‘The Story of Luke’ Team Goes for the Humor

'The Story of Luke' Team Goes

Preem coincided with World Autism Awareness Day

Humor was used onscreen and off at April 2 preem of Gravitas Ventures’ “The Story of Luke” at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills, where thesps and creatives took a light-hearted approach to the serious topic of autism.

“I wanted something entertaining that’s not too heavy so the movie has comedic and romantic elements,” said scribe-helmer Alonso Mayo. “Too many movies have the hard drama on this topic and are very depressing. In my experience, I saw a lot of hope, laughter and happiness. I wanted people to see a side they haven’t seen before. It’s not just something to be scared about.”

Even though Lou Taylor Pucci’s character shares the same disorder as Dustin Hoffman’s in “Rain Man,” Pucci took a different approach.

“The generalities are all there,” he explained, “their inability to focus, their repetition of ritual. But I needed to create a totally fictional character out of nowhere. What it ended up being was a morph of four different families with an autism member I had met who helped create somebody just for me to play.”

Seth Green’s character is also autistic. With one arm wrapped around wife Clare Grant and a bag of Sour Patch Kids in the other, the actor explained his approach.

“I like to play things really straight on and pretty honestly and humor naturally comes out of that,” said Green. “So I try not to go for any laughs or make anything seem forced.”

Tuesday’s preem coincided with World Autism Awareness Day.

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  1. Frank (Paco) Hannigan says:

    Great New Movie Alert!!! – The Story of Luke

    Went to the Los Angeles premiere of the Story of Luke, last night April 2,2013. That day is World Autism Awareness Day, and it was a wonderful plan to premiere on such an important day.

    A must see film by Alonso Mayo, when it is at theaters or fundraisers near you- please go out to see it. You will laugh, you will think, and most of all because the concept is so well thought, you will be brought from misty eyes to outright crying (both women and men). I can say enough about this film, just go see it.

    A comedy about Luke, a young man with autism who embarks on a quest for a job and a girlfriend. Starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, Cary Elwes and Kristin Bauer.

    Written and Directed by Alonso Mayo, based on his experiences at Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú, as seen in his research documentary “Just Like Anyone”.

    Winner of Best Film at Irvine International Film Festival & San Diego Film Festival, and Audience Awards at Fort Lauderdale Film Festival & Bahamas International Film Festival.

    Much Love,
    Paco

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