Troy Duffy, Troy Duffy, Troy Duffy. To many of you, this three-syllable moniker has little or no meaning… but to a special few, the name Troy Duffy elicits the image of a portly fellow—someone who’d fit right in among our own legendary Fat Guys—with dirty overalls and one hell of an undeserved sense of self-accomplishment. Granted, Duffy is responsible for the creation of one helluva cult classic—and of course I’m referring to his only directorial credit, The Boondock Saints–but as anyone who has seen Overnight, the documentary that follows Duffy and the cast of Saints (including Willem Dafoe) throughout the film production process knows, Duffy’s Hollywood career was shortlived. The highlight of Overnight? Duffy’s transformation from a somewhat gracious and extremely lucky Boston bartender who happened to write an amazing script AND land an opportunity not only to have it made, but to participate in the process into a self-righteous asshole who thinks he’s God’s gift to Hollywood, the VMAs, and mankind.
But why all this talk about Troy Duffy? Namely because ever since he hit the Hollywood blacklist by trying to fuck around with Paramount (who ended up dropping Boondock Saints, almost preventing the film from seeing any type of release at all), Duffy’s been continually pissing off the bigwigs in Hollywood as he attempts to get his vision for the Saints sequel, Boondock Saints: All Saints Day, made… and now, the rumor mill is turning once again. Last past March (on St. Paddy’s Day, no less), Duffy posted a video on his YouTube account that “officially” announced All Saints Day as a go due to a partnership struck with Sony. The video quickly disappeared from cyberspace and nothing more was revealed about the Boondock Saints sequel until Duffy gave a long interview to Washington D.C.’s WJFK in which he insisted that, barring a SAG strike, filming would begin on All Saints Day last October. Unfortunately, Duffy then proceeded to give away the sequel’s entire plot… which doesn’t sound all that thrilling anyway, so I don’t think I’ll lose sleep over the possibility of yet another writer/director going back and ruining one of their amazing original films by creating a sequel that is, in this case, too little, too late.
No one took Duffy seriously (who would, given his track record?), but now it really does appear that Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is a reality.
I love Boondock Saints. I love everything about it. The hot Irish guys, the hookers, Willem Dafoe’s flamboyantly gay FBI Agent (Smecker, heh), the swearing, the guns… oh, the guns. In my opinion, however, Troy Duffy is an asshole who shouldn’t be allowed to step food in Hollywood again, never mind actually WORK there. This is tantamount to George Lucas being allowed to release that God-awful Indiana Jones movie. Here are some of my issues with the sequel: first, there is no way that Willem Dafoe would EVER work with Duffy again, so we will not see one of the four best characters from the original film; second, Ron Jeremy obviously won’t be making any cameos for cheap laughs since his character died in Boondock Saints; third, after watching Overnight, I know how much of an ass Duffy is, and I don’t think he deserves to reap the benefits (little though they may be) of making another Hollywood film; fourth, David Della Rocco appears on the cast list. Since the very beginning–since before the beginning–All Saints Day was cited as a sequel to Boondock, but Rocco was gunned down in cold blood in the first movie, so unless the McManus brothers are really following in Jesus’ footsteps and beginning to raise the dead…
But that’s enough of that. All Saints Day’s cast includes, thank God, the return of Sean Patrick Flanery as Connor, Norman Reedus as Murphy, Billy Connolly as ‘Il Duce’ McManus, Bob Marley as Det. Greenley, Brian Mahoney as Det. Duffy, and David Della Rocco as Rocco (somehow back from the freakin’ dead). Joining the cast members who returned to brave the wrath of Troy Duffy are Julie Benz (Dexter), Judd Nelson, and Peter Fonda, among a host of others.
Whether the film will see an actual cinematic release or be sent straight to DVD remains unclear, and little to no information can be found about the film’s plot (aside from some unsubstantiated rumors), but Troy Duffy recently confirmed on his YouTube Videoblog that production did indeed wrap up this past December.
For more information, check out Troy Duffy’s YouTube video blog about Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. His latest update, published a week ago, can be seen below: