Cuba Gooding Jr. starts shooting directorial debut

20th Jun 17 | Entertainment News

The Oscar winner is also starring in the film he has written.

Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cuba Gooding Jr. has started production on his directorial debut Louisiana Caviar.

The thriller, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Famke Janssen, is currently filming in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Jerry Maguire actor is also starring in the movie about good people who make life-changing bad decisions. Cuba will play a boxer.

In addition to starring and directing, Cuba also rewrote the original script from Eitan Gorlan.

He originally signed on to the film as an actor, but decided to take charge of the project after another director dropped out.

"They've let me direct, and write this script and I got final cut (approval) and locked in Richard Dreyfuss and Famke Janssen and we've been able to surround them with all these great young people and I'm blown away with how quickly this has come together," he tells Deadline.com.

The actor was initially approached by producer Anjul Nigam to take on the project.

"They said Nigam was a childhood friend, and it turned (out) that we'd met when we both did guest spots on Growing Pains," he continues. "He said, 'We don't have much money, but what if you directed it?' I took the script, broke it down, pitched a page one rewrite. The financiers read it and here we are.

"I'm sure the idea was that having an Academy Award winner make a directing debut was the sell, but this thing really came together."

And after executive producer Paul Haggis heard Cuba was directing the film, he jumped at the chance to help.

"When Paul heard I was doing this movie and had three weeks of prep to pull it together, he said, 'Get your a** to the lobby of the Mercer Hotel', where he gave me a four-hour tutorial," he adds. "We broke it down and he told me everything I need to know, including that I needed to be flexible but ultimately that I capture my vision."

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