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Published on May 23rd, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Michael Johnston On His New Film “Endangered Species,” Music, Singing, Future Projects & More

In the new film Endangered Species, Jack Halsey (played by Philip Winchester) takes his wife (played by Rebecca Romijn), their adult kids and a friend for a dream vacation in Kenya. But as they venture off alone into a wilderness park, their safari van is flipped over by an angry rhino, leaving them injured and desperate. Then as 2 of them go in search of rescue, a bloody, vicious encounter with a leopard and a clan of hyenas incites a desperate fight for survival. The film — as directed and co-written by MJ Bassett (Rogue) — also stars Isabel Bassett (co-writer of the film along with mother/director MJ), Michael Johnston (Teen Wolf), Chris Fisher (Raised By Wolves) and Jerry O’Connell (Billions).

The aforementioned Michael Johnston is perhaps known to millions for his role as Corey Bryant in the MTV series Teen Wolf, also receiving acclaim his starring role in the indie film Slash. However, starring on-screen roles aside, Johnston has also worked steadily as a voice actor for video games and animation projects. He is also a singer/songwriter, and one of his original songs is embedded below.

On May 20, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Michael Johnston via Zoom, as embedded below. Besides Endangered Species — which is due out in select theaters, on Apple TV and everywhere you rent movies on May 28th and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on June 1st — we talked his musical aspirations outside of acting, Teen Wolf, future projects and plenty more. Additional information on Johnston and his various endeavors can be found by clicking here, here, here and here.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."


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