Your new film is called Little
Big Boy - in a few words, what is it about?
Very briefly, it is about an acclaimed movie director named Jimmy Duncan who
is working on his fourth feature film, but things go badly for him, not at all
like he expected and things take some rather unexpected turns for him.
Big Boy you have written a film about a guy who, like yourself, is a
filmmaker - whom you actually also play in the movie, sooo ... is there
any autobiographical aspect to the film?
Haha, yes and no.
I have experienced a massive amount of weird things not forgetting points
of frustration both during my time as an actor but also as a director, and
I wanted to tell a fun story about it. I think this is a film you will
either love or hate. If you're a filmmaker you will probably laugh your
ass off and say 'Hey, I've been there!'... others who are used to watching
films with a linear way of storytelling might not get it and therefore
hate it, that is of course to each his own, but it is not a traditional
A-Z popcorn flick. But first and foremost I wanted to share a lot of weird
experiences from my, so far, ten years of standing in front of or behind
the camera. You meet a lot of people, some are talented, some are far from
talented - and some even have way higher opinions about themselves and
their skills than is realistic. Some are nice, some not so nice. It is
about how everybody has an opinion about your work when you work with
film. Some know what they are talking about, but a lot of them are
completely clueless. In the end a review is always just an opinion and
should be treated as a such, but a lot of reviewers use that opportunity
to vent out a lot of frustration and in the end often have very little to
do with the project they are talking about. I am not poking fun at anyone
special in this film, but a lot of the situations are taken from real
Then of course, some, like the ending, is clearly not. But... You
will need to see the film to know what I am talking about. Yes, I know -
I'm a tease, haha.
What were your
actual inspirations for writing the movie?
life as a film maker... I got the idea after seing a documentary named Overnight
which basically was about the same thing, although this was a real
documentary about things that really transpired. Not a lot of people know
the documentary, but everybody knows the film it is about, that being Boondock
Saints and more precisely the problems the director had with Harvey
Weinstein and Miramax
while making it. I found it very interesting, I love behind the scenes-
and the making of-stuff and I thought to myself that it would be
fun to make a mockumentary like that. Later I stumbled across another
movie named Confessions of an Action Star which was just that, a
fake documentary about a stuntman in Hollywood, I found it really funny
and it was clearly a parody spoofing people like Stallone, Schwarzenegger
and Steven Seagal to name but a few. So basically those two films were the
inspiration for me, so sort of tell the story about Jimmy Duncan, an
orphan movie director with a lot of emotional baggage and a very hot
temper. I guess most people can already tell this is not a movie like any
other, it is not one that tells a story from A to Z, it is setup as a
documentary including interviews with a lot of people like eg. Troma's
Lloyd Kaufman telling about his first meeting with Duncan at the Cannes
Film Festival and some other very obscure anectones.
It has a lot of comedic elements, as well as horror elements and even some
real drama in it. Although, don't be discouraged by the word 'drama',
people... it's really not dangerous! Haha.
There is an extended and pretty amusing sequence
about the casting of a topless role. Am I right in assuming this was based
on your own expecience?
Haha, let's just say that scene in
so many ways comes from real life, yes. You would be amazed the things you
get presented to during casting sessions, haha. Making a film is hard
work, much more than you can ever imagine. This is my way of venting, you
might say, haha.
did the death by donkey punch-idea slip into the movie, and could
you elaborate on that whole concept?
Haha, oh dear. Well it
is a known fact that a lot of creative people always seek new boundaries
and experiences. I'm sure a lot of people are familiar with the donkey
punch theory. I have to waive the white flag and come clean and say I
never tried it and never felt the urge to either, but basically it is
during the sexual act, if you punch the woman in the back of the head it
should extend and highten the climax... problem with that is, punching
someone in the back on the head is close access to the brain so something
can easily go wrong... I'll leave you with that thought...
its rather serious, disturbing topic, Little
Big Boy also has a humourous side to it. How would you
prefer to see your film, as a merciless genre flick or a black comedy?
black comedy. I put a lot of emphasis on the humor in it. But there is
also a very serious side to it when you look past all the stupid fun. I
always find that films, no matter how deep or serious a topic, need a tad
of comic relief, it is an awesome way to get the viewer a bit off guard
and therefore make them even more vulnerble to the shock that often is to
follow. It may sound mean or calculated but it works like a charm and it
is something I have worked very hard to corperate into my two previous
feature films Craig and Tour
de Force as well... Plus, making something funny on film is
usually also fun in the process, it should really shine through.
for me Little
Big Boy is not first and foremost a serialkiller movie but an hommage
to independent filmmaking. Would you agree to that?
is not a serialkiller movie in any way like my first film Craig
was. And thank you for giving the ending of the film away now, you should
have put on a big spoiler sign there, haha. No, Jimmy is a very disturbed
young man who has had a very traumatic childhood after seing his mother
get murdered right in front of him, then being tossed from foster home to
foster home until he finally ends up in an orphanage. That's a really
tragic way to grow up and it is seems impossible to me that something like
that won't leave a lot of emotional scars. This is one of the reasons why
he has a very hot temper and often lets himself get carried away, he
simply does not have the 'stop' or 'chill' button most people do. And... ultimatively,
it has to end badly for him... and it very much does...
movie stars quite a few recognizable names of the indie movie scene. Would you
like to talk about some of them, and how did you get them in the first
The idea attracted a lot of people, many of them
even heard about it from others and asked to be involved, which was really
what convinced me that I was working on something that could be
interesting. Like I also mention in the end credits of the film, this
project would never in a million years have been possible without the kind
help of a lot of people to whom I owe a world of gratitude.
frankly, Lloyd Kaufman talks utter nonsense in his segments (which is even noted on
film). Was this scripted or did he make up his own lines as he went along?
is Lloyd... for better or for worse... but you gotta love the insanity of
the man... but if you ask him to improvise, it is your own damn fault,
haha. No obviously he did get a script, but most of the stuff he did that
actually ended up in the movie was infact improvised. He started some
insane ramblings about Disney being antisemetic and sexual fantasies about
Pocahontas as well, but I simply did not have the balls to
include it in the final film, haha.
Your character Jimmy Duncan is
the director of movies with such trashy titles as Overnight Vixens,
Outer Space Zombies, Serial Slasher's Murder Frenzy and Death
Stalker. Honestly, are these movies you secretly would have liked to
make, and your take on today's trash horror as such?
I wanted to come up with the cheesiest grindhouse titles possible and I
think I succeeded. However, if I ever stumbled across movies with those
names - the b-moviegeek I am - I would not be able to resist watching
them. I love trash horror, I have to confess, it is great entertainment...
but to answer your question, no I wouldn't have made them myself. Watching
them is one thing, making them is another. But you never know, maybe one
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projects you'd like to talk about?
Well as an actor I am
always looking for new projects to get involved with, but 2011 seems to be
another busy year for me, so far two or three projects in Denmark, two
projects in the UK, two project in the US and a project in Canada... but
at this point I'm not allowed to say anything further about any of them. I
am also working on a new horror anthology named Sinister Visions
that I have already produced one segment for at this point, it was shot in
Atlanta, Georgia and is called Mother Knows Best, a Hitchcock
inspired short story written by UK author Garry Charles. Hopefully this
anthology will be finished this year, time will tell.
for the interview!
No problem, any time.