In Laugh Killer Laugh, a Jewel thief named Frank Stone is a very deeply disturbed, anti social, milquetoast who finds no joy or humor in anything – until he awakens from a deep coma with a changed personality. The movie is starring William Forsythe and Tom Sizemore with a cameo from Artie Lange. It is in select theaters and VOD April 24, 2015.
Writer/Director Kamal Ahmed sat down for an interview with Celebrity Examiner Jae Monique to discuss his inspiration for writing the movie.
When asked about his inspiration for Laugh Killer Laugh, Ahmed said “There’s been a few authenticated cases about someone who experienced complete change in personality due to head injury or trauma. There’s been cases where people were very mean and woke up nice. So I thought it would be interesting for a gangster movie with personalities like that. Frank Stone I had start off as a mean, quiet, non humorous person to becoming a little bit over the top.”
Jae Monique: How long did it take you to write the script?
Ahmed: I usually write a basic script in 90 days…Then it takes a few months to widdle it down. The original script I had was much longer and it involved the female character who was much deeper. There were several scripts written and this was one I thought was more commercial.
Ahmed wrote his first script in the late 1990s called “You Dig” which was about a Jazz guitarist, but it didn’t do so well. “I never really got anyone to pick it up”, Ahmed said. Afterward, he wrote “God has a Rap Sheet” in which everyone that was going to dislike each other were placed in a holding cell together with a bum who wakes up and says that he’s God. It turned out that he really was God. From there, he started writing material that would quickly get distributed.
Jae Monique: How were the actors chosen to play the parts?
Ahmed: I am so under the radar that I literally go out and get everyone myself. Luckily, most of the actors are local New York theater actors or people who had a career in the business 10 years ago. Forsythe and Tom Sizemore, I was going to work with them on my last movie which was called “A Thousand Times More”, but with the scheduling, they couldn’t do it. So I approached them again and when I was writing the script, I was thinking the Frank Stone character the whole time in my head. And I said, who can I get to play that and I thought wow, William Forsythe. I was fortunate enough that he agreed to do it.
Jae Monique: What can the audience expect from the movie?
Ahmed: I think they should see it because it’s something different. It takes you to a direction that’s not exactly formulaic.