by Tony Medley
Producer-Directors Mark Brian
Smith and Tony Montana tell the story of Troy Duffy, a 25 year-old
bouncer bartender from the East coast. He was chosen by Harvey Weinstein
of Miramax to direct his script, entitled The Boondock Saints and given
a $15 million budget. He also had a band and was to perform all the
music in the film.
his ascension to Hollywood wunderkind and his plummet to oblivion as
Weinstein dumps him and he finds himself blacklisted. Smith and Montana
shot 350 hours of footage and hundreds of stills over four years, from
1996-2000. They visited Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York,
Washington, Washington D.C., Canada, France, and Mexico. We see some
real actors. Apparently Willem Dafoe starred in The Boondock Saints.
Mark Wahlberg is shown talking about Troy, however inarticulately.
Duffy comes across as a
profane bully. In one scene he’s driving with his mother and comments on
a film they had both seen, telling her, “It’s a good thing he killed
that c___suck__.” How many of us would use that word to our mothers? He
has an unusual way of expressing himself, like, “We’re in a deep
cesspool of creativity.” One thing I like about him, though, is the low
opinion he expresses for Ethan Hawke.
There are some great lines.
One producer, commenting on Duffy’s band, says, “They still have to
learn a little bit about the craft.”
We’re shown some of his team
wanting some money. Montana tells him, “You say, ‘You work hard now and
get paid later,’ but I’m out of money now and need it.” Duffy is
unimpressed and says he doesn’t deserve any money.
We never see anything that
Duffy produces. We don’t see any scenes; we don’t hear any music. At one
point he admits, “The game has changed. Now we’re in an area where we
have to produce.”
I don’t think that Duffy
realizes how funny some of his statements are. We are not shown why
Weinstein withdrew his support, but Duffy is shown as a becoming a
terrible martinet. Probably Duffy's abrasive personality did him in. The film is brutally frank. Only 81 minutes long, I
found it entertaining, sometimes funny, but probably a fairly accurate
depiction of how things can go in Hollywood.
Susan Waxman of the
Washington Post sums up Duffy’s career. Basically, she says, Weinstein
said, “I made you; you don’t appreciate it; F___ You.”
November 15, 2004