MEET THE DEEDLES
About The Story
"Action and comedy have always been a great combination of ingredients for entertainment," says director Steve Boyum
"Action and comedy have always been a great combination of
ingredients for entertainment," says director Steve Boyum.
"From the beginning of time, people have been falling down
to make others laugh. For all the extreme things that the Deedles
do, and for all of the crazy situations that they get into and
sail out of, there must be some Hawaiian deity looking out for
these two young surfers. Most of the stuff that happens to these
guys, and everyone around them, should kill them ... but it doesn't.
When you juxtapose that action against some of the deadpan humor
in the script, there's great fun.
"You could call this a 'fish-out-of-water' story because
the boys are certainly out of their element at first," observes
Boyum. "But it is different from what people might first
expect. Several other broad comedies have had outrageous characters
trying to fit into normal life, whereas Phil and Stew are normal
guys who happen to enjoy doing extraordinary things. We've elected
to play them as real people and I think that allows the script
to tell the story in laughs, rather than relying on outrageous
characters that we laugh at just because of the way they speak.
The Deedles are characters you like and root for, and I think
that makes it a more enjoyable ride for everyone."
Director Steve Boyum makes his feature directing debut with "Meet
The Deedles," bringing to the project his wealth of experience
working on over 1,000 films and television productions in a career
that has spanned 24 years.
"With Steve's background as a filmmaker, and from his work
on several comedies, I believe he has an incredible sense of how
to build a joke and how to make character and action work together,"
says producer Dale Pollock of Boyum's work on the film. "The
thing that I've been most impressed with is his ability to go
beneath the surface of what might seem like a superficially funny
line. Steve will go in and really hook the dialogue into the
character so that the line is more meaningful, the story becomes
a little deeper, and the character relationships become more complex.
"When I read the screenplay I laughed out loud, and, for
me, that doesn't happen very often," says Pollock of his
attraction to the project. "And it's refreshing to find
a really good, clean comedy. I have three children and I like
the idea of making a comedy that they can see and that other families
can see where you don't have to be embarrassed because of sexual
references or language.
"This film has some clever humor and some silly humor and
it has a lot of stunts, with cars flying across chasms, and rappelling
and skateboard chases," continues Pollock. "I like
the fact that there is a good blend of physical humor, teenage
humor and adult humor. There are laughs that are both verbal
and visual, and both physical and emotional. The humor works
on a lot of levels."
"Laughing out loud is rare, but a very good sign," says
producer Aaron Meyerson, recalling his first reaction to the screenplay.
"The strength of the script is rooted in the characters.
The Deedles are these lovable, charmingly oblivious guys who
stay true to themselves and win in the end. Some people might
think of them as pleasure seekers, but they basically act instinctively
to find the best of any situation and it pays off for them.
"To me, the scene that sums up what the Deedles are about
is when they are driving in a truck with a cut brake line, and
they end up jumping a ch
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