Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
The movie business is a crapshoot and no one knows this better than actors. Veteran actor Ryan Phillippe (Cruel Intentions, Crash) recently spoke with the L.A. Times while promoting his new film and directorial debut Catch Hell. While discussing making low-budget independent films, Phillippe reminisced about a little-known movie he did with 50 Cent.
“I did this terrible movie with 50 Cent. It was just a situation I didn’t want to be in,” Phillippe recalls. “I was sold a bill of goods and it turned out to be something different, which is often the case in this business.”
The film, titled Setup, was released straight to DVD in 2011, and also starred Bruce Willis. 50’s Cheetah Vision production company was responsible for distributing the movie.
Phillippe says his time spent working on Setup was in part the inspiration for Catch Hell, which is about a washed up actor having to work on bad films to survive. That, however, is where the parallels end as the elements in Catch Hell cause a much more sinister outcome.
“I’ve made 30-plus films over 20 years,” Phillippe says. “And in my opinion, five of them are good. So you slave away and you work hard and you want to make something great, and a lot of times you end up disappointed.”