The first time I met up-and-coming actor Jean Elie two years ago, I corrected him on the pronunciation of his own name. “It’s zhon! Aye-lee! It’s important!” It’s especially important when you’ve got big plans to see your name in lights. Jean moved to Los Angeles with only $1000 and an uncertain housing situation. He got a day job and within 6 months he booked work on the film Project X, a Nike commercial as a stunt double, got his SAG card, and then it was off to the races.
A short film inspired by “The Reivers,” a William Faulkner novel that some referred to as the author’s own “Huckleberry Finn,” check out the new short film below from writer/director Drue Metz, titled “A Gentleman Always,” which stars Jean Elie and Myles Cranford, in a story about a son (Lucius) laboring to come to terms with what it means to be a man. #imdb #actor #producer #socialmedia #urbanworldfilmfestival #uw20 #mylescanford #Jeanelie #bet #director #premiere #Variety