Film Reviews

Romance with a Beer Gut

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"Obviously, I'm not the first person that people think of for a leading man role," Logue says, and a look at his 40-something screen appearances, five coming this year including a part as the lone racist in Patriot Games, backs him up. "I felt this movie was a sort of make-or-break thing for me too. I wasn't trying to get my career off the ground like these guys, but I found myself becoming more desperate to just be a working actor. I don't give a shit if it's Reindeer Games. I'll stand in the background. Just send me the check so I can sit at home, read books, and raise my kid. But if you only do that, you'll never really know what kind of actor you can be. So it was really fortuitous. I really needed to have this test and see if I have what it takes to carry a film.

"Sure, there's more money in playing subservient roles as characters that don't have a lot of depth. But, shit, there's nothing else I was doing. Was a poster going to be out in front of the Angelica with me on it and Gary Sinese way in the background with the tagline: 'The most compelling thing about this movie is Pug?'"

And what about North himself? Why put yourself up for the public to deconstruct?

"It's really like a million dollars worth of therapy," North says, straight-faced. "When we first started, it was just Jenniphr recording what I'm saying. Then it goes from me just talking to a script, and I'm like, hmm...this guy has some real weird behaviors. Then we're shooting a movie. And Donal is wearing my clothes and driving my truck. Then Donal's making out with Greer, my ex-girlfriend. Ugh. That's creepy. But because of 99 percent of what goes on during production doesn't really end up in a film, it was even weirder watching it with an audience of 400 strangers. It's like astronaut perspective, floating around the earth looking down at something foreign. Look at this guy, he's a compulsive womanizer and sexaholic. Somebody get him some help quick. It's sort of like at the end of Braveheart where they cut him open and he looks down and they are pulling his intestines out. It's a lot like that. Very painful."

Logue interjects. "Except that guy dies, and you go get laid at the afterparty."

Duncan North considers this for a second, then smiles. "So the experience has been good."

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Scott Kelton Jones