Interview with Gina Gershon, Samantha Mathis, David Conrad and Harrison Thomas of “12 Desperate Hours” on Lifetime by Suzanne 2/2/23
This is a very enjoyable movie that premieres Saturday, Feb. 25 on Lifetime (and I’m sure it will repeat many times). Gershon, famous for her many acting roles, directed it. Well-known actress Mathis is the main star of this movie as Val, a mother taken hostage and then kidnapped by a deranged young man, Denny (brilliantly played by Thomas). Conrad plays her husband, Mark, who searches for her, along with the police. He’s most well-known for “Ghost Whisperers.” This is the last of the Lifetime Press Day movies from Feb. 2, but it’s certainly the only one where the villain was sympathetic. Make sure you watch it!
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12 Desperate Hours marks Gina Gershon’s long-form directorial debut and her return to Lifetime having previously starred as Donatella Versace in House of Versace in 2013 and in the LMN miniseries Everything She Ever Wanted in 2009, which was also based on an Ann Rule’s novel. Gershon directs Samantha Mathis (Billions), Harrison Thomas (Better Call Saul) and David Conrad in the film.
Adapted from Ann Rule’s Last Chance, Last Dance true crime collection, 12 Desperate Hours follows Val (Samantha Mathis), a mother who finds herself and her young children held hostage by Denny (Harrison Thomas) when he forces his way into her house after committing murder earlier that day. In order to save them and her husband Mark (David Conrad), who was due home at any moment, Val offers to drive Denny wherever he wants and becomes his unwilling accomplice as he goes on a rampage of destruction. Despite the traumatic events, Val builds a rapport with her captor and uses the relationship to help save the lives of bystanders, herself and even the life of her captor.
12 Desperate Hours and A Rose For Her Grave: The Randy Roth Story will both debut in 2023 on Lifetime and are produced by Allegheny Image Factory and Best On Best. Conor Allyn and Benjamin Anderson serve as executive producers and Jeff Tinnell and Bob Tinnell serve as producers for both films. Allyn and Anderson wrote the script for Desperate Hours and For A Rose From Her Grave. This marks the fifth and sixth Ann Rule adaptation Allyn and Anderson have Executive Produced, including Sleeping With Danger, Circle Of Deception, A Murder To Remember and A House on Fire, which the latter they also penned.
Gina L. Gershon (born June 10, 1962) is an American actress. She has had roles in the films Cocktail (1988), Red Heat (1988), Showgirls (1995), Bound (1996), Face/Off (1997), The Insider (1999), Demonlover (2002), P.S. I Love You (2007), Five Minarets in New York (2010), Killer Joe (2011) and House of Versace (2013). She has also had supporting roles in FX‘s Rescue Me and HBO‘s How to Make It in America. She portrayed Gladys Jones on The CW teen drama series Riverdale.
Samantha Mathis was born in 1970 in New York, to Donald Mathis and Austrian-born Bibi Besch, an aspiring actress at the time. Her maternal grandmother was actress Gusti Huber. Her first acting job was in a commercial for baby products with her mother. Since her parents divorced when she was only three years old, Samantha was very exposed to the acting industry from a very young age, which made her almost destined to become an actress. Samantha’s first feature film was Pump Up the Volume (1990) opposite her on- and off-screen love at the time, Christian Slater.
David Conrad (born August 17, 1967) is an American actor, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. From 2005 to 2010, he starred in the television series Ghost Whisperer alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt. He’s also known for Men of Honor (2000), Wedding Crashers (2005) and Anything Else (2003).
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