Usually when we talk about a breakup movie, we mean a movie about a couple breaking up. But it’s different in the case of Will Estes’ forthcoming “Anchors” – a film that writer-director David Wexler predicts will actually make a lot of people break up.
That’s according to Estes, who adds, “It’s a real, honest look at the destruction of young first love. I think, unfortunately for most of us, that’s the way the cookie crumbles: we don’t end up staying with our first loves. It’s a good film, an honest film.”
And the film, touted as a sexy, turbulent anti-love story, is also a big departure from Will’s noble cop character, Jamie Reagan – a.k.a. Tom Selleck’s youngest son — on “Blue Bloods.” He rushed right into work on the indie feature, which also stars Devin Kelley of “The Chicago Code,” as soon as the series wrapped for the season. In fact, it was almost too much of a rush.
“I am so relieved to be finished with the film. It was really intense. We shot about 13 pages of dialogue a day — really big monologues. It was something that I would have felt pressed to do if I’d had two weeks of rehearsal, but I had two or three days. I heard about it Sunday, started shooting Wednesday. Part of why I said yes is that I thought it would be a really big challenge, a really big exercise as an actor.”
According to Estes, “Blue Bloods” fans can expect to see brotherly friction between Donnie Wahlberg and himself on tomorrow night’s (5/11) big season finale of the show. “There’s a lot of stuff between Donnie and me — the family relations. We have a little bit of a blowup that ties into the story of the characters,” Estes tells us. That’s in addition to the race-against-time thriller story that has Tom Selleck’s Police Commissioner Frank Reagan getting word of a bio-terror plot in NYC.
“It’s a great finale,” he enthuses. “I’m so excited about ‘Blue Bloods.’ It’s just getting better and better. Everyone’s really hitting their stride, the writers and producers as well as the actors.”
OPERA-ATION: Oscar-winning actress Shirley Jones certainly surprised the surgical team that worked on her knee replacement at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica, CA the other day. Orthopedic surgeon John Moreland had a recording of Shirley and Gordon MacRae singing “People Will Say We’re in Love” from the 1955 classic movie musical “Oklahoma!” and turned up the volume in the OR for the benefit of the team while they prepped. Suddenly, the medicos told Shirley’s husband, Marty Ingels, there was an “extra voice” – Shirley herself joining in, despite being in twilight sleep due to anesthesia. Now, there’s a show-must-go-on mentality!