An Indie Horror Flick Stars A Fugitive Bank Robber
Horror is one of those genres that works well for independent filmmakers, since people will forgive cheesy visual effects as long as the script is clever and the acting is good. And by all accounts, indie horror film Marla Mae had a great actor for the lead villain (an abortion doctor gone mad): a man named Jason Stange. This bad guy would commit unspeakable acts, such as killing the leading lady's boyfriend and robbing a bank.
Well, we should clarify. The first part there was the one that happened in the movie. The actor was the one who robbed a real bank.
Stange (who went by the stage name Jason Strange, because of course he did) was sentenced to ten years in prison for robbing a bank, but managed to get himself on probation by July 2014, which he then violated before going on the lam. He somehow found himself on the set of the horror film, and made himself right at home, because horror sets are such inviting places. Co-workers described him as a very friendly guy who absolutely nailed the audition for the insane criminal doctor, which we're reasonably sure is a red flag of some sort.
He has a face you can trust (when he says he's going to commit a crime).
Stange was arrested by the police on the very day they finished shooting. The director has stated that all of Stange's scenes will remain in the movie, because when life drops the ultimate publicity gimmick in your lap, you'd have to be an idiot to brush it aside.
"Thanks for the felony, dude!"
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