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Interview: Mario Van Peebles and William Fichtner talk 'Armed'

“‘Armed’ is a true independent film self-financed with family dough,” writer, director and star Mario Van Peebles writes in a director’s statement tied to his latest work, a multi-layered action thriller that sets its sights on the issue of gun violence that plagues America. “If you take [McDonald’s] money you can’t make ‘Supersize Me’. If you use a studio’s super pack financing machine you are beholden to that studio’s vision. As my dad Melvin says, ‘The golden rule is he who has the gold makes the rule’. The other rule is he who uses his own gold to finance a film is a knuckle head or has the last name Van Peebles.”

Moviebill had the opportunity to sit down with Van Peebles alongside his “Armed” costar, William Fichtner. In the player below, you can watch as both men detail the origins of “Armed” and explain why it’s a story that they feel should be told right now.

In the film, Van Peebles plays Chief, a former U.S. Marshall who has fallen on hard times after he led his team of under-cover agents on a raid that went horribly wrong. As Chief struggles to get his life back on track, a former colleague reappears in his life and explains that all of the survivors from his unit are suffering the same symptoms he is and that there may be a larger conspiracy at hand.

“Armed” also stars Ryan Guzman, Columbus Short, Jemma Dallender and Laz Alonso. You can catch it now in select theaters and via On Demand.


Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.

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