Joey McIntyre is primarily known for being the youngest member of the New Kids on the Block, of course, but the Massachusetts native can do a lot more than bust out a few dance moves. Like, would you believe he's a pretty good actor too?
But don't take our word for it – see for yourself in this exclusive clip from his new movie "On Broadway." Then read below for Joey's take on the film, which has been winning festival awards across the country.
I was really fortunate to take the journey in the movie "On Broadway," as an actor and as a Boston native working in his home-town. Dave McLaughlin, the writer/director, and I really connected on what we called "our Boston." There are a bunch of movies coming out of Beantown lately, really good and really cool, but they don't tell the story that we tell in "On Broadway," which is sort of a modern-day Frank Capra film. (With real Boston accents!)
To me, this film is about breaking down the walls that we put up between ourselves and the ones we love the most. It's been my experience – and maybe it's because I'm Boston Irish – that even in a loving family, it is often hard for us to say how we really feel, good or bad. And as time goes by, it gets harder and harder to share.
In "On Broadway," I play Jack O'Toole, a carpenter by trade, who baffles his new wife when he tells her he wants to quit his job to write a play. The reason is he has just lost his uncle to a fatal accident and at the funeral he is touched by the emotion and the story telling and, most importantly, how it touches his father. Everything he had with his Uncle Pete, he didn't have with his father. In his heart he feels this play will bring him closer to his dad.
With a lot of help from his friends and his wife – not withstanding a few honest arguments with the wifey – Jack is able to get his play performed. And rather than some fancy 500-seat theatre, it happens in the sort of shabby-but-warm back room of Jack's neighborhood pub. It's about as far as you can get from the Great White Way – but it turns out to be more communal and real than anything he could have hoped for.
As meaty as the role was – as an actor you can't ask for a more well-rounded, nuanced character – much the same can be said about the rest of the cast.
• Jill Flint, beautiful inside and out, played my wife Kate. She is very supportive but not afraid to put her husband in his place.
• Lance Greene, also a producer, plays my cousin, who isn't quite sure how he feels about his dad's death being the inspiration for a play- we have it out but "Billy" still shows great support to "Jack".
• Jack's buddy, Neil is played by Lucas Caleb Rooney. I have often told Lucas that he steals the show, while I'm doing all the heavy lifting. He gets to chase after the ultra pretty and really cool fellow Bostonian, *Eliza Dushku. Eliza was one of the big name actors that was psyched to be on board for this film because she connected to it's truth.
• Mike O'Malley plays a priest! And my character's brother... Mike was on "Yes, Dear" for almost a decade and has chests of gold buried in his back yard. It was awesome to work with him. We have a couple of pivotal scenes together... He yelled at the crew alot though : )
• We were also lucky to get the modern day, George & Gracie – Will Arnett and Amy Poehler. They are both laugh-out-loud-funny and highlight the humor in the movie.
• My buddy Donnie's brother, Robert Wahlberg – my buddy too – played the pub's owner/bartender, who gives us his back room for just a hundred bucks, but then disrupts our rehearsals whenever he likes.
All these people came together because they believed in the story, and they wanted to help tell it. It was a special, special moment for me – to be shooting a film in my hometown and playing a role so close to my heart.
This film is a personal story from Boston, but we're finding that the more personal the story, the more universal it is. It has been so rewarding for us to go to festivals all around the country (and Ireland) and see it touch people as if it was happening in their own back yard.