Pretty Bad Actress is about a former child star Gloria Green (Heather McComb) who not only has to save her career, but her own life when she gets kidnapped by a stalker (John Hensley) after an audition along with an obsessed fan (Stephanie Hodes). Gloria’s only hope is her loyal assistant, Cheryl (Jillian Bell) since her manager, Al (Danny Woodburn), is more interested in using the kidnapping to save Gloria’s fledgling career than save his client’s life in this sharp and funny look at fame and obsessive fan culture in the tradition of classic Hollywood satires like The King of Comedy, The Player and Swimming with Sharks as well as recent industry edgy comedies like Bamboozled and Tropic Thunder.
Inspired by the real-life story of actress Theresa Saldana who was nearly killed in a brutal attack by a stalker, but subsequently made a tv movie about the incident where she played herself, the film explores what it is about our fame obsessed society that leads people to take the worst moments and tragedies of their lives and share them with the world, exploiting their trauma for their fledgling careers.
The film from RMS Productions and Producers Ron Carlson (Dead Ant) and Rachel North (All-American Christmas Carol) marks the leading role debut for newcomer Stephanie Hodes and features a superb ensemble lead by star Heather McComb (Ray Donovan, Apt Pupil) as well as Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld, Mirror Mirror), John Hensley (Nip/Tuck), Chris Owen (American Pie), Kevin Brennan (It’s a Disaster), Annet Mahendru (The Americans), Mara Marini (CHips, Parks & Rec) and co-starring scene stealer Jillian Bell (22 Jumpstreet, Rough Night, Office Christmas Party).
PRETTY BAD ACTRESS was written and directed by first-time filmmaker Nick Fituri Scown. It has a running time of 85 minutes and will not be rated by the MPAA. MVD Entertainment will release the film theatrically in Los Angeles on August 10 at the Arena Cinemalounge and will be available digitally on all major online platforms (Itunes, Google Play, Vimeo etc.)