SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Actor and Scotch Plains resident Garry Pastore has been cast as a supporting lead in Shooting Heroin, a film that tells a fictional story about the ravages of the opioid epidemic in small-town America and what happens when members of community take matters into their own hands.  

A ragtag team of locals comes together to form the first volunteer drug task force to confront the epidemic head-on, doing whatever they deem necessary to protect their community... even if that means breaking the law.

"The film is based on a true story of a 300 sq. mile township with a big drug problem and just one sheriff, who was let go because of budget cuts. I play him," said Pastore, who also currently stars in the HBO miniseries The Deuce. "The town folk have had it, and they start a vigilante group to rid the town of drug dealers."

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Jerry wears his badge with pride. Unfortunately, the opioid epidemic has overwhelmed him. Even though he at first agrees with the citizens wanting to get involved with keeping the town safe from drug dealers, the vigilante antics the resort to forces the sheriff to take a stand. 

The actor is particularly proud of a scene he recently shot with Alan Powell, best known from ABC's Quantico.

"Alan plays a vet who served two tours in Afghanistan. He comes home, and the town he grew up in has become a disaster area. His sister is a drug user, and he tried to take care of her," Pastore recounted. "I go to the bar, and everyone is coming over to him. He can’t escape the misery."

"I find him looking at pictures of his sister. I held him. I hugged him, I cried with him. As an amazing emotional scene, it was heart-wrenching. It was so real," said Pastore. "I get lost in my work. If it is relatable, you get the whole thing out of me."

"I'm affected by this epidemic. Everyone knows someone who is affected by it," added Pastore, who is filming his scenes in rural Pennsylvania. "I want this to be a wide release. This has the possibility to be a nominee."

"We have a 9/11 every two weeks. Three thousand people on average die from overdoses every two weeks, and no one talks about it," Pastore said in an exclusive interview with TAPinto. "It gets swept under the carpet. I think there should be stiffer sentences for the dealers. They're killing people. It’s murder."

Writer/director Spencer Folmar says he was inspired to make the film by the devastation he has witnessed in his hometown in Central Pennsylvania. The cast features veteran actors with familiar names:

  • Sherilyn Fenn (a former Emmy and Golden Globe nominee), 
  • Cathy Moriarty (Best Actress nominee in the classic Raging Bull),
  • Alan Powell (ABC's Quantico),
  • Nicholas Turturro (NYPD Blue), and 
  • Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs (Welcome Back, Kotter).

Click here to TAPintoSPF's recent profile of Garry Pastore.