Nice Guy Burns Debuts Nice Guy Johnny at Newseum
Actor, writer, director Ed Burns moved graciously amongst guests that included The News Hour's Judy Woodruff and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) at the Newseum celebrating independent film and television hosted by Comcast & Tribeca Enterprises. The private screening of Nice Guy Johnny, his new indie flick, was a chance to catch up with the star and explore his interest in independent film making. Burns got his start in the film industry right after college as a production assistant on the Oliver Stone film, The Doors. While working as a gofer at Entertainment Tonight, he financed, produced, directed and starred in his first film The Brothers McMullen in his spare time, which was largely shot in his hometown of Valley Stream, New York. In 1996, Burns wrote, directed and starred in the ensemble drama She's The One with Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and Amanda Peet, as well as Sidewalks of New York in 2001. "Woody Allen was one of my early gods," he told Hollywood on the Potomac. This is Burn's ninth film.