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One Day as a Lion | John Swab on Directing an Action Comedy

Marianne Rendon and Scott Caan in One Day as a Lion

Gritty action director John Swab would rarely helm a project from a script that he didn’t write. With One Day as a Lion, Scott Caan’s script was very different and light-hearted and it was too good to pass up.

In this action-comedy film, it stars Caan (Ocean’s Eleven, Hawaii Five-0) with Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Marianne Rendón (Imposters, Charlie Says), Taryn Manning (Orange Is the New Black, Hustle & Flow), George Carroll (The Town, Killing Them Softly), Virginia Madsen (Sideways, Candyman), and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, La La Land).

Here is the synopsis of One Day as a Lion:

Jackie Powers (Scott Caan) is a nice guy but a lousy hitman sent to take out a crafty debtor (J.K. Simmons). Jack only pisses him off. Fleeing the scene, Jackie takes bored waitress Lola as a hostage. Jackie needs money to get his son out of jail. Lola cooks a scheme for them to get cash from her dying mother (Virginia Madsen). Meanwhile, a thug sent to kill him is sleeping with Jackie’s ex. This crime comedy is a witty homage to Tarantino and the Coen brothers.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director John Swab about directing a movie not originally written by him. We talked about Scott Caan, the Midwest, for all his film productions and sticking around this action genre.

John Swab made his feature-length directorial debut with Let Me Make You a Martyr, which had its world premiere at the 2016 Fantasia International Film Festival. In 2019, he directed the crime thriller Run with the Hunted, starring Ron Perlman, who eventually won the Audience Award at the 2019 Woodstock Film Festival. Also, he directed the drug recovery center fraud film Body Brokers and the crime-thriller Ida Red in 2021. Most recently, he released the provocative slasher film Candy Land at many horror film festivals last year.

One Day as a Lion is currently in select theaters. It is On Demand and available digitally tomorrow.

Watch the exclusive interview with John Swab below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

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Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Lionsgate

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