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.”
ZAKIS CORNER – It’s a packed, extra-size episode of the MovieFilm Podcast this week! Hear Zaki’s interview (beginning at 44:20) with actor Clayne Crawford of TV’s Lethal Weapon to discuss his new film, the compelling war drama A Fighting Season, as well as what it’s like to take on Mel Gibson’s iconic alter ego. After that, it’s on to a spoiler-filled chat about Alien: Covenant, the latest entry in the long-lived Fox sci-fi/horror franchise. Did we like it? Did we loathe it? You’ll have to breach the Spoiler Wall to find out! In addition, hear quick takes on movies we’ve caught recently, brief remembrances to mark the sad passings of former James Bond star Roger Moore and rocker Chris Cornell, and a special round of Star Wars news to mark the franchise’s 40th anniversary! You can hear it all all via the embed below, or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. As always, please hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.
I know a lot of you are new fans of Clayne Crawford with his role as Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon but this site has been supporting him for FIVE years. And he’s been acting and directing for so much longer than that. Most people realize after looking at his filmography how many times they’ve seen him before and just didn’t know it.
Despite playing a lot of bad guys and jerks, Clayne is a really awesome and the nicest guy. People see it on Instagram and Twitter but I’ve watched/read every interview, I’ve talked to him a few times in email plus I’ve seen all the responses he made to people who asked questions on the Q&A on here. He is a genuine, humble, funny, hell of a guy! I’ve never once regretted making this site or supporting him. It’s totally worth it. I’m SO happy for him that he’s finally got a role that he not only enjoys like crazy but puts him on TV weekly where everyone else can enjoy him. There was a lot of anticipation for Lethal Weapon but also a lot of people worried it would fall short of the movies. Well I think Clayne and Damon have proven to the world that they got what it takes to make it work. I hope this series continues for many years to come!
This video is the first time I saw and noticed Clayne, in a show called Leverage:
But it was this short that really show his sense of humor and range:
WARNING – contains adult language and violence!
After this short, he did a full length movie called The Baytown Outlaws that is great!
I’m working on getting the video gallery back together since YouTube deleted my channel but his episodes of 24, season 1-3 on Rectify, Rogue, NCIS: New Orleans as well as his movie NYC Underground are posted there already. Checking them out.
THANK YOU ALL FOR THE SUPPORT OF CLAYNE AND MY FANSITE!!!!!!!!!!!