As it turns out, a pretty decent little comedy, about the fallout when recovering addict Bruce (O'Dowd) films the fumbling one-night-stand between his brother Frankie (Charlie Hunnam) and the heartbroken daughter (Lizzy Caplan) of a coke-addled movie star (Chris Noth). The film premiered at SXSW this week, where our man James Rocchi called it "bright and warm," a comedy with more heart than you'd expect. But perhaps most interesting is that the story is borne out of some very real life experiences Roberts had.
"I had two brothers. One passed away, he was a heroin addict, he died 25 years ago. He was very much like the character of Bruce, in that he was a crazed lunatic with a giant heart. He was a criminal, but he was a big-hearted criminal, he was a dope fiend, but he was a loving dope fiend. And that's what I wanted to bring to the character of Bruce. I also had a brother who is now my sister, and she transitioned five or six years ago and Ron Perlman plays her, basically. Both of my siblings are represented in the movie," he explained.
Playlister Aaron Hillis managed to find some time in Austin to sit down with Roberts, a former actor-turned-playwright and director who should gain a lot more attention with his film, and the pair discussed his exceptional cast, the autobiographical origins of the project, and his road to SXSW. Roberts also revealed his desire to make a romantic comedy and his playful rivalry with "Successful Alcoholics" director Jordan Vogt-Roberts over their name. You can listen to and download the interview below.