Q: What attracted you to this project?
A: I am a big fan of detective stories and have always enjoyed reading Anthony Bruno's books. His characters are very realistic and personable. Reading the book, you really live their lives. I am also a big admirer of Chris Noth. He is a wonderful and versatile actor. When I heard that Chris was planning on producing a film based on one of Anthony's novels, I felt this was a great opportunity to work with two talented people. And what is more, BAD APPLE has all the makings of feature film - a feature film made for television.
Q: What were the challenges of adapting this novel to the screen?
A: The book is so uniquely original, packed with exceptional dialogue. It has so many depths and edges to it that our concern was to not lose that in the film. We wanted to bring as much of the story across to the audience as possible without comprising the book's strength. It seemed like a difficult task, but Harold Korder wrote a brilliant screenplay that fulfills just that.
Q: How did you decide on the casting?
A: Anthony's characters in the book are original, strong and eclectic. As the film thrives on them, it was vital to cast the right people - people who complement each other, creating a perfect symbiosis. For instance, Chris' character sometimes almost reckless attitude had to be offset by someone who plays by the rules. Colm Meaney is perfect in that role. You couldn't think of a better odd couple.
Q: How is BAD APPLE different from other FBI or mafia-themed films?
A: It has a lot to do with the characters. All of their stories feel very realistic, and the style of the film really transports the viewer into the gritty world of crime of New York and New Jersey. But it is not only about the criminal element - what is truly unique is the subtle humor that runs through the story, giving it a certain edge.
Q: What about this film will attract viewers?
A: It has all the ingredients needed for good entertainment: It is fast, funny, suspenseful and sexy.