David Carradine died just weeks before he was set to start promoting the DVD release of his film “Break,” and while he obviously wasn’t able to fulfill his commitment, he has already done more for the movie in his death than he could have ever done alive.
“I almost didn’t believe it when I heard he had passed and then I turned on the news and saw,” recalls the film’s director Marc Clebanoff. “After I started going over in my mind what the repercussions were going to be, one of the thoughts that occurred to me was that I had just spoken to him several weeks prior about him doing some PR and he was very agreeable to the idea. He had participated in a Q&A and he had said very specifically that he really liked the film,” adds Clebanoff. “I hate to admit it, but one of my first thoughts was, ‘Oh, no, we’re going to lose all of that promotion that he was going to do.’ Ironically, it didn’t occur to me until later that we ended up getting more press, in kind of a bittersweet way, in that first day than we would have gotten in a year of him promoting.”
While there are still many questions surrounding Carradine’s death, Clebanoff says he will always remember him for being a great actor. “I think his career and his status as an icon is going to be remembered as much as his demise. Obviously the circumstances surrounding his death are very questionable and mysterious so that’s going to be talked about for years to come I’m sure, but I don’t know that it will overshadow what the man accomplished in his career,” he notes.
Clebanoff’s film, which also stars Frank Krueger, Michael Madsen, and Chad Everett, hits DVD on July 14. “With this being one of David’s last films, I’m glad it seemed to be something he was pleased with.”