“The Perfect Host” director Nick Tomnay and his star David Hyde Pierce. [Photo by Amanda Schwab/Starpix]
So something funny happened the other night at a special (and very posh) Upper East Side screening of the creepy-as-hell psychological thriller “The Perfect Host,” at The Core Club. The film’s first-time director, Nick Tomnay, admitted to being a psychopath.
Some context: The film stars David Hyde Pierce in a whacked out turn as Warwick Wilson (nice name), a consummate host in the midst of preparing for a dinner party at his swank pad where he lives alone. When a bank robber on the run arrives on his doorstep, posing as a friend of a friend, Wilson (ever the host) invites him in. Little does the criminal know, Wilson is a raging nut. Cue the madness.
Naturally, after biting my nails through this creepy twister, I asked Tomnay what inspired him to conjure up a character as messed up as Warwick. “The script was based on a true incident that my friend experienced,” Tomnay told told me in his thick Aussie accent. “He had a run in with an escaped criminal. I used that as a starting off point. And at the time I was living alone for the first and I was feeling a bit lonely. So I channeled a bit of that into the story.”
“So are you a bit of a psychopath?” I asked, bating him on.
“Yeah a little bit,” he said, smirking (devilishly, I might add). ” I think we all have that side, don’t we?”
The guy has a point.
More pics from the night:
Broadway star Brian d’Arcy James (“Shrek the Musical”) and David Hyde Pierce. [Photo by Amanda Schwab/Starpix]
Recent Tony winner Nikki M. James (“The Book of Mormon”) and actress Dana Ivey. [Photo by Amanda Schwab/Starpix]
Carol Kane and William Sadler. [Photo by Amanda Schwab/Starpix]