Exclusive: Keith David Talks Union Furnace

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Exclusive: Keith David Talks Union Furnace
Posted by Wilson Morales

August 14, 2017

Coming out this week (Aug. 15) on Blu-ray and DVD from Metropol Pictures is the horror-thriller Union Furnace, directed by Nicholas Bushman (Stranger in the Dunes) from a script he co-wrote with Mike Dwyer (Sandbar). Dwyer also stars in the film along with Keith David (Platoon), Katie Keene (ClownTown) and newcomer Seth Hammond.

Small-town crook Cody (Dwyer) was at the end of his rope when a mysterious stranger offered him the chance of his life. There was just one catch – in this game he would have to wager everything, including his life. Cody finds himself trapped amongst a band of outsiders and misfits – all fighting for their lives and a slice of the American dream. Fueled by a horde of masked sadists, Cody and the others will win a fortune or die a brutal death.

A veteran of numerous films and TV shows such as Platoon, There’s Something About Mary, Community, Dead Presidents, They Live, Pitch Black and Cloud AtlasDavid is currently playing Bishop James Greenleaf on OWN’s Greenleaf, which continues the second half of season two with a two-night premiere on August 15.

Union Furnace was shot over a few years ago, so how are elated are you that it’s finally coming out?

Keith David: I’m glad it finally made the light of day.

What was the attraction to doing this?

Keith David: I liked the aspect that the film was a cautionary tale. Be careful to what you think you want. It also reminded me of a film I did earlier called “They Live.”

How would you describe your character Pin Stripe?

Keith David: My character is someone who has a late night 3am conversation with a guy in a bar. He in turn invites him to make money at a time in his life when his world is down and out and he’s feeling desperate. He wanted to get out of that. At least he’s desperate enough to want to engage in something like this and walk into a situation blind. Then he finds out very quickly that it’s not what he bargained for.

How was working with Nicholas?

Keith David: I liked Nick’s ambition. I liked what he was going for. I think at the end of the day, he reminds me a little of David Lynch. It’s a very dark tale, but it has a light at the end of the day. It’s a warning to those who have ever felt desperate for money.

What’s the draw to seeing Union Furnace?

Keith David: Curiosity. As a young filmmaker, I think his stuff should be out there. It’s definitely worth seeing. If you are a horror fan, it will certainly peak your interest because of the things that happen in the film. It’s a morality tale, a learning tool for humanity. Like I said, be careful to what you ask for. Beware of men bearing gifts. Read the fine print. Can you in fact live with yourself after you have made money in ways that you didn’t bargain for. You never thought that you would have to go there. How much of that money do you think he will be able to spend?

How much fun are you having on Greenleaf?

Keith David: That is some of best fun I ever had in life. I love Greenleaf. I love being Bishop James Greenleaf. He’s a man after my own heart. I used to want o be a bishop and I get to explore what it would be like if I were.

You also signed on for another series, Marvel’s New Warriors, on Hulu. What made you say yes to that?

Keith David: It gives me a chance to connect again with show runner Kevin Biegel. We worked on the comedy series ‘Enlisted’ together and also to have a little fun.

Were you a comic book fan or was this a project that appealed to you?

Keith David: Both. I wasn’t an avid reader but I have some friends who are big collectors. One of my friends owns a comic book shop, so I didn’t have to buy them to read the latest ones. I would go to the shop, read what I wanted to read and put it back.

Any more performances coming up?

Keith David: Yes. I have a performance coming up in Houston. I’ll be doing a Nat “King” Cole concert and I’ll be performing that same concert in Irvine, TX in October.

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