'Candyman' will be at SupaNova after release of new film
A GANG of crims reunites to welcome their buddy home from jail.
He has spent the past six years behind bars, taking the fall for the rest of the group after a botched robbery.
The only problem? The loot's still missing.
Director Kern Saxton's fantasy crime thriller Sushi Girl is a rollicking ride through a celebratory night gone wrong and boasts an all-star cast.
Noah Hathaway, of The NeverEnding Story fame, Star Wars' Mark Hamill, Donnie Darko's James Duval and the Candyman himself Tony Todd star in this gritty and stylistic indie flick.
Fans will have the chance to meet Todd, Duval and Hathaway when they appear at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo on the Gold Coast following the film's Australian premiere at the Gold Coast Film Festival on April 19.
"I can't wait. I've never been to Australia," said Todd, who is also one of Sushi Girl's executive producers.
"Being the EP I've sort of got to be the chaperone for the group while we're over there. I'm going to be looking at Jimmy and Noah and saying 'you guys behave now'."
Todd's Duke is the ring leader, who has a few questions he wants his newly-freed mate Fish (Hathaway) to answer.
"He's very up front and very straight," he said.
"If you don't agree with him then you're at your own risk. But he's not evil. He's just a guy trying to make a buck."
When he moved to New York City, Todd said he planned to be a writer before his first acting gig set his life on a completely different track.
"As a human being you have to be flexible," he said.
"When I went to college I played table tennis every day and I think the ball is a metaphor for life. You never know where the ball is going to go. I had my share in college of factory work; I did bar tending for two years. It's not like I was born with a silver spoon or somebody sent me a script when I was five."
He said he doesn't want to be in that "elite" group of actors who get paid enough to only do one film every two years.
Todd's CV is as long as he is tall. The 195cm-tall actor has more than 150 projects to his name spanning nearly three decades.
"I love acting. I'm in that group of middle-class working actors," he said.
"Not a week goes by when I don't get sent a script. I'm always travelling.
"My daughter is getting ready to graduate college and I couldn't be prouder of her. She just got accepted going to grad school and when you have things like that come into your life, you want to make sure things are all right for them."
But surprisingly, and despite a film career spanning many genres, Todd said his kids don't think he's a "cool" dad.
"When she and her brother were little all I wanted to do was get into one of those animated Disney films," he said.
"I finally get Transformers three years ago. I call her up and she goes 'when are you going to grow up?' (laughs), but that's life."
Sushi Girl premieres at the Gold Coast Film Festival on April 19.
Stars Tony Todd, Noah Hathaway and James Duval will also appear at Supanova at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on April 20 and 21.