Slipknot’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan Takes His Shot at the Big Screen

Victor Chavez/WireImageAnother rocker is bringing his creative vision to the silver screen: Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan has wrapped up his directorial debut, a film adaptation of the popular graphic novel Officer Downe.

According to Rolling Stone, the movie stars Sons of Anarchy’s Kim Coates in the title role: a policeman brought back from the dead to fight shape-shifting creatures and other bad guys.  The production offers plenty of cartoonish-but-graphic bloody violence and the unique visual style Crahan has developed in his time as one of Slipknot’s creative forces. That included creating Slipknot-style Halloween masks for the Fortune 500, a group of evildoers with animal faces who appear in the film.

Crahan was especially sensitive to maintaining Officer Downe creator Joe Casey’s original voice, telling Rolling Stone, “It’s very important for me to respect that work,” adding he himself has been disappointed by graphic novels “that Hollywood has ruined.”

Despite a schedule that forced him to cram what should have been a three-month production into four weeks, Crahan says he is “190 percent satisfied” with how Officer Downe turned out.

As for Slipknot-related activity, Crahan tells Rolling Stone that he and guitarist Jim Root plan to start writing new music in early February, although booking studio time is still premature at this point.  But another cinematic venture is also on his wish list, because as Crahan tells the magazine, he believes he was "born to make movies.”

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