides, all my Indie experiences have been great, they're a labor of love and I like to honor that.
"Barry is a singing realtor. He's got gusto. He's got passion. Barry loves this house, and loves the notion of getting it into some good hands. Working with Dan is like jumping off the cliff every day, but he does give you this freedom, this trust that allows us to keep it fresh. An Indie musical has its own charm by the very seat-of-our-pants nature (especially since Dan gave us no rehearsal time, and has no idea of notes or rhythm!). It's what gave me the opportunity to really have some fun improvising Barry."
Sally Kellerman - (Marjorie Milford) "This is such a delightful script. I've done Indies of course, but never a guerilla-Indie like this one. But I adore my character, while still being challenged by her. How surprising to have this character be a realtor who enjoys her drinking, and likes to show her clients a good time. And at the end of the day, I get to fall in love.
"I've been in two flops in my life, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS on stage, and the musical LOST HORIZON. I think maybe this charmingly original musical can be a comeback for a fun genre."
James Duval - (Joel Rodman) "My character, Joel, is a bit more traditional than his girlfriend, Debbie. He's looking to commit, as long as it's with Debbie, and he'll do anything for her. She's definitely the owner of the pants in this relationship!
"I said yes to Dan because of the level of talent he was assembling, and the script was great. Plus, it meant Dan and I were finally working together. We'd tried to do a film a few years ago called STAMP AND DELIVER, but we had to shut down due to shady money people before we could get the first shot off.
"Working with him now is more of everything I thought it would be - easy going, liberal, very loose, very open to letting us try what we want to try. It's the antithesis to Gregg Araki's style. Every day was unique and had such great moments in it that I'll never forget, but one of my favorites has to be the finale, the big dance sequence is definitely the cherry on top of the cinematic sundae we have here."
Kellie Martin - (Debbie Delaney) "Jimmy and I are such a dynamic duo as Debbie and Joel. And the musical challenge was so intriguing to me, it gave me something I'd have to work hard at and that scared and excited me. I had to say yes."
"The open house is where all these different lives converge; I like why Jimmy and I are there - we get to be the sexy swipers,' which means we get to have sex and steal! Jimmy's great to work with, he's fearless and since I hold back a bit it was a good combination."
Jerry Doyle - (Dave Torkenson) "My character, Dave, is a frustrated guy, a jewelry store owner who is down on life and decides to plan a heist. I love the fact that Dave runs into ALL the characters, and in the end that's how he finds his redemption. He doesn't see it coming, but it's great.
"When I first started on this movie, I kept thinking it was NOISES OFF meets COP ROCK. The scariest part for me was that I had to sing. I told Dan in the audition, I don't sing. He made me sing Happy Birthday' for my audition and I was sure he'd see what I meant by I don't sing.' But he hired me anyway and said I had to. I panicked. I'd play the CD over and over again in my car, desperately trying to get it right. But when you have Anthony Rapp and Ann Magnuson - these great singers you'd pay $80 to see on Broadway - on set with you, you've just got to be elated! All of them, Anthony, Ann, Sally, they just made it effortless."
Ann Magnuson - (Sarah Jane Tibbett) "It's a bucolic, hellish life Sarah Jane is living, being this normal It's killing her. When these Altman-esque eccentrics converge on her house, it's enough to send her over the edge. It was intriguing to me that Sarah Jane was based on Sarah Jane Olson, who as fate would have it, was sentenced on our first day of shooting."
"In musicals you don't really need motivation to break into song, they projectile vomit right out of you! Some fans may be surprised when they see me in OPEN HOUSE, but Sarah Jane and I both are many-sided, refracting from all bizarre angles. This film may make me start breaking into song daily now."
Hedy Burress - (Gloria Hobbs) "Gloria is a cop first. She's a bit uptight, a bit inept. In fact, she's a mess. Think Jamie Lee Curtis in BLUE STEEL crossed with Holly Hunter in RAISING ARIZONA, it's a toss up. But I loved how weird the script was, and how weird Gloria is. And you just can't say no to Dan Mirvish."
Robert Peters - (Ron Tucker) "Dan and I knew each other from a film I directed that screened (and won) at Slamdance, MUTUAL LOVE LIFE. What I found out about Dan working with him on set every day is that no matter what obstacles, the train keeps going. And he puts together a great cast who thrives on that. Hedy and I both play inept cops who are hot for each other. It couldn't be more fun. We alternate between goofy and incompetent. I put on 40 pounds for this role - you should see me now."
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Yeah, I really did. Dan Mirvish has wonderfully created a light, hysterical and crazy story about achieving the American Dream: buying your first house.
This movie's awesome. I loved it. Just off-kilter enough to be funny and heartfelt without being diabetes inducing. I absolutely loved it!
My favorite part was Anthony Rapp's song "My House" towards the end. Everything that he says in that song was exactly how I felt when me and my family moved out of our house. I lived in my house for like ten years and that's exactly how I felt when we had to leave. And you have to know I was so pissed at the people who bought it from us when I saw that they'd let the lawn die!
I think this is why Open House works, because everyone can relate to this.
Great job. I really loved it. Hysterical, great performances, great screenplay and awesome camera work!