By Michael D. Reid
"The big difference is with the [Bay] studio we're out to change people's lives," said Beach, who, despite limping from a painful groin injury incurred while shooting the new Hawaii Five-O TV series, was all smiles and characteristically playful.
"Working on a big-budget movie, you're looking to make a quick-buck blockbuster with entertainment value."
Their partnership ignited when Beach signed to play the Ojibway title character in Tommy Prince: Prince of the Devils, his $11-million feature about his personal hero, the most decorated aboriginal war veteran in Canadian history.
"I've been doing these heroic movies in the U.S. and I think it's time to profile us and honour and respect how great our forces are," said Beach, noting First Nations youth desperately needs such a hero.
"It caught his attention," said Webb, who showed Beach some scripts to consider before the Prince project rolls next year.
Beach will play a vigilante cop who takes matters into his own hands when four Internet predators can't be tried because their teenaged victims won't report the crimes. Victoria's Beau Mirchoff co-stars as "the rotten rich kid," said Webb.
"No report, no crime. No crime, no justice," said the director with a background in production of safety films and manuals.
Below: "Adam Beach: Hoping to steer youth in a good direction through his Bay Film Studios partnership." (Lyle Stafford/Timescolonist.com)