News-journal.com Sits Down With Stanley Debrock Director And Star Derek Johnson

When Michael Jackson died in 2009, like many others around the world Derek Wayne Johnson, 27, watched the coverage of the pop star’s death on TV. It’s what happened next that sets the Carthage native apart from most viewers. “It was all over the news, and I was watching. And Stone Phillips was reporting, and I remember thinking that is such a cool name,” Johnson said. He said he had also watched a documentary on Stanley Kubrick the day before. “I just go Stone … Stanley; Stanley … Stone — hmmm,” Johnson said. With a movie scene he’d written three years prior and a monologue he’d written a year before, Johnson sat down that night and wrote the first 32 pages of “Stanley DeBrock.” “It doesn’t make any sense, but that’s what triggered it all. The hardest thing to do is to set out to write a script, to create a character — it’s hard. It literally just has to come to you,” Johnson said. It took Johnson three weeks to write the first draft. Richmond Arquette, who plays “Peebo” in the movie, joined Johnson to co-write the script. Arquette appeared in the movies “Se7en” and “Fight Club” and is a member of the famous Arquette family. Johnson is the director, and he stars as identical twins “Stone” and “Stanley DeBrock.” “Stanley DeBrock” is what Johnson describes as “a coming home story” centered around the brothers. “Stone,” an out-of-work actor, comes from Hollywood to East Texas where a troubled past meets new problems. A love interest who is married and uncles who are drug dealers are among the mix....