[Exclusive] David Spade talks about his first dramatic role in the indie suspense thriller ‘Warning Shot'

The cast of ‘Warning Shot’ spoke exclusively with MEAWW at the world premiere in Hollywood to talk about the meaning behind this female-driven film.

[Exclusive] David Spade talks about his first dramatic role in the indie suspense thriller ‘Warning Shot'

David Spade’s first dramatic film, ‘Warning Shot’ follows Audrey (played by Tammy Blanchard), a single mother to daughter Cheyenne (played by Onata Aprile) who is always in a constant struggle to make ends meet. When she finds out her grandfather passed away, Audrey and Cheyenne go to his farmhouse in hopes to inherit it. 

What they don't know, is that the house has lucrative water rights, and some very bad people are eyeing it. After arriving at the house with Cheyenne, two men hired by the grandson of her grandfather’s lifelong rival (played by David Spade and Bruce Dern, respectively) Rainy (played by Guillermo Diaz) and Jawari (Dwight Henry) take Audrey and Cheyenne hostage.

In what turns out to be a violent and traumatizing battle, Rainy and Jawari torture the single mother and daughter, while underestimating the power of a mother protecting her child. At the world premiere of ‘Warning Shot’ in Hollywood, MEAWW got to speak exclusively with the cast and creators of this riveting, edge of your seat indie. 

One of the most well known comedic actors in Hollywood, Spade was a newcomer to the dramatic thriller genre, having only had roles in comedies. That isn’t to say that Spade doesn’t bring his own a touch of comedy to every role he plays, even in such a dramatic role like this.

“When you’re being a real person in the real world, not every tense situation is only tense or overly dramatic. Sometimes you lighten the mood with a joke or something to get out of it. Even the way you’re acting is sometimes funny, because if you’re so serious or if you’re yelling, it just comes out funny. But overall it does get tense at the end of the movie and I liked that,” he says. 

David Spade-  'Warning Shot' 
David Spade-  'Warning Shot' 

One of the best performances of the film, however, comes from Blanchard, who used her real-life role as a mother to inspire her performance. Blanchard brings such a visceral intensity to the role, it’s no surprise that she is an actual mother in real life.

Speaking of which, she says: “The thing about a love between a mother and child is that there’s nothing like it. I tell everyone it’s the greatest experience, in life you have to have a child, no matter what. So I was thinking about my struggles and using my own experiences having to make some sacrifices for my daughter, and it was all very real for me and very focused.”

Meanwhile, another striking performance was, of course, by Onata Aprile, who plays Cheyenne, Audrey’s young daughter. Most of Aprile’s scenes were dark, dramatic and evoked fear and panic, something that shouldn’t necessarily come naturally to a young girl. In fact, it begs the question of how supportive her parents were, playing such a traumatizing role

Tammy Blanchard & Onata Aprile
Tammy Blanchard & Onata Aprile

“I think that you have to think of things that connect to the character to really show those emotions. My mom is also an actor, so she knows what this world is like and was really supportive of the role.”

The two women are clearly the center of this film, which is interesting because the cast is comprised mainly of men. After speaking with director Dustin Fairbanks, it’s clear that even though the cast is primarily male, this is a film about a woman and her daughter going on a terrifying journey.

“Our writer is female, and I think she wanted a woman in power that goes through a struggle and really has something at the end.  I think Tammy gave a really great performance.” 

'Warning Shot' will have a national theatrical and VOD release on September 14th.