In one of my earlier articles I mentioned that I was so pumped to see The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (BDSII) that I would kill a man just to see it. Well, I’m not going to say what exactly went down, but I did get to see the premiere of All Saints Day this week and it was friggin’ awesome! Joining me (and 300 other people) at the premiere was writer/director Troy Duffy, along with the two stars Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery. They held a short Q & A session after the flick and then devoted some time to autographs.
There has been some not so flattering publicity about Troy Duffy in the past. There was a documentary called Overnight that essentially follows Duffy throughout the making of The Boondock Saints (BDSI). I have not seen Overnight, but it is said that Duffy was made to look like a total dick. This was brought up during the Q & A portion and, of course, Duffy said it wasn’t true. He talked about how stressful making a movie can be and how they caught him at his most stressed out moments. Flanery and Reedus backed him up on that. Flanery pointed out that Duffy was able to bring back the whole cast and crew from BDS to be in the second one. Now, if Duffy really were a complete douchebag, would he really be able to have done that? Reedus followed up with a comment about if you film Santa Claus all the time you’ll get enough footage to make him look like a douchebag too. Whether Duffy is a douchebag or he isn’t, I don’t know nor do I care. He sure didn’t seem remotely douchey at the BDSII premiere. I’m just glad he cranked out a second installment and am hoping for a third one!
Speaking of making The Boondock Saints into a trilogy, Duffy said it would all depend on the reception of this current one. He would definitely like to do a third movie if the second one does well. It’ll also depend on if a worthy storyline pops into his head.
There was a lot of talk about how/why BDSII was made 10 years after the first one. Flanery credited the fans for this saying, “You forced them to make this f***ing movie!” The crowd responded very favorably to that remark. It was stated that it is still up to the fans to spread the word about the release of BDSII. It only opened on ~ 68 screens at first. It received such a positive response that it has now expanded to ~ 225 screens. Depending on how much money it makes from those will determine whether it gets expanded again and again. So check the theaters near you to see if you are in one of the lucky cities that got BDSII and spread the word.
My review of The Boondock Saints: All Saints Day and my interview with the other stars Julie Benz and Clifton Collins, Jr. will follow soon.
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