They are the ones people think of when they hear The Boondock Saints. I got to speak to both of them about the sequel, other projects they have going on and their opinion of Troy Duffy and Overnight. First up, Norman Reedus: Norman, I want to thank you for taking the time to talk to me.
Yeah of course how are you? You mean as far as the brothers? Well, you as an actor, the brothers, your relationship with Troy [Duffy]. Speaking of which did you keep in contact with him? Yeah of course we did. So I was super-uber-nervous for the first one and I know Troy fought for me to have that part and it was just a lot of fun during the first one.
Yah know he got a bad rap from a lot of different angles. Ya know he approached it very professional and there was a chance we could get the second one to theaters and were gonna get a legitimate shot at actually showing the film. Yeah I saw the Overnight documentary and felt it was very one-sided for sure.
Well, even with footage of Santa Clause you can edit it to make him look like a dick ya know. Yeah absolutely, I actually disagree with a lot of what I saw in that, I could tell there was a lot of trick editing involved.
Like a lot of the conversations where he is yelling at you are missing a lot of the other end of that conversation. Right, basically you could have taken the same footage and made him look really good. Was it hard to get the persona of Murphy back? Yeah, ya know I watched it a few times, the first one and ya know playing it in the beginning was a little weird but then I just sort of jumped back in yah know.
The location and the people and the time might be different but you remember that dude you played. Was there a lot of feeding of you and Sean during production? Were you trying to help each other out so you could get that connection back? Yeah totally, Sean and I are friends already and we already clicked before we did the movie so ya know you help each other, you watch each other, because you act like brothers ya know what I mean.
Right, well going along those lines was there any films or just anything that influenced you and became something you wanted to bring into the character during the first one? No, I just wanted to do certain things with conviction and still have a light heated attitude in between.
There like normal guys put into an extraordinary situation type deal. Because, they were I want to say very young adultish in the first one. Was it hard to get the accent back?
No actually I think I did a better job on the accent. Yeah I watched a lot of those videos that Troy put up on YouTube. I was following it since day one and it looked like you guys had a lot more resources this time around. I was exhausted especially in the first couple weeks of shooting. Like, was there just a bare bones script that Troy wrote and then you were adding to it? Yeah we actually wrote new scenes as we were on set and they made it to the final cut.
We improvised quite a bit ya know, we all sat down and we wrote new scenes together. On the first one I felt was really just about the brothers and Rocco. But this one you had a lot of other cast including two other saints with Billy Connolly and Clifton Collins Jr. What was it like having two more saints in the mix?
Well the saints are still the saints. What was it like to work with Billy Connolly again? That is great I am really looking forward to seeing it. Was it fun to work with Julie Benz? She totally held her own and brought a whole new vibe to it. She did a great job.
When I heard that she was cast I was a little taken back at first that the really big name was someone like her. She added a really nice piece to it. In the YouTube videos it looked like there was a lot more physicality this time around. Did that take a toll on you? I pulled my shoulder before we even started the film just doing the training and I had to deal with that going to Pandorum and in Boondock at the same time.
At one point we almost stopped and had surgery on my shoulder. Like the ligaments that connect your shoulder to your skull had snapped and like a rubber band coiled up in my back. So they wanted to do a quick surgery and attach that but that would have meant being in a sling for 6 weeks that I would be coming out of and swinging guns so I just chewed on my tongue and went through it.
But it definitely hurt. I noticed in the trailer you guys were rocking. So was there just a lot of upgrade in the Saints arsenal? The guns are sick let me tell you, they are hand cannons. With a bad shoulder they were heavy as fuck. I saw it in the trailer and I know it has been talked about. He explains what it means to take that point of view and move with that.
Yeah that makes complete sense. Like he explains out psyche a little bit. I was really happy when I heard he was coming back but I was afraid of how it was going to be done. Sony is in on this, Troy is on this, all the actors are in on this, and nobody wants to be part of a corny film. Is this story maybe a little darker, like the last one was pretty dark but is this one just a bit more mature?
I was also a fan of a lot of the stuff you did outside of Boondock. Blade 2, I remember seeing you on a Law and Order SVU episode, so what can you tell me about Pandorum because I saw the trailer and it looks interesting. He and I were supposed to do a movie called Anti-bodies together and ended up doing different things but became good friends.
He and I became friends when I got in a car crash in Berlin, I went to the Berlin Film Festival and got hit by a truck and he sort of stood by my bed the whole time and spoke to the doctors and translated their German.
I was kind of like the Elephant Man lying in bed for a couple months. He sort of talked me though it. So when Pandorum came up I joined up. You said you were working on both Pandorum and Boondock at the same time, were you jumping in between sets? Yeah, they were actually shooting around me during the first part of Boondock and the producers on bother films knew each other so they were working on my schedule, but I was just beat during that first 2 weeks of shooting.
But I was getting my sleep on the plane going from set to set. What was your favorite part of Boondock and Pandorum? I was just constantly screaming and fighting for my life and running all over the fucking place. I would sleep and the plane and go back to Boondock and it was just sort of like going back to my family. I think getting back into Boondock, it was such a fun movie to make, and I could do Boondock 7 it was just great. Well going along with that, I am certainly hoping, like everyone else, that Boondocks 2 is a huge success.
But if it is are we looking at a possible trilogy? They said that the line to get in was over a mile and a half long. I notice that you, Sean, and Troy took advantage of Twitter to keep in contact with the fans, you actually responded to me once when you put up the link to the fake Boondock trailer, I was the one who replied NOT COOL!!
It seems like the fanbase just grows and grows and grows on that. Did you do anything in terms of DVD commentary yet? Yes, Troy has done it with Billy so far and I think the next one is us. Awesome, thank you so much for your time NR: Hi Sean, how are you? Hey, good how are you man? Ten years is a long time to be away from a character so did you approach it differently this time around? Now you kind of know that you did something that the public likes.
So it was easier to do it this time around in terms of getting the attitude back, getting the accent back, just getting in the mind set again? I spoke to Norman [Reedus] and he said you were basically rocking hand cannons the whole movie. You specifically from what I have heard in many other interviews have said the set was like a family, can you elaborate on that? At the end of the day you actually go to dinner with each other and go out at night and hang out.
Now how did you get the role in the first place? I mean it was through the audition process. Were there any characters you saw in other films that helped influence your portrayal of Connor in some way? I think all characters have an element of you in them.
Does Connor have more of that?