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An Interview with Adam Theroux, Director of The Final Obsession

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2015

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The Final Obsession delves into the life of a cheesy made-for-TV actress. The dramas that surround her daily life begin mirroring those on the small screen.


What were your sources of inspiration when writing The Final Obsession?


The Final Obsession was my first attempt as a filmmaker. I have been working in production for over a decade, but had yet to create my "baby". I have a warped sense of what is entertaining. I thoroughly enjoy watching Lifetime movies, in all their cheesiness, clichés and poor acting. I wanted to write my own Lifetime movie!! The original script for The Final Obsession was a full length, tongue-in-cheek Lifetime movie.

I was amused, I wrote the script ... then I hated it. Something wasn't right. I decided to keep a Lifetime-y theme, but write a more serious (kind of) script. If I made my main actress an ACTRESS, that would leave me the ability to then flash to said Lifetime-y scenes, and then back to "reality". So, to answer the question, my BIGGEST inspiration was Lifetime movies. Seriously.


Now seriously, how much fun was it to dream up and to film Rebecca's TV-movie sequences? And your personal thoughts about movies of that ilk?


Honestly, these scenes were the most fun. I remember writing "Seductive Teacher" on a plane. Sitting next to me was a woman that would totally watch those kind of movies, so I began writing it, with her as my intended demo. Within minutes, I had to excuse myself from laughing way tooo hard. It was too real.

A few times, while filming the scenes, I had to direct like "Okay. Do it the same, but worse." The cheesiness and unbelievability were necessary to such scenes!!!


How would you describe The Final Obsession's brand of humour?


I can't think of one way to put it. There are moments with cheesy little one liners, some characters themselves are just easy to laugh at, and then there are the moments when the movie gets a little uncomfortable, yet I throw a little joke in there. I do that stuff because it feels like real life to me. There is always somebody crying, hurting, laughing, enjoying, smiling, dying... There is just something special about making somebody laugh after watching someone else die. Am I weird?


A few words about your directorial approach to your story at hand?


Being my directorial debut, I was what my actors called "an actor's director". I told them what I wanted and they delivered. If there was ever a moment that they had an idea, I was ALL ears. After days/weeks/months, I was comfortable with the fact that they knew the characters better than I ... they WERE the characters. Some of the best lines in the movie came from an improv take.


Do talk about your key cast, and why exactly these people?


Before I even had the finished, current script, I went to Facebook and asked my friends. I have been in the local arts scene for a long time and got an immediate reaction for Dan White and Wensday Greenbaum. They were in. They didn't even know what the heck the project even was. They just trusted me as an artist. It seriously worked out that perfectly.


What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


Working on a film with murder, torture, abuse, stalking, and adultery, I don't think a group of people ever had a better time. Pizza, beer and laughs ... that was the atmosphere.


The $64-question of course, when and where will The Final Obsession be released onto the general public?


The Final Obsession is scheduled for a DVD release in October. Please stay up to the minute with all info by checking out


Any future projects you'd like to share?


Sure! My brother is an amazing writer. We were talking recently about a project he wrote for a comic book, a few years back. The comic never came to, but he kept the script around ... and good thing! It's amazing! It's going to work perfectly! I won't give much away now, but I can say it will be another psychological thriller.


What got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


I grabbed my Associates Degree in Video Production and jumped out into the field. Started with weddings, commercial production, public access TV, and now I work for a local CBS affiliate. I got really comfortable with myself as a visual artist and I was just finally ready to do something. Something big. Something MINE.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to The Final Obsession?


I focused on music and comedy before The Final Obsession. I had a web series that I was the entire production team AND host, called Something Else with Hank Sinatra jr. Hank was a character I did for years, and still perform as occasionally. Very different kind of work. Awkward, silly comedy.

Besides a school project, I had never produced anything serious of my own. I do it daily for a lifestyles show...


How would you describe yourself as a director?


Even as a human begin, I'm just a fun, easy going kind of guy. As a director, I'm definitely fun! I'm a little less easy going, but not in a bad way! If it's not exactly what the movie needs, we will do it again! But like I said earlier, I am all about spur of the moment rewrites and adlibs.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


I really like the film making styles of Kubrick, Lynch, Louis CK, Troy Miller and many others.


Your favourite movies?


I will watch Independence Day whenever it is on. Same goes for American Psycho. I also love horror movies ... good ones, terrible ones ... and of course, Lifetime movies!


... and of course, films you really deplore?


Those terrible, terrible parody movies (Scary Movie 1-25, etc). There hasn't been a good spoof in a while.


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Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


I'm getting married in a few months, so I'd like to thank my beautiful fiancée for allowing her fiancé to be a writer/director/DP/editor to do his thing for the entire engagement. I promise I will husband better ... after the next film is done.


Thanks for the interview!


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