AN AIRPORT SELFIE, FREE SANDWICHES, AND A PANDEMIC: HOW A COLM FEORE SCI-FI WESTERN TRILOGY BECAME A REALITY

Key to any great film is a great story. And Colm Feore believes that his new project opens with a true heart-warmer.

Colm Feore plays the Man in Black in Six Guns for Hire. (SAMANTHA FALCO/GOLDSTRIKE FILMS)

Key to any great film is a great story. And Colm Feore believes that his new project opens with a true heart-warmer.

In 2005, the Canadian actor known for both homegrown fare (Bon Cop, Bad Cop) and Hollywood glitz (Chicago, Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy) was arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport after a London vacation with his wife, Donna. Bleary-eyed at the luggage carousel at the crack of dawn, Feore was approached by two young men from the same flight who said they were filmmakers, and asked for a selfie. Feore, thinking that “one is always selling a ticket to something,” agreed, not paying much attention to how the siblings said they had the perfect movie for the actor, and all that they needed was some time to finish it.

Months later at the Stratford Festival, Feore was approached by the same brothers, Matt and Jeff Campagna, who brought along their mother to see the actor star in Coriolanus, as a birthday present. Being the gentleman, Feore agreed to meet the family in the parking lot after the show.

“They pull out a prehistoric DVD player and show me the trailer to this film, which I’m already in,” Feore explains, noting that the pair digitally inserted his face from the airport photo into a proof-of-concept clip. “How could one say no to such guys on their mom’s birthday after she’d had to sit through Coriolanus? We’ve been together ever since. So when a Campagna calls, I always answer.”

Which is how Matt Campagna and Melissa D’Agostino, his partner in work and life, managed to just wrap production on Six Guns for Hire. The dystopia-western is the third in a trilogy starring Feore beginning with 2008′s Six Reasons Why – and just one of the two films that the Campagna/D’Agostino/Feore team completed in the midst of the pandemic. (Brother Jeff co-wrote and appeared in Six Reasons Why but not the sequels.)

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