Ben McKenzie (from television’s Gotham, Southland, and The OC) stars in this “live on stage, on film” version of the award-winning Off-Broadway play, based on Trumbo’s literary masterpiece.
Produced and directed by Totem Pole’s Producing Artistic Director, Rowan Joseph.
Johnny Got His Gun is the story of a young American soldier hit by an artillery shell on the last day of the First World War. The film takes place in the mind of a quadruple amputee who has also lost his eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Regaining consciousness, 20 year-old Joe Bonham slowly discovers that while his brain is healthy and able to reason, the rest of his body is irreparably shattered, leaving him forever trapped within the confines of his own imagination. He struggles valiantly to find some way to communicate with the outside world. Tapping his head in Morse code he breaks through and pleads with his caretakers to be put on display as a living example of the cost of war.
New York Times: "Under the capable direction of Rowan Joseph, McKenzie enthusiastically delivers Joe's extended monologue, gliding between his reflections on memories of his family and girlfriend and his present realization that he has become reduced to a freak-show remnant of the horrors of war."