Acclaimed Character Actor Quadruple Threats with SXSW Drama SWAN SONG, New Comedy Series PET PEEVES, Horror Feature CLAW, and Re-Release of Iconic Cult Classic ANOTHER GAY MOVIE
“Jonah Blechman…steals every scene in which he appears.” – New York Post
“Blechman gives a lovely performance, delicate but proud, with a fierce independence.” – New York Magazine
“He’s supernaturally charismatic in the way that only true artists and career misfits can ever really manage…He is what critics like to call “un-fucking-believable.” – Miami New Times
Los Angeles, CA (March 4, 2021) — Award-winning character actor Jonah Blechman celebrates the release of four diverse yet dynamic projects over the first half of 2021, including the SXSW World Premiere competition film SWAN SONG, the release of the Director’s Cut of his iconic queer cult comedy classic ANOTHER GAY MOVIE, the new dark comedy series PET PEEVES, and a turn in the horror comedy film CLAW.
To kick the year off, Blechman and iconic director Todd Stephens (EDGE OF SEVENTEEN) have teamed up once more for the upcoming SXSW feature SWAN SONG. Blechman shares the screen alongside Udo Kier and Jennifer Coolidge when the film holds its World Premiere on March 16.
“I’m thrilled to return to SXSW this year, and with Todd’s wonderful SWAN SONG”, said Blechman. “Working with Udo and Jennifer on what is surely Udo’s greatest role was a total pleasure and true honor.”
Blechman and Stephens will also see the re-release of their first collaboration, the breakout queer comedy ANOTHER GAY MOVIE, in celebration of the film’s 15 Year Anniversary. Releasing from Breaking Glass Pictures on March 30, the cult comedy classic is sure to shock new audiences with this special Director’s Cut, complete with never-before-seen footage, certain to please diehard fans.
“ANOTHER GAY MOVIE was one of my most outrageous performances in what I like to call my Queer protest film,” said Blechman. “I’m forever proud of the boundaries we broke that still today haven’t been topped in the queer genre!”
On the small screen, Blechman takes the lead in the upcoming dark comedy TV series PET PEEVES, starring as Milton, a newly paroled pet psychic, who is determined to restart his career, only to discover the past won’t stay buried for long. With neurotic pet parents to furry four-legged friends, the series premieres on global queer TV network Revry for National Pet Day, April 11th.]
“I fell in love with playing Milton, the eccentric pet psychic ex-con in PET PEEVES”, shares Blechman. “The concept of going intimately into the lives of people and their pets totally titillated my funny bone and was equally fascinating to explore. Oh, what our animals could tell about us!”
Finally, to cap off the first half of 2021, Blechman will appear alongside a deadly prehistoric terror in the dinosaur horror feature CLAW. Directed by Gerald Rascionat (OPEN WATER 3: CAGE DIVE), CLAW will see a limited theatrical and home entertainment release this summer from ITN Studios.
“CLAW is a horror hybrid comedy with a dinosaur…what more can I say – absurd and hysterical!”
In a career spanning over 3 decades, Blechman’s first role of note had him breaking boundaries by kissing Leonardo DiCaprio in the critically acclaimed THIS BOY’S LIFE alongside Robert DeNiro and Ellen Barkin. Since then, he has appeared in over 70 roles in film and television, many of which have garnered awards and nominations at The Spirit Awards, Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Outfest, Frameline and a Best Actor Award at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. Blechman has acted opposite such industry greats as Mickey Rourke, Tobey Maguire, James Garner, Ann Margret, Nick Offerman and even RuPaul. Whether it’s comedy or drama, Blechman stands out with performances that ignites critics and moves audiences.
Also a longtime theater performer, Blechman was the youngest Equity lead in the tour de force that is HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. Facile with different disciplines, he learned sign language to perform in the groundbreaking Deaf West production of PIPPIN at L.A. ‘s renown Mark Tapper Theater. That work and his shepherding the arts for the disability community, gave him the honor of speaking in front of our nation’s Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
“My love of acting became rooted in its innate permission to be out of control in a controlled environment”, says Blechman. “That freedom and safety, satiates this inherent, passionate curiosity I have to experience and express humanity. And if I’m not exploring that through a character or in storytelling, then I’m powerlessly compelled to through my real life, through my own experience.”
This is true of Blechman, as his curiosities have led him to successfully dive deep into alternate life paths including being an ABT ballet dancer (trained by Baryshinkov), an Orthodox Jew, a fashion designer, a publicist, and a TV network entrepreneur – all facets culminating into a truly creative life. Blechman has just added directing to his repertoire, having directed the television show QUEERX LIVE! featuring Jennifer Lopez and President Joe Biden on National Coming Out Day. An advocate, Blechman continues to champion the queer community through his partnerhship with the global Queer TV network, Revry.
Once the pandemic subsides, Blechman is set to star in two feature films in Prague with award-winning director Wiktor Grodecki (MANDRAGORA), and is preparing to star in and direct his opus feature BALL ROOM.
March 16th is the SXSW World Premiere competition film SWAN SONG.