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INTERVIEW: Nick Stahl & Nicholas Tomnay On Deliciously Sinister Cerebral Shocker ‘WHAT YOU WISH FOR’

Building on the significant buzz it generated on the international festival circuit last year, Nicholas Tomnay‘s (The Perfect Host) taut culinary shocker What You Wish For is now available through Magnet Releasing (full review here).

Written and directed by Tomnay, the film stars Nick Stahl (Hunter HunterWhat Josiah Saw) as a talented chef down on his luck due to a destructive gambling addiction. Given the dire circumstances, he flees to an unnamed Latin American country where his friend Jack (Brian Groh), a more successful chef with his own problems, takes him in. Though puzzled by Jack’s lavish lifestyle catering to the elite in paradise, Ryan suppresses his envy whilst secretly craving the same life. But a cruel twist of fate grants his wish and he ends up assuming Jack’s identity, soon discovering the sinister means behind the lifestyle he thought he craved.

Co-starring alongside Stahl are Tamsin Topolski (“Slow Horses”), Randy Vasquez (“Fatal Attraction”), Penelope Mitchell (Sting, Hellboy), and Juan Carlos Messier.

To celebrate the film’s theatrical and VOD release, CinemaChords sat down with Tomnay and Stahl who discussed their decision to set their socially-conscious film in the world of gastronomy and how they crafted a deliciously twisted, cerebral exploration of seriously sadistic subject matter without relying on cheap thrills or “torture porn.”


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