A TV Icon and a Successful Actor with Down Syndrome Make for Dynamic Casting In CDI's 'Lost Heart'
But the two artists did not share the screen. Until now. Both actors take on challenging roles opposite each other in CDI's upcoming dramedy, 'Lost Heart,' which rolls cameras under the direction of Jesse Low in July-Aug. along Lake Michigan's beautiful and enchanting coastline in a northwest stretch of the Great Lakes State.
'Ponceman' has previously played opposite some of Hollywood's biggest names. Actors from Bruce Willis, William H. Macy, Bruce Dern, and Michigan's own, Jeff Daniels . . . to Val Kilmer, Danny Trejo, Emily Blunt, Diane Ladd, Cloris Leachman, Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin, among others.
In his stellar co-starring turn in CDI's final film of its edgy faith-based trilogy, 'The Christ Slayer,' directed by Nathaniel Nose, 'Ponceman' plays 'Albus' (the 'Sam Wise' to 'Frodo' from 'Lord of the Rings).' 'Albus' did what he had to do in order to serve and save 'Longinus' (Carl Weyant), the Roman Centurion said to have pierced the side of Jesus and expedited death during the crucifixion.
And now, 'Ponceman' will add another on-screen colleague to his credits' list – Hollywood legend Donny Most.
Mr. Most, who at age twenty earned an expanded - and now iconic - role as 'Ralph Malph' in 'Happy Days' (originally written as a small role) because the redhead's charisma and natural comedic timing impressed director Jerry Paris legendary producer Garry Marshall, has not had to 're-invent' himself because he never left us.
Unlike so many stars who made it big when they were young, multi-talented Don Most has not only survived Hollywood, he's thrived with a career bigger and better than ever. When he's not acting on TV shows, in films or on the stage (he recently toured the country in a stage play with Cindy Williams), Don is also a writer, producer and director.
And his dream of getting back to his early musical training in his native NYC (as a singing and dancing student) was realized when his love for swing, jazz and big band music led him to create 'Don Most Sings,' and Swings.
His shows (with his musicians) at clubs in Los Angeles (Catalina's and Vitello's to name a couple) debuted to critical acclaim. Don's musical act (which he now takes on the road across the country) showcases his love for the 'standards.' Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and his favorite, Bobby Darin.
In CDI's drama and cautionary tale, 'MBF' (Man's Best Friend), written by CDI's CEO, DJ Perry (who stars) and directed by Anthony Hornus, due out in theaters in late summer-early fall, Don co-stars as a recovering alcoholic lawyer. A man who "Had it all, once. Family, friends, notoriety, money." Don's character works for a small non-profit organization defending military veterans when he and his young partner catch a case that could bring him redemption and a renewed sense of worth.
In 'Lost Heart,' a fading Nashville country music star, 'Hannah Sweet' (Melissa Anschutz) returns home to the small Michigan town she fled 30 years earlier for the funeral of her estranged father, Harris Howard (Dean Teaster).
'Milo Williams' (Don Most) is the small town's preacher, who just happens to be one of her father's closest friends and confidants. And who just happened to be with Harris the night he died.
And 'Chip' (Josh 'The Ponceman' Perry) has a much closer bond to the returning country star than she could ever imagine.
"LOST HEART has a good dose of humor infused into the script and Don and Josh will expertly lead the comedic charge."
- DJ Perry, screenwriter
CDI's production of 'Lost Heart' is a 2020 release thru Bridgestone Multimedia Group (BMG).
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