"We knew if we were to bring Nikola Tesla to life on the screen appropriately we had to find a great actor who could handle the challenge of the role as well as understand the culture of the man. It came down to two very talented actors who were very passionate about the script and the history behind the man, but in the end, Branko's performance just blew us away. He made an impossible decision a simple one. He is the perfect Nikola Tesla", said Michael Anton, the writer and director of the movie.
Branko Tomovic who was named 'One to Watch' by MovieScope Magazine can soon be seen opposite Debbie Harry in Jimmy Cauty's Road movie "Believe the Magic" and Steve Stone's ghost thriller "Entity". His film credits include "The Bourne Ultimatum", "Interview with a Hitman", "The Wolf Man", "Pope Joan" and "Silent River" which was recently nominated for a European Film Award. He has also won several Best Actor Awards for his work on distinguished innovative short films.
"Nikola Tesla has been a great idol of mine for a very long time. It's a very great honour to be allowed to breath life into his wonderful character and tell his remarkable story. Michael Anton's script is a very well written biopic, which captures Tesla's essence and persona, his passion for his work, his extraordinary mind, his eccentricity, his ambition and the movie will show that he was not a mad scientist – but one of the greatest minds and inventors that ever lived", said Tomovic.
"The Mad Scientist" follows the life of Nikola Tesla from when he first stepped foot on American soil in 1884 to his final days living alone in his New York Hotel room. The film follows Nikola Tesla from his battles with Thomas Edison and JP Morgan to his friendships with Mark Twain and George Westinghouse. Nikola Tesla battled the strong arm of American Inventor lobbyism led by Thomas Edison with inventions that would change how we view the world forever.