James Gunn Brings SUPER to St. Louis

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On Friday April 15, director/screenwriter James Gunn returned to his hometown of St. Louis to screen his sophomore feature film SUPER. The above photo is from an interview our own Melissa Howland conducted earlier that day with Gunn. SUPER played to a packed auditorium at the beautiful Tivoli theatre at 7 PM that evening. At the film’s conclusion St. Louis Post Dispatch film critic Joe Williams introduced Gunn. After a few opening remarks, Gunn took questions from the audience for close to thirty minutes. He talked about filming in Shreveport, Louisiana during the coldest winter there in recent history. Kudos to Ellen Page for braving the temps while just dressed in her undergarments. Gunn applauded the actors who worked for scale. A couple traveled to the shoot on their own expenses. He revealed that his ex-wife Jenna Fisher was instrumental in getting her TV co-star Rainn Wilson to take the film’s lead role. Gunn introduced his mother and father and joked about directing them as extras in a scene. He then discussed his internet “dust-up” with Roger Ebert after the critic had revealed a major plot spoiler in the opening lines of his review. Gunn had high praises for his film’s distributors who released the film unrated. He believes the stigma of unrated films no longer exists. Then he revealed that his next big screen release will be a seven minute segment starring Josh Duhamel and Elizabeth Banks in the Farrelly Brothers production of MOVIE 43. Thanks again to the Tivoli for a great evening  with James Gunn.

Jim Batts was a contestant on the movie edition of TV's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" in 2009 and has been a member of the St. Louis Film Critics organization since 2013.

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