Known for being an adrenaline junkie as a racecar driver, Jason Priestley transferred his need for speed to friend Luke Perry in "Goodnight for Justice."
"I got to be dragged behind a galloping horse about 35 yards down the center of town. I liked that. I always wanted to do that," beamed Luke. "[Jason] calls action and cues that horse and next thing I know I'm just getting a face full of rocks and dirt. It was pretty wild." Jason added, "We scheduled it right at the end of the picture just in case" something went awry.
Given only 15 days to shoot the entire movie, Luke needed someone he "trusted" in the director's chair. He thought old "Beverly Hills 90210" pal Jason was the perfect man for the job because "it was a period piece, it was a genre thing. There was nothing contemporary about it where people could make the obvious comparisons to other work that we had done together."
Jason didn't find it difficult to call the shots because "Luke is always open to taking direction if you make your direction concise and if your direction makes sense." He also credited their 20 year "bromance" for such fluid chemistry.
Another action sequence posed the greatest challenge because there was "zero room for error," Jason said. The production was only allotted one take for a crucial scene in which a wagon flips as it tries to escape villains. Luke emphasized, "That's the booby prize of the day, that's the piñata. If that thing doesn't pop open and rain candy, then we got a real big problem out here."
"Goodnight for Justice" premieres this Saturday on the Hallmark Movie Channel.