Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza co-star as Valli’s back up singers and Christopher Walken plays gangster Gyp De Carlo.
Donnie Kehr, who was in on the Jersey Boys from the show’s beginning at the La Jolla Playhouse in California, also appears in the movie as Norm Waxman.
“I started the Jersey Boys journey in 2004 when the director, Des McAnuff, called me and said he had something for me. The next thing I know I’m in a room a few days later singing for the legendary Frankie Valli,” Kehr told TheImproper in an exclusive interview.
Kehr created Gyp DeCarlo in the pre-Broadway La Jolla production, a role he reprised in 2013 on the National Tour. In 2006, the show opened on Broadway at the August Wilson Theatre. He’s appeared in the production more than 1,000 times.
Kehr also created the role of Norm Waxman, which he reprises in the film under Eastwood’s direction.
“My experience with Clint Eastwood was great. He is a man of few words, so when he speaks, you listen,” he says.
“I was impressed that he keeps things calm and moving on the set. I turned 50 while working on the film and I thanked Mr. Eastwood for the birthday gift of being in the film.
“He asked how old I was and I replied, ‘I’m turning 50, so I’m getting old.’ His response is my new motto and will stick with me forever: ‘Don’t let the old man in!’
Eastwood should know; he’s 83.
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