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Actor comes to TWU for film screening

Texas Woman’s University featured indie film “Phoenix, Oregon” for a one-night showing in the Margo Jones Performance Hall Wednesday evening, with a special guest appearance from actor Jesse Borrego, who stayed for a Q&A session after the showing.

“Phoenix, Oregon” is an independent film directed and written by Gary Lundgren, starring James Le Gros, Jesse Borrego and Lisa Edelstein. The film received a very limited release, with TWU being one of the theaters to show the movie on its nationwide tour.

The R-rated comedy follows the story of Bobby Hoffman, played by James Le Gros, a middle-aged bartender living in his hometown while he works on his passion – writing an autobiographical comic book. His friend, Carlos, played by Borrego, convinces him to quit his job and invest in opening a bowling alley and pizzeria with him.

The showing at TWU was one of the film’s special events due to the guest appearance of Borrego.

Borrego’s co-stars, Le Gros and Edelstein, have appeared in high-profile projects including Dexter, House and Fear the Walking Dead. 

“The great thing about working with this type of talent on an independent film like this is usually we’re all there for the love,” Borrego said. “Love of the character, love of the narrative, love of the project itself. You’ll see that it’s not a very Hollywood-slick film – there’s no superheroes in it – but there are super heroic characters.”

The film will continue its national tour with its next showing Oct. 28 in Lincoln City, Oregon, at the Bijou Theatre. Tickets are for sale on the film’s official website.

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