Older brother of the director. Initially was considered to play the Detective, but the character of Salem
fit him much better. Ruwan acted in Haz's Gethsemane, but The Catch 23 definitely pushed the
boundaries for this first-time actor. He delivers a tough and street-smart package boy with ease and a few
punches. He graduated in 2008 with a Masters in Biochemistry and is currently working in New York.
Having worked with Haz on two short films before, Mandy was an obvious actress for the role of Samantha. Haz
wrote the role knowing she would play it. A terrific actress, model, all-around-lovely-girl destined for gold.
Haz would definitely not deny that this film would not have been made possible without Josh Clark. An avid supporter
of the film since its inception, Josh helped Haz scout out locations and purchase gun replicas and choreographed the
massive warehouse gunfight scene. It felt fitting to both of them that Josh be given a crucial role in the movie that
didn't have a single letter in the original script (the character didn't even exist). Josh plays the silent, cold, merciless
Bjorn, definitely the all-around badass of the movie. For those who know him, it's a chilling transformation, as Josh
is by far the nicest guy you will ever meet.
Chris was involved in the preproduction of the film as soon as the script was ready, helping Haz seek means of
financing the film and casting the role of Paul O'Casey. Haz decided to actually cast him as Paul O'Casey and enjoy
the challenge of turning this sweet harmless young man into a cold-blooded mob boss.
Haz named the rival mob boss after this good friend and fellow computer scientist. Markus is a natural
on the screen and dabbled in acting during his undergraduate years. He delivers a powerful and cynical
performance of Markus Marcellus's right-hand man. A great guy.
A beautiful and fun-loving girl from Chattanooga TN, Lindsay and Haz have been friends since 2002. In need of
someone to play the role of Claire, Lindsay happened to be in town at a group dinner and Haz asked her to take
the role. He had no idea that he just gave the part to one of the most committed, talented, and dedicated
members of the cast. Lindsay portrays the mysterious Claire to perfection.
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In the need for a detective, casting Ben was quite a happy chance. Haz was sitting next to him
in a computer lab not even knowing who he was. He looked at Ben and promptly asked, "Can you act?". They
talked about the project then and Ben jumped on board and played the cool, controlled Detective Jericho
with great strength and wit.
The role of "Eddie" was still in the air as filming went on, but Tyler expressed interest to be a part of the movie
and Haz cast him right away. Tyler Jordan delivers a hilarious old-school gangsta impression of the leader of
a small gang trying to pay off a debt to a monsterous mob.
Despite a hideously busy school schedule, Chad vowed to help Haz any way he could in the movie. Initially when
casting was still uncertain, Chad showed up to the first Docks shoot, playing a sentry guard that gets shot. It
was clear that he needed a bigger role, and Haz cast him as "Timothy", loyal soldier to Paul O'Casey. His on-screen
chemistry with coactor Chris Young was on the spot, and the two make a terrific team.
Friend, pseudo-band mate, and neighbor to Haz, Chris Young was also cast late during production, but his first scene
was done so well without any direction at all that Haz brought him on board as the right-hand man to Paul O'Casey.
A good guy with an ego bigger than the solar system, Chris Young portrays a chilling and loyal henchman.
An actor with numerous plays and short films under his belt, including the two by Haz, Chip Morris was another obvious
choice for "Nigel". Having worked with him before, Haz was keen to continue putting Chip in his movies, knowing full
well that Chip would deliver.
Peter was the lead in Haz's first short film "5 Minutes", acting alongside Chip Morris as well. Despite a busy schedule Peter managed to come out for a day and play the role of "Simon", and got to act alongside Chip Morris again in a less friendly situation. He's a fantastic guy and a terrific actor.
The role of "Chris" was written in the hope that Chris Clemmons would play it, not even knowing whether Chris could
act or not. Fortunately, he assimilated into Eddie's gang with total ease. This is his first movie. A wonderful
young man with a heart of gold.
Haz wrote the role of "Tyrese" hoping that Walter would play it, and Walter jumped on board immediately. He is actively
involved in theater and film.
Haz ran into Ben in a Wendy's and talked about the project. Ben insisted that Haz give him a part in it and Haz
saw no better role for him than to team up with his roommate, Markus Glatter, and join the Marcellus gang. Ben's
lighthearted attitude on the set made his scenes especially enjoyable to film, and the blooper reel can attest to that.
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After seeing Haz's two short films through codirector Ali Nejad, Stephen Young expressed interests to be involved in whatever
project was next. Haz immediately cast Stephen as "Quoichang" to join "Eddie's gang", and Stephen brought unforgettable
dedication, enthusiasm, and talent to the film. A terrific young man.
In 2007, as the date for "Markus Marcellus's" scenes was three days away, Haz was desperate to cast anyone for the role. He saw
Keith studying and literally offered him the part, not knowing that Keith would come dressed to the nines and incredibly
fitting for the mob boss. Luck was on Haz's side for this one, and Keith portrays Markus Marcellus beautifully.