“Battle Scars examines the war experience, as well as the wrenching change many veterans face upon returning home. Luke Stevens (Zane Holtz) shows up on his brother Nicky’s (Ryan Eggold) doorstep after a tour of duty in Afghanistan suffering from both PTSD and physical wounds, unseen but devastating. Luke wants nothing more than to forget the war, but his veteran father (David James Elliott) won’t let him and he is unable to tell his wife (Amy Davidson) of the trauma he experienced in Afghanistan. At a local strip club, run by a ruthless killer (Fairuza Balk), Luke crosses paths with Michelle (Heather McComb) who leads him into a violent world every bit as dangerous as the brutality Luke so desperately tried to leave behind in Afghanistan.”
While I’ve never had a direct connection to war besides my grandfather, my connection to this film and the character of Jules was instantaneous. On the page, she is a woman desperate to understand what her husband and what is going through. She has waited so long for his return, and once he gets home he won’t even speak to her. One of my favorite scenes to film was when Luke is in the bathroom and I am left banging and banging on the door. One line that struck me to my core was, “What does marriage mean to you?” I imagined this woman waiting and scared, praying for her husband to come home in one piece, only to find him so emotionally broken. My heart broke for her. It’s characters like this that I’m honored to bring to life. I gave her every emotion I was capable of and tried to be as generous with her as possible. Zane and I had so much artistic freedom within Themis particular scene and it was so rewarding to play out a fight that I’m afraid many couples have had and can unfortunately relate to. Playing characters that are relatable is exactly the lane I love to be in. There’s nothing more rewarding than someone coming up to me and saying how touched they were not only by my performance, but by the topic or issue that I helped bring to life. This topic and this issue is so incredibly important. PTSD is an enormous problem and I would love to see people more educated about it, more aware of how to help their loved ones through all of their emotions upon returning home. I’m so incredibly honored to have been a part of this film, and as wonderful as it is to enjoy the premiere and after party, it’s even more rewarding to know that our film has the chance to make a difference… If Battle Scars is in your city and you have the time, please go see it and support our veterans! Please help us spread the word as well. Independent films like this one deserve to be seen! Thank you so very much.
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With our director, Danny Buday.