After driving all the way from L.A., Hudson arrives in North Carolina, and the first person he connects with is his old friend Jonah.
“Not all my friends can boast a network TV show,” he tells Hudson between sips of beer in his backyard, “Around here you’re a damn unicorn, dude.”
Though not a leading character, Jonah is nonetheless one of the most memorable from Son of Clowns. His loyalty to Hudson is immediately apparent and remains throughout the film, and his jocular personality provides laughs in all his scenes.
The man behind Jonah, Paul Kilpatrick, is just as funny, and his perpetual improvisation kept the cast and crew laughing throughout production.
Kilpatrick was born in San Antonio but lived all over the US because his father was in the military. Before Kilpatrick could even walk, he played Baby Jesus in a church nativity play, and he has been acting ever since.
Now calling the Triangle home, Kilpatrick was attracted to Son of Clowns because of its local roots. He recently explained, “I was excited about Son of Clowns because it is so clearly a local story. It is about an NC man coming home, directed by an NC director, and made by NC people. I love being part of a community that encourages its members to create.”
One of Kilpatrick’s favorite aspects of filmmaking is the sense of community that develops among a film’s cast and crew. He recalls a particular production day when he felt that sense of community on Son of Clowns:
One night, late, we were filming in a bar whose AC was busted. Everyone was dripping with sweat, and there were fans going, but they had to be shut off when we were rolling. In that moment—and since—I have been struck by how it embodied making art in North Carolina. You are going to end up sweating your face off in a sticky humid haze. You will mop sweat after each take. It would be easy for someone to just get fed up, be curt, let their annoyance seep out, but being together, making something, and finding things to enjoy are more important.
Producer Bradley Bethel describes Kilpatrick as being as thoughtful as he is funny. “One day Paul showed up to set with a big cooler full of ice cream sandwiches for everyone. No one asked him to do that. He’s just the kind of guy who thinks about other people and wants everyone to be happy,” Bethel says.
Son of Clowns is Kilpatrick’s first feature film, and he hopes it will open opportunities for more film acting. “Paul is incredibly talented and a comedic gem soon to be discovered,” says writer/director Evan Kidd, “Audiences are undoubtedly going to love Paul.”
You can keep up with Paul on IMDb.
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