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Mike Dwyer Talks w/411 About Starring With Keith David in Union Furnace

August 15, 2017 | Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz
Union Furnace

The B-Movie Interview: Mike Dwyer


Mike Dwyer is an actor from Ohio who has been making movies, according to imdb, since 2012, debuting in the comedy/drama Sandbar with director Nicholas Bushman. Since Sandbar, Dwyer has worked with Bushman multiple times, including producing, co-writing, and starring in the horror thriller Union Furnace. In this short interview, Dwyer talks about what it was like making Union Furnace.



Bryan Kristopowitz: How did you get involved in Union Furnace? Did you come up with the idea first or did your co-writer and director Nicholas Bushman?

Mike Dwyer: Union Furnace came out of a strong mutual desire to make a new movie right away. Nick already had my character and the opening scenes written so we then set about finding a story that would best fit Cody. One that would take him to hell and back.

BK: Were you always meant to be the star of Union Furnace?

MD: Yeah, the character was always intended for me play. Plus I can grow me a mean beard!

BK: Explain your working relationship with director Nicholas Bushman. You’ve worked with him multiple times now.

MD: Since the beginning Nick was the writer and director of the films with me acting in them. The fun part about this one was getting to collaborate with him on the screenplay for the first time.

BK: What was the hardest part of making Union Furnace for you?

MD: The hardest part was managing my producing duties with also acting in the film. That is something I also did on Sandbar but this was a much bigger, and much colder production. Literally, it was freezing cold every day.

BK: You are listed as one of the movie’s producers. What did you do in that arena for Union Furnace?

MD: Everything from funding the movie myself to fixing a leak in the roof of the set if need be. Anything the production called for. And all while trying to stay “in character”.

BK: What was it like working with Keith David?

MD: Very awesome and very humbling to share the frame with him. He’s also a great guy. And a great singer, too. In spite of the dark material we were working with, Keith could always lighten the mood and warm up the set with a song.

BK: Any upcoming projects you can tell us about?

MD: Stranger in the Dunes baby!

BK: Who are your moviemaking heroes?

MD: The biggest one for me would be Warren Beatty, who’s worn more hats than I did on Union Furnace over half a century of filmmaking. And he’s still rocking and rolling too!


BK: Who came up with the title Union Furnace, you or Nicholas Bushman?

MD: Nick and I both knew of that town and had always thought it would be a great title for something. Once we started writing, it became clear this was the one.


A very special thanks to Mike Dwyer for agreeing to participate in this interview and to Tatum Wan for helping set it up.

Union Furnace is available on Blu-ray and DVD starting August 15th, 2017.

Check out the Union Furnace Facebook page here.

Check out the Metropol Pictures website here.

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Union Furnace poster courtesy Union Furnace Facebook page.

Union Furnace DVD cover courtesy Dread Central.