About The Production
Long before there was "There's Something About Mary," Peter Farrelly was writing something much more personal, intimate and poignant — yet still outrageously funny
Long before there was "There's Something
About Mary," Peter Farrelly was writing something much more
personal, intimate and poignant - yet still outrageously funny.
His very first novel, Outside Providence, was finished long before
he and brother Bobby became Hollywood's hottest comedy filmmaking
team. The story, drawn from his own experiences growing up in
Rhode Island in the 70s, mixed a heartfelt tale about family and
friends with such absurdly funny Farrelly trademarks as damaged
dogs, the crazy pursuit of women, bizarre bodily functions and
sexual acts gone awry.
Years later, Farrelly was approached by fellow Rhode Island native
Michael Corrente about turning the novel into a screenplay. At
the time, Corrente was a fledgling playwright and the Farrellys
were working on a script called "Dumb and Dumber." But
by the time OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE began production, Corrente had
directed two highly acclaimed feature films
--"Federal Hill" a buddy story set among Italian-Americans
in Rhode Island; and the screen adaptation of David Mamet's "American
Buffalo" - and the Farrellys were redefining American comedy
with a bold, unhinged humor that explored forbidden areas via
an irresistible innocence.
Michael Corrente explains the early genesis of OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE:
"I had bought Peter Farrelly's novel for a buck at a used
bookshop. I came from Rhode Island, the book was about Rhode Island,
so for a dollar I figured how bad can it be? I started reading
it and I went bananas. I started hollering because it was one
of the funniest things I'd ever read. It just reminded me so much
of my youth in the 70s - the insanity of being that age. It really
had the potential to deliver much more than most teen comedies.
And immediately I thought, I'm going after this to make it into
Corrente hunted down Peter Farrelly and told him he wanted to
adapt the book for the screen. It was something Farrelly had thought
about doing eventually but with his career taking off in another
direction, it was a project on permanent hold. Immediately, Corrente
hit it off with the brothers. He was inspired by their constant
comedic instincts; they were impressed with his story-telling
flair. It seemed the perfect combination to make OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE
into a movie, mixing the hijinx style for which the Farrellys
are known with Corrente's darker, dramatic sensibilities. From
the beginning, the trio agreed that all three would collaborate
on the screenplay but that Corrente possessed the right qualities
to direct OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE.
'They always wanted someone like me to direct it because they
knew this story had to have a different style than their big Hollywood
movies while keeping their sense of humor," explains Corrente.
"I mean you watch 'There's Something About Mary' and this
is really who the Farrellys are - the sweetest, silliest guys
you ever met. They know what they're doing in that arena and that's
what they want to stick to for now. I was more used to ensemble
dramas, to tighter character pieces, so it all made sense when
we brought it together."
Says Bobby Farrelly: "This is much more of a drama than we're
used to filming. It's something different because the humor in
this work comes much more from the characters themselves, not
just from the funny gags. We're used to slapstick, but Michael
channeled the humor not only into the action but into the characters
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