EXCLUSIVE: Director Spencer Susser says that’s not the official HESHER trailer!

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
February 21st, 2011

Last week, the "official" trailer for HESHER hit the Interwebs, giving Joseph Gordon-Levitt lovers, Metalheads, and fans of general badassness what they thought was their first legitimate look at the film. Turns out, that's not the official trailer as some sites were reporting! This according to director/co-writer Spencer Susser himself, who personally sent us an email to set the record straight (along with a new, exclusive photo from the set seen above).

"I'm sure you've seen or heard about the HESHER trailer that's spreading around. I wanted to let you know that it's far from the official trailer. It's a trailer cut for foreign markets from the same "geniuses" who tried to change the name to "rebel". While it's not a bad trailer, it was created by the foreign sales representatives of the film for the specific intent of explaining the film to people in foreign, often non-english-speaking markets. I'm happy to see that people online like the trailer and are interested in HESHER, but the trailer doesn't accurately present the tone of the film or the character of Hesher. Anyway, I'm looking forward to sharing the official trailer which will be out very soon and I feel will communicate the film's intent more clearly."

So, there you have it, folks. We can credit this movie mishap to the same people that started that whole title change catastrophe back in May (which you may recall we also helped to clear up). I'm sure Hesher has an international hand gesture he would love to share with them to express his feelings towards the trouble they've caused.

Stay tuned for the official trailer, which we will surely bring you as soon as it's available.

HESHER premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by Newmarket Films - distributors of such indie gems as DONNIE DARKO and MEMENTO. You can catch it next month in Austin at the SXSW Film Festival (screening dates and details HERE).

Written by Susser and co-writer David Michôd (ANIMAL KINGDOM) from a story by first timer Brian Charles Frank, HESHER centers around a young, angst-filled boy named T.J. (Devin Brochu) who loses his mother in a horrible accident. With the boy's father (Rainn Wilson) in a vegetative state of depression and despair, the boy looks to a tattooed, stringy haired grim reaper of a man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) that sits atop his shoulder as the dark angel of his conscience. That is, until he meets the light angel of his life (Natalie Portman), who serves as both an object of his prepubescent affection and filler to his motherly void. As they say, people can be in your life for a reason and a season; for T.J. it's about to be one mixed with both dark clouds and sunshine. More about HESHER in my review from Sundance HERE!

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