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‘Boondock Saints’ Graphic Novel Launches November 21st At Los Angeles Barnes & Noble!

‘Boondock Saints’ Graphic Novel Launches November 21st At Los Angeles Barnes & Noble!

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TROY DUFFY and J.B. LOVE – the writers behind The BOONDOCK SAINTS’ initial foray into comics will be signing the collected GRAPHIC NOVEL edition at BARNES & NOBLE in LOS ANGELES and they’re bringing DAVID DELLA ROCCO as well!

TROY DUFFY’s original BOONDOCK SAINTS film is one of the most successful independent movies of all time, with a fiercely devoted fan base – with nearly 5 million online followers of the franchise. 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!

BARNES & NOBLE will HOST the first signing of the Graphic Novel before it’s available in stores! The FIRST 200 Guests will Receive a FREE COPY of the Exclusive Comic, “THE LOST GIG” starring fan favorite, ROCCO. The FIRST 100 GUESTS will also receive a FREE BOONDOCK SAINTS POSTER.
The Signing is November 21st at 7pm at the BARNES & NOBLE at THE GROVE at Farmers Market (189 Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036. The Store Phone Number is 323-525-0270.) For Additional Event Information please visit http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/74348

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Review:  “Off The Boulevard” – A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Entertainment Industry

Review: “Off The Boulevard” – A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Entertainment Industry

The documentary “Off The Boulevard” gives a behind-the-scenes look of the entertainment industry. Seven independent artists share their struggles, failures and accomplishments while dedicating themselves to the pursuit of their artistic dreams.

Musicians Keith Jackson and Nick Nicholson, filmmakers Troy Duffy and Jeff Santo, actors David Della Rocco and Sanel Budimlic, and stand-up comedian Bob Rubin share their journeys while struggling and persevering on the path of independence. The documentary also includes insights from industry stars, including Peter Fonda (“Easy Rider” and “Ulee’s Gold”), Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”), Gilby Clarke (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Sonny Barger (Hell’s Angels), Dan Haggerty (“Grizzly Adams”), and Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam).

Let’s get the nit-picky technical out of the way — which, overall, consisted of a few minor problems. The film was clumsy in parts, especially when the camera lens peered through a car windshield and, in another part, an airplane window. I was trying to listen to the narrator but couldn’t help but notice a bird pooped on the windshield. A few times the camera was out of focus, sometimes it was not centered. There were a couple instances with audio problems but, as Tripper said in “Meatballs,” it just doesn’t matter!

I soon forgot about these technicalities because it’s not about cinemotography, it’s about the meat of the film — the story. It took me a little ways (about 20 minutes or so) to become fully on board but when I did, I was rockin’ and rollin’ and felt a part of the conversation. It’s like meeting someone new — give the person a chance before passing judgement because if they turn out to be cool — or even awesome — it was worth the time.

That’s what happened with “Off The Boulevard.” I kept watching and soon became engrossed with these men, from the well-known Duffy of “Boondock Saints” fame to the lesser known Budimlic of “Jake’s Corner,” who although not mainstream yet has a powerful and moving story to share, a story he shares with modesty (hint hint … nudge nudge … Budimlic and Santo are working on “Made in Bosna.” Google it.).

I love the laid-back aspect of “Off The Boulevard” because these men share personal and difficult aspects of their lives — from Budimlic fleeing the Bosnian/Serbian war and living in a refugee camp for 7 months before coming to the U.S. to Duffy fighting to get paid for the first “Boondock Saints” (which grossed $150 million). I felt like I was sitting in the room while they discussed their hopes, dreams and failures.

I became engrossed. How could I not?

This movie has heart: from Budimlic first learning to act when soldiers frequented his home during the Bosnian/Serbian war to loot, forcing him to act like this was fine so he could stay alive — “We don’t need this anymore! Go right ahead!” — to a peek at Santo’s documentary “This Old Cub” where his father, famed baseball great Ron Santo, silently puts on his prosthetic legs after losing the limbs to diabetes (I did not just tear up, I cried).

This movie has humor: how could it not with in-your-face Bob “The Rube” Rubin, who’s philosophy is if you don’t get my jokes then go f- yourself?

This movie has anger: Duffy fighting tooth-and-nail to get his cult classic “Boondock Saints” filmed only to later fight even harder to get payment for himself, his producers and the principal cast. Duffy also fought — and stills continues to fight — against the stereotypes about his character expressed in the documentary “Overnight,” which left viewers with the image of Duffy as extremely arrogant and prone to explosive outbursts.

Above all, “Off the Boulevard” is about dedication to achieving your dreams, which all these men share, especially Nicholson, a country singer and military veteran who perseveres through bad gigs and managers until, finally, his sweet tunes hit the right ears and his hit-song is played on the radio! Yes, money would be nice. Fame? Of course! But with true artists, it’s about a dream they are drawn to with a mystical urgency. These men don’t sing, write, act or direct simply because they want to, they do it because they have to.

The film is like Dr. Seuss’s “The Places You’ll Go” for adult independent artists, which is ironic because Santo teaches at a film school. Save yourself a class fee and check this movie out for well-knowns and not-so-well-knowns sharing the reality behind the curtain of Hollywood — red carpets, paparazzi, corporate, oh my!

This reality is also conveyed through honest words-of-wisdom delivered by men who have been there, are still there, and know. Jackson (“The Glass Heroes”) sharing, “I don’t want anyone to tell me what’s good or bad, I’m gonna figure that out on my own.” Della Rocco (“The Boondock Saints”) commenting, “There’s only a few of us that can live this life.” Duffy remembering, “Sometimes you (Santo) and I will be sitting there crying into our beers, looking at each other, and then we’ll both start fucking laughing because it’s ridiculous. Kids don’t know how bad this can get.”

If you’re a dreamer — isn’t everyone, more or less? — if you’re an aspiring filmmaker, actor or musician, or if you’re like me and simply enjoy an inside look at the human spirit and seeing celebrities unveiled as everyday human beings, watch this film.

“Every artist must take a risk. With that risk everything becomes uncertain, the destiny you hope for, the destination you move towards, all is uncertain. When you are in these waters of uncertainty, the rules for every artist is to hold tight to one living thing and one living thing only: Your Dream. It’s that life that survives.”

“Off the Boulevard” is directed by Jeff Santo and written by Santo and Christie Collins. For details, check out www.santofilms.com. — Kate Vendetta

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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.

For a comic shop in your area, please visit www.comicshoplocator.com

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‘Off The Boulevard’ Documentary Takes Viewers On An Inspiring Journey

Troy Duffy (Creator of The Boondock Saints franchise) announced today the pre-sale availability for the launch of a documentary feature film, “Off The Boulevard,”  he executive produced in partnership with Santo Films.

“It’s an interesting and educational behind-the-scenes look at the struggles fellow independent artists go through in pursuit of their dreams,” says Executive Producer Troy Duffy. “It gives us an inside look at the tough lives of some up-and-coming independent artists.  As we watch them fight their way through the industries of music and film, we glean words of wisdom from successful veterans of the entertainment business.”

Off The Boulevard is a story of art and heart and the dedication it takes to achieve your dreams. It is an entertaining and informative documentary feature film about seven artists: two musicians (Nick Nicholson, Keith Jackson), two filmmakers (Troy Duffy, Jeff Santo), two actors (David Della Rocco, Sanel Budimlic), and one comedian (Bob Rubin), whose friendships are created through struggle and perseverance.

The film features industry insights from well-knowns such as: Peter Fonda (Easy Rider)Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds)Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses)Sonny Barger (Hell’s Angels)Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams), and Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam).

“Off The Boulevards follows seven artists on different paths but with the same goal- to fulfill their dreams,“ says Jeff Santo, Director.  “This film transcends the world of entertainment and my hope is it will inspire all who strive to pave their own road.”

Ain’t It Cool News claims it’s “Phenomenal in every sense of the word. 4 stars.” Detroit Metro Times writes it’s “Essential viewing for anyone getting ready to go up against a giant.”

Available now for pre-order exclusively at: www.santofilms.com and www.BoondockSaints.com  at an introductory rate of $14.99.    (Autographed copies available for an additional fee.) (Pre-orders at this introductory rate are available through Sept. 7th)  DVD begins shipping Sept. 7th, 2011.

Viewers can look forward to several intriguing bonus clips featuring highlights from the film such as celebrity interviews and Troy Duffy rehearsing with Boondock Saints II cast members.

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Review: The Boondock Saints”In Nomine Patris: The Secret History of Il Duce” Comic Book

Review: The Boondock Saints”In Nomine Patris: The Secret History of Il Duce” Comic Book

The past year has proved to be one of the most exciting in recent memory, especially if you are a fan of the cult classic ‘Boondock Saints’. The fall of 2009 ushered in an exciting new chapter in the franchise with the arrival of Troy Duffy’s ‘Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day’. The excitement did not stop there. As we move through 2010, Duffy and company have really upped the anti in the form of movie tie-ins that do not disappoint. A perfect example of this is “In Nomine Patris: The Secret History of Il Duce” and “In Nomine Patris: The Head of The Snake” from 12-Gauge Comics.

This two-issue miniseries was written by the movie’s writer/director Troy Duffy with JB Love and illustrated by the very talented Guss Floor. As a fan of the franchise, the story of Boondock Saints has always hand a very layered and organic feel, which was what was so intriguing about the sequel — it had a lot more going on under the hood. In any genre or medium it is always exciting, if not a rarity, to have the creator peel back some of those layers to reveal an even more intricate story under the surface. That is exactly what you can expect from these comics, as opposed to a simple rehash of the film in comic form. Serving as a companion piece to ‘Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day’, these comics provide fans a closer look at the legendary Il Duce (a role masterfully played by Billy Connolly in the film) along with a heaping helping of good ol’ fashioned street justice by way of The McManus Brothers. Duffy intertwines the two timelines, one shedding even more light on transformations of Noah McManus into the legendary Il Duce and the other giving fans more time with their beloved McManus Brothers on the night before their epic battle in BDS II. The story stays just as captivating as in the films, the action is just as fast paced and the characters grow even deeper roots.

Troy Duffy is one of the most interesting characters in the entertainment industry. WIth this new project under his belt, it is even clearer that he possesses the qualities of some of the past’s greatest showman — giving the people what they want but never spoiling the finale. With a proven track record of topping his previous work, ‘Boondock Saints III’ could be a true game changer when it comes to modern trilogies.

The Bottom Line…

Is this comic mini-series worth picking up? Absolutely. Why? Because it not only allows you to experience the franchise in a very exciting new way but it kicks the door wide open for future installments in this medium. “In Nomine Patris: The Secret History of Il Duce” and “In Nomine Patris: The Head of The Snake” can be considered a win for Troy Duffy , 12-Gauge Comics (who have clearly have a winner on their hands with this property) and most importantly, content hungry fans!

12-Gauge Comics are at Comic Con and are bringing some familiar face along for the ride! Troy Duffy, David Della Rocco and Sean Patrick Flanery will all be in attendance!

Check them out at Booth #2045. Click here to get a rundown on the signing schedule and all the other details! >

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The Dirges Talk Music, Life and The Boondock Saints!

The Dirges Talk Music, Life and The Boondock Saints!

The Dirges may not be a household name quite yet, but their dedication to their self-described “Ag-fO” sound is certainly paying off in spades. For those not yet familiar with the band, The Dirges are part of a budding traditionalist Irish-American rock movement that includes such genre icons as Flogging Molly, Young Dubliners and Dirty Thieving Bastards. Since their formation, this multi-faceted band has wasted no time in leaving a lasting impression on the highly competitive music scene, while adding legions to their dedicated fanbase. After catching the ear of ‘Boondock Saints’ director Troy Duffy in Los Angeles, the band would end up penning several songs for the highly anticipated sequels soundtrack. 2009 would mark the biggest year to date for The Dirges as they would embark on more ambitious tours, play a key musical role in the Boondock Saints 10th Anniversary Celebration and would be dubbed ‘Official Band of The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day’. With momentum building, The Dirges show no signs of slowing down and are looking to make 2010 an even more epic year! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with vocalist Fran DeAngelo and drummer Bill Stuhlly to discuss the band’s past, their involvement with ‘The Boondock Saints’ and what the future may hold for this band on the rise! Find out what all the buzz is about…

First off, I want to give our readers a little background on you. Where did you grow up?

Bill: I grew up in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts called Peabody (pronounced Pebidy).

Fran: I grew up in Schenectady, New York — a place of which most of the first record is about.

How did music first come into your life?

Bill: For me it was through my mom playing Elvis records while I was chillin as a toddler playing with the matchbox cars in the living room.

Fran: My parents had a gang load of records and eight tracks, a lot of folk and soul stuff. Some of my earliest music memories were playing The Kingston Trio, The Fifth Dimension, Five Stair Steps and a record by Wendy Carlos called “Switched On Bach”. It was an experiment on a Moog synth. I would play it incessantly; I think it’s where I got my love for a cacophony of notes. It’s an awesome record I still listen to it today when I’m looking to break through a writer’s block; it humbles the shit out of you.

Who and what were some of the influences that have helped shape you, the musician that we know today?

Bill: Frank Zappa and David Lee Roth.. First Zappa inspired me to be the best at my instrument and how to be a professional DIY musician… And  DLR because the showmanship and personality he possessed just drew everybody into the show, except for the assless chaps period…Just wrong.

Fran: When I first started playing guitar I bought a Bob Dylan and a David Bowie tab book. They definitely shaped my writing style in the beginning, certainly got my ska and reggae influences from the likes of Desmond Dekker and the Specials and Jimmy Cliff, was way into The Pogues and The Dubliners they certainly showed me how to romanticize my immediate surroundings. More recently I listen to Against Me when I feel I need to be inspired I think they’re amazing songwriters.

What drove you to make music your career?

Bill: It was not really a choice as much as a passion that no other job could fulfill that and I don’t take orders very well

Fran: I like the fact you can write a story put a sound track to it and perform it practically on the spot. You can get your message across without to many cooks in the kitchen as opposed to film or theater, for mw its completely primal, like a motor skill, there’s no one around to edit you except that little guy in your head.

Fran DeAngelo

The music industry is often a hard path to follow. What has kept you inspired through the years?Bill: Every year I learn 10 times more than I knew the year before. It’s kinda like golf or any activity that you compete against yourself, get one success and your hooked.

Fran: I love to perform and music for me is a mental and physical release I just can’t live without I’ll do anything to keep the ball rollin’.

For those who may not be familiar with The Dirges, how did the band initially form?

Fran: Tall Pete and I started writing songs on an old 4track we found just for something to do, really .We would have after hours at our place and everyone would get high and drunk and we would play well into the mornings. Then we compiled a cache of songs I wrote and decided to look for some people to to play with. Our hiring pool came from the bars we hung out and worked in. Bob Cella was on guitar, Matt Van Alstyne on drums and Elijah on electric banjo, we called it the Pig Slaughter , it was a banjo on a tele body. As we were forming 911 happened and one of my best friends Mike Canty died in the second tower.  I wrote Stuytown in celebration of his life, decided to call the band The Dirges, which is a funeral hymn, and began our trek to sing songs about our fallen friends and our lives in the bars, and to romanticize my childhood in Schenectady. We went through a lot of personal changes but have had this inception for six or seven years now, which is kind of when the we got serious about being more of a pub band now that we had a group that really gelled. Marc Strommer on guitar, Alicia Allen on mandolin and such and obviously Bill Sthully on drums.

For those not yet familiar with the band, how would you describe your sound?

Bill:. We call it “Ag-fO” or aggressive folk… We got a lot of influences and they all appear at some point or another.

Fran: The aggressive folk thing was my original concept; the idea was to play folk music at as fast and as loud as we could. Our early shows we were loud dark and smoky and I loved every second of it. Then we got Bill Marc and Alicia and they brought dynamics to the table and I loved it more. They made the songs more musical and enjoyable for the audience. Before I would try to beat people over the head with my music and if people walked out of the room I was happy, now I rather have people hang around and enjoy themselves, they showed me how to get my anger across in a more powerful way through musicianship instead of obtuse carelessness. I have problems.

The Dirges’ have two official releases, the full-length CD ‘When Laughing Got You Killed’ and the 2009 EP, ‘Widows Walk.’ What can you tell us about the writing process for these records?

Fran: ‘When Laughing Got You Killed’ was mostly about growing up in Schenectady and some songs were written years ago some just before we went in the studio. On that album I would bring in a simple acoustic version of a song then we would kind of shape it to be more of a completed song in rehearsal. We like to beat the dead horse out of a song, we’ll play it live fifty times before we decide we like an arrangement or not. ‘Widows Walk’ is more of a collaborative album mostly dealing with relationships from the male and female perspective. The concept of the widow walk came from the whaling days in Nantucket where the architecture was shaped by the fact that the woman of the island would go to the Widow watch to wait for there men to come home from sea. A whaling trip would take year and was obviously dangerous, resulting in a lot of the men not coming home. I always thought there was something romantic in that moment when the ship comes and they found out whether their man was on the boat or not, such an extreme of emotion, not unlike what is happening with our soldiers today except the steaks seem hirer now that its both men and women. I guess were trying to nail down that feeling of extreme happiness and sadness at the same time.

Can we look forward to a new album in the near future?

Fran: It’s written we just need to record, know anybody who wants to finance it. By the end of year we should have Widows finished and hopefully a new album written. We’re thinking of releasing a live thing too.

The band got a big push with the help of ‘Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day’. How did you initially get involved with Troy Duffy and company?

Bill: Aaahhh Troy Duffy.. The band met Troy at Birds, a Hollywood chicken restaurant/bar back in the day, which we all still hang at. He’s an east coaster most of us are east coasters so we get along perfectly. Lot’s of shit giving and strong opinions mixed with alchol… Back to the story, he was getting music together for the second film. His wife Angela got a CD of ‘Widows Walk’ from Alicia with the assistance of Pete and our man Gert. They listened, they liked and the rest was history! We’re all very grateful to have the exposure to the Boondock Saints fanbase and have made some great new friends

Fran: I just remember that over the years we have had lot residencies around town and even when it was stormy in LA or the spot had run its course Troy and Rocco would always be there ready to rock out. Troy always said when I make ‘Boondock Saints II’ you guys are in; unlike a lot of people in this town he kept his word.

You guys have a tour coming up what can you tell use about that?

Bill: I can tell you that we’ll be out from October 27th until November 6th. It’s a short run to hit the cities we did with the Boondock tour in February/March of this year. After the New Year we’ll be expanding our tours to the southeast and Midwest and hopefully grabbing some support slots along the way. We’ll be announcing the dates in the coming weeks, around mid July.

What can people expect from your live show?

Bill: A kickass live show with lots of intensity. People can definately expect to hang with us and drink, before, during and after the show that’s for sure.

Fran: Our thing is definitely alive thing. We like to be part of the audience and the audience to be part of us. I never mind people getting up on stage if their feelin it or talking amongst themselves its all part of the storm that is our show, if I could afford I’d break shit every night.

Bill Stuhlly

The you formed in 2001. To what do you attribute the longevity of the band?

Fran: Friendship and the drive of everyone in the band to make The Dirges a sound we can be proud of when we leave this blue marble.

How do you think you have evolved as artists since starting out?

Fran: When I first started out I didn’t care what anything sounded like. I just wanted to finish something. Now that I have the band around me I think that we have more of a concept of what we want and direction of what I want. It’s cool to be free to do whatever you want but when the music suffers because of it, there is no point of continuing on. Being more of a collaborative band now I’ve learned to edit myself and give myself parameters in the art and keeping the integrity of the concept in tact

What has been the biggest challenge for the band since it’s formation and what do you consider your biggest milestone?

Fran: Our biggest challenge was keeping it together when we had to give Tall Pete a break a couple of years ago. His head wasn’t in it and we weren’t sure of the direction of the band either. At that time things felt dead in the water and getting rid of Pete felt like the nail in the coffin.  So Pete took some time and decided he really wanted to move forward in the band and when he came back it was like a new band. I used to play acoustic and switched to electric when he came back witch gave the sound more power. We also had a very talented violin player in the band but it wasn’t working with the sound either, so when she left and Pete came back everything felt right as rain and it’s been the same ever since. I guess that was a big challenge and a milestone.

As artists, what do you want the listener or concertgoer to come away with after experiencing The Dirges?

Fran: I want them to feel like they just saw something that was performed for them personally and that they got to leave their problems at the door for hour and just have a blast. Why not?

Have you ever had a “Spinal Tap” moment on stage, where something totally unexpected has happened to you?

Fran: At a Molly Malone’s show I fell over my amp backwards and had to play the whole song stuck between the wall and the amp, thank God it was an instrumental.

What is the best piece of advice someone has given you along the way in your career?
Fran: Gary from Flogging Molly told me to let the audience see my eyes, because I always had my hat pulled over my brow. I thought it was cool and brooding. Sure enough though I got smaller hat and I felt I connected with the audience better.

Bill: ”Fortune Favors the Bold” and “Always Bring a Napkin”.

That being said, do you have any advice you have for someone who would like to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?

Bill: Right now is a great time to be in music. The fans are willing to explore and find bands that you’d never hear through radio or mainstream media. Which is forcing them to turn their ears to the DIY bands. If you’re passionate and are willing to work hard you’ll have a nice career

Fran: Just do it any way you think is right. If you’re in it for the money, audition for “American Idle” if you’re in it because you love making music put your nose to the grindstone and enjoy every moment.

Is there anything else you want to add or let your fans know before you go?

Fran: Without the fans this whole thing is for nothing. As long as you’ll have us we’ll be there. There isn’t a place we don’t want to play so if you’re out there and you want us in your town put the party together and lets do this thing

Bill: Thanks for all your continuing support and we expect to see and meet you at a show.

Where are the best places for fans and our readers to learn more about The Dirges?

Bill: You can check us out at o ur various social media sites:

www.myspace.com/thedirges
www.twitter.com/thedirges
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dirges
www.thedirges.com

Thanks for your time.  We wish you all the best and will be spreading the word!

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Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – Interviews With Director Troy Duffy And The Cast

Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – Interviews With Director Troy Duffy And The Cast

boondock-saints-2-poster_248x368The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, the much-anticipated sequel to the indie cult classic, The Boondock Saints, hits theaters in a limited release this weekend! Check out a list of cities below where you can catch the film and take a few minutes to check out our interviews with the cast of the film!

What’s Boondock Saints II All About?
The film is the continuation of writer/director Troy Duffy’s tough, stylized cutting edge saga of the MacManus brothers (Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery). The two have been in deep hiding with their father, Il Duce (Billy Connolly), in the quiet valleys of Ireland, far removed from their former vigilante lives. When word comes that a beloved priest has been killed by sinister forces from deep within the mob, the brothers return to Boston to mount a violent and bloody crusade to bring justice to those responsible. With a new partner in crime (Clifton Collins Jr., Star Trek) and a sexy FBI operative (Julie Benz, TV’s “Dexter”) hot on their trail…the Saints are back!

For a complete list of cities and theaters where you can check out the film, visit the official site for the film at http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/boondocksaints2/

Icon Vs. Icon’s ‘Boondock Saints II’ Interviews…


Director Troy Duffy
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Sean Patrick Flanery
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Norman Reedus – Click Here >

Bob Marley – Click Here >

David Della Rocco – Click Here >

Billy Connolly – Click Here >


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Return Of The Saints: Director Troy Duffy Talks ‘Boondock Saints II’ And Beyond!

Return Of The Saints: Director Troy Duffy Talks ‘Boondock Saints II’ And Beyond!

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It has been more than a decade since director Troy Duffy made his explosive debut in Hollywood with his debut film ‘Boondock Saints’. Many people knew him as the then 28-year-old blue-collar Bostonian bartending at a west Hollywood hangout called J Sloan’s, who had sold the script for ‘The Boondock Saints’ to Harvey Weinstein’s independent powerhouse Miramax for $450,000. He was the toast of the town and quickly heralded as ‘the next big thing’, but he saw it all come crashing down around him as a result of his clashes with the studio and the release of a very unflattering documentary. His meteoric rise and fall became the stuff of Hollywood legend. For some young directors, the story could have ended there but Troy Duffy did not fade quietly into the night. In the years following its initial release, ‘Boondocks Saints’, a film that originally opened on a handful for screens, would go on to become one of the biggest cult sensations in movie history. The Hollywood elite may have underestimated the film, but the massive groundswell of support from its fans dictated not only a sequel but the return of the charismatic director. Armed with a star-studded cast featuring the likes of Peter Fonda, Billy Connolly, Judd Nelson, Julie Benz and The Saints themselves — Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery, this unstoppable director stands ready to once again light the fuse a movement that looks to make cinematic history.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Troy Duffy days before the film’s release. In the interview we discuss his return to filmmaking and the challenges of making both films, the die-hard fanbase that has propelled the film to “cult classic” status, and what he has in store for us in the years to come.

*Warning: This interview contains possible spoilers. Read on at your own risk!


young_troy_duffy_2I realize that you always had faith in the film, but did you have any idea that ‘Boondock Saints’ would develop into the cult phenomenon that it has?

No. The thing is that you can’t really set out to make a “cult film” and actually do it. It is always a breach labor, ya know? Something bad always has to happen. You can very simply boil it down to this — a cult is something that Hollywood doesn’t understand but the public did and somehow they take hold of it and they themselves take it and make it successful. That is exactly what happened with ‘Boondock’.

What do you think it is about ‘Boondock’ that intrigues the fans?

Every time I ask somebody that, I get a different set of answers. Some people like the brothers relationship with each other because it is their ideal for them and their own brother. Some people have a friend like Rocco. Some people like the religious imagery. Some people like the idea that they are just two really lucky Irish guys, ya know! [laughs] I get a different answer when I ask people about that, so I don’t know that it is any one thing about ‘Boondock’. It is a combination of everything about ‘Boondock’.

young_troy_duffyI know you hit some snags after the first film in the way of legal wrangling but I was curious to know how long did you have the script for ‘Boondock Saints II’ ready to go before you started filming?

Probably about two years, three years. That lawsuit lasted for five and the sequel rights were tied up in it. It wasn’t like there was any lack of people wanting to make the movie. There was always interest out there but we just couldn’t do it and we weren’t about to fold.

What was the biggest challenge in making ‘Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day’?

The fanbase. The first time around we didn’t have one. The second time they were looming over the set like a fuckin’ guardian angel! ‘Boondock’ fans frame fucked this movie into the ground, it’s no secret. They know every single line of dialogue. In doing the sequel, nobody wanted to be the guy who screwed up ‘Boondock II’ in any way, ya know?

Sure.

That fanbase is so volatile and they have deemed the original ‘Boondock’ as sacred ground. So our whole thing was that we cannot tread on that. We have to respect that first story and yet outdo it! It has to be like two brothers… ‘Boondock I and II’, they are related. They are blood to one another. So we had to look at it that way and make it for these specific fans. What I have tried to do is give them a totally new, unpredictable plot, yet everything they love about the first film.

boondock-saints-2-poster_248x368Having said that, did you feel like there was more pressure on you the one the first film or making this sequel?

The sequel. Without a doubt! It was enough fuckin’ pressure to create a diamond! I mean, you have millions of fans that are looking at you hard, going “You better not fuck this up!” There are a whole bunch of fans that have said that a sequel should have never been made! You have that kind if fandom, that specific kind of cult fandom to live up to and it is a very, very difficult thing. Also, we basically had the same amount of money to make this one as we did the first one because of the exchange rate in Canada. During the first one we had 6 million and it was 67 cents on the dollar, so we were getting a 33% break. In 2008, the exchange rate was 94 and a half and we had 8 million, so literally the overage was cancelled out. We basically made both films for the same amount of money, technically.

How difficult was it for you to find the right mix of new people to bring in for ‘Boondock II’?

The only role that I really sought for was Julie Benz’s role. Finding her was a Godsend. When you finally find that actress that you know is “The One”, it’s like having really good sex! Just laying there and saying “God, that was awesome!” Clifton Collins Jr. was my friend for the last decade and me, him, Norman (Reedus), Sean (Patrick Flanery) and Billy (Connolly) used to hang out all the time, so he was always in the club. I wrote that role for Clifton. Judd (Nelson) was an old buddy of mine that just happened to be perfect for the role, in my opinion. Peter Fonda was a little difficult to find, but we did find him. I would have to say that Julie Benz was the most difficult role to cast and when I found her, I was walkin’ on cloud nine!

Looking back on making these films, you had some highs and lows of course, but what are your fondest memories of them?

From the second film, my fondest moment was seeing the film for the first time with a theater full of ‘Boondock’ fans. These are the people that we made this film for and me, Billy, Sean and Norm had our fingers crossed. At the end of the day we all knew that we had made a good film, but how good is always the possession of the public. They’re gonna tell you how good you are and by the end of that screening my question was answered. So I’d say that was my fondest moment of ‘Boondock II’. My fondest moment of ‘Boondock I’ … hummm… there was so much turmoil involved in that movie and the fact that Columbine prevented us from getting a theatrical release, all of those things were kind of depressing, but what it did was help the film become a “cult classic”. My fondest moment was when the public had deemed it a cult classic. There is a difference between a cult film and a cult classic, ya know. That is a very exclusive club to belong to and we are safely in it and in good standing with the membership! [laughs]

You mentioned the turmoil that surrounded the first movie and with the ‘Overnight’ documentary. I don’t want to focus on that to much because I feel that you got a raw deal and you have pretty much made your point clear about what went on in regards to that film. With that being said, what do you think the biggest misconception about yourself is?

25E.Film_Boon1(c)Funny story for ya. One of my buddies was wearing a ‘Boondock’ shirt once and he went to the grocery store. He comes back and says “Dude, something happened! It’s funny, you have to listen to this!” This guy comes up to him in the store and says “Cool! Boondock Saints! That’s one of my favorite movies!” and my friend doesn’t say that he knows me at first and says “Hey, yeah! It’s a good flick, huh?” and they start talking and the guy starts following him around. ‘Boondock’ fans kinda have this weird instant bond, ya know? They will hang out and stuff, just because of the movie. The guy goes “Yeah, I heard that fuckin’ guy, Troy Duffy, pulled a Grizzly Adams and he is living in the woods because he lost his mind!” I am laughin’ my ass off from hearing this! [laughs] The idea that people would think that I can’t take a punch, ya know? And that I would take a lawn chair and go live off the fat of the land because [in an artsy voice] no one understands me as an artist! That is just kinda funny stuff. I also think it is a misconception that I am some kind of super harsh dude, ya know? Sometimes I can be blunt, but I rather appreciate it sometimes when people are blunt with me. We have become such a politically correct society that people are no longer actually telling you how they feel. They are trying to say it in a politically correct manner and at the end of the day you have no fuckin’ idea how they feel about you, how they feel about your film or how they feel about your work. Sometimes I tend to cut through that bullshit. However, I think the people that I do that with, I always kinda make a judgment call as to whether I am dealing with somebody that can handle that type of honesty. Ultimately, it has worked out for me.

I know that you cut down the film pretty significantly in length from the initial cut. Will we see a director’s cut of ‘Boondock II’ at some point?

Oh yeah! Our first cut was three hours and fifteen minutes, there are entire subplots and things that we didn’t even put in there. When ‘Boondock II’ says “The Extended Edition” that is exactly what it will mean. You will see entirely new scenes, you will see the scenes extended like a motherfucker, there will be some really cool new stuff in there.. Often, kids get ripped off with these “Unrated” or “Extended” versions and they feel like they got gypped. With ‘Boondock II’ they aren’t going to feel that way, I guarantee it!

So I assume we will see that in maybe six or seven months from now?

I don’t know when they are going to do it but I already cut the thing together. Our first extended viewing cut is 25 minutes longer than the film.

I know that you guys also have a prequel comic of sorts for ‘Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day’. What can you tell us about that project?

troy_duff_shootingYeah, that is a buddy of ours who is in the comic book business and we had always thought about doing a comic book. We are making a deal with him to do the comic book and I will have a lot to do with that. One of the reasons we did it is because fans were so interested in Il Duce’s past and that is why I addressed it in the film. They wanted to know why he became a killer, why they didn’t know that they were father and sons and what was going on with this guy. They were really interested so I responded directly to the fanbase’s inquiries and addressed it in the film and we are making a whole comic book series out of it. I think that it is just a cool idea, ya know? An Italian kid with polio and this brutal Irish guy whose father has been killed, indiscriminately killing mobsters, way back in 1950’s New York and planning out each gig to blame it on someone else, to me that type of storytelling is gold.

What are the chances for ‘Boondock Saints III’ and what can we as fans to do spread the word about the film and hopefully ensure that happens?

The odds are pretty good. I’d like to get a couple of films under my belt beforehand. I have some other things that I want to say. I have written four other scripts, other than ‘Boondock II’, in the that ten year downtime period. They are all very legitimate and different stories, at opposite ends of the spectrum. I’d like to get a few of those out, but ultimately there is hope for ‘Boondock III’ and I have some ideas percolating! As for how the fans can help, we have sort of arranged it that way. We are only coming out in 70 theaters at my behest! Believe me, that was a difficult thing to talk people into. I wanted this to be platformed so that the fans can take ownership in the film’s success, the way they did the first time around. Nobody tried to sell them ‘Boondock’, they found it on their own, spread the word on their own and made it successful on their own. They are the reason that the sequel was even made! Fans can take part this time by platforming the film into a wide release, which is what I hope that they do.

troy_duffy_directingWhat can you tell us about ‘The Good King’?

It is a comedy, black as the starless night at the bottom of the ocean. It’s a period piece. A King and a Duke, who are complete recalcitant, alcoholic, womanizer, idiot savants who basically destroy the British Empire and then resurrect it and chaos ensues.

Is that definitely the next project you are tackling?

Hopefully. We will see if we can set it up.

Being a seasoned vet of the film industry, what is the best piece of advice that you would give to young filmmakers?

Make sure you have talent. If your mother and your friends like your stuff, that doesn’t mean shit. You have to have people who you don’t know coming up to you and saying “That was awesome!” Then get your ass to New York or Los Angeles, where the business is. Unfortunately, from that point there is no pathway for you to follow to ensure that you have a good chance at success. You have to work really hard and find some way into it, man. You have to find the way. Every filmmaker that is coming up and having success right now has a different story, so there is no rule book for you to follow. You just have to take the ultimate risk and put your money where you mouth is, but make sure you have talent beforehand.

billy-connolly-4Any last words of the critics and for the fans?

For the critics, if you liked it, glad to have you onboard and if you didn’t, go fuck yourself! [laughs] For the fans, ‘Boondock II’ is like taking a Playboy Playmate to your Senior Prom and then banging her and her twin sister afterwards.

There’s nothing wrong with that! One last question for you before I let you go. I have a feeling I may know your answer to this but I have to ask. Who do ya got — Philly or New York in the World Series?

You’re kidding right? [laughs]

Well, I know you have huge fanbases in New York and Philly, so I thought you might have a tough choice to make!

I’m a Boston Red Sox fan! Anybody that fights “The Evil Empire” I am down with. Even Boston Red Sox fans just became Phillies fans!

Thanks for your time, Troy! The new film is amazing and we will be out here on the front lines spreading the word! I look forward to all that you have in store for us and I look forward to talking with you soon.

You too, man! You’re site kicks ass! Take it easy!

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The Return Of Il Duce: Billy Connolly Talks ‘Boondock Saints II’

The Return Of Il Duce: Billy Connolly Talks ‘Boondock Saints II’

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Billy Connolly is truly a jack of all trades. For well over three decades, this Scottish comedian, musician and actor as been winning over fans worldwide with his solid bodies of work and undeniable charm. Connolly may best known to American audiences from his role on the comedy series “Head of The Class” or as a brilliant stand-up comic that never fails to bring down the house, but to a whole new generation of fans, Billy Connolly is the mysterious and very lethal patriarch of the “Boondock Saints.” Directed by Troy Duffy, Connolly played opposite of Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as the head of the McManus clan in a unique film that would go on to become one of the biggest cult sensations in movie history. Over a decade later, he finds himself reprising the role of “Il Duce” in one of the most highly anticipated sequels of all-time. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Connolly as he and the rest of the cast traveled the country to give fans their first glimpse of the film. In the interview we discuss his past, the challenges of playing a hard as nails killer, his upcoming projects and the triumphant return of The Boondock Saints.

*Warning: This interview may contain possible spoilers!
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boondock-saints-2-poster_248x368What got you started on your journey in the entertainment industry?

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Well, it is kind of strange. I have always liked American country music. Hank Williams and stuff like that. I wanted to play it and I didn’t know anyone that did. The the whole folk music thing started. I saw Pete Seeger playing the banjo on television, so I went out and I got myself one. I got into that whole circuit of folk music, banjos, country music, bluegrass and old-timey music. One thing led to another and eventually I was taking a lot of time between songs and describing songs in a funny way and I became a comedian, almost be accident.
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How did you first get involved with Troy Duffy and the original Boondock Saints film?

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My agent sent me the script and asked me if I would go and talk to this “Troy Duffy guy”. I couldn’t believe the script! With people dyin’ all over the place. I didn’t know what part he wanted me to play, so I met him in a bar in Los Angeles. He was there with his brother and they were a wild bunch, ya know, and I don’t drink. I used to drink, so I understand the game. This nutcase, this mad director, put his hands on my shoulders and said “I want ya to do this!” He had one arm over my shoulder and with his other, he was waving his index finger telling me all the great names that he wanted to play this part but he was going to give it to me. I was completely sold on it. I loved his enthusiasm, ya know! I love his enthusiasm to this day!
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When you guys were working on the first film, did you have any idea that the film would develop into the cult phenomenon that it has?

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I think it became quite apparent when we were making it that it was something really special. It looked special. Even the equipment that we were all using, black coats and all that with the guns and the boys and the way they went about saying prayers before they killed people. Everybody knew that it was something special and a bit different and that it was going to be noticed. I was always really enthusiastic about it. I had great faith in it.
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I know you don’t want to give to much away but what can you tell us about your role in Boondock Saints II?

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My role is very similar to the original film but their is much, much more of a storyline for me this time around. They go over my history. They go over the history of why I am like I am and what got me to that point. Before that, I was quite glad to look as if I came from Hell or someplace like that, ya know! [laughs] A killer that just killed because he didn’t mind doing it, ya know?! He was the ultimate judge, that just came and cut you down. So, I was quite happy with that but Troy has written me a whole backstory and background. That is where the Peter Fonda role comes in, ya know?
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billy-connolly-2What was it like working alongside Peter Fonda?
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Oh, it was a joy! An absolute joy, what a nice man! He has an extraordinary background but he doesn’t wear it like costume jewelry. He just goes to work like anybody else. He is a very generous performer, very generous indeed, ya know, with his time and space. If he sees a bit that he think can be improved, he will bring it up in front of everybody and say something like “Why doesn’t Billy come in from this side?”. When you are a big star, people tend to like you a bit, but he doesn’t give a shit about that. He’ll just walk straight in front of me and confront me and that is the way we did it. I found him to be a very generous performer.
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Did you do any special preparation for the role?

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Oh I grew a beard! [laughs] You must always grow a beard, not wear a stick on one, they are hellish! The glue just drives you insane through the day. They keep coming off and you have to have them re-stuck and they feel like shit. It’s like walking around with honey on your face.
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I know that it was important for all of you to bring the film to the fans first. You have been taking the film around to several major cities to show it off to the them. What has that experience been like for you?

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We have been interacting with the fans at the premieres but we have also been going to colleges, like Boston College and Emerson college, during the day. We were interviewed by the students and had a big audience. It was lovely! They were all nuts about the original and they were dying to see the new one. The film got a standing ovation in Boston!
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That is exciting to hear, speaking as a fan, I know I am really excited to see it.

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Yeah, it is a wee bit, slightly more humorous. It takes itself slightly less seriously. I am still death on wheels!
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Well it is good to hear that you haven’t lost your touch!

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Ohhhhhh noooo! [laughs] I am still deadly!
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I know that over the years, Troy Duffy has gotten a bad rap in a lot of circles, which isn’t necessarily fair.  Having worked with him, twice now, I wanted to see what you think the biggest misconception about him is?
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The biggest misconception about Troy is that he takes himself too seriously. He does take himself seriously, as I think everyone should to a degree, but he doesn’t take himself to seriously. He is a good lad and loves a joke. I think Troy answered all the critics when everybody came back to work again. He has the exact crew and Peter Fonda. If he was a bad guy, none of us would have returned. Everybody is back and we are all busy guys, it isn’t like we have nothing else to do!
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billy-connolly-3Looking back on your experiences with making both films. What stands out as your fondest memory?

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I just want to kill people. [laughs] It is a great feeling getting to do that, ya know! Putting on your six 9MM pistols and going around killing assholes all day. It’s a joy!
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I know that actors sometimes tend to take a little piece of the film with them. Did you hang onto anything from the film as a souvenir?

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We all kept our rosaries. Troy made them.
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Which do you prefer, performing stand-up comedy or acting?

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I don’t prefer one over the other but often one will step in when one is getting to be to much, ya know? When you are getting a wee bit feed up on the road, it is great to step into a movie and do that. Likewise when you are getting bored in the film world, it is lovely to be able to step out and be a comedian again. I have the luxury of doing both, which is just a blessing to say the least, at my advanced stage in life.
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What do you attribute the longevity of your career to?

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Just consistency, I think. I think that is the answer to everything, to remain consistent and take it seriously all the time. Don’t coast. In comedy, you are under such pressure from all of the other guys, that takes care of itself. In drama and film, you have to keep trying your best and don’t just settle for the middle of the road all the time. I think that is what kills people. They settle for less, ya know? They go for big money at the time but mediocre material and it just kills them.
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Having been in the game as long as you have, have you noticed a big change in your audiences?

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I can’t see any change in them at all, they are still the same to me, but I think they have become very educated  by comedy especially. I used to be the wildest guy on the block, ya know? Now I am not. A lot of things that used to be sort of wild and dangerous are considered sort of novel now. Comedy constantly astounds me, especially television comedy. British television comedy has gotten amazingly good. The standard for the written stuff has gotten very, very high. Like the show ‘Little Britain’ and ‘The League of Gentlemen’ have taken it to another place altogether. I think the standard all around is immensely high. I was lucky to get a start when I did, ya know!
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billy-connolly-4Looking back on your career, is there something that you single out as your defining moment?

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Yeah, I did the Michael Parkinson Show in England, which is the equivalent of doing Johnny Carson in America. Before I knew it, I was famous. I was was quite big before that in concert halls, but I was quite obscure to the general public. I did the Michael Parkinson Show in London, I lived in Scotland at the time, and on the way home I was at the London Airport and a Chinese guy asked me for my autograph. I remember thinking to myself “Holy shit, I’m famous!” We got off the plane in Glasgow and the people in the airport all applauded because they had seen the show the night before.
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Very cool! Can we expect to see you hit the stage here in the United States anytime soon?

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Yeah. I am doing London in January and right after that I will be coming to America.
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What other projects are on the horizon for you?

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I did ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ with Jack Black. I am not exactly sure when that is coming out, I think around Christmas sometime.
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What is the best piece of advice that someone has given you along the way in your career, and what is the best advice that you have for anyone who would like to get involved in the entertainment industry?

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Don’t forget how exciting it was when you first started. If you think about it properly, that feeling will stay. Don’t take it for granted and aim as high as you did when you started and stay there! That’s all!
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billy-connolly-1Is there anything else that you would like to say to the Boondock Saints fans?

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I love ya! You are awesome!
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Any chance for a Boondock Saints III in the future?

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Oh, they are already talking about that! I’m dead so I don’t care! [laughs]
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Well ya know, if Troy can bring Rocco back, he could always bring Il Duce back too!

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That’s what I was telling him last night! That Rocco and I should come back in the third one! We can come back, all as ghosts!
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Kinda like they did in Star Wars: Return of The Jedi!

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Yeaaaah! [laughs]
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Well thanks for your time Billy, we will be spreading the word about the film and look forward to catching you on stage soon!

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Thank you very much! It’s been nice talkin’ to ya, man!
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Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – David Della Rocco Discusses The Sequel!

Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – David Della Rocco Discusses The Sequel!

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David Della Rocco first exploded onto the silver screen and our collective conscience in “Boondock Saints.” Directed by Troy Duffy, he played opposite of Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus as one on the most unique and memorable sidekicks in film history. While this unique film would open in only a handful of theaters, it would go on to become one of the biggest cult sensations in movie history. Over a decade later, David finds himself reprising the role of “Rocco” to bring one of the most highly anticipated sequels of all-time to the fans. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with this incredible actor to discuss his past, the origins of the character that has captivated fans worldwide, his upcoming projects and the triumphant return of The Boondock Saints.

boondock-saints-2-poster_248x368Let’s get started with some basic questions: Where did you grow up? What got you started on journey in the entertainment industry?

Well, ya know, I grew up in Norwich, Connecticut and then I went to school at the University of Oregon. I got into theater there and then I came out to California, to make a very long story short and I have been doing the acting thing!

Growing up and even today, who were some of your influences as an actor?

I think it is like with anything, when you are at a certain age and you start to act, you really start noticing certain actors, the ones that are really big at the time. For me we had Pacino, DeNiro, Brando and a Gene Hackman thing going on then and those guys are really good and movies like The Godfather. I think that those actors were really cool, it was a whole East Coast thing.

How did you first get involved with Troy Duffy and the original Boondock Saints film?

Well, Troy was writing the script while I was a part-time manager at this bar. He was the doorman and was working on his script. He told me about it and would read me parts of it. He said to me one day that the brothers were going to have a sidekick. I had long hair and a beard at the time because I was doing a play, it was set in 1975 and I played a carpenter. The play was called ‘The Split’. So I had grown my hair long and I had a beard. The look was a little different at the time. So he said “I’m going to have this sidekick for the brothers and I am gonna name him after you. He’s going to have long hair and a beard.” As the thing started progressing, he said “When this thing becomes a movie, I’ll audition you for it.” Ya know what I mean? So we worked on it and he liked the stuff that I did, so I was on-board in that way. Ya know, the reason I say that, is that there is something on the internet that says that we were childhood friends, but really I didn’t know him until he was in California. It was about 12 years ago now.

How much of your role was scripted versus what you brought in improvisationally or with your own personality?

Well, ya know, all the lines that were said were the lines that Troy wrote. I just stuck with the lines and I wasn’t improv-ing with them. What he wrote was just so much fun, ya know what I mean! It was written so well that it just seems like I was improv-ing it.

You really brought that character to life and made it jump off the screen.

Thank you so much. That is very kind of you!

How has your life changed since the first film which has become a cult classic? Do you get recognized a lot?

David-Della-Rocco3There is some of that. You mentioned the word “cult” as opposed to something like ‘Inglorious Basterds’ or ‘Titantic’ or ‘Terminator’ or whatever. It does have that cult thing and I think there is a youth to it. There are those college kids that are of a certain age. The way the movie started, it started slow, it was word of mouth when we released it. It pretty much went straight to DVD because of what was going on at the time and by that I mean Columbine. I just remember two years going by and then all of a sudden someone recognized me. Then it started to happen more and more.. It did seem to be like a cult, a certain group of people that were aware of it. So yes, it was an interesting change but it wasn’t that drastic where I had to move to a gated community or needed a bodyguard! [laughs]

When you guys were working on the first film, did you have any idea that the film would develop into the cult phenomenon that it has?

Ya know, no I didn’t. When I first saw the movie, I thought “Ok, it’s a movie, it’s going to help me. It’s fun”. I loved all the people, the actors, ya know what I mean. I looked at it and wondered do you have the actors to get it out there and go theatrically? So, when I was doing the film I just said, “I guess it is going to be up to the people.” I thought the film was very interesting and I wanted to see how it did. As I told you, theatrically it didn’t do as well as we wanted it to. We wanted it to be big in theaters and when it didn’t, it kinda was a bit of a letdown. So I thought “Oh, the people don’t like it.” The people from Hollywood looked and it and it went to DVD. I was kinda disappointed, I don’t know. But then! It started taking off and we started doing college tours and seeing how much people really liked it! Then there were all the different websites and t-shirts and all that! Then I started saying “The people must like it!” If a movie or play comes out it is up to the people to decide if they like it and I really feel good about this.

David-Della-Rocco1The people have certainly spoken in regards to Boondock Saints!

Yeah! That’s what I mean! It i so nice to get that! Even the nice thing that you said about me, that is really great and I am glad that the film did do well, in whatever way it did it.

I know you don’t want to give to much away but what can you tell us about your role in ‘Boondock Saints II’?

Well, you can figure out, Troy’s not insane, I’m dead! So it is either going to be a dream sequence or a flashback. It is more of a dream sequence. I have a scene where there is kind of like a dream sequence. It was a lot of fun. We were going to do it at a location that we couldn’t get and because we couldn’t get that location, we had to change all of our lines. So we did it at three different spots, a dream sequence, where we shoot from one place to another place to another place. Each time we did it, we wrote our own lines at the spot. We’d improvise it but we got the lines together for all four actors by saying “We’ll do this that and the other thing.” That was kind of fun! But I am not in the film for 90 minutes, it is basically a dream sequence were the boys are going through something and I pop up in a dream and we go on from there. Kinda get the gist of that?

Yeah, I definitely do. Us fans will take ya anyway we can get you back!

[laughs] Yeah! Thank you! But yeah, I’m still dead.

Troy put together quite an ensemble cast for the film with the likes of Clifton Collins Jr. and Julie Benz, for example. Who did you look forward to meeting for the first time or working with again?

It is funny, let’s go back to the first film. I remember Dafoe is going to be in it and I am thinking “Woah! I am going to get to work with Dafoe!” but I didn’t really get to interact with him because we were in only once scene together but he was there. Even Billy Connolly, I didn’t get to work with him in the first film. It was basically me and the brothers. So this time around I didn’t get to work with Clifton or Julie, but I would have loved to. It was just me, Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery and Troy Duffy. But just being there and being around all of the old actors like Brian Mahoney, Bob Marley, Norm and Sean was great. But these new people, like Cliff and Julie were amazing. It was just great being on set and getting a chance to talk to them. Cliff is such a great actor and a great person. I didn’t get a chance to work with Cliff, Julie, Billy but I would have liked to. On set, they were all really great to have around. Troy really does pick people that really get along with each other.

David-Della-Rocco2Have you been able to see a cut of the film yet?

You know, I have seen a couple cuts of it. I saw a very long version, a version where it was cut down a bit and then I saw the final cut. I was really impressed. I liked it so much better then the other two. I really, really enjoyed it. I liked it a lot! This guy Clifton Collins Jr. is great. I think Julie Benz is a lot of fun in it. The detectives are good. I really like it!

I know a lot of the cast headed out to Comic Con in San Diego to promote the film. You had quite a turn out to say the very least. What was that experience like for you?

Yeah, that was a lot of fun. It is kinda funny because Sony took us down there. On the panel was Sean, Norm, Cliff, Julie and Troy. So they get through talking and all that and they have a question and answer period. There is a line of about eight to ten people asking questions. So I sneak up there and I go to the mic and say “Hey Troy! What the fuck! Is Rocco going to be in the sequel!” and then everybody saw it was me and I got a big applause, it was nice!

That’s awesome!

That Comic Con thing is a lot of fun. Those are crazy people down there!

Yeah, I hear that it is quite a bit to take in.

Ya know what is great about it is San Diego. Next year I am not sure if I even want to go to Comic Con, I just wanna go stay in San Diego! The streets were just mobbed every night with beautiful women and nice people. It was like 126,000 people coming into San Diego, which isn’t that big of a city. The downtown area was really a lot of fun!

It is really cool to see the fans and Sony getting behind the film. Hopefully it is better for everyone involved. It seems like they have been fun projects to work on.

Yeah. Ya know what’s funny? Even if he did it be accident, I think Troy brought so much relaxation and confidence to the film, that it was easy to pull off the tongue in cheek aspects. It made it easy for a lot of things. Remember the one scene where we are all in that room and they are beating the hell out of us and then they decide that I am just a nobody and “just shoot him…the brothers did it”?

Yeah.

It’s funny because that day, the vibe was so down. I don’t know what it was but that day was really hard. Maybe because Troy was in another room. I think that’s why the chemistry came off so well on screen and why the ensemble was good because Troy had a way of making it really relaxed on set. I think it was the confidence that he had and the fact that he really loved what he was doing brought it all together. I felt no pressure, nothing. Never at all did I feel pressure for time or anything. It was always a very, very relaxed atmosphere and that’s a tough thing to get a lot of times, ya know.

David-Della-Rocco5What can you tell us about ‘Jake’s Corner’?

Well, that is coming out in March on DVD. It’s not making it to the theaters. I did that with Richard Tyson, Danny Trejo and Diane Ladd. It’s about this kid, a very “G” movie. I play a truck driver who got stranded in this out of the way place in Arizona and decides to just become a cook there and stay there in my truck. The lead is Richard Tyson and I believe that is coming out in March.

What other projects do you have on the horizon?

I’ve got this other thing going, ‘Made In Bosnia’. I am going to play a college professor and that is still in the works. I’m talking to the director and the writer and the financing is starting for it. Hopefully that one will be made! But we have a lot of work to do. Hopefully with this film, it will open the door to some other things… like you deciding to be a director and put me in your film!

I’d love to do that! And you are on the top of my list!

Ok! [laughs]

Is there anything else that you would like to say to your fans before I let you go?

The fans are so fantastic and I love everyone of them! I hope that they become big fans of the new movie and that everything works out!

Thanks for your time, David!

Thank you!

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