Monday, February 25, 2008

Cast In a Pivotal Role in TAKING IT AS IT COMES: THE MARYANN COLLURA STORY

All Three Producers of the film TAKING IT AS IT COMES: THE MARY ANN COLLURA STORY, Edward Jupin, Fred Boas & Bhavna Patel have agreed on casting me in the poignant role of CHUCK, a mentally disabled man that touched the life of MaryAnn Collura. It's a small role, but pivotal in showing what kind of person Mary Ann Collura was. I'm honored and excited to be a part of the project.

Here's some information on Mary Ann Collura.

FROM THE TEAM DESERT SUN WEBSITE

"Mary Ann Collura’s story is one of a truly amazing person. A person who never took one day of her life for granted. A woman whose selflessness, outgoing personality, and charm radiated upon everyone she crossed paths with. Hearing her story only makes you wish you could have had the chance to know her while she was here. It is a story that needs to be told!"

Here's a story from TruTv's Crime Library

April 17, 2003. Holy Thursday.

In Fair Lawn, it will always be remembered as the night Mary Ann Collura was murdered. She had, it seemed, always been a looming presence in the borough, a big boned girl with a quick laugh and a real gift for dealing with people. Even as a kid she had talent in equal measure for winning friends and scaring the hell out of anyone who chose not to be her pal. The first female cop on the Fair Lawn department, she also had real talent for elbowing her way into a man's world and earning respect.

Just ask her brother Paul, who remembered his embarrassment when Mary Ann convinced his little league coach to let her practice with the team, even though girls in those days were barred from playing. That embarrassment only got worse, Paul Collura had told New Jersey Monthly, when the coach approached him after a particularly sorry practice. During the practice, Mary Ann had made a spectacular play and the coach turned to Paul Collura and said, "Hey, Collura, how come you don't play more like your sister?" Needless to say, Paul Collura added, that was his last day in Little League.

If anything, in the two years since her death, Mary Ann Collura has become an even more ubiquitous presence on the elm-lined streets of Fair Lawn. In memory of her, the local post office was renamed. That took an act of Congress. They renamed the shooting range at the Bergen County Police Academy for her, and a room in the Bergen County Prosecutor's office was even named for her. In Fair Lawn, a local ice cream shops renamed one of its sundaes — vanilla with a hard chocolate shell, the same treat she used to push on her colleagues in the department - the Mary Ann. That didn't take an act of Congress. It took an act of love.

There is even a song written about her called "The Ultimate Sacrifice" by Peter Prince. It has become the anthem of the International Association of Police Women. The IAPA awarded posthumously Mary Ann Collura their Medal of Valor.

April 17, 2003 is also a significant date in Clifton. The memory of it is carved into Steve Farrell's body and it's etched in the minds of every cop who serves with him in the Clifton Police Department.

But ask about April 17 on that stretch of Paulison Avenue in Passaic where Omar Marti, the young man who murdered Mary Ann Collura and wounded Steve Farrell grew up, and you're likely to be greeted with silence or blank stares. If Marti, who died from a shotgun blast by his own hand and a fusillade of police bullets on a Florida roadside three days after the Collura murder, had imagined himself to be a legendary gangsta, a real life Tony Montana whose exploits would be remembered by budding young drug dealers everywhere, he was wrong.

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