Overnight ***1/2 out of **** Spill Rating: FULL PRICE!
"No man is really changed by success. What happens is that success works on the man's personality like a truth drug, bringing him out of the closet and revealing.. what was always inside his head."
Albert Goldman, Author
Troy Duffy was given the deal of a lifetime. He was a bartender and bouncer who wrote a little script called the Boondock Saints in his free time. The script was picked up by Miramax and Harvey Weinstein offered him this.
1. They would buy the script for $300,000
2. Troy would direct the film.
3. Troy would get final cut.
4. His band would score the film and a record deal with Maverick Records.
5. Miramax would buy his bar and hire him to operate it.
Sounds pretty damn good, right? Overnight, Tory became a sensation. He was on the covers of Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and USA Today. He was meeting movie stars. His life was set. Few people ever get the opportunity that he did....but he blew it all away. Troy became an egotistical asshole, destroying many of the lives that tried to help him and as a result, alienated many of of his best friends and became blacklisted in Hollywood.
What was once a hyped up project became an indie flop. It was only released in five theaters, made only $30,000, and was critically trashed. His band's album sold 696 copies in six months and two of his ex-band-mates set out and made the film Overnight, chronicling the production of the film.
The films shows us the man that is Troy Duffy. He was his own greatest enemy. He basically told Harvey Weinstein to go "#%^& himself", made such stupid accusations as "The record companies being scared of their talent and as a result, are too scared to sign with us" and broke up his band because of his ego.
When we first meet him, Troy seems like a normal enough guy. He may be vulgar and little bit racist but looks like a decent guy. Once he gets the deal though, he thinks he's bigger than Jesus. I guess that little story about him being the next "Quentin Tarantino" went to his head. Throughout the course of the making of the film, he starts to abuse his friends, destroys his relationship with Miramax, and in the end, ruined many people's lives.
If you are an up and coming filmmaker or like seeing what goes on behind the camera, this is a essential film to see. Troy Duffy was given the chance of a lifetime but blew it away. If you are given the same opportunity, don't waste it.