Inertia's Chernick working in movie with Jeremy Irons

By Randall King
Winnipeg Free Press — Oct 20, 2001

It's good enough that Sean Garrity's Winnipeg-made film Inertia scored a success in Toronto by winning the Best First Canadian Feature Award at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. Having its star score another success in Hogtown, well that's pure gravy.

Jonas Chernick, the 28-year-old 'Peg-spawned star of Inertia, is currently working on a movie with Jeremy Irons and Neve Campbell in his newly adopted T.O. home. Just prior to the Manitoba Film and Sound/Free Press-sponsored screening of Inertia on Monday, Chernick said he was primed to act opposite Irons next week.

"In the scene, I'm supposed to be very intimidating towards him, which I'm going to find pretty challenging because I'm going to be fairly intimidated by Jeremy Irons," he says.

The project, titled Last Call, is a made-for-cable movie made for Showtime to air in 2002.

"It's the story of the last month in the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald," Chernick says. "Jeremy Irons plays F. Scott Fitzgerald and Neve Campbell plays a woman he hired to help him while he was finishing his last novel. She falls in love with him and she is courted by a young man who lives across the street from her, played by myself," he says. "The idea is my character is in love with her and she can't see what's right in front of her because she's obsessed with this writer.

"It's a great part. I get about ten scenes in all with Neve Campbell and on scene with the great Jeremy Irons. I'm really excited about it," he says. "Any time you get an opportunity to act with an actor like that, it's a huge boost for your career.

"Plus, you get a chance to watch him in action."

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