The Long, Strange Odyssey of Troy Duffy and Boondock Saints II

I will admit to being a fan of Troy Duffy’s 1999 movie “Boondock Saints” (made for $6 million, the film has gone on to gross over $40 million so far), and yes, I’m even looking forward to the sequel, “Boondock Saints: All Saints Day”. This, despite the fact that I think the original “Saints” was way too much of a John Woo copycat; but honestly, back in the day, everyone was copying John Woo, so it’s hard to fault Duffy too much. Though curiously, the film is compared more to Tarantino’s movies, as if Tarantino would ever make the effort to do the elaborate action set pieces that Duffy pulls in his first “Saints” movie. Also, I suspect, the Tarantino comparisons are the result of Duffy becoming involved with the Weinstein boys, who are notorious Tarantino sycophants.

For those who have followed his career, Duffy’s life before, during, and after “Boondock Saints” is almost as entertaining, if not more so, than the movie itself. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out a documentary on Duffy called “Overnight” (I reviewed it here), by Tony Montana (yes, that’s his real name) and Mark Brian Smith. It offers a great glimpse into the world according to Troy Duffy, for better or worst. My favorite part? When Duffy became convinced the Weinsteins had put a hit out on his life. I shit you not.

All that is to say that EW currently has a rather long and entertaining article on Duffy and the second coming of the “Saints” that deserves a read. It recycles Duffy’s story from bartender/bouncer to his hook-up with the Weinsteins, to the eventual falling out, and finally, the re-emergence of Duffy from obscurity to make “Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day”.

Some highlights from the article:

– Sean Patrick Flanery’s memories of the first movie: “It was just dudes being dudes. It was a ball, man. We rented out a house, had barbecues, jacuzzi parties. We were at strip clubs. It was crazy.”

– The awesomely named Tony Montana on “Overnight”: “When we showed our very first cut of Overnight to investors, one of them remarked, ‘Do you have any more footage of him being a nice guy?’ And we said, ‘No, it’s not there. That’s not what happened.’”

– Julie Benz: “I will say it is the first time I’ve been directed by someone who used more curse words than regular words.”

– Duffy doesn’t think he has another “Boondock” in him, and mentions a new script called “The Good King” that he describes as, “a comedy black as the starless night at the bottom of the ocean.”

“Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day” was shot on a $8 million dollar budget, and is due out in limited release in 70 screens October 30. If the film does well, look for it to open wider.