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‘Paparazzo’ producer fixes on ‘Drugs’

Marcus rounds up high-profile subjects for film

Bert Marcus, who debuted in documentaries with Adrian Grenier’s “Teenage Paparazzo,” has reteamed with Grenier to produce the docu “How to Make Money Selling Drugs” with a wide array of high-profile participants.

Drugs” includes interviews with Grenier, 50 Cent, Eminem, Woody Harrelson, Susan Sarandon, former drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross, top-ranking government officials and former Senate Majority Leader and current Middle East envoy George Mitchell.

Marcus also wrote “Drugs,” currently in post-production, and raised financing. Matt Cooke is directing.

“What we’re trying to do is provide a glimpse into the lives of those involved in the ‘war on drugs’ and give some answers as to addiction,” he said. “We think the commercial prospects are going to be improved by getting recognizable people involved.”

Marcus is shooting an untitled boxing documentary in a partnership with Mario Lopez, focusing on the increasingly popular world of boxing and Mixed Martial Arts. Narrated by Lopez, the film will document the appeal of the sport and will interview boxing champions Manny Pacquiao, Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, as well as many enthusiasts such as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Donald Trump.

Marcus is writing, producing and directing.

“Paparazzo” was an official selection at Sundance and sold in April to HBO, which will air the docu on Sept. 27. The telepic included interviews with Alec Baldwin, Paris Hilton, Matt Damon and Lindsay Lohan.

Marcus is also developing an unnamed feature film project with Joel Zwick (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) attached to direct, as well as a fourth documentary that will focus on the media and how society receives news today.

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