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MR. BROOKS

The Origins Of Mr. Brooks
The unsettling question of how a charismatic neighbor, business associate and family member can harbor within a cold-blooded killer has long confounded society – and inspired writers and filmmakers to take audiences into darkly fascinating and suspenseful worlds where they've never been before. With MR. BROOKS comes a fresh twist in the tale of how one man can lead a double life of both magnificent success and gruesome crime. Is Mr. Brooks a fantastic guy you'd be proud to call your friend -- or is he a twisted killer you definitely don't want to run into on the wrong dark night? At once seductive and deadly, upstanding and beyond the pale, Mr. Brooks is so compelling and terrifying precisely because he is both. 

"The thing about Mr. Brooks is that he could very well be someone you know,” says director Bruce Evans, who co-wrote the film's screenplay with his long-time partner Raynold Gideon. "We all have our dark side, but Mr. Brooks acts on his to an extreme. He's the guy you think wouldn't harm a fly, who truly loves his family and has a wonderful life by all standard measures, but also he has a very grave compulsion he cannot fix.” 

For nearly everyone involved in the production of MR. BROOKS, the film's intensely dark drama and suspense represented a major departure. This was true from the start, as Evans and Gideon – who are best known for their Oscar®-nominated screenplay for the now-classic coming-of-age story "Stand By Me,” as well as such hit comedies as "Jungle 2 Jungle” and the sci-fi romance "Star Man” – set out to tackle a story unlike any other they had ever attempted. 

Says Gideon: "We're usually associated with family films; but we had wanted for a while to delve into a darker story. We both thought addiction was an interesting area, which led us to the question of what would be the worst addiction possible -- and to the idea of a man who is literally addicted to killing people, who gets off on it, who can't stop the cycle, even though he would like to stop putting his family in jeopardy.” 

Thus was born MR. BROOKS and with him sprang to life his alter-ego, Marshall – Mr. Brooks' most unspeakable thoughts and urges made manifest as a kind of evil "imaginary friend.” Evans says: "Marshall is that voice we all have in our heads that says ‘go ahead, be bad, it'll be fine, it'll be fun' and the character gave us a way to visualize that.” 

With this original route inside the immoral madness of a killer's head, Evans and Gideon were able to explore Mr. Brooks' descent into his own worst nightmare, as he finds himself being chased by both a detective and a disturbing young "fan,” while facing the possibility that the ghastly truth about him will finally come out – and destroy his family. 

Popular culture and classic films have long depicted the serial killer's warped reality – including such works as the Hannibal Lector series, the Zodiac killer films, "The Boston Strangler,” "The Talented Mr. Ripley,” "Strangers on a Train,” "Seven,” "Psycho,” the Jack the Ripper films, and the recent conscience-stricken killer on the acclaimed Showtime series "Dexter,” among many others-- Evans and Gideon saw that the story of Mr. Brooks could break new ground. His crimes are distinctive, as Mr. Brooks carries out a kind of eerie courtship with his victims, carefully choosing them, following them, learning about their habits and lifestyles, and then experiencing pure exhilaration as he consummates the "relationship” in grisly, but efficiently planned murders. 

"Earl Brooks is not a standard serial killer,” says Evans. "We always thought of him as a man who has a genius for reading other people, who is always the smartest guy in the room. It's what has made him so successful as a businessman and as a husband – that he knows what other people are thinking. And it's this same skill that makes him so successful as<

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