Shot in Greenville and starring Clayne Crawford of ‘Lethal Weapon,’ ‘Tinker’ is a collaboration between two longtime friends
GREENVILLE JOURNAL – The new film “Tinker,” written and directed by Greenville’s Sonny Marler, is a story of people coming together and learning about their hidden gifts.
“Tinker” centers around a reclusive farmer named Grady Lee (played by Clayne Crawford from Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” TV series), who discovers his deceased father’s journal. As it so happens, the journal contains plans for a world-changing machine run by electromagnetism.
As Grady builds the machine and begins trying to piece together the life of his late father, his world changes even more: Grady’s sister passes away and gives him custody of a young boy named Kai, who’s both incredibly intelligent and very sheltered. Together, the two of them begin to tentatively form a relationship that neither of them anticipated.
It’s a fitting metaphor for the relationship between Marler and one of the film’s executive producers, Nick Stathakis.
The pair went to Travelers Rest High School together and became good friends before Marler moved to Los Angeles in the early 2000s to pursue acting and Stathakis joined his family’s restaurant business, running Stax’s Original on Poinsett Highway in Greenville.
“I used to go out to L.A. and visit Sonny,” Stathakis says, “And he always said that I would be the perfect left brain to his right brain — the business side to his artistic side. I told him if he ever got the opportunity to do something he thought we could work together on, to just come ask me.”