Actor Matthew Lillard best known for his roles in Scream, SLC Punk and most recently the Oscar nominated film The Descendents has made his directorial debut with Fat Kids Rule the World.
The flim co-stars comedian Jacob Wysocki (Terri) and Matt O’Leary (Natural Selection, Cinema Verite) have jumped on the Vans Warped Tour to promote their punk rock coming of age story that see Wysocki manifest himself from a ridiculed obese teenager to an underground rock star.
Lillards adaptation of the critically acclaimed novel by K.L. Going made its premiere in SXSW taking home the Audience Award and is set to release in the second half of 2012.
The 42 year-old actor/director said the film felt much like his 1998 cult classic SLC Punk and its potential effect.
“I realized the impact that movie had on a generation of punk rock kids [and] this [film] is akin to that” Lillard told ATX Music Mag. “It’s about kids that are outside the normal constraints of high school and find something they love, and that’s punk rock and we tell that story.”
Fat Kids Rule the World is a co-sponsor of the Vans Warped Tour with one of the promotional perks being anyone can set up a special screening of the film throughout the United Sates by visiting www.Tuggthefatkid.com.