LOS ANGELES - Comic book lovers rejoice! Based on the popular graphic novel, the movie "Corrective Measures" debuted Friday on FOX’s free streaming platform Tubi.
Written and directed by Sean Patrick O’Reilly (the "Howard Lovecraft" films), the movie is set in San Tiburon, the world’s most dangerous maximum-security penitentiary, holding the most treacherous superpowered criminals, monsters and supervillains on the planet.
"I’ve always sort-of had a soft spot for a prison-break movie, which sounds like a weird sentence, but it’s really true," Cavanagh told FOX TV Stations Group on Friday.
Tom Cavanagh stars in 'Corrective Measures' which streams free on Tubi. (Credit: Tubi/FOX)
The 58-year-old actor discussed his character’s evolving development throughout the film, with order eventually turning upside down.
"It’s nice because he starts off as one thing," Cavanagh continued, adding "But after awhile, dude’s had enough."
In the movie, the overseer of the prison, Warden Devlin, played by Michael Rooker ("The Suicide Squad") is as corrupt as his charges. His sole interest is in getting his hands on Julius Loeb’s untraceable fortune. But Loeb, played by Bruce Willis, is the most notorious prisoner, and a super genius who may not be so willing to part with his riches.
Last month, Willis’s family announced the iconic actor would be taking a breaking from acting due to his diagnosis and battle with aphasia — a disorder that impairs a person's ability to process language.
Cavanagh shared Willis’s influence on him personally as a young actor.
"He’s been such a big presence on the big screen for so very long. For most type of actors and actresses, this is the type of career we hope to emulate. Someone who had success on the small screen, had success on the big screen, and has turned in performances, like if I say ‘Die Hard,’ you know instantly what I’m talking about," he said.
Bruce Willis in ‘Corrective Measures’ slated for release Spring of 2022. (Credit: Daniel Delgado/FOX for TUBI)
News of the Willis's diagnosis came just a little over a week after his 67th birthday. The actor is best known for films including the "Die Hard" series, "Armageddon," the "Red" films, "Pulp Fiction" and "The Sixth Sense."
"His performances were such that he played not a superhero who knew the outcome that would succeed, ya know, like a "Captain America" type courageousness, but rather he played an ordinary person doing extraordinary things," Cavanagh continued. "You can relate to that kind of vulnerability, and I think that his ability to do that is kind of the thing that made him a star, so to be able to share a screen with a guy who influenced you at such a young age."
"Corrective Measures" is the story of an everyman’s journey into darkness, and is now available on Tubi — free to stream.
"We’re not taking ourselves too seriously. It’s two hours of shut-your-brain-off, let us give you a little gift, a little something," Cavanagh concluded. "We’re just here to entertain you."
More iconic action heroes streaming (free!) on Tubi
Fist of Fury (1972): This hugely influential action movie stars the great Bruce Lee as "a student who fights for the honor of the oppressed Chinese people and to avenge his master’s murder." Rated R. 106 minutes. Dir: Wei Lo. Also featuring Maria Yi, James Tien, Robert Baker, Miao Ker Hsiu.
Hellboy (2019): This reboot puts an R-rated spin on the devilish character made famous by director Guillermo del Toro and actor Ron Perlman in their 2004 film. Here it’s "Stranger Things" star David Harbour who steps into the iconic red horns of paranormal investigator/well-meaning half-demon Hellboy — Dark Horse Comics’ quintessential man-child. Rated R. 121 minutes. Dir: Neil Marshall. Also featuring Milla Jovovich, Ian Mcshane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim.
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003): Director Robert Rodriguez conjures a bloodbath (and concludes his "Mexico" trilogy) when El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), at the behest of a bonkers CIA operative (Johnny Depp), tracks the nefarious cartel kingpin (Willem Dafoe) who murdered the notorious gunslinger’s wife. Rated R. 101 minutes. Dir: Robert Rodriguez. Also featuring Salma Hayek, Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin.
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About the writer: Stephanie Weaver is a Los Angeles-based journalist. She is a host of the national streaming show, LiveNOW from FOX, and is a digital reporter for FOX TV. Find her on Facebook and Instagram at @StephWeaverTV.