New York rapper R.A. The Rugged Man was a rising rapper in the mid-1990s, recording with the likes of Notorious B.I.G., Mobb Deep and the Wu-Tang, among others. But after going through label disputes, he retreated to the independent rap scene, before finally releasing his own album, Die, Rugged Man, Die, in 2004.
Today, he’s still working on music, but the rapper is taking a stab at the movie biz. His first film is “an insane mockumentary,” according to R.A., and based on the life of his father, Staff Sgt. John A. Thorburn.
“He was a highly decorated war hero who survived many government-funded secret missions in Vietnam,” R.A. told Fangoria.com, “only to come home affected by Agent Orange, which caused serious complications with some of his children and grandchildren.”
The film is currently being shot in 8mm film, and in production alongside director Frank Henenlotter (who he previously worked with in the 2007 horror flick “Bad Biology,” as a writer and producer).
At press time, it’s unknown when it is expected to be released.
The following photos are from a recently wrapped scene from the film (courtesy of Fangoria.com):
R.A. describes what is going on in there scene: “the scene pictured is based on some of the wilder stories surrounding [Staff Sgt. John A. Thorburn’s] life. It was once rumored that he escaped a mental hospital and went on a killing spree. I basically reimagined those rumors as an ’80s splatter movie. It’s basically my father going nuts while being interrogated by doctors and brutally murdering everybody, using machetes, swords, rocket launchers and his bare hands, ripping heads off and pulling out intestines.”