"Lawless" producer Cassian Elwes has more going for him than just a really cool name, as The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the former talent agent used his Hollywood schmoozing skills to subdue an unstable airline passenger on a cross country flight over the weekend.
"It was fine," Elwes said of the ordeal. "I’ve dealt with nuttier personalities in Hollywood."
Of course, the other passengers on the Jet Blue flight probably had a different outlook, particularly after the unruly man, "a Marine and former heroin addict named Marco," groped a pregnant woman and began growling at passengers. Before the situation could escalate, though, Elwes jumped in and used his Hollywood powers to defuse the situation.
"I went into my agent mode," Elwes said. "It was like talking to a crazy actor who wants to walk off a movie set, someone who isn't listening to logic. It’s about playing into their ego and anger."
In fact, it worked so well that by the end of the flight, the unruly Marco was pitching Elwes on a project about a kamikaze pilot. That pitch ended when authorities arrested Marco and hauled him off to jail, but hey: That's hardly the worst response a budding screenwriter has gotten from Hollywood producers.
Good job, Cassian!