Convict Jason Stange arrested by US marshals on final day of shoot for slasher-flick Marla Mae, but producers say his scenes will not be cut
A convicted armed bank robber who went on the run in 2006 has been recaptured by US authorities after turning up as a villain in a low-budget horror movie .
Jason Stange, 44, was arrested on Friday by US marshals, who tracked him down to the capital of Washington state, Olympia, where he had been shooting the film Marla Mae .
Stange was photographed in an extensive piece about the movie in the local newspaper, the Olympian , and was clearly shown looking amiable and relaxed in seven separate shots.
Fortunately for the film-makers, the $8,000 production had just wrapped. Stange, who is credited under the name Jason Strange on the movie’s IMDb page , was stopped by the authorities after leaving the set to buy cigarettes. He was allowed to return his costume before he was taken to jail.
Producer Brandon Roberts said Stange was “a great guy” and a talented actor who had “really nailed the audition” for the part of Dr Lourdes, an abortion clinic doctor who commits a deranged act.
“Everyone really liked him a lot,” Roberts told the Tacoma News Tribune. It is understood first-time director Lisa van Dam-Bates, who also plays Marla, has decided to keep Stange’s scenes in the movie.
The fugitive was sentenced to 117 months behind bars in 2006 after pleading guilty to an armed bank robbery. Stange had been living in a halfway house but violated his probation in July last year by leaving without permission, resulting in the issue of a warrant for his arrest.
Producers say Marla Mae is inspired by the cult classic horror films of the 1980s. The official synopsis says “the story follows modest twentysomething Marla, who must uncover the diabolical reason for her boyfriend’s death while being sought after [sic] by local Olympia police who suspect her of the crime”.
Producers now hope to secure financing to release the feature-length film next year.
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‘Possible war in the Middle East’: Editor explains why Trump’s visa attack on Iran is ‘lame’ response to oil field attack
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World News editor Christopher Dickey told host Kendis Gibson he doesn't understand the point of barring Iranian diplomats from being able to come to the United Nations General Assembly meeting this fall. During a "Meet the Press" interview Sunday morning, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said that the U.S. should deny the visas. The statement prompted Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to call her out for "warmongering," and said she was out of touch with Americans who don't want to get into another costly Middle East war.
Why you should sell your house now — and not wait for the climate to change
Cities across the United States are already seeing the impacts of climate change. Sea levels are on the rise in Miami, Florida, where ocean waters creep into the streets, even when it isn't raining. Massive wildfires have taken out whole neighborhoods in California and in Alaska, about 2.5 million acres have burned since July 3. Wildfires there are getting worse, according to experts.
The problem of climate change has reached a dangerous level for some homeowners in areas that are no longer insurable. In Miami, for example, the "street-level" is now considered the basement and insurers are dropping coverage for basements. According to the Daily Beast, at least 340,000 California homeowners lost their property insurance coverage between 2015 and 2018 because the wildfires are getting worse and companies don't want to pay out when homes are destroyed.
‘Please give me the audacity of a mediocre white man’: Editor unleashes on Justice Brett Kavanaugh
Managing Editor Tiffany Cross, who co-founded The Beat DC, unleashed on the most recent Supreme Court Justice to be outed for sexual misconduct.
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Cross said that there are some who normally would have said, "man if only we knew about these allegations during the confirmation hearing." The problem, of course, is that it was known, Cross explained. It was simply ignored by Republicans in the majority. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is an excellent example of a pro-choice, pro-woman senator who claimed she trusted Kavanaugh. She's suffered the consequences from her home-state in wake of the vote. In the past four years, she has dropped from being the most favored senator in the country to among the least.