The Recasting Couch Ep. 38: The Boondock Saints

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Boondock Saints is the cult classic that we are recasting this week. While we are going to pretend that the sequel didn’t exist (and apparently a third installment is coming soon), the original is definitely one of our favorite action films.

Starring a relatively unknown pair in Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery, as well as great performances by Willem Dafoe and Billy Connelly, this movie feels like an independent film, but it’s actually far from the case. This began as a movie that was highly coveted by studios and was having some serious money thrown at it, which makes sense because the script is fantastic. However, it feels like everything was working against this movie, starting with the creator.

Troy Duffy is a talented writer and director (apparently), but is by all accounts a total fucking asshole. Initially there was a bidding war for the script, with Miramax winning out in the end. Except Troy was so demanding and dickish that they eventually pulled out of the deal. Same with the actors. There were a ton of A-list actors that were interested in the lead roles (Ethan Hawke, Keanu Reeves and Kenneth Branagh to name a few). In addition to Troy completely sabotaging his own film, the Columbine massacre happened just a few months before the film’s release and that caused movie theaters to decline showing it. All of these factors combined to create the perfect environment for a DVD darling.  If you want to learn more about the production of the movie, head over to Den of Geek, who do a fantastic breakdown of the history of the production. Troy Duffy’s rise and fall is also well documented in the film Overnight.

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