Edward Furlong Returns to the Convention Circuit

By on Jan 31, 2022 in Featured, Interviews

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Edward Furlong (right) with a fan

Edward Furlong (right) with a fan

 

One of Eddie’s lesser-known film roles was photojournalist Adrian Archer in Attack on Darfur (2009), directed by German filmmaker Uwe Boll. He plays a photographer in a group of American journalists who try to evacuate a remote Sudanese village after a brutal attack by the Janjaweed militia. Eddie remembers the backdrop of their filming location in Cape Town, South Africa, being breathtakingly beautiful. He also recalled the sobering opportunity to work with genocide survivors from Darfur and “hearing them emotionally relive their experiences” of state-sanctioned atrocities, often committed along ethnic lines. “It was a learning experience that taught me to be grateful,” Eddie said, “In spite of the political rifts we have in this country, we are very lucky.”

Attack on Darfur raised international awareness about the civil war in Sudan and received an approving nod from the human rights group Amnesty International. Regardless of each project’s notoriety, Eddie is known for giving his all to every performance.

“What motivates you to work hard?” I asked.

“My son,” was Eddie’s sincere answer. “I want to leave something meaningful behind for my son.” His appreciation for parenthood extended to the special attention he gave his youngest fans. Seeing Eddie give fist-bumps and words of encouragement to every child at his FanX booth was a definite highlight for their parents — many of whom were fans of Eddie when his career skyrocketed in the 90s.

You can follow Edward Furlong’s latest projects, photos, videos, and convention appearances on his Instagram and Facebook pages (@edwardfurlongofficial).

The author, Ashley E. Dykstra, with Edward Furlong

The author, Ashley E. Dykstra, with Edward Furlong

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Ashley Dykstra is a sci-fi movie aficionado with a passion for writing content that engages readers in meaningful ways that challenge their perceptions of themselves, their lived experiences, and their place in the larger community. She holds a Master of Arts in African Studies and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science. Ashley works as a social media strategist for Schools for Salone — a nonprofit that expands educational opportunities in Sierra Leone, a coastal country in West Africa.