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Indie Action Comedy 'Green Ghost & the Masters of the Stone' Trailer
by Alex Billington March 17, 2022 Source: YouTube
"It's going to be a little bit difficult to take you seriously…" Gravitas Ventures has released an official trailer for Green Ghost & the Masters of the Stone , a campy action comedy formerly known as The Green Ghost . This originally premiered in 2018, and an updated version was shown at the 2021 L.A. Latino Film Festival last year. It's finally opening in theaters this April - don't forget to get a big bag of popcorn. In the style of comedy-horror martial-arts movies of the 1970s & '80s, director Michael D. Olmos' Green Ghost & the Masters of the Stone is a comedic anti-hero action movie filled with adventure for the entire family. A secret group of Mexican superheroes, known as " El Trio de la Luz ", are forced by destiny to include an adopted gringo into their group to fight to save humanity. Will the car salesman and local TV personality carry his weight and transform from the Gringo into the "Green Ghost"? We shall see… Introducing Charlie Clark as "The Green Ghost", with Kuno Becker , Marko Zaror , Renée Victor , Sofia Pernas , Elpidia Carrillo , Pepe Serna , and Danny Trejo . It looks super dumb, but also super fun. At least I hope it's fun.
Official trailer for Michael D. Olmos' Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone , from YouTube :
In a Texas border town, car salesman Charlie (Charlie Clark) moonlights as a masked Lucha librewrestler going by the name "Green Ghost." When assailants arrive seeking an otherworldly emerald, Charlie discovers that he has super powers. As he learns to fight from the unconventional Master Gin (action film legend Danny Trejo), Charlie is told that he’s part of a secret warrior "triad of light" with his childhood friend Marco (Kuno Becker) and Marco's sister (Sofia Pernas) led by La Nana (Renee Victor). Together, they've been chosen to protect humanity from Drake (Marko Zaror), the embodiment of the Mayan apocalypse. As a stargate is opened in a Mexican pyramid, Drake seeks the power to destroy humankind — and Charlie, linked to the power of the emerald, is the only one who can stop him. Charlie must harness both his physical and mystical strength to save humanity and go from Gringo to Green Ghost. The film is directed by filmmaker Michael D. Olmos , of the films Splinter , Bedrooms , Filly Brown , and Windows on the World previously. The screenplay is by Charlie Clark, Brian Douglas, Michael D. Olmos, Rafael Antonio Ruiz. Gravitas will debut The Green Ghost in select US theaters starting on April 29th, 2022 this spring.
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Charlie Clark discusses new movie 'Green Ghost'
There are big names in a Valley native's movie, Green Ghost.
Besides Charlie Clark from Charlie Clark Nissan being part of his own movie, he was able to get Danny Trejo, famously known as “Machete” and a WWE star.
The movie consists of action-packed stunts, and while the Green Ghost may be the star of the show, he is also the pun of some of the jokes.
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“I had to go after big songs if I was going to make it into a theater,” Clark said. “I got Gasolina by Daddy Yankee – Robert Rodriguez actually reproduced Eye of the Tiger from Rocky in Spanish for my movie.”
The film took two years just to get the green light for the movie.
AMC in Edinburg is currently showing Clark’s film, but it won’t be out for too long. Clark says it will only be there for one more week.
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TRAILER: GREEN GHOST The Masters of the Stone Starring Charlie Clark
A Comedic Anti-Hero Action-Filled Adventure Exclusively In Theaters April 29, 2022
Directed by award winning Michael D. Olmos (Filly Brown, Mayans)
Produced by David R. Rodriguez
Introducing Charlie Clark, Starring Kuno Becker , Marko Zaror, Renée Victor, Sofia Pernas, Elpidia Carrillo, Pepe Serna, and Danny Trejo
In a Texas border town, car salesman Charlie (CHARLIE CLARK) moonlights as a masked Lucha libre wrestler going by the name “Green Ghost.” When unknown assailants arrive seeking an otherworldly emerald, Charlie discovers that he has super powers. As he learns to fight from the unconventional Master Gin (action film legend DANNY TREJO), Charlie is told that he’s part of a secret warrior “triad of light” with his childhood friend Marco (KUNO BECKER) and Marco’s sister Karina (SOFIA PERNAS) led by La Nana (RENEE VICTOR). Together, they’ve been chosen to protect humanity from Drake (MARKO ZAROR), the embodiment of the Mayan apocalypse. As a stargate is opened in a Mexican pyramid, Drake seeks the power to destroy humankind — and Charlie, linked to the power of the emerald, is the only one who can stop him. Charlie must harness both his physical and mystical strength to save humanity and go from Gringo to Green Ghost. In the style of comedy-horror martial-arts movies of the 1970s and ’80s, director Michael D. Olmos’ GREEN GHOST AND THE MASTERS OF THE STONE is a comedic anti-hero action movie filled with adventure for the entire family.
Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone VOD Release Date & Exclusive Clip
By Tyler Treese
ComingSoon is excited to debut a clip from Gravitas Ventures’ Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone and announce that it will arrive on video on demand services on June 28. Featuring Charlie Clark in the lead role as an unexpecting superhero, the action-comedy also stars Kuno Becker, Marko Zaror, Renée Victor, Sofia Pernas, Elpidia Carrillo, Pepe Serna, and Danny Trejo.
Our clip features Charle Clark putting on the green suit for the first time and also stars Danny Trejo, Sofia Pernas, and Kuno Becker.
Check out the Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone clip below:
“In a Texas border town, car salesman Charlie (Charlie Clark) moonlights as a masked Lucha libre wrestler going by the name ‘Green Ghost.’ When unknown assailants arrive seeking an otherworldly emerald, Charlie discovers that he has super powers,” says the synopsis. “As he learns to fight from the unconventional Master Gin (action film legend Danny Trejo), Charlie is told that he’s part of a secret warrior ‘triad of light’ with his childhood friend Marco (Kuno Becker) and Marco’s sister Karina (Sofia Pernas) led by La Nana (Renee Victor). Together, they’ve been chosen to protect humanity from Drake (Marko Zaror), the embodiment of the Mayan apocalypse. As a stargate is opened in a Mexican pyramid, Drake seeks the power to destroy humankind — and Charlie, linked to the power of the emerald, is the only one who can stop him. Charlie must harness both his physical and mystical strength to save humanity and go from Gringo to Green Ghost.”
The movie is directed by Michael D. Olmos and produced by David R. Rodriguez.
Tyler Treese is ComingSoon and SuperHeroHype's Editor-in-Chief. An experienced entertainment journalist, his work can be seen at Sherdog, Fanbyte, Rock Paper Shotgun, and more. When not watching the latest movies, Treese enjoys mixed martial arts and playing with his Shiba Inu, Kota.
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Texas dealership owner stars in movie, “The Green Ghost & The Masters of the Stone”
LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - A south Texas business owner is making his big debut on the silver screen.
Charlie Clark is the writer, the executive producer and the star of his family film, “Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone.
Mr. Clark was inspired by his relationship with his grandmother who was from Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon Mexico to bring this passion project to life.
The film is about a group of known Latino Superheroes, the Green Ghost, which is a play on words on “Gringo” which is sort of mocking and making fun of Gringo Heroism.
It’s a fun family film that Clark dedicates to his Mexican Family as well as the communities he serves in south Texas.
He also has Machete star Danny Trejo joining him on screen as well as several other talents.
The film is going to be released in Texas theaters on April 29th, so be sure to catch the Green Ghost on the big screen!
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Sofia Pernas, Charlie Clark, and Kuno Becker in 'Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone,' in theaters Friday.
The promotional materials note: “It’s Green Ghost, not Gringo” – but who’s the Green Ghost, you may ask? He’s the unlikely hero of the movie “Green Ghost and The Masters of The Stone,” in theaters Friday.
And for those who live along the border, it stars a somewhat familiar face: Charlie Clark – the namesake of a locally well-known chain of auto dealerships. So how does a car salesman go on to star in his own movie? Clark spoke to the Texas Standard about that, starring alongside Danny Trejo and the homage to martial arts movies of the 70s. Listen to the interview above or read the transcript below.
This transcript has been edited lightly for clarity:
Texas Standard: Tell me a little bit about your role not just in the movie, but in getting it made. I mean, with a title like “Green Ghost and The Masters of The Stone,” it sounds like you’re the Indiana Jones of the Borderlands.
Charlie Clark: Well, the Green Ghost, obviously, is a pun on gringo, of course. And Green Ghost was inspired back in the day when I didn’t have much budget to advertise. I created an alter ego for myself since I grew up with my Mexican nanny, who this film was inspired by and dedicated to. I grew up watching Spanish TV shows like “El Chapulín Colorado” and “El Chavo del Ocho” and El Santo, a very famous luchador. And so I thought, how cool if I made up a character that my alter ego could be that would be making fun of being the stereotypical gringo superhero.
Since this is a bilingual movie and clearly also bicultural, say a little bit more about that decision, because it seems to suggest that you have a very specific audience in mind here.
Yes, I did. Like I was saying earlier, it’s dedicated to my Mexican nanny, who really helped take care of me like half of my lifetime. And I got to spend half of my life in the Mexican neighborhood. So in a broader sense, it’s also dedicated to my Mexican American family and Mexican family because I am on the border. And like you said, all my businesses are up and down the border from the Rio Grande Valley up to El Paso and Laredo. And all of my clientele are fundamentally Mexican American or Mexican clients, and they’ve adopted me into their families, is how I feel. So I wanted to make my environment more fun, more inviting. So, yes, that’s why it is dedicated to the Mexican people and the Mexican American people.
It doesn’t get much more fun than a spandex luchador costume. Tell us a little bit about the character and how this film takes off.
Well, the movie’s about family and not necessarily the family you were born into, but sort of the family you create over time, the ones who truly take care of you and love you. And that’s where the Green Ghost comes in. He ends up getting thrown into this situation he had no idea he was a part of or connected to in some mystical way. But the Green Ghost is not the Green Ghost without teamwork and without the connection with the team and working precisely as a team. That’s the only way that there’s a defense against the true apocalypse in the Green Ghost movie.
A very famous actor has joined in this film, Danny Trejo. Tell us about approaching him and working with him.
Well, it was wonderful to work with Danny Trejo. I woke up one night at 2 or 3 in the morning going, you know, I need to get this movie out of my system. If I don’t, I’m going to regret it. And I met Robert Rodriguez’s brother, David. So Robert Rodriguez, as you well know, director, producer, Troublemaker Studios and all the huge films. So I said, ‘Really, you’re Robert’s brother? I’ve always wanted to meet Machete,’ and he ended up calling Edward James Olmos’ son Michael, and he wanted to direct the film. Well, having those roots in Latino Hollywood, you could say, they really attracted some wonderful talent and started with Danny Trejo. So the other actors who heard, well, who’s attached? ‘Well, Danny Trejo’s attached.’ So then Kuno Becker came along and then Renée Victor came along. And Renée Victor has been in so many things. She’s so talented and she’s from San Antonio, speaks perfect Spanish and English and was wonderful to work with. She came out in “Snowpiercer” recently, “Love” on Netflix. And what I found very fascinating, which I didn’t intend for this to happen, but when we hired and cast her – she was the voice of the grandmother in “Coco.” So the chancla lady with the sandal was in my real life. I have my nana in my commercials saying, ‘If you don’t do what you promise, Nana pow pow.’ So the parallel was unbelievable. What a cosmic connection that was.
Is your nana still around?
Yes, she is 99 years old.
Has she seen the movie?
Well, she’s seen part of it. What I’m going to do as soon as we do this premiere, this Friday, is I’m going to set up a big TV and and lay down next to her and watch it with her. And it’s amazing that I’m going to get to watch it with her. It just makes me very emotional.
There are multiple really well-choreographed and fun fight scenes in this movie, sort of reminiscent of the martial arts movies of the 70s. Tell us about this nod to the martial arts films of the past.
I’m glad that you picked up on that, because I’ve always been a fan. One of my inspirations for the film was Kung Fu Hustle, Stephen Chow. And I think the martial arts, done in a way where you don’t have a bunch of blood, you know, can make it fun for the whole family to enjoy.
Did you grow u p with those films when when you were young?
Yeah. I mean, of course I grew up watching Bruce Lee. I absolutely love martial arts films. So, yes, there’s the tip of the hat there to the martial arts. And of course, the idea behind it was to be able to try to hone and harness the power of the stone in the movie, and the martial arts would help you do that. And so the whole thing was they didn’t really know what they had, and they were trying to figure out how to use it in the most effective way. And the better you were and the more disciplined you were at martial arts – it was kind of like the dark side in the light side of the force. We had to practice so much, and I wanted to do my own fights. I mean, I had a stuntman who helped me several times, don’t get me wrong. He did some of my fights for me and he did the big falls. But I really wanted to do my own fights. And so the assistant director was like, Charlie, you don’t get it right, I’m throwing them in. He was standing there with the costume with his arms folded.
If this car thing doesn’t work out, you could go to Hollywood now, right?
Well, you know, I consider myself a businessman. I consider this to be an accomplishment. And obviously, it’s also branding. So whether or not I’m an actor successfully or not, I hope you find my acting entertaining. And I did train with one of the best. So we’ll see where we go from here.
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Review: Texas martial-arts film ‘Green Ghost’ is a real kick
The low budget action-fantasy makes up in spirit what it lacks in budget - plus it has danny trejo..
Sofia Pernas, Charlie Clark and Kuno Becker in 'Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone'
If you’ve ever caught yourself wondering why there aren’t more martial-arts action films made in Texas and thought, “Well, no place can be good at barbecue, tacos and kung fu movies,” the low-budget but ambitious “Green Ghost and the Masters of Stone” (opening April 29) is out to prove you wrong.
Shot in Brownsville, Lockhart and South Padre Island — with a backstory that’s frankly more interesting than the film itself (more on that later) — “Green Ghost” is a mashup of every Robert Rodriguez movie and every B-grade Hong Kong chop-socky slugfest, sprinkled with a touch of lucha libre, “Karate Kid” and a riff on the Marvel Cinematic Universe because, well, why not? And, oh yeah, there’s Danny Trejo, so there’s that.
Charlie Clark, a real-life owner of Nissan car dealerships in the Rio Grande Valley, plays an exaggerated version of himself: a car dealer who also moonlights as a costumed mascot known as the Green Ghost, who shows up at underground MMA fights. He’s there to cheer on his friend Marco (Kuno Becker) — the two were raised together by Marco’s grandmother and consider themselves brothers — but soon it becomes clear Charlie has a higher calling.
Marco and his sister, Karina (Sofia Pernas), and their grandmother, Nana (Renee Victor, who was the voice of Abuelita in “Coco”), are secret superheroes. They possess a magical green stone that protects humanity, but they are under threat from Nana’s evil sister (Elpidia Carrillo), who wants the stone for her equally odious, human wall of a son named Drake (Marko Zaror, who also served as fight coordinator), so he can, of course, take over the world, “Pinky and the Brain” style.
This all comes as a shock to Charlie, who doesn’t realize that underneath his drab salesman demeanor beats the heart of a superhero, too, and Nana needs his strength if they are going to fight Drake and his dark forces. But Charlie needs a lot of work to get up to martial-arts speed, and that’s where a constantly inebriated Trejo comes in as his sensei and puts the “drunken” in drunken master.
You don’t need a weatherman, or even anything approaching an average IQ, to know where this wind is blowing, but the fun is getting there. The stunts, effects and especially the fights may not be next level but are well done for a film whose ambitions outweighs its budget. And, considering that Clark is not a full-time professional actor, he proves himself capable. More remarkable is how “Green Ghost” puts Mexican culture front and center. Charlie speaks Spanish and there are moments when Spanish is being spoken that aren’t subtitled.
But the more intriguing elements are off-camera. Clark co-wrote and executive produced the film as a tribute to his “Nana,” a woman named Mari Cruz Aurora Aguirre who helped raise him. He recruited Michael D. Olmos (“Windows on the World,” “Splinter”), the son of actor Edward James Olmos, to direct while David Rodriguez, son of Austin director Robert Rodriguez, is one of the producers.
'Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone'
Rated PG-13: for violence, language
Running time: 82 minutes
Where: Opens April 29 throughout Houston.
½ (out of 5)
So it’s amazing that a film that began as a South Texas side hustle for a car dealer got made in the first place. That it’s actually watchable is like getting an extra taco on a combo plate.
Cary Darling joined the Houston Chronicle in 2017 where he writes about arts, entertainment and pop culture, with an emphasis on film and media. Originally from Los Angeles and a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, he has been a features reporter or editor at the Orange County Register, Miami Herald, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In addition, he has freelanced for a number of publications including the Los Angeles Times and Dallas Morning News.
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The comic featured a group of big-headed kids who acted more like adults than children, eventually evolving into “Peanuts” and becoming nationally syndicated.
In 1965, the newspaper comic strip was brought to the the small screen with the airing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The TV special became an instant hit with more than 15 million households tuning in for the premiere, according to The New York Times .
Since then, there have been nearly four dozen “Peanuts” shows, including the perennial favorite, "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," and, of course, “It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."
'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' trivia facts
If your Halloween activities include a viewing (or two) of the classic Peanuts TV special, there's a bit of Halloween trivia that you might enjoy knowing before watching the show.
For instance, according to the Washington Post , for years after "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" first aired in 1966, viewers mailed candy to Schulz's California studio out of sympathy for Charlie Brown, whose Halloween haul included just rocks and no treats.
Another fact? In traditional Lucy fashion, Charlie Brown's foe goads him into kicking a football before pulling it away at the last minute, causing him to fall. According to IMDB , the "Great Pumpkin" is the first time TV viewers see this ongoing gag, which originated in Charles Schulz's comic strip in 1951 with Violet — not Lucy — pulling the prank.
Finally, for much of his life, Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz went by the nickname "Sparky." How did he come by the unusual moniker?
According to the Charles M. Schulz museum, Schulz's uncle called the animator Sparky in reference to Spark Plug, a horse that appeared in the "Barney Google" comic strip.
And with that, we wish you a Happy Halloween — and happy viewing.
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