Joe Carnahan Bio, Age, Net Worth, Family, Wife, Movies, Interview

Joe Carnahan Biography

Joe Carnahan (Joseph Aaron Carnahan) is an American independent film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. He is famously known for his role in the films Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane for which he won some cult and critical acclaim. The film premiered at the New York Independent Feature Film Market in September 1997 and later at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

He has also written and produce a number of films. He directed the 2002 Detroit-set thriller Narc, starring Ray Liotta and Jason Patric. Following Narc, he directed an entry in the BMW Films titled Ticker starring Clive Owen and Don Cheadle. At one point he was solicited to direct Mission: Impossible III, produced by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner.

He howevcer subsequently left the production due to conflicting views on the tone of the film. He co-wrote the screenplay of Pride and Glory, that was released nearly a year behind schedule in 2008. He was attached to direct an adaptation of James Ellroy’s novel White Jazz with George Clooney producing and starring. Clooney later pulled out from the production and in 2009, Ellroy stated that all adaptations of the film were dead.

He directed the thriller The Grey, in 2011, starring Liam Neeson. He was one of the executive producers for NBC’s The Blacklist during its first season. He directed the pilot, and went on to co-write and direct the ninth episode, “Anslo Garrick”. He serves on the Creative Council of Represent.Us, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization.

Joe Carnahan Age

Joe Carnahan was born in Michigan, United States on 9th May, 1969. He is 49 years old.

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Joe Carnahan Net Worth

Joe Carnahan has an approximated net worth of $13 million.

Joe Carnahan Family

Not Much is known about his family especially his parents but Joe Carnahan has two siblings. His brother Matthew Michael Carnahan who is a screenwriter and his sister Leah Carnahan who is a producer.

Joe Carnahan Wife | Joe Carnahan Married

Joe Carnahan is married to Lisa Carnahan. Lisa and Joe have two kids; Rockne Carnahan and Maile Carnahan. The family is living happily and there are no signs of divorce.

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Joe Carnahan Films

1995Karate Rider  Yes 
1998Taco Heaven  Yes 
Blood, Guts, Bullets and OctaneYesYesYes 
2000Nail in My Coffin    
2002NarcYes Yes 
The Hire: TickerYes Yes 
2003Boyz Up Unauthorized Executive  
2006Smokin’ AcesYes Yes 
2008Pride and Glory  Yes 
2009Susannah Yes  
The Fourth Kind Yes  
2010Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball ExecutiveYes 
The A-TeamYesYesYes 
2011The Devil’s Dosh Executive  
The GreyYesYesYes 
2014StretchYes Yes 
2018Death Wish  Yes 
2019Boss LevelYesYesYes

Joe Carnahan TV Shows

2013Dino and Dash Executive 
The BlacklistYes Yes
2014Those Who KillYes  
State of AffairsYesYesYes

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Joe Carnahan Interview

Interviewer: It’s freezing outside, but it must seem like nothing to you.

Joe Carnahan: It’s not bothering me that much. [During our shoot], I had shoes that were rated for minus-25 degree weather, but within ten minutes, it came right through my boots. I ended up having to get shoes that are for negative-60 degree weather. I still got a touch of frostbite, though, on the tips of my fingers. It was kind of tingly and not something I was always aware of. I thought it was kind of cool, especially when it went away. [Laughs.]

Interviewer: Given your experience on this shoot, would you be able to survive in that environment? Did you pick up any survival tips?

Joe Carnahan: You’d think, huh? My nightmare after making this movie is the headline would be, “Asshole who makes movie about plane crash dies in plane crash.” [Laughs.] I think for that level of weather, it’s impossible to prepare for it. Obviously body heat is a big thing, so bring someone to cuddle with — hopefully someone who survives the crash — and layers, layers, layers. I told the cast, “Now imagine this with no craft service showing up with hot tea.” All the creature comforts stripped away. Because in that extreme weather, any idea you had before of who you were, nature will strip it away.

Interviewer: And then come the big bad wolves. Was there ever any thought about having the men try to be submissive to the wolves, to get the wolves to accept them? Because you always hear these stories about how wolves supposedly don’t really eat humans.

Joe Carnahan: The animal activist community, they’re entitled to say wolves don’t eat men, because that’s their purview, but to me, that’s as silly as saying humans won’t eat other people. In certain situations, they do. You can’t say humans will only do these things, and it’s empirical and immutable and beyond reproach. I think that’s nuts. For every story about OR7, the wolf that just crossed into California, there’s a story about the 400-member super-pack in Northern Siberia which went through 30 horses in a few days. OR7, by the way, was supposed to make it to our premiere, but it didn’t work out. [Laughs.]

Interviewer: Bradley Cooper was originally slated to play the lead, Ottway. Did you swap him out for Liam because Bradley already has a wolf pack?

Joe Carnahan: Yeah, exactly! [Laughs.] He’s got the Hangover wolf pack. I didn’t even think about that. Bradley would have been an interesting choice, but it would have been a very different movie. I just saw him at the premiere and he gave me the greatest hug. He’s just such an unselfish guy. None of this actor-bullshit ego, no “I wish I had done that.” He was just profoundly affected by the film, and I thought, What a champ, man.

Interviewer: Liam does bring a certain gravitas to the role, especially with his letter to his late wife. You told him to write it to Natasha Richardson?

Joe Carnahan: Yeah, so he could draw on real grief. I can’t imagine another actor playing it with such depth. He’s lived it. He’s breathed it. There’s nothing fake about that. My whole thing was that your personal life, what happened to you, is going to be a huge part of the movie. Liam asked me if he could do the movie in his own accent, so he wouldn’t have to fake a Midwestern twang. Dermot Mulroney, when his character is talking about his daughter’s long hair, and how he’s the only one that’s allowed to cut it? Well, Dermot’s actually talking about his son Clyde. All the pictures in their wallets, those are all real photographs. To me, that was the necessary glue that was going to make the film not just a disposable horror-thriller. This is more than fighting off wolves and jumping off cliffs; this is guys talking about what it means to live and die.

Interviewer: With The A-Team, this, and other projects to come, it seems like Liam is part of your wolf pack now. You’re thinking of him for parts in Nemesis and White Jazz?

Joe Carnahan: For White Jazz, I would want Liam to play the Dudley Smith character. When L.A. Confidential came out — and I loved James Cromwell in that film and Liam would have been a tad too young then, at that time — but Liam is absolutely 100 percent the Dud. He is that guy. So to play him now —whoa. For Nemesis, I think he’d be a great Blake Morrow.

Interviewer: Yet when you were talking to Mark Millar on Twitter, you caused a panic: People thought Nemesis was called off.

Joe Carnahan: I wish you could have seen the private messages between Mark and me — it was a hell of a lot more entertaining! But it’s interesting that it was seized upon right away. How that started, how we even began to correspond, someone sent me Nemesis, and Mark had said, “I loved The A-Team so much, I named one of the Black Ops guys Carnahan.” And I thought, What the hell?! So then I reached out to Mark. I’m still very much interested in making the film, but it was kind of interesting that it passed the fanboy quadrant and made the news.

Interviewer: This isn’t the first time your tweets have gotten you in trouble.

Joe Carnahan: You don’t even know. I’m an idiot with social media! I’m on a ski trip with my wife, and I remember, I was drinking Jameson’s, which, being Irish, is not a good idea, and I look up at the television, and there’s the ad from Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. And so I wrote, “Can’t help noticing that the MI4 stunt of Cruise running down the building looks exactly like The A-Team gag we did. The difference being about 350 million in overall box office. Besides that, identical.” Meaning, Mission: Impossible was a huge success, and A-Team was not, but irony does not reprint. It shows up on “Page Six,” and I’m like, “Are you kidding me?” Does anyone give a shit what I say? Apparently, there are tiny pockets of the world of the Internet that do.

Interviewer: You’ve had a lot of testosterone in your films so far. What about some estrogen?

Joe Carnahan: I’m going to do Sex and the City 3, I’m just going to say that right now. [Laughs.] I didn’t want to let the cat out of the bag, but SGP — I mean, SJP! Jesus, my wife would lance me for getting that one wrong.


Note: This biography is based on the available information as of 2023, and real-time updates or developments are being updated by our editorial team.