Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 | 12:54 p.m.
Illusionist Penn Jillette has the greatest trick up his sleeve by crowdsourcing money from fans and small investors for a "bad" horror film — but the payoff is that a portion of its profits will go to our beloved Opportunity Village.
Since headlining with partner Teller at the Rio, Penn has raised more than $1million for Opportunity Village. His two seasons on Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" also brought in funds for the charity.
The movie has nothing to do with Opportunity Village, except for Penn's donation. "We have immense gratitude for everything he has done for us" said a Village spokesperson.
Penn noted: "I'm crowd funding a movie called 'Director's Cut.' Which means I'm asking everyone for money. This is not charity. This is a regular theatrical release movie. And it's a horror movie. And it has a lot bad language. And it's funny and scary. If I were writing something to sell ice cream for Opportunity Village, this would not be it. I wrote this so I could be a really bad guy in a movie. I was sick of being nice on 'Celebrity Apprentice.' I want to act like a bad guy.
"If you click the link ... you will see me becoming a really bad guy. You don't want any of our friends from Opportunity Village to see this clip. Many of them cheered for me on ('Celebrity Apprentice') and I don't want them to see me acting like a bad guy. The guy I will be in this movie is not the guy (who) was helping out Opportunity Village — it's not the Penn they should see. A tiny bit (10 percent) of the good guy I try to be is still in me.
"Anyone who wants to contribute to this movie and get a movie reward (like a chance to be in 'Director's Cut,' or tickets to P&T, or a DVD, or name in the credits, etc.) will also be giving 10 percent to Opportunity Village.
"I've just finished another TV show where I raise money for Opportunity Village that'll be airing in January, so watch for 'Good Penn' on TV after you've watched 'Bad Penn' here."
We salute the "bad boy" of magic and movies because he is one of the best good guys we know!
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