Kevin Lewis on Coronavirus, Nic Cage and Animatronics in Willy’s Wonderland [Exclusive Interview]

Kevin Lewis
Kevin Lewis directed Willy’s Wonderland that stars Nicolas Cage.

Kevin Lewis feels like a survivor after battling coronavirus in the hospital.

The director caught the virus before the official premiere Willy’s Wonderland last week, in which he was hospitalized for a couple of weeks. Like the Janitor, a character in the movie, he battled and overcame all odds for survival.

Then again, battling murderous animatronics Willy’s Wonderland is a work of fiction. Well, fighting murderous animatronics and coronavirus are both terrifying.

The film stars Nicolas Cage in the primary role of the Janitor. The rest of the cast included Emily Tosta, Beth Grant, Ric Reitz, Chris Warner, Kai Kadlec, Caylee Cowan, Jonathan Mercedes, Terayle Hill, Christian Delgrosso, and David Sheftell. Lewis directed the film from a script written by G.O. Parsons.

Here’s the official synopsis:

A quiet loner (Cage) finds himself stranded in a remote town when his car breaks down. Unable to pay for the repairs he needs, he agrees to spend the night cleaning Willy’s Wonderland, an abandoned family fun center. But this wonderland has a dark secret that this “Janitor” is about to discover. He soon finds himself locked in an epic battle with possessed animatronic mascots that roam the halls. To survive, he must fight his way through each of them.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director Kevin Lewis in regard to the project. We started off with his ill-timed illness with coronavirus, Nicolas Cage, and the behind-the-scenes magic of the production.

Kevin Lewis’ first feature film was with The Method starring Sean Patrick and Robert Forster. He directed a variety of films, including The Drop, Dark Heart, Downward Angel, and The Third Nail.

Willy’s Wonderland is now available as VOD.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Screen Media Films

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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