"Or, How to Have the Most Fun While Having a Nervous Breakdown"
-by David Dastmalchian
[ICYMI -the rising actor David Dastmalchian is guest blogging today! -ed.]
I have said this in jest many times – and will probably continue to joke about it again and again – but the truth of the matter is that I came dangerously close to having a severe nervous breakdown in the weeks that led up to the filming of Animals. For the uninitiated, Animals is a feature film that I wrote, acted in and produced. My close friend and Midwest compatriot, Collin Schiffli, directed the film about a homeless couple who struggle between the reality of their addiction to heroin (and one another) and the fantasy life that they imagine for themselves.
Although it’s not a “biopic” by any means, the film was definitely influenced by my own personal battles with the same demons as my characters. More...