‘The Kill Room’ Interview: Director Nicol Paone On Reuniting Uma Thurman & Samuel L. Jackson For Her Art World Satire

How much do the world of high-priced art and the criminal underworld have in common? In The Kill Room, filmmaker Nicol Paone directs Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Manganiello, Maya Hawke, Debi Mazar, and more in the art world satire made available digitally on November 3rd.

The film stars Thurman as Patrice, a struggling art gallery owner whose love of art is being crushed by her need to pay the bills and please her shrinking clientele base. Thurman is reunited with Pulp Fiction co-star Jackson who plays Gordon, a Jewish crimelord and bakery owner who comes up with a money-laundering scheme that could save her gallery. All they need to do is have his hitman colleague Reggie (Manganiello) paint something that she could “sell” for a high price. But what happens when Reggie’s scribbles become the buzz of the industry, and everybody is dying for a piece of his work?

I had a chance to speak with Paone about The Kill Room, her start in comedy as a Groundlings alumna, her move to filmmaking, and how Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson came to star in her movie.

You can check out my review of The Kill Room here, and please check out the interview with Nicol Paone below!

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