There are many reasons why we like talking to Edward Burns.
First of all, he’s a filmmaker who has strived to make his fairly low-budget movies all over New York using local actors and crews, but he’s also a straight shooter who doesn’t dance around with questions as similarly experienced actors and filmmakers sometimes do.
His latest movie is The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, his 11th independent feature film, this one a big ensemble piece that returns him to the world of his first film The Brothers McMullen. Its centered around an Irish-American family, the Fitzgeralds, who are getting together for Christmas when they discover that their long-absent father, who deserted them 20 years earlier, may be returning, looking for forgiveness as he faces a terminal disease.
Burns assembled an amazing cast made up of actors who have worked with him in the past like Connie Britton and Michael McGlone from “McMullen,” Anita Gillette from Shes the One, Noah Emerich, and Marsha Dietlein Bennett, Kerry Bishé and Caitlin Fitzgerald, all returning from Burns previous film Newlyweds.
ComingSoon.net has spoken with Burns a number of times over the years and when we spoke to him last year for Newlyweds and he told us about “Fitzgerald Family Christmas,” we assumed it was a comedy. In fact, its far more dramatic than some of Burns other recent films but also one that’s really something that can be watched with your own family (teen and older) and be able to relate to some of the situations.
In the video interview below, Burns talks to ComingSoon.net about:
* How a conversation with Tyler Perry got him started writing “Fitzgerald Family Christmas”
And then back to talking about Tyler Perry and whether or not we might see his character Tommy Kane in the planned sequel, Double Cross
“The whole idea of that final scene was set up for a sequel and I think James Patterson is trying to figure out which one of the books would be right for the sequel, but thats the last Ive heard. Tyler and I hit it off really wellI think we had a good chemistry.”
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas is now playing on VOD and will open in select cities on Friday, December 7. If you live in New York City, Burns will be doing a Q n A session at the Village East Cinemas on Friday after the 7pm screening.