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The Boondock Saints: Cult Classic Launches Digital Comic Series On ComiXology

The Boondock Saints: Cult Classic Launches Digital Comic Series On ComiXology

Troy Duffy

Troy Duffy

ComiXology – the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform – announced today that the comic book series based on Troy Duffy’s cult-hit The Boondock Saints and published by 12-Gauge Comics is now available across comiXology’s entire platform via iPhoneiPadAndroidKindle FireWindows 8 and the Web. The digital comic debut coincides with the nationwide Blu-Ray release of The Boondock Saints II: Director’s Cut on October 1st.

The franchise continues to thrive worldwide in popularity each year with an ever-growing fan base, so extending the brand into the world of graphic novels was the next logical step.  Fully intertwined with the film series and written by The Boondock Saints creator/writer/director Troy Duffy and comic scribe J.B. Love, the comics follow the further adventures of the MacManus Brothers and their mysterious father and “Original Saint,” Il Duce.

“I’m thrilled to have The Boondock Saints comics come to comiXology because they capture all of the exciting, intense, and poignant moments of The Boondock Saints with their cool Guided View reading experience,” said Saints creator, Troy Duffy.  “ComiXology really has a cinematic way of presenting comics.”

With stunning art by Toby Cypress (Batman: Bloodborne, Rodd Racer), Guus Floor, and Chris Brunner (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Loose Ends), the comics have been met with universal praise by the fans, and 12-Gauge publisher Keven Gardner is ready to take the series to a wider audience than ever before.

“Working with Troy Duffy and this great group of creators has been an amazing experience,” said 12-Gauge publisher Keven Gardner, “and by partnering with comiXology we’ll be able to get these new stories in front of Boondock fans all over the world.”

“We’re really excited to have comics from the original creator of the cult-classic movie The Boondock Saints on comiXology and this speaks volumes about the eclectic and ever-growing library of comics available all-day everyday on our platform,” said Chip Mosher comiXology’s VP of Communication & Marketing. “Now The Boondock Saints fans worldwide will be able read these new adventures on comiXology’s platform.”

Comics already available include “The Lost Gig,” starring the beloved character Rocco and the MacManus brothers in a lost scene from the original The Boondock Saints film, as well as the 6-issue “In Nomine Patris” saga, which is the perfect companion to The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day film. Conceived as a “deleted and extended sequence,” the comic series expands on the story and characters from the sequel and delves deeper into the secret origin of Il Duce.

With over 40,000 comics and graphic novels from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of English language digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s availability across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and the Web makes it the best digital platform for newly interested, current and lapsed comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.*

 

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Director Troy Duffy Discusses The Past, Present & Future Of ‘The Boondock Saints’

Director Troy Duffy Discusses The Past, Present & Future Of ‘The Boondock Saints’

Troy Duffy

Director Troy Duffy is a Hollywood success story, albeit not your typical one. When he shot his independent film on a shoe string budget over a decade ago, he had little idea of the impact that it would have moviegoers. The “Boondock Saints” phenomena started as it exploded into a limited number of theaters in 1999. Boasting an amazing story, brilliant touches of humor and more action than you could shake a stick at, it didn’t take long before word of this unique film to spread like wildfire. Before he know it, Troy Duffy found himself being heralded as an overnight sensation. They say that the spotlight burns hot and as we have all seen too many times in the past, it doesn’t take long for Hollywood to turn on you. After a few scrapes with industry insiders, negative press and an unflattering documentary was released, it seemed that the odds couldn’t have been more stacked against him. What Hollywood didn’t count on was the fact that Troy Duffy is a fighter at heart. The “Boondock Saints” franchise continued to grow at an astounding pace and spawned one of the most rabid fanbases of all time. It is the fan dedication that has continued to fuel Duffy’s creative fire through the years. Everything that the fans have given to him throughout his career is starting to pay off in spades as there is a plethora of irons in the fire for this beloved franchise! Icon Vs. Icon’s Jason Price recently caught up with Troy Duffy to discuss the origin of the “Boondocks Saints” franchise, it’s expansion in to new mediums and the other projects he has in store for devoted fans in the months and years to come!

A lot of people know you as the director of “The Boondock Saints,” one of the biggest cult sensations of our time. What initially attracted you to filmmaking?

Ya know, it has always been a part of who we are growing up. We all have those movies that we love. I came out to Los Angeles to be a musician, while I was doing that I simply wrote a script one day. I had a friend give me a script, so that I could copy the format and write down this story I had bouncing around in my head. That was “Boondock.” Through the deal-making process, I got the opportunity to direct it as well. I guess I sorta fell into it. I am not one of those guys who went to film school and all of that stuff. It was a creative pursuit. I may not have written a script or directed before but I knew, creatively, what to do. It was a fly by the seat of your pants sort of thing! That was backed up by, in my head, “Oh, I’ve done this before. I have watched a million movies and I love all of these things!” That is how it happened.

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Who were some of the biggest influences on you as a director? Any specific directors?

I don’t know if it was directors, so much as the movies themselves. When we are shooting, any shot we do from behind, we call the “Goodfellas” shot. That would mimic that iconic shot when you are following the guy into the joint, they walk from the back, into the kitchen, through the restaurant and to the table. It is more about the movies for me. When I started out, I probably couldn’t have named more than five to seven directors, ya know? Since then, I have gotten my favorites but, in terms of influences, it was more of the movies themselves that influenced me. I loved the crime genres, “The Godfather” and “Goodfellas.” I LOVE “Apocalypse Now.” I was also influenced by a bunch of movies that you wouldn’t necessarily associate me with, like “The Fisher King” and “The Outsiders.” In terms of a romantic comedy, I liked “When Harry Met Sally,” and as a dude, that is the type of romantic comedy I want to see.

“The Boondock Saints” is definitely a film which has inspired many up-and-coming filmmakers. What can you tell us about how the idea came to you? Was there suddenly a light bulb that turned on?

Yeah, my brother and I were in this band together in Los Angeles. We were living in a pretty seedy neighborhood at the time, like most artists do. We were working at the bar to pay the bills, trying to get by and writing music when we could. There was crime everywhere, man. I came home one time to a guy robbing my place. All of that stuff compiled to the point where I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. The police couldn’t do anything, so I just took out my frustrations on paper. The rest is history.

Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery have both done some amazing work in their careers, both before and after “The Boondock Saints.” What intrigued you about them and led to their casting?

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I really liked them both and when we got them together it was weird — they finished each others sentences! My brother happened to be at the bar when I got them together. He took me outside and said, “Troy, those are the guys!” Everybody was kinda feeling that way. It was very a natural thing. The other thing that I kinda had worked out in my head at the time was that I had written a movie that I wanted to see as a movie fan. I wrote it and thought, “Wow! Cool story! I would like to see this. I would definitely go see this movie.” Even if I hadn’t written it and it was a story from someone else, I would have gone to see this movie. We really didn’t want to cast movie stars in the film. Every time that it had happened up until that point, it was like some big movie stepping down to do independent film to reclaim some kind of street cred. When people go into the movie theater with the baggage of seeing some huge movie star, no matter how good the story or the performance is, it still takes five or ten minutes to forget that it is some movie star and get on with the story. I was dead-set against going too famous with those roles. We wanted the feeling that Norman and Sean had — up-and-coming talent that you may not have heard of before.

Looking back on those two films, what do you consider the biggest obstacle that presented itself along the way?

The biggest obstacles when you are making a film are always time and money. Your money dictates how much time you have and what you can and cannot do. There are a lot of times that you get as prepared as you can and you get out there and shoot your ass off with great actors. There are a lot of solutions to the money and time problems that you have to be able to roll with along the way. There were entire scenes in “Boondock” that were cut out or written differently. For example, there were some dream sequences which we had to lose. That is always the biggest obstacle, for any filmmaker, time and money.

Since the original film, you created an amazing sequel and some great comic book tie-ins for the franchise that weave the story together so well. As a fan, I am curious to know how far you have things mapped out in your head, in terms of the whole story of “The Boondocks Saints.”

Troy Duffy doesn't pull any punches...

It is something that I am always thinking about. There are a million things you can do when you set pen to paper. It is really an open range right there! I am always thinking of little things. I like to wait until things hit me. I will be walking down the street and BOOM! Out of nowhere, I think, “Wow! That would be a great idea!” It is one of those things where, along with writing other scripts and exploring other stories, it is something I am always thinking about. In terms of step-by-step, dot-by-dot — What have I planned for the future of “Boondock,” like a part three or something like that? Those ideas are still coming in, though I can say, “Yeah, some of it I have thought about and I have a good map to go by but it is not all there yet.” It is something that I don’t want to rush.

I know there have been some rumblings of bringing “Boondock” into the realm of television. What can you tell us about the potential of that medium?

It is a cool idea and we are exploring that option right now. To me, television is at the point where it has probably eclipsed film. We are seeing so much quality in cable network shows right now. It is really blowing everyone out of the water. Because they are cable network shows, depicting violence isn’t as big of a deal as it is on network television. I love shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Deadwood, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and The Sopranos, obviously. In that format, you can use curse words, which in this particular story is a hallmark of ours! Not having the restrictions of network television placed on you, it frees up an artist to explore a lot of options. I am pretty excited about that prospect. I am also intrigued by the time frame. In a film, you have two hours to tell a story. In a season of television, you have 13 or 14 hours! You can really get deep down into these characters. That is why I am really excited about a television prospect for “Boondock,” because we could really see where Connor and Murphy came from and expose all of the Saints lore. We could explore where they got their rosaries or how the prayer came about — all of these things that fans have questions on. We could go into those areas and see how these things were brought to them. That is what I like about the whole TV thing and why it is something I am really into — there is a lot of freedom, a lot more possibilities to explore the story and a lot more “Boondock” for the buck! That being said, it doesn’t expunge the possibility of a “Boondock 3” movie either! You can do both if you are really killing it!

The world and the Internet changed immensely since you released the original film. As a fan, I see how hard your team works to spread the word on all things “Boondock.” How do you feel social media impacted you as a businessman and a director through the years?

The change has been exponential, man! It’s exponential! The idea that you can communicate directly with the fanbase and tell them about events you are having and they will show up in force, has made the world a lot smaller. It has allowed us to consolidate our fanbase, tap into it and keep them informed of anything we wish. If we do announce a television show, a video game or “Boondock 3,” they are instantly aware of it. That didn’t exist back when we did the first movie and it has helped in every way. It keeps you connected to your audience and it keeps them informed. It has been crucial in growing the franchise.

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Speaking of “The Boondock Saints” video game, it is creating quite a buzz. What can you tell us about putting that project together?

Last year at SXSW, I hooked up with a company called Critical Mass. They were fans of “Boondock,” first and foremost, and that is what I was looking for in a gaming company. They really understood the characters and the story. There is always that sense when you go video game that these gamers might not have the sense of everything that is going on and somehow it will all get lost in translation. With Critical Mass, I didn’t feel that. They knew EVERYTHING about the story and they had a great pitch, so we started working with them. I am really excited about it!

There is so much involved with creating a video game and doing it right, like you said. Do you have a timeframe on when we might expect it?

I can’t put a time limit on it. Right now, it all depends on a few things falling into place. That being said, it could be a couple of years or much sooner than that.

Have there been any unique challenges in bringing “Boondock” to the realm of gaming with Critical Mass?

Yeah, just in the expansiveness of video games themselves, ya know? I am not into gaming, so I had my friends show me all of the games that they love, so that I could start figuring out in my head the type of game that we wanted to go with. The worlds and universes they can create in video games are fuckin’ unbelievable! They are exponential, expansive and huge! To me, the biggest surprise was, “Oh, this isn’t like fuckin’ Pac-Man!” [laughs] There are stories behind everything, entire new venues you can go to, characters that you can be, interact with and play. In terms of surprises in the video game world, my biggest one was the endlessness of what you can do in the world of gaming and the coolness of that. You think of “Boondock,” you think, “A bunch of guys go into a Mafia stronghold and start taking out the bad guys.” In a game, you can do anything — cruise ships, bank jobs, interrupting criminals during their committing of crimes, anything! That is what has been the coolest thing for me and the biggest eye opener!

Let’s touch on potential film projects. Last time we spoke, I know you were leaning toward “The Good King.” What’s happening on that front?

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Troy Duffy: Plotting More "Boondock" Adventures

“The Good King” and I have another script called “The Blood Spoon Council,” which is a serial killer thriller. “The Good King” is a black comedy. The basic story is that a ne’er-do-well Prince’s father dies, he becomes king. Then he and his debaucherous best friend, the Duke, completely ruin the empire through their philandering and drinking. “The Blood Spoon Council” is about a vigilante group that hunts down, captures and executes serial killers. Then they deliver them to the doorstep of the FBI. Those are both being spit-shined by me every fucking other day. I am spit shining those and figuring where we have to go but right now we have a couple of “Boondock” irons in the fire. I am moving forward on “Blood Spoon Council” with this one company that I can’t name right now. It is all going terrifically, it is just a matter of which ball drops in first, ya know what I mean?

Absolutely. It’s a great place to be!

Yeah, it’s not too shabby! [laughs]

Something else that changed greatly in the years since you first came on the scene is the movie industry itself. What are your thoughts on its current state?

Well, there are things that depress me and there are things that excite me. Like anything else in life, there is a flip-side to every coin. For me, the movies based on comic books are being overdone. I mean, it seems that any comic book from a while back is being done now, just for the sake of it. The have a brand and they go for it. I understand the business behind it but a lot of these movies are getting pretty formulaic but the flip-side is that some of it will kill it! I mean, “Iron Man,” I fuckin’ love “Iron Man!” “Transformers” is pretty damn cool and the “Batman Begins” stuff, I loved it. But that is a trend that I would like to see slow down. Another thing that kinda gets me is, what you hear today in Hollywood in these meetings is about the family dollar. They want the whole family to go see a movie and again, I understand the business behind that, but the movies that I grew up with and the movies that I love ain’t family movies, ya know? I didn’t go see “Deliverance” with my mom. [laughs] That grittiness that we used to have in film, I would love to see comeback and you can see it here and there. It’s slowly coming back. I would like to see movies being made for the sake of telling great stories and yes, there is a business to it for sure but I would like that to sometimes be ignored, a little bit more than it is.

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As I said earlier, I know you guys have really taken a lot of time to carefully grow your brand. With so many irons in the fire, I was curious what a typical day consists of in the “Boondock” world?

Well, I have got a great team of people running things on my end. In terms of my day, I have a lot of creative work to do, so on the business side of things, I am really grateful to have the right people around to handle that. I spend my day, either writing scripts, tuning up old scripts that I am going to go out with at some point or I am into carpentry. As a matter of fact, as you called me here, I am hanging a door that I made. It’s a big barn door that I made for the side entry of my house. I’ve got saw dust all over me, buddy!

As a fan, I think I speak for all of us when I tell you we appreciate all of your hard work as well as your team. What can we as fans do to help support and grow the franchise?

“Boondock” fans don’t generally need to be prompted to do anything, man! [laughs] They are always there for you, like as soon as we announce an event or a party, they show up in force. I don’t know if you know this but Rocco [David Della Rocco] and the guys [Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus] are out here at SXSW and have been doing conventions, like Comic Con, all across the country. They show up at these things and the “Boondock” fans are showing up in force and they are having the time of their lives! I would just say, keep rollin’ how you’re rollin’ everybody and we might have some good surprises coming up here for you! Keep your eyes and ears open because we are on it!

We discussed misconceptions about you in the past and I think you really put those to bed in recent years. What is the best part about being Troy Duffy these days?

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I guess it is having a little more freedom. I remember “Boondock I” and even Boondock II,” we had to work very hard just to work hard. By that I mean, we had to get the movie to a point were we could actually go out physically to do it, shoot it and do our thing! It is getting a little easier. Now, people are coming to us sometimes and I don’t have to beg and plead for every last dollar to make a film. To me, the best part is that we have some freedom now because we have proven our point twice now by doing two very small independent films that had an effect on the audience and did some very big numbers. We no longer have to convince anyone. I love it because now we don’t have to sell people, ya know?

Absolutely! It is an exciting time to be a fan.

Yeah!

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up this weekend. What are you doing to celebrate the big event?

In keeping with my carpentry thing, I have built a bar in back of my house. I will be having some friends over here and drinking some green beer!

Not a bad way to spend the day! Thanks for your time, Troy! We look forward to all you have in store for us. Thanks for your time!

Thank you! Take it easy, Jason!

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Kevin Chapman Talks ‘Person Of Interest,’ Upcoming Projects And More!

Kevin Chapman Talks ‘Person Of Interest,’ Upcoming Projects And More!

Kevin Chapman is certainly becoming a familiar face in Hollywood these days. He has spent the past decade developing an incredible body of work which runs the gambit work from critically acclaimed, big budget films such as “Ladder 49” and “Mystic River,” to cult film favorites like “The Boondocks Saints” and “Black Dynamite” to a host of well received television series, such as “Cold Case,” “Brotherhood” and “Rescue Me.” It is his dedication to his craft and incomparable work ethic that has continued to garner the attention of the powers that be in the entertainment industry. He is living proof that hard work and persistence pay off as his journey has taken him from an ordinary guy working for The City of Boston to locations around the globe where he has starred alongside legends of the silver screen. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Kevin Chapman to discuss how he got his start in the entertainment industry, the amazing projects that he has been a part of and his latest role as part of an ensemble cast for CBS’ ‘Person of Interest’.

A career onscreen is not what you originally sought out. What can you tell us about how you got started on your journey in the entertainment industry?

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I had been working in a different capacity for a director by the name of Ted Demme (“Who’s The Man,” “Beautiful Girls,” “The Ref,” “Blow”), who has since passed away. I was working with him and Denis Leary on a movie called “Monument Ave.” Teddy kept looking at me, kinda wild eyed, and one day he said, “Can you act?” I said, “I think I am intelligent enough to.” So, he gave me a script and I went right home and read it. I had lunch with him and Denis the next day and told them my interpretation of the character that they were interested in having me play. Ted said, “Can you get three weeks off from work? I’d like for you to play this guy.” I was petrified! I didn’t really have any idea of the process of filmmaking. I got through that and it was such a pleasant experience that, when another film came to town, I auditioned and got a small part in “The Cider House Rules” and then “In The Bedroom.” One day I said to myself, “I can do this!” and I quit my job at The City of Boston on a Tuesday and moved to Los Angeles on a Saturday! I studied with a lot of acting coaches and once I got the part in “Mystic River,” that was the thing that kinda kicked the door open for me!

That’s great. It definitely seems to be panning out for you!

It is one of those things that, when I have it all figured out, maybe I will do something else! The process of bringing someones words off of a page and bringing them to life is something that I find extremely fascinating. Placing some level of emotion behind the words that are on a page, you can really give different interpretations or different meanings to what is written. I have worked with some amazing filmmakers and amazingly talented people on television. It has truly been a great experience.

I am curious to know some of the influences who helped shape the actor we see today both on-screen and off?

I have learned a lot from many different actors. I mean, obviously, when I got into this business, I just wanted to meet a guy like Sean Penn. I never thought I would appear in movies with him, ya know?! It is really hard to single out any one individual, just because I have learned so much along the way. I remember when I was on the set of “Mystic River,” I was so excited to meet Clint Eastwood. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to tell him how great he was, I wanted to get some advice from him on acting. I remember I walked up to him one day on set and he said [in Clint Eastwood voice] “Welcome aboard, kid!” After I was a little more comfortable with him, I said, “Could you give me some advice?” and he said, “Listen” and just walked away. It was the most simple advice that I had ever received in my life but that is what acting is — responding to something that is said to you. It so simple! [laughs] But when he said it, it hit me like a ton of bricks! Like I said, it has been great. I have worked with some of the greats! I worked with Al Pacino, John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix, Dennis Quaid, Kevin Bacon — guys with huge, huge careers and I have learned a little something from each one of them along the way.

Your latest project is CBS’s “Person of Interest.” What can you tell us about your character, for those unfamiliar?

On “Person of Interest,” I play Detective Lionel Fusco, who is a detective in the NYPD. In the pilot episode, you will see that Lionel isn’t a very nice man! [laughs] Lionel is, how can we put it, on the dark side of things! He is a corrupt cop involved with a whole group of corrupt cops who are taking down drug dealers and stealing their money, along with many other things that are unethical and on the wrong side of the law. What happens is that he discovers that Reese, played by Jim Caviezel, had received some information on a meeting and was spying on a meeting that he shouldn’t have been spying on. Lionel was instructed to take Reese out to Oyster Bay and dispose of him. On that journey, Reese is able to turn the tables on Lionel. Before Reese decides to kill Lionel, he looks at him and says, “I see the good in you. If you ever hurt anybody again, I will be the first one to kill you. I am going to allow you to live. In return, you have to give me the information from inside the police department that will help me on my journey that will help me apprehend those involved and prevent crimes from happening.” That is pretty much how Lionel gets hooked in. In the first couple of episodes he is kinda trying to figure out how to shake Reese but as the storyline progresses, Lionel realizes that the work that Reese, and later on when he meets Finch, is something that is good. As the storyline progresses, you can see Lionel turn more to the light side of things. There is one particular episode where there is a small child missing and Reese is explaining this to Lionel and he says, “What happened?” Reese responds with, “What do you care? You’re corrupt.” Lionel says, “I am still a cop and it’s a kid.” I think that is a big turning moment for Lionel Fusco. From that moment on, you can see that he is no longer doing this work for Reese because he is forced to but he is doing it because it is the right thing.

There are a lot of interesting aspects to this project from the cast, to the writers, to the characters themselves. What attracted you to this role?

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It is a redeemable character and also when I look at characters, I look for truth. If you notice my body of work, I never play something so far off the trail that a viewer would be sitting at home and say, “Oh, come on!” Whenever I pursue a job, I try to pursue something that rings true, ya know? For me, Lionel rings true. I could see the truth in this guy. I think the best characters to play are the ones with this sense of duality, the type where you don’t know whether they are right or wrong, and it is left up to the viewer to decide whether he is a good guy or a bad guy. And of course the redemption side of the character is appealing to me as an artist.

I am really excited about the response that we have received for “Person of Interest.” It is fantastic, we have a great team in front of and behind the camera! What excites me so much about the show is that if you take Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson and myself and line us up shoulder to shoulder and look at us — talk about four very different people! When I saw the cast, I was like, “Wow! This is just great!” because a lot of the television that you see now is very plain, the people all look the same, ya know? Everyone has hair gel, six-pack abs and is incredibly sexy. For me, it just doesn’t ring true. The cast that we have for “Person of Interest,” you look at and think, “Yeah, I can see that.” Having Jonathan Nolan, basically running the show, is truly amazing. He wrote the last two “Batman” movies, “Momento,” which was a phenomenal film, and “The Prestige.” He is a incredibly, incredibly talented individual. You also have JJ Abrams godfathering everything and making sure it all goes the way that it is supposed to and Greg Plageman is the show runner with an incredibly talented writing staff. In my opinion, this show, “Person Of Interest,” is really something special.

You guys have been shooting in New York. What has that experience been like for you?

Oh, New York is unbelievable! I shot a seven episode arc for “Rescue Me” but all of that stuff was kinda controlled in a contained environment. We weren’t out on the streets, we were always in an apartment or the hospital, always a controlled environment. Jim Caviezel and I were shooting on Lexington Avenue one day. We were literally nose to nose having a conversation but the camera was across the street, so people couldn’t see it. As we are doing our lines, a little old lady came down the street and literally walked right inbetween us! [laughs] And just kept right on going! I mean, there was maybe 12 inches of space between Jim and I! [laughs] That is how close we were standing! It was unbelievable! [laughs] There was another one where Michael Emerson and I were out in Brighton Beach. There is a scene where my character is getting a hot dog and he approaches me and we continue to have a conversation as we move down the street. The train was running overhead and we do the scene. I get the hot dog, he comes up behind me and we stroll down the street. In a couple takes, the train would pull up and people would come pouring out into the station. A couple of times, I literally had to elbow people to get out of my way so that I could stay next to him and the camera could catch us coming down the street. It was pretty funny!

What has been the biggest challenge for you on this project as an actor?

I don’t know if it is a challenge per se, but what I like to do, the more I play characters, is to take the journey with them. That is the biggest thing. I can only speak for myself, but when you play a character that you have all figured out, I find that to be boring. What is great about Lionel and what I think is one of the most challenging things, is that we have a great writing staff and when they send out the script, you are never really sure where your character is going to go in the next episode. You haven’t seen the script for the following episode. You try to bring truth to what they are sending you and I think the challenge in that is not knowing where the journey goes from there after that last page in the episode that you are currently shooting. That is pretty much how I view things.

You have played a diverse range of characters in your career. Do you have a role you consider your personal favorite?

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I can’t really say that I have a favorite role but my favorite experiences were probably “Mystic River” and “Ladder 49.” “Mystic River” was a remarkably successful film with an iconic director and an iconic cast, two of my co-stars in the film won Academy Awards that year. Sean [Penn] won for Best Actor and Tim Robbins won for Best Supporting Actor. That film was one of my favorite experiences just because we all spent so much time together. We shot all day and we hung out all night. We did table reads on our own and it was a remarkable learning experience for me to be around more than 200 years of filmmaking in a social setting. I mean, I was hanging around with Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney and sometimes Clint [Eastwood] would come out with us as well. Look at that group of people and imagine sitting down with them for dinners and hearing them talk about when they did this film or that film or hear Tim talk about when he directed this movie or Sean discussing his films, it was unbelievable, an amazing experience. “Ladder 49” was great as well. We actually went through the entire Baltimore Fire Academy during the day and rode with different engines to experience it first hand. I rode with Engine 33 at night. So, I would go to the Academy all day and then go to the firehouse at night and stay there. We would have dinner and talk to the guys and really were able to experience the world of firefighting first hand.

Is there a role or genre you haven’t tackled yet you would like to take a stab at in the future?

I have done some comedy in the past and I did some episodes of “Rescue Me” and a film called “Black Dynamite.” I guess I would kinda like to lighten things up a little bit and maybe take on some more comedy stuff. That really interests me.

You have been part of two very unique films that have become cult classics, “Boondock Saints” and, as you mentioned, “Black Dynamite.” Did you have any idea starting out these films would take on a life of their own?

Kevin Chapman

“Boondock,” not so much, but “Black Dynamite,” how I got that was I was at the gym and Michael Jai White approached me. He came up to me and said, “Hey, I have been a big fan of your work. I am making this movie and I really would like for you to play this character.” So, I said, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, here is my address. Drop the script by and I will take a look.” I come home from the gym and Michael Jai White is sitting in my driveway with the script! [laughs] I read the first 15 pages and I ran to the phone to call him at his house. I said, “I’m in!” That was a very, very funny movie! “Boondock Saints” was one of those things, much like “Monument Ave.” I had met Troy Duffy, the director, and Chris Brinker, the producer, when I was working for The City of Boston. I was spending time with them when one day Troy Duffy said, “There is a character in the movie named Chappy.” That is my nickname. He said to me, “I think it is destiny for you to play Chappy in this movie!” So, I said, “Yeah! OK! Great!” Unfortunately, they didn’t end up shooting the movie in Boston, they shot it in Toronto for budget reasons. I went up to Toronto to play the part. Chris Brinker, who produced “Boondock Saints,” and I have since produced a movie together called “Lonely Street” with Jay Mohr, Robert Patrick, Joe Mantegna, Nikki Cox, Ernie Hudson and Katt Williams. It was a small little movie we made but it was a great experience and, since that outing, Chris has invited me to produce another movie with him which we are in the process of doing right now.

That is great. Can you tell us a little bit about that film?

Yeah, the film is called “Whiskey B” and it is about a cop who infiltrates the hierarchy of the Aryan Brotherhood. By infiltrating the organization, he pretty much brings it down.

Is producing something you see yourself doing even more in the future?

Yeah, I think so! I honestly believe that producing that first film has really helped me with my acting. I see things through a different set of eyes now. Putting a film or a television show together is kinda like having a sports team. You have the quarterback who is the star of the team and gets all of the accolades, but it doesn’t mean that the guard who is blocking for him isn’t as important as that quarterback, ya know? So, it is kinda like putting together a sports team, that is the best way to equate it. But yeah, it is definitely something that I can see myself doing more of.

I know you have to run but I thank you for your time today! We are looking forward to your future projects and wish you the best of luck, Kevin!

Thanks so much! I really appreciate your time! Talk to you soon!

Check out Kevin Chapman’s official Facebook page for all the latest news on his upcoming projects! While you’re at it, swing by the official site for CBS’ ‘Person of Interest’ and check out past episodes of the show!


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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!

'The Boondock Saints'

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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Norman Reedus and Mark Boone Jr. Shine In ‘The Beatnicks’

Norman Reedus and Mark Boone Jr. Shine In ‘The Beatnicks’

A decade after its initial release, writer/director Nicholson Williams’ film, The Beatnicks, is finally headed to DVD on on April 6th, 2010. It is rare in the entertainment industry that an overlooked independent film gets a second life years after it’s released, but unique journeys are what this film is all about.

The story focuses on the Beat Nicks, a musician Nick Nero (Norman Reedus) and poet Nick Beat (Mark Boone Junior) who make their home in the very laid back, quirky, dreamlike version of Los Angeles. Together they spend their days living hand to mouth, honing their craft and chasing their dream to become the next big thing on the hipster scene. The tide begins to turn for duo when they unearth a strange box on the beach, which contains the power to captivate any audience. With their discovery, the wheels of fate are set in motion and it seems that the duo is on there way to the top. Along the way Nick Nero crosses paths with a mysterious woman who is the fiancé of mafioso nightclub owner Mack Drake (Eric Roberts), while Nick Beat exchanges existential back and forths with a new agey restaurant owner. The road to success is a long, strange trip that leads our heroes to the bottom before they get their final shot at the gig of a lifetime and can return the box to its source.

Fan demand for this film is what brought it to DVD and for good reason. The biggest treat that the film provides are the incredible performances put in by Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints) and Mark Boone Junior (Sons of Anarchy). Both actors bring a realness and humor to their characters that endear them to the viewer and make them spring from the screen. In my opinion, both have been overlooked by Hollywood in the past decade. However, in the time since the film’s release, both Norman Reedus and Mark Boone Junior have continued to grow in their craft. ‘The Beatnicks’ provides one of the first glimpses of their depth and range as actors. There is something to be said for hard work and dedication. It is something that makes you stand out in your field. Judging from their more recent work, both actors are making the Hollywood system take notice and seem primed to tackle even more ambitious projects. If you’re looking for a unique independent film, with a interesting style and soundtrack, ‘The Beatnicks’ is definitely worth your time.

Rating: 4/5

Be sure to check out the official site for The Beatnicks at www.thebeatnicks.com. Be sure to add the flick to your queue on Netflix, or pre-order now on Amazon.

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