Filmmaker-actor Edward Burns is drawing inspiration from familiar ground and new sources, including Tyler Perry.
Burns' latest movie, "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas," stems from Perry's suggestion that Burns revisit the Irish-American experience central to his earliest works, "The Brothers McMullen" and "She's the One," from the mid-1990s.
Perry served as impromptu career counselor during production of his own change-of-pace crime drama "Alex Cross," which co-stars Burns.
Burns took the advice to heart and pounded out a first draft for "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" in six weeks, a fraction of his usual six months.
He'll show clips from the new movie and some of his earlier ones in a sold-out event Tuesday at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph. "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" opens Friday at the Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL.
The film, also available from iTunes and video on demand, features Burns as the oldest sibling in a family abandoned two decades ago by dad Big Jim Fitzgerald (Ed Lauter). The cast also includes Anita Gillette, Connie Britton and Michael McGlone.
[Source: Associated Press]