Christian Pitre, a Cleveland native, will star in the action/adventure film “Bounty Killer,” featuring Gary Busey, Matthew Marsden, Beverly D’Angelo and Eve. Pitre portrays Mary Death, the most popular celebrity bounty killer in a post-apocalyptic world where white-collar criminals’ greed has turned the U.S. into a barren wasteland.
In the film bounty killers are regarded as the most admired heroes. At the top of the bounty ladder is Mary, a woman described as one who “will slit a criminal’s throat with a smile on her face.” The film is based on a celebrated graphic novel bearing the same name and is written and illustrated by the film’s director, Henry Saine. Critics describe it as “The Road Warrior meets Kill Bill.”
Pitre explained her attraction to the lead character in the film, saying, “What appealed to me about this role was the versatility of this character. Mary Death is everything from savage gypsy to polished killer to a celebrity, which is challenging but so much fun for an actor to tackle. Plus the physical requirements seemed like they would be a blast to undertake! Playing a character that only exists in a fantasy is so interesting. Her emotions are human, but he reactions are superhuman.”
After moving to Los Angeles, Pitre booked her first major audition and landed a guest-starring role on “CSI.” Her feature film debut was in “Crazy, Stupid, Love” alongside Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling. She is featured in Dierks Bentley’s music video “Trying to Stop Your Leaving” and can also be heard in the popular video game “Infamous.”
As for her latest role and what she would like to remind family, fans and friends of regarding following their dreams, Pitre said, “The message that I would most like for this to portray to Bradley county folks is that dreams can be pursued and accomplished! The movie itself is just a fun time that is not to be taken too seriously, but the overall message from me is that believing in your dreams and having insane persistence will pay off, no matter what life throws your way.”
Pitre, who resembles a young Angelina Jolie at times, describes herself as a true country girl who loves to ride four-wheelers and shoot guns. Raised in a log cabin built by her late father, John Pitre, she and her brother, Adam, welcomed more than 50 foster children into their Cleveland home following the death of her brother Seth.
Starting at the age of 7, Pitre began participating in beauty pageants, modeling, and appearing in local commercials. She was also a member of the Bradley Central High School show choir and won several statewide competitions. She readily admits that sports was not her calling. She says she only signed up for cheerleading to get the uniform. But Pitre knew that being onstage as an entertainer was her passion in life.
Soon after graduating from high school, Pitre landed in Nashville and had her first encounter with film sets. When an actor friend showed Pitre his Screen Actor’s Guild card she made it her goal to join the most distinguished performer’s union in the world, and got her SAG card as well.
After receiving two Best Actress Awards at Nashville’s 48 Hour Film Festival, Pitre was constantly in demand by local filmmakers. Shortly thereafter she and her family moved to Los Angeles.
Pitre, whose mother is Tammy Neely, lives with her actor/musician husband, Robbie, who she met while co-starring in an independent film in Nashville. Together they parent their 7-year-old daughter, Presley, a budding actress. Pitre is also a licensed esthetician with a gift for nurturing beautiful skin. She said she loves to chat about beauty tips and secrets.
When the rising star was asked what’s next, Pitre said, “What is coming next is still to be determined. I have some possible movie offers on the line but right now my focus is on promoting ‘Bounty Killer’ and hoping that everyone who sees it enjoys the ride! There is a strong chance that a screening of the film will come to Cleveland, but everyone can see the film starting Sept. 6 on Video on Demand.”
To view the movie trailer for Bounty Killer, visit: http://bit.ly/16AqObH.