Well… I was scheduled to chat with the director of the film Pierre Bagley on Monday morning, but after listening to this, I suppose there isn’t much need to now.
In the clip below, speaking with Roland Martin on his radio show, Bagley explains what the hold up has been with the release of the Taraji P. Henson sports drama From The Rough, which was supposed to open on February 3rd 2012 (pushed from an initial October date), but, as I noted in a previous post, never did open as scheduled.
I sent an email to Gyre Entertainment, the production company behind the film, inquiring about its release, and I did eventually receive a reply, and a phone conversation with Bagley was scheduled for Monday, during which he was to reveal details on the film’s release.
In listening to the interview below, clearly something’s fishy about all this, but I’ll let you listen to it and judge for yourselves.
As a recap… in the film, Taraji P. Henson stars as Cassandra Turner, a fictional character based on the real-life Dr. Catana Starks, a former swim coach at Tennessee State University who became the first woman ever to coach a college men’s golf team. With drive, passion, and guts, she took an unruly group of mismatched kids from around the world and guided them to an all-time record at the PGA National Collegiate Minority Championship.
Henson, Henry Simmons, Michael Clarke Duncan, Tom Felton, Letoya Luckett, star in the sports drama produced and directed by Pierre Bagley.
One interesting item of note that Bagley reveals in the clip is that the film cost over $6 million! Wow. I would never have guessed that, to be frank. That’s a nice chunk of change for an indie film with a black female lead who, at the time the film was in production, wasn’t exactly what we’d call a *name*, and it’s from a first-time director. I know it has “Draco Malfoy” from the Harry Potter movies, but still…
Not that I’m complaining; I was just surprised by the figure.
Anyway… DRAMA! Listen to Bagley lament the film’s release ails below (Trailer for the film underneath if you’re not familiar):