This is one of my most inspiring and favorite interviews to date.  Brad Furman is already being tapped as one of the hottest, young directors in Hollywood, after the critical and box office success of his mainstream directorial debut, “The Lincoln Lawyer”, starring such Hollywood A-Listers as Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillipe, Josh Lucas, William H. Macy, and Michael Pena.  The movie was so well received by critics and fans alike (88% percent User approval on Rotten Tomatoes with extremely positive critic reviews across the board), that the acclaimed author of the book, Michael Connelly (Who wasn’t so happy with Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of “Blood Work” to show Kade Nation just how you critical he can be towards even an Oscar Winning director), gushed about how great the adaptation of the screen play turned out!  His first movie, “The Take” starring John Leguizamo and Tyrese (Whom Brad has had a 14 year friendship with and talks extensively about during the interview below calling him “An Inspiration”), was also so well received at the Toronto Film Festival and people who saw it later, that it led to McConaughey lobbying for a then relatively unknown director to direct “The Lincoln Lawyer”,  and now that same relative unknown has jumped into the cusp of joining some of the most elite directors in Hollywood!  This is a star that has been born, and in talking to him, you would never know it because of how truly humble and classy a person he is, and that is what will cheer people on for him to go to the top of the Hollywood food chain…

But with all these already amazing credentials for such a young director in Hollywood years, the thing that most impressed me about Brad was this: Our original interview took place on Sunday night where he actually went out of his way to meet me at 10:15 at night at The Chelsea Hotel, and after one of the worst days that I have had in a VERY long time filled with equipment malfunctions, diva behavior, and interview delays, before I even saw him, my camera died 3/4 of the way through our interview leading me to want to jump into ongoing traffic from embarrassment and disappointment!!  I had been looking forward to interviewing him since our first meeting a few weeks back, and you sometimes only get one chance.  I have also encountered people who even with the smallest level of success, would’ve thrown a fit in that situation, and raised hell, but instead Brad couldn’t have been more humble, understanding, and classy, and told me not to worry about it, and even invited me to redo the interview at his house the next day in front of his family (Who couldn’t have been more cordial and it was awesome for me when his mom told me I was good at what I do).  In an age where people and celebrities become so jaded and unnerving at any delays or problems, here is a guy who just had the opportunity to direct some of the biggest names in Show Business and is about to become a Megastar, and he couldn’t have acted more down to earth and cool.  As I drove home, I reflected on how inspiring the whole interaction had been with him, and how much I admired Brad because of his demeanor in the face of stardom and status.  He is already a tremendous film making talent, but he also proved himself to be a tremendous human being, and those two qualities are going to lead him to an Oscar very soon (Although he would never tell you that).

Here, Brad Furman sits down with “The King Of Kamelot”, the day before “The Lincoln Lawyer” comes out on DVD, and discusses the experience of directing some of the top talent in Hollywood,  his 14 year  close friendship with Tyrese, his first encounter with John Singleton, the influence his cousin’s death had on his career, and soo much more!! By the way, notice all of the 3×5 cards on the wall behind us! This is a storyboard for a movie that him and his mother are writing, and there were what seemed like a 100 scripts for him to review on his kitchen table alone like an episode of Entourage!!  The genuine and humble nature of this guy really shine through below in the video.  Truly Inspiring!!