Now available in select theaters and on VOD is By the Gun, director James Mottern‘s spin on the mafia crime drama. The film follows Nick Tortano (Ben Barnes) on his ambitious climb to the upper rungs of the North End’s organized crime syndicate, despite his best friend and right-hand man (Slaine) constantly warning him against it. When Nick finally becomes a made man he finds it’s not all it’s cracked up to be and realizes the lives his friends, family, and the woman he loves (Leighton Meester) are in jeopardy. By the Gun also stars Harvey Keitel, Toby Jones, Paul Ben-Victor, and Ritchie Coster.
I recently jumped on the phone with Barnes for an exclusive interview about By the Gun. He talked about why the story and character appealed to him, his research process for keying into the character, the closeness of the Boston community, and how this film is aware of the legacy of crime dramas. He also talked about his upcoming History Channel mini series, Sons of Liberty, and why he’s so excited for it. Check out what he had to say after the jump.