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BOONDOCK SAINTS: ORIGINS — Troy Duffy Promises To “Flip the Superhero Paradigm 180 Degrees” With New Series!

BOONDOCK SAINTS: ORIGINS — Troy Duffy Promises To “Flip the Superhero Paradigm 180 Degrees” With New Series!

Director Troy Duffy, the creator and driving force behind the franchise, has spent recent days providing fans with exciting new details of his highly-anticipated ‘Boondock Saints: Origins’ television series.

The latest update comes via the official ‘Boondock Saints’ Instagram account. Check it out below: 

“BOONDOCK SAINTS: ORIGINS Our series will flip the superhero paradigm 180 degrees. Rather than safeguarding the public from on high like the heroes of comic book lore, the Brothers will be part of the community they protect. And they will do it without the aid of vast wealth or supernatural powers. With an innate sense of right and wrong, the boys take it all on, from the everyday unfairnesses that infuriate us to the most extreme, gut churning injustices that seem to confirm the presence of evil in our world. In terms of the lower offenses that would certainly not require a bullet, think of the last few things you saw just going about your day that pissed you off; an incident of road rage, the loudmouth drunk in a restaurant cursing with children present, parents abusing their kids in public, the macho shithead who can’t take a hint, the unbending meter maid who gives a ticket to someone who was trying to make change, a cop or employer abusing their authority. These situations and hundreds more like them are familiar to all of us. Connor and Murphy will confront and rectify these everyday transgressions in their own unique way and give many of us a satisfying “do-over” each time. The boys’ solutions will run the gamut, from funny to smart, from brutal to touching, from compassionate to zero tolerance. But only in the extreme will it require a bullet to the head. And it is here, on their dark side when the kill switch is thrown, that a deeper seduction begins… more to come. T.duff #boondocksaints #justice#BoondockOrigins #ironsides

More on this as it develops! In the meantime, check out Duffy’s other recent posts on the series and keep your eyes peeled for new info via the Official Boondock Saints pages on Facebook and Instagram.

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Director Troy Duffy Reveals Further Details On ‘Boondock Saints: Origins’ Television Series

Director Troy Duffy Reveals Further Details On ‘Boondock Saints: Origins’ Television Series

It’s a great time to be a Boondock Saints fan! Director Troy Duffy, the creator and driving force behind the franchise, has revealed even more details on the highly-anticipated ‘Boondock Saints: Origins’ television series.

The latest update comes via the official ‘Boondock Saints’ Instagram account. Check it out below: 

“BOONDOCK SAINTS: ORIGINS. The brothers arrive on our shores at this very moment in our history, when our civil liberties are being tread upon and the American Dream itself is crumbling before our eyes. We walk by things everyday that should outrage us, things that we have sadly accepted as our new reality. The series will allow us to look at these issues with fresh perspective, to look at them through the eyes of the Brothers. To them, such things cannot be accepted because this place is supposed to be different, supposed to be better. America is special. More to come… #boondocksaints #prequel#BoondockOrigins”

Earlier this week, Duffy offered fans their first glimpse into the new series, also via an Instagram post:

“BOONDOCK SAINTS: ORIGINS The TV series will be a rebooted origin story starting in present day. Rather than a retelling of the movies in TV form, the show will be a reimagining of the tale that will allow deeper exploration of the characters and elements of Boondock. Our story centers around Connor and Murphy MacManus, two fraternal twin brothers In their mid twenties who are living as illegal immigrants in Boston. Originally from Ireland, their idealized concept of life in America is confronted as they witness injustice and unfairness in the U.S. As the boys deepen their ties to their new community, they begin to protect it and we watch them rise into shadowy vigilantes that the press eventually dubs, “The Saints.” More to come… t.duff #boondocksaints #bdsOrigins

More on this as it develops! In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled on the Official Boondock Saints pages on Facebook and Instagram.

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Troy Duffy Offers New Details On Highly-Anticipated ‘Boondock Saints: Origins’ Series!

Troy Duffy Offers New Details On Highly-Anticipated ‘Boondock Saints: Origins’ Series!

Director Troy Duffy, the writer and driving force behind the 1999 feature film and its 2009 sequel, has offered up new details on a long-awaited new entry to the  ‘Boondocks Saints’ franchise. The update comes via the official ‘Boondock Saints’ Instagram account. His update on the ‘Boondock Saints: Origins’ television series  can be read in full below:

“BOONDOCK SAINTS: ORIGINS The TV series will be a rebooted origin story starting in present day. Rather than a retelling of the movies in TV form, the show will be a reimagining of the tale that will allow deeper exploration of the characters and elements of Boondock. Our story centers around Connor and Murphy MacManus, two fraternal twin brothers In their mid twenties who are living as illegal immigrants in Boston. Originally from Ireland, their idealized concept of life in America is confronted as they witness injustice and unfairness in the U.S. As the boys deepen their ties to their new community, they begin to protect it and we watch them rise into shadowy vigilantes that the press eventually dubs, “The Saints.” More to come… t.duff #boondocksaints #bdsOrigins

More on this as it develops! In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled on the Official Boondock Saints pages on Facebook and Instagram.

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‘Boondock Saints’ Bike Reveal For Charity – Check Out The Photos!

‘Boondock Saints’ Bike Reveal For Charity – Check Out The Photos!

On Thursday, October 13, 2011, “The Boondock Saints” (www.boondocksaints.com) Writer/Director, Troy Duffy, hosted a bevy of the movies’ fans, friends, cast and crew, as he celebrated the reveal of his brand new,“LA Speed Shop” (www.laspeedshop.com) custom-built “Boondock-Saints”-themed motorcycle. The event, officially named“Boondock Saints Bike Reveal Benefitting Los Angeles Regional Foodbank/Feeding America”, was held at Mat Joseph’s Melrose Avenue art venue “Tuff Sissy & Co.” (www.tuffsissy.com) and his neighboring “Freak Chic Tattoo” (www.freakchictattoo.com), andbenefited said local charity (www.lafoodbank.org).

“Boondock Saints” cast and crew in attendance – other than Mr. Duffy – included actress Julie Benz, actors Clifton Collins Jr.,Daniel DeSanto, David Della Rocco, and Brian Mahoney, as well as additional celebs who came out to support both Mr. Duffy and the cause, actors Jack Rubio, Jonathan Schaech, Paul Alessi, Sam Macaroni, and actress Amie Barsky.

Troy Duffy

Fans of The Boondock Saints franchise had been following LA Speed Shop’s progress on-line, as owner Chris Richardson and his crew constructed Mr. Duffy’s bike. The event served as the official reveal of the completed machine. Event guests mixed and mingled, eagerly awaiting the actual bike reveal. At the conclusion of a brief announcement by Mr. Duffy, Chris Richardson pulled the cover off of the custom machine, spurring a flurry of flash photography.

The event also featured a Boondock Saints movie memorabilia auction and raffle, a portion of the proceeds of which benefitted Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. The auction included items such as an official “Boondock Saints II” movie prop painting, signed by Mr. Duffy and a number of attending cast members; clothing and accessories from the movies’ wardrobe department, actually worn on-set; and other signed memorabilia.

Inked Magazine (www.inkedmag.com) served as media partner of the October 13 event, where guests enjoyed a hosted bar courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum (www.sailorjerry.com/the-rum), as well as the hospitality of Sailor Jerry’s fully-outfitted Airstream trailer, which was parked in front of the venue. DJ Ten Foot Rabbit (www.facebook.com/pages/Ten-Foot-Rabbit/129917050417665) entertained the crowd with intricate sound maneuvers like bits of the movies’ dialogue overlapping and intertwined in the evening’s playlist.

O.N.E. Coconut Water (www.onedrinks.com) was also on-site, as well as Magnolia Bakery cupcakes (www.magnoliabakery.com), and delightfully devoured hors d’oeuvres from soon-to-open Marcona (www.marconarestaurant.com), scheduled to open late-October, directly across Melrose Avenue from Tuff Sissy & Co./Freak Chic Tattoo. Marcona’s menu for the evening included sample bites of their Spiced Spanish Tuna, Gyros Espana, and Burlington Red Onion sandwiches, as well as their Ossi de Morti (almond cookies), Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies, and Spiced Marconas (signature bar nut mix).

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Troy Duffy To Host “Boondock Saints Bike Reveal Benefitting Los Angeles Regional Foodbank/Feeding America”

Troy Duffy To Host “Boondock Saints Bike Reveal Benefitting Los Angeles Regional Foodbank/Feeding America”

Troy Duffy

“The Boondock Saints” (www.boondocksaints.com) Writer/Director, Troy Duffy, will host a bevy of the movies’ fans, friends, cast and crew, on Thursday, October 13, 2011, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM, as he celebrates the reveal of his brand new, “LA Speed Shop” (www.laspeedshop.com) custom-built “Boondock-Saints”-themed motorcycle. The event, officially named “Boondock Saints Bike Reveal Benefitting Los Angeles Regional Foodbank/Feeding America”, will be housed in Mat Joseph’s Melrose Avenue art venue “Tuff Sissy & Co.” (www.tuffsissy.com) and his neighboring “Freak Chic Tattoo”(www.freakchictattoo.com), and will benefit said local charity (www.lafoodbank.org).

Fans of The Boondock Saints franchise have been following LA Speed Shop’s progress on-line, as owner Chris Richardson and his crew constructed Mr. Duffy’s bike. This event will serve as the official reveal of the completed machine, as well as a fan meet and greetfor a portion of the movie franchise’s more than 4.5 million fans. The event will also feature a Boondock Saints movie memorabilia auction and raffle, and a portion of the sales proceeds will benefit Los Angeles Regional Foodbank.

Guests at the October 13 event will enjoy a hosted rum bar courtesy of Sailor Jerry (www.sailorjerry.com/the-rum); complimentary O.N.E. Coconut Water (www.onedrinks.com); and snacks from soon-to-open Marcona Restaurant (www.marconarestaurant.com), scheduled to open mid-October, directly across Melrose Avenue from Tuff Sissy & Co./Freak Chic Tattoo. Inked Magazine (www.inkedmag.com) has joined the event as a media partner, and due to the tattoo-heavy presence featured in The Boondock Saints movies, Freak Chic Tattoo will be giving a special discount on limited-edition, hand-drawn Boondock Saints-themed tattoos, in the days leading up to the October 13 event’s start. Recipients of these exclusive tattoos will be automatically entered into the event’s raffle.

“We’re thrilled that Melrose Avenue mainstays like Freak Chic Tattoo and Tuff Sissy & Co. will be opening up their doors to our loyal fan base, cast and crew, for this charity event. I support the work of the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, and as excited as I am to see the fans’ reaction to my new Boondock Saints-themed LA Speed Shop bike, I’m equally as excited to see so many businesses and friends coming together to support this very worthy cause,” says Mr. Duffy.

Tuff Sissy & Co. and Freak Chic Tattoo are located at 7367 and 7365 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90046 (between Fuller and Martel Avenues). Tattoo appointments at Freak Chic can be made by calling 323.951.1501. For more information or to RSVP for theOctober 13 “Boondock Saints” charity event, please call Anna Ferguson at 1.877.327.2656, or email info@stilettomarketing.com.

About “The Boondock Saints” Franchise

Boondock Saints, LLC is the official marketing, promotion and communication arm for all things “Boondock.” The company creates and produces special events for the growing community of Boondock Saints fans worldwide, manages media inquiries and requests for personal appearances and operates two websites, www.boondocksaints.com and www.boondockstore.com, to provide the public with a dynamic, interactive forum for discussion and user-generated content, along with instant access to updated information about the films (“The Boondock Saints” and “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day”), related music, merchandise and a variety of other creative developments in progress.  Follow The Boondock Saints on Facebook: www.facebook.com/boondocksaintsfans.

About “Tuff Sissy & Co.”

New Melrose Avenue art venue, Tuff Sissy & Co., was created by neighboring Freak Chic Tattoo owner, Mat Joseph, and is meant to serve as a gallery and artist’s lair – a place for local tattoo artists and other artists to showcase their work, as well as mingle and share. Joseph’s motivation for the venue was to revive the Melrose art community and support both the local art movement as well as other community businesses, both old and new.

About Mat Joseph / “Freak Chic Tattoo”

Mat Joseph’s pioneering spirit has kept him on the forefront of the piercing, tattoo and art worlds. Joseph started piercing in 1987, and first entered the Melrose community in 1992, when he became the first piercer on the street. In 1994, Joseph opened his own piercing operation, “House of Freaks”, on the upper floor of the building that sits on the northwest corner of Melrose and Fuller Avenues.

House of Freaks dominated the Los Angeles piercing scene for 14 years, before shuttering in the fall of 2008 when, in pursuit of expansion, growth and reinvention, Joseph joined forces with local tattoo artist partners to open Freak Chic Tattoo, thus providing both tattoo and piercing services to his already loyal customer base.

Freak Chic Tattoo filled a void in the Melrose Avenue tattoo realm by providing a higher-end, upscale – yet comfortable – tattoo shop environment for more discerning clients. The classy space has a ‘30s deco, lounge-y vibe, featuring dark wood fixtures and Joseph’s carefully-curated decor elements, also mirrored in Tuff Sissy & Co.’s design. This year, Joseph plans to add two private VIP tattoo/piercing stations in completely separate rooms, within steps of Freak Chic’s private, back entrance.

Joseph and his award-winning tattoo artists and piercers have fan bases that run the gamut from TV soap stars (such as one of the Days of our Lives cast); to NBA players; to celebrity wives; to musicians (e.g., Phillip “Fish” Fisher, drummer for Fishbone, and singer and record producer, Arnold McCuller). Joseph’s talented staff and/or their work has been featured in numerous media outlets includingTattoo:Savage Magazine, International Tattoo Art Magazine, Skin Art Magazine, Tattoo Flash, and Inked Magazine.

About “LA Speed Shop”

LA Speed Shop specializes in vintage choppers and bobbers with a bare-bones style. Every bike that owner Chris Richardson builds, reflects his out-of-the-box thinking and amazing attention to detail. Richardson has earned the respect of his customers and peers as a “quality guy” who does quality work. Having his bikes featured on the covers of Easyriders, American Cycle, Street Chopper, Iron Works, Iron Horse, Dice, Cycle Source, Kustom and Powerglide, and after earning countless awards at motorcycle shows, Richardson is recognized as a leading innovative builder in the industry.

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Movie Review: Natalie Zea and Sean Patrick Flanery Shine In ‘InSight’

Movie Review: Natalie Zea and Sean Patrick Flanery Shine In ‘InSight’

In theaters on September 2nd is an exciting new thriller from director Richard Gabai. InSight centers on a cool, calm and collected ER nurse named Kaitlyn played be the lovely and talented Natalie Zea (Justified, Dirty Sexy Money). During a hectic night at the hospital, Kaitlyn and her colleagues find themselves tending to Allison Parkes (Angeline-Rose Troy), a victim of a brutal stabbing. While frantically trying to keep the girl alive, Kaitlyn gets accidentally electrocuted by the defibrillator, which stops her heart as well. Kaitlyn pulls through but having sustained such terrible injuries from her attack, Allison does not. Shortly thereafter, she begins to experience the victim’s memories and disturbing flashbacks of her final moments with her killer.

As the visions persist, Kaitlyn quickly finds herself alone and forced to attempt to solve the crime as no one believes her story. Kaitlyn soon partners with Detective Peter Rafferty, played by Sean Patrick Flanery (Powder, Boondock Saints), who has been assigned to investigate Allison Park’s gruesome murder all while providing care for her cancer stricken mother Patricia (Veronica Cartwright).

To be quite honest, when I first read the synopsis of the film, I thought that it might lead to a middle of the road viewing experience. I was delighted to be wrong on several levels! The film’s fast pace takes flight immediately, sucking the viewer in during the first few scenes! It doesn’t take long before the story begins to take shape around the unfolding mystery, revealing new twists and turns around ever corner. The real strength of this film lies in the performances of Natalie Zea and Sean Patrick Flanery. Both actors are allowed to flex their creative muscle and show their dynamic ranges in a way that you see in few movies. Zea is definitely a star on the rise and carries the bulk of this film on her quite capable shoulders. Flanery adds a terrific balance to his leading lady and brings a sense of stability to the viewer as the mysteries of the film begin to reveal themselves. Quite simply, the duo lose themselves in their roles and bring that certain something that makes you genuinely care about the characters they are portraying onscreen. Hopefully, these type of roles keep rolling in for both actors, as it is high time Hollywood takes notice! The film also features smaller but equally solid roles from Max Perlich, Adam Baldwin and the iconic Christopher Lloyd.

InSight’s harkens back to the days of the classic mind-bending storytelling of ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ with strokes of the classic film detective films of the 1940’s. It is this type of atmosphere, which could even bring the look of ‘Mad Men’ to mind, combined with the rock solid performances that brings this project to the next level. If you are on the lookout for a film that keeps you glued to the edge of your seat, look no further than ‘InSight’.

RATING: 4/5 Stars

Check out the official site for the film at www.insightthemovie.com and “Like” it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/insightthemovie

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Troy Duffy’s ‘Boondock Saints’ Graphic Novel Now Available For Pre-Order!

Troy Duffy’s ‘Boondock Saints’ Graphic Novel Now Available For Pre-Order!

The BOONDOCK SAINTS‘ initial foray into comics is now available for pre-order in a collected edition chock-full of never before seen bonus material (on sale this November)!

TROY DUFFY’s original BOONDOCK SAINTS film is one of the most successful independent movies of all time, with a fiercely loyal and devoted fan base – including 4.5 million social media fans and counting. With the hit comic series “IN NOMINE PATRIS”, creator/writer/director TROY DUFFY launched the first “Saints” story to take place outside the iconic films. Written by Duffy and comic scribe J.B. LOVE, the comic series is the perfect companion to the films.

The story masterfully interweaves the events of the BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY with brand new material to reveal the secret history of the original saint, NOAH MACMANUS (IL DUCE) as he wages a bloody war against 1960’s New York’s Underground Crime world. The storyline is intercut with brand new adventures of the BROTHERS MACMANUS (The Boondock Saints) doing what they do best; doling out their special brand of justice to those that deserve it. “In Nomine Patris” brings a new chapter of the Saints saga to life while revealing the family legacy that created this trio of “Shepherds”.

Featuring a forward by Connor MacManus himself – actor, SEAN PATRICK FLANERY – Join Troy Duffy and his comics team in this thrilling new Saints Adventure by pre-ordering the collected edition. This special trade paperback collects all six comic issues, never before seen art, a cover gallery, behind the scenes sketches and more. This is the collection the fans have been waiting for!

INNFUSION and 12-GAUGE COMICS are proud to announce THE BOONDOCK SAINTS, VOL. 1 TP: “In Nomine Patris”; NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Hastings, and all quality book and comic book stores across North America.

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Natalie Zea Discusses Her Career and Her Thrilling New Film, ‘InSight’!

Natalie Zea Discusses Her Career and Her Thrilling New Film, ‘InSight’!

Natalie Zea is more than just a pretty face. Delivering standout roles both on television and the silver screen, this multi-faceted actress has quickly established herself as one of Hollywood’s brightest up-and-coming stars. Whether she is starring alongside Timothy Olyphant in FX’s hit series ‘Justified’ or starring in her new thriller, ‘InSight,’ 2011 is shaping up to be her most amazing year yet. In the new film, Zea plays an ER nurse named Kaitlyn. While tending to a young stabbing victim, she is accidentally electrocuted by the defibrillator that is used in an effort to save the woman’s life. Almost immediately she starts to experience the victim’s terrifying memories. Kaitlyn turns to family, friends, and the police, but no one takes her seriously. She decides to take it upon herself to solve the crime – as the terrifying visions threaten her sanity. She teams up with the detective (Sean Patrick Flanery) on the case and weaves her way through the victim’s past to discover the brutal truth. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with this rising star to discuss her roots in the entertainment industry, bringing her character in ‘InSight’ from script to screen, the challenges involved and much more!

What got you started on journey in the entertainment industry?

I was an only child and was alone a lot as a kid, so i had to entertain myself, so I had a propensity for it early on. Then, when I was a freshman in high school, my cousin, who was in the theater department, encouraged me to take a drama class. The drama teacher, Evelyn Jones, noticed I had some natural ability and began nurturing it and i fell in love with the process.

Who would you cite as your biggest influence as an actress?

There’s no one person that comes to mind. I think it’s because I’m drawn to certain performances, as opposed to certain performers. We’re all inconsistent, as actors, and sometimes we’re on our game more than other times. Bill Murray in ‘Lost in Translation’ comes to mind, or Jim Carrey in ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, or Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in ‘Before Sunset’ and of course Bette Davis in ‘All About Eve’.

One of your latest projects is ‘InSight’. Tell us about your character in the film and what attracted you to this very interesting role?

I’m drawn to the darkness. On the surface, she seems like a pretty straight forward character. And then you get the whole story. And that little twist is what drives the colors and the layers of the character throughout the movie.

What is your process for bringing a character such as this from the script to the screen?

Normally, I would say that I don’t have a process, but i’ve recently discovered I do. Although, it’s not something that can be described in words. I’m not big on research or backstory as I think those things get in the way of the moment. And really all that’s important to me is telling the truth. And I can’t tell the truth if I’m thinking about where this character went to elementary school.

What do you feel that you brought to the character that may not have been in the script originally or even in the man you know?

I have to say that the biggest challenge of this character was not being able to infuse any humor into her. I tend to try and find some sort of levity to any character I play and with Kaitlyn it simply wasn’t an option. so rather than finding something that wasn’t on the page, my challenge was to stay true to how this girl was written.

They say that each role is a learning experience for an actor. What did you learn about yourself/your craft on this film?

I’m an aspiring filmmaker, so I try to take away as much knowledge – whether it be noting something that works or taking note of what went wrong – from every film set as I can. We shot this thing in 15 days and that can be tough on the actors – well, on everyone- and I wonder how something like that affects performance. Maybe the adrenaline adds to it, or maybe it hinders it. It’s hard to know.

What do you think director Richard Gabai brought to the table for a project like ‘InSight’?

Richard is a very ballsy guy! His ambition is impressive. He took a film that was shot for almost no money by hollywood standards and made it look like a multi-million dollar studio film. I don’t know many people who can do that.

Your role in the film is very intense. Where there any moments during the filming that provided a break from that intensity? Were there any funny moments on set or was it all business, all the time!

When I’m working, I always have a tv series that I watch between shots and at lunch as a way to separate myself from what i’m doing on set. Maybe not the wisest choice, but with this particularly movie, I chose ‘Breaking Bad’. Oops. At least it kept me in the right mood! And yes, when you work this closely with a crew, there is a very special bond that’s formed. The wardrobe and hair and make-up departments’ were a huge part of making me laugh and keeping me sane throughout the process.

You have been amazing on FX’s ‘Justified’. As an actor, how satisfying has the role of “Winona Hawkins” been for you as an actor?

I will say that this role is challenging in ways I never anticipated it to be. I often times don’t really understand what she wants, and that can be difficult, because that’s sort of acting 101 “what does my character want in this scene”. She’s proven to be a pretty polarizing character which is thrilling for me. I love the passion – whether it be love or hate – people have for her and I do love her complexities, even though, sometimes her inconsistencies drive me crazy!

Any word if we can we look forward to seeing more of your character in Season three of the series?

I will be continuing on in Season 3.

You have played such a wide variety of roles in your career. Is there a part or a specific genre that you would like to tackle in the years to come?

Comedy, comedy, comedy. It’s funny, I’ve done plenty of comedic roles – DIRTY SEXY MONEY, HUNG, THE OTHER GUYS, CALIFORNICATION – and yet when I meet with producers and say that I’m interested in doing more comedy they’re always shocked. I’m the sort of go to drama girl. If you want a bitchy DA, I’m your woman (although, I’ve put a moratorium on that. No more bitchy DA for me – I’ve reached my quota). But if you look at my resume I’ve done just as much comedy as I have drama. And I personally think i’m better at it. I have so much more fun exploring a comedic character than I do a straight up dramatic one. There’s more freedom there.

How do you feel that you have evolved as an actor over the years?

Oh, god, I don’t know. Sometimes I feel like I’ve devolved, you know? I’ve become a better technical actor over the years, which isn’t always a good thing. When you find you’re acting for the camera and not staying in the scene. I do feel like I’ve become more informed about how things are made. The technical side of things. T.V. is tough, because it’s easy to get lazy and to half ass things, so I’m constantly on myself not to phone it in.

What is the best piece of advice that someone has given you along the way in your career?

Do not read about yourself online. Genius advice. I have a filter I call googleMom. My parents have a google alert on me and will occasionally send me stuff that’s either flattering or outrageously funny. Otherwise it’s none of my damn business.

That being said, do you have an advice for anyone who would like to get involved in the entertainment industry?

See above. Seriously, I can’t say it enough. STAY OFF THE INTERWEBS!

What other projects are on the horizon for you that we should be on the lookout for?

I start work on an indie feature called ‘Sweet Talk’ in a few weeks. It’s a really cute little love strory, with different time periods as backdrops. Actors’ catnip. Then I go back to ‘Justified’ in October. Then I’m producing and acting in a movie that I wrote – it’s been seven years in the making! – in the spring. We start pre-production for that in January and I’m both scared to death and so excited I can’t contain myself.

Anything that you would like to say to the fans before I let you go?

Only that I love them!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to speak with you! We wish you all the best!

Thank You!

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Check out the official website for ‘InSight’ at www.insightthemovie.com and remember that the film hits theaters on September 2nd, 2011! 

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Paul Sampson Discusses His Directorial Debut With ‘Night of the Templar’

Paul Sampson Discusses His Directorial Debut With ‘Night of the Templar’

The multi-talented Paul Sampson is nothing short of a phenom when it comes to film.  The light-hearted Sampson has had his hand in just about every aspect of the industry and is about to make a huge splash with his directorial debut, “Night of the Templar.”  The film boasts an amazing story and an even more amazing cast.  The exciting new film also features legendary actor David Carradine, his final role before an untimely death.  Steve Johnson of Icon vs. Icon recently caught up with Sampson for a hilarious conversation that covers his influences, his relationship with Boondock Saints’ Norman Reedus, his thoughts on working with David Carradine, his reaction to the actor’s death, and, of course, all things to do with “Night of the Templar.”

When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry? 

Who said I wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?  I’m just killing time while I wait for the results to come back from my Postal Service Civil (Servant) Exam.

Who were some of the influences that shaped you as an actor/filmmaker? 

None that come to mind, I’m not easily influenced, unless of course there are drugs involved … then I’m like putty in ones hand … does the term coke whore mean anything to you? Ha ha. Seriously, I do admire a lot of actors, directors and writers for their work, but as far as shaping me, I think it’s safe to say I tend to do my own thing. It may be a little different, but I think that’s my virtue. At least I’m somewhat original.

You are an actor, director, writer, and producer. Is there one aspect of film making you prefer over the others? 

Paul Sampson

Acting is definitely my favorite. I just like to go off into my own little world and then come back as an entirely different entity … and when you do it properly as an actor, they call you a genius or a thespian or an artist … as opposed to my doing a character transition while at the supermarket … then they just call me psychotic or a freak — people can be so mean. End of the day, you won’t believe the shit I get away with now that people think I’m an artist. Before I was crazy … but now I’m eccentric. Yep, got ‘em all nice and fooled … like lambs being led to the slaughter.

You’ve acted in feature films as well as on television.  Which format do you prefer? 

Film. I have a big head with big features, which means big expressions. It’s not even a choice …big screen! My head overlaps on a TV screen, it’s embarrassing really.

What is your typical screenwriting process like? 

I don’t have a typical process. I didn’t buy that book on how to write a screenplay.

How do you think you have evolved as an actor/director/writer since starting out? 

Well, “Night of the Templar” was my directorial debut, so the learning curve is still exponentially, perpetually, and unequivocally open on directing. How’s that for some grown up words that make even less sense when combined?

As far as writing, I’ve become really good at realizing exactly what works and what doesn’t when I write a script … after about the 18th draft.

As far as acting, well I have an acute case of psychosis and because I have no touch with reality, I’m able to escape into another character at will. Sybil has nothing on me!

End of the day, I want to continuously evolve — not just in the entertainment field but more so as a human being. I’m kind of the same idiot I was when I was 11 years old, and not in the sense that I’ve stagnated, but that my eyes are still open to new experiences, which helps me grow. Every day is an adventure, every day I get to learn, every day I evolve. I guess I’m kind of like a combination of Peter Pan and the Missing Link.

Tell us a little bit about your upcoming project “Night of the Templar.” 

It’s a little different than most movies. It’s a well-crafted mixture of genres. There’s something in it for everyone. Everyone that has seen any part of it thinks it rings of a potential cult film, mainly I think because it’s different — difficult to classify as any one or two genres — and it’s a little off-beat. What can I tell you? I put my heart and soul into it, and I think the movie has legs. The cast is great, and I’ve been told that I have something special in my hands … and I’m talking about the movie, get your mind out of the gutter …

This is your first attempt at directing.  Were you apprehensive about getting behind the camera? 

I was the kid that would jump into the water without doing the toe touching temperature test thing, I would just jump in. I haven’t changed. As I mentioned before, I’m an idiot, I lack inhibitions. Always have. I learned how to ride a bicycle the first day I tried. Yeah, sure, I crashed like three dozen times, got cut up and bruised something awful, but I just did it. I took a crappy, wobbly Frankenstein bike with bent forks and warped tires into a junkyard by myself and just learned … by myself. I must have crashed into every junk car in that lot … twice. I didn’t have someone there holding my hand, or the whole family gathered around with a video camera cheering me on, or someone putting a safety helmet on my head … no, I just did it by myself. Directing was the same. No one offered to help me, and I didn’t think to ask. I just jumped in and did it. However, there was a lot less bruises and blood with the directing. Well, the first two days anyway. But don’t worry, none of it was mine.

You’re off screen friends with actor Norman Reedus, tells us a little about your relationship with him and his involvement in the project.

Norman who? I don’t know who you’re talking about your Honor. We haven’t been drinking … wait … what do you mean by our relationship? What are you inferring, Steve? I took a vow not to disclose our sexual relationship. Just kidding. I don’t know. When we go out and get nutty, good things happen to bad people … or is it bad things happen to good people? I can’t remember right now, it’s all a blur … it’s always a blur …

People — because people do talk — have told me on several occasions that they’ve heard Norman talking about me when I wasn’t around and that he was saying that I was a real talented actor and that I did a great job directing the movie and stuff. So basically, even when Norman is talking behind my back, he’s got my back. It’s like he’s really proud of me, like a brother. Yes, we’re good buddies in real life, but I think, ultimately, if he didn’t respect me on other levels, he wouldn’t have done the movie because it wasn’t for the pay, that’s for sure. Ha ha! He even helped get Udo (Kier) on board.

Recently, he gave me a PR person (Wendy Shepherd) he’s involved with to get the ball rolling because he knows I’m finishing off the movie now and I’ll start to need exposure. He wouldn’t have done this if he didn’t believe in the project, or better yet, me. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I’m proud to have a friend and peer like Norman Reedus who respects me as both a man and as an artist. And yes, it’s a mutual feeling. We both respect me as a man and as an artist … ha ha! Seriously, I love that guy, he’s awesome.

What does Norman Reedus bring to the table on a project like this? 

Not much, I mean he doesn’t do anything but complain. You know, like one of those diva actors. At breakfast he’s like, “Oh, my French toast is soggy.” If we’re shopping he’s like, “Oh, I look fat in these jeans.” If we’re doing a movie on location, he’s like, “Oh, why doesn’t my hotel room have a vibrating bed, too, like yours?” You know, typical Hollywood star bull crap … I hate that guy … who are we talking about again? Oh, Norman Reedus? Sorry, I thought you meant Paul Sampson … wait, that’s me. Hey, wait a minute … didn’t you just get done asking me a f**king question about Norman Reedus? C’mon, man, break it up a little here, what kind of interview is this? If I keep on praising Norman, you guys are going to think we’re dating or something fruity. WTF! We’re dudes who like chicks … hot freaky chicks … get that through your head!

Okay, I’ll be serious for a moment — btw, way too many serious interview questions and moments happening here … at the moment. Um, let me think, what does Norman Reedus bring to the table on a project like this? Well, he brings Norman Reedus … and that’s good enough for me … okay, next question.

You have assembled quite an eclectic cast.  Tell us about them. 

Yeah, most of them are freaks, especially the main guys. I mean, c’mon, look at ‘em. Could you picture any of them holding a real job down in society? For example, your babysitter shows up and it’s Billy Drago at the door … in drag … tell me you’re not going to immediately cancel your dinner plans. Or the housekeeper shows up, and it’s Max Perlich … like you’re not going to check and re-check the vault and fine jewelry inventory every five minutes. How about Udo Kier as your child’s psychologist? Yeah, I don’t think I even need to go any further with that one. Would you let Norman or me date your sister or daughter? Yeah, you might foolishly consider it, but your sister or daughter … seriously? And David, well, he’s passed on to somewhere better, so I’ll leave him out of this. But overall, what can I say? Freaks of a feather …

And coincidentally, they’re all great actors … and the rest of the cast, who no one ever asks about, is great, too. Everyone is exactly as they should be in the movie — no exception. I’m very proud of my entire cast! It was hard worked, but still, I was blessed with my cast. All of them.

What was the vibe like on the set? 

Animosity! Passion! Lies! Loyalty! Jealously! Unbridled sex! Deceit! Backstabbing! Betrayal! Drugs! Tom foolery and shenanigans! And revenge! And that was just in the makeup trailer! Those bastards have all the fun … and man, what gossip!  What the hell do I know? I was busy trying to make a movie. The vibe? Is that what you’re asking me?  … It was hell, man, pure hell!

You are involved in just about every aspect of this film.  Did you find it difficult to juggle all of those responsibilities? Were there any other challenges during filming? 

Drugs take all that pain away. Just kidding, I don’t do drugs. I’m just being an idiot. The only responsibility that got in the way was that I had to raise money while shooting. For a kazillion reasons I can’t get into the details of that, but trust me, it was a hassle having to constantly go out and fetch money in the middle of a shoot. I’m good under pressure, but this totally eliminated any sleep I had planned on. Not sleeping is not good.

Besides the money flow situation, the lighting set ups and scheduling of the castle shoot could have been much faster and more efficient. This cost me time and money and resulted in some lost opportunities. Other than that, for me personally, or better yet for me creatively, no, I had no problems juggling anything in that regards — creatively.

This is David Carradine’s last film.  What was it like working with him?

David Carradine and Paul Sampson

We both really enjoyed our scenes together. It was fun. He knew I was a serious filmmaker, but that I wasn’t taking the whole thing seriously as far as our characters. He kept telling me two things: that I really knew how to pick my moments and that I was a lunatic. I’m not sure if he meant this about me as an actor or director or both … I never thought to ask. He liked me a lot, he respected me. He gave me a 1922 silver dollar as a token of his appreciation for being in the movie. I wrote about this more in another interview so I don’t want to be redundant, but we got along really well while shooting and it shows in the scenes. You’ll understand when you see the film.

But I have to say, he really cared about the movie a lot more than I expected.When things weren’t going smoothly one night on set for me — lighting was slow … again — it really bothered him, like shockingly and, as a result, he had a bit of a moment because of all the unnecessary waiting around. And not because he had that big star attitude and he didn’t want to be kept waiting, he knew the business better than anyone and knew there’s a lot of waiting around. But he felt the delays weren’t necessary and he wanted to keep the momentum going — for me. If he was my A.D., he probably would have decapitated slow crew members with his sword. Overall, David was one cool mother f**ker!

How did you react to the news of his untimely death? 

It saddened me. It still saddens me.

When can audiences expect to see the film?  Will there be a theatrical release? 

I’m taking the movie out to show in a couple of weeks — to sell — and I’ll see what shakes. To be honest, my goal is exposure. I’m not concerned as much about the money. Yes, I’m flat broke and I owe the entire world money, but that will all work out fine.

Can it go theatrical? Yes. It can definitely hold its own on a big screen. It actually looks even better on a big screen. I shot on film and it looks great, the story is very interesting and original, the acting is on point, the sound and score are spectacular, there are a handful of classic songs in the film, the movie flows at a nice pace, etc. It has what it takes to go to the theatres.

In the end, I’d like one of two things: either a decent theatrical release or a major cable network premiere. I’ll know in a month or two on everything.

What path do you see your career in the entertainment industry taking?  Would you like to strictly stay behind the camera or be in front of it as an actor? 

Right now, I need to focus solely on my movie and make sure that I get a befitting distribution deal, and while I’m waiting, I’ll hit a (film) festival or two. After that, I’ll re-enter the world and probably just act for a bit, either on stage or in a film. It will be therapeutic to just check out for a bit and fall into a character.

As far as behind the camera, well, truthfully, I’m not in much of a rush to direct another movie at the moment. I’m still focused on this one. It’s like asking an 18-year-old kid at his senior prom with his sweetheart, who is he going to date next. I mean, at least let me take this one to the prom first, and see if I can get lucky … then we’ll talk.

What do you consider the defining moment of your career so far? 

I don’t think it happened yet … or maybe it’s happening right now.

Do you have a dream role you would like to play as an actor? 

Without getting into an exact acting role, let me just say this, I want to work with a director who captures the human element. Most of them just get coverage. I’m kind of over that. It would be nice to work on a project with integrity from top to bottom.

What is the best piece of advice someone has given to you along the way in your career? 

“Don’t kill anyone unless you really have to, and try to stay out of jail, you f**king nut!”

OFFICIAL MOVIE LINKS:
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IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0768222/
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‘InSight’ Starring Sean Patrick Flanery and Natalie Zea To Hit Theaters September 2nd!

‘InSight’ Starring Sean Patrick Flanery and Natalie Zea To Hit Theaters September 2nd!

Who Killed Allison Parkes? Find out when Director Richard Gabai’s “InSight” hits theaters on September 2nd.

Shot in the seedy Boyle Heights district in Los Angeles, InSight follows Kaitlyn (Natalie Zea), an ER nurse, who while tending to a young stabbing victim, Allison, is accidentally electrocuted by the defibrillator that was being used to save the woman’s life. Almost immediately she starts to experience the victim’s memories. Kaitlyn turns to family, friends, and the police, but no one takes her seriously, so she takes it upon herself to solve the crime – as the terrifying visions threaten her sanity.  Ultimately, Kaitlyn teams up with detective Peter Rafferty  (Sean Patrick Flanery) and weaves her way through the victim’s past in an attempt to discover the brutal truth about the murder and herself.

InSight stars, Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints, Powder, Saw) , Natalie Zea (Justified, Californication) Adam Baldwin (Chuck,  Independence Day, Full Metal Jacket) Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, Taxi, Star Trek, Aadams Family) Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie, Rookie of the Year) Max Perlich (Blow, Cliffhanger) Juliette Landau (Ed Wood, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Veronica Cartwright (Alien, Witches of Eastwick, The Birds.)  Angeline Rose Troy is introduced as Allison Parkes.

InSight is the first release for Check Entertainment Distribution , a new company founded by and for Independent Filmmakers. Independent films have been squeezed off of the big screen for too long and CED has a plan to change all that.

Check out the official site for the film at www.insightthemovie.com and “Like” it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/insightthemovie

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