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With a completed script, Corrente and the Farrellys made a bold choice regarding production: rather than find themselves beholden to a big, slow-moving studio, they would finance this more personal feature entirely outside the system
With a completed script, Corrente and the
Farrellys made a bold choice regarding production: rather than
find themselves beholden to a big, slow-moving studio, they would
finance this more personal feature entirely outside the system.
"This is an independent movie in the truest sense,"
states Corrente. "There were days when I was literally raising
the money as I was shooting the film. I think it's important to
know that this movie was entirely financed by Rhode Island doctors,
dentists and regular folks, as well as Wall Street guys who believed
in it. Of course, once we finished it, we began showing it to
distributors who were giving us the runaround. Enter Harvey Weinstein
- end of story. It was a great thing to make a movie independently
like this and have the happy ending of distribution."
Comments Alec Baldwin: "It was great fun meeting the people
who were actually investing their personal savings in the movie.
A lot of the time it seemed that the money we were using to shoot
the next day was coming from some visitor to the set. I'd finish
a scene and Corrente would call me over and introduce me to a
cardiologist or a Subaru dealer named Angelino or Nunzio and I
would chat with them and tell them about the movie. Then we would
go on shooting. It was a very funny and wonderful experience."
The cast of OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE offers both intriguing newcomers
and familiar faces in unexpected roles. In the intriguing newcomer
category is Shawn Hatosy who takes on the leading role of Timothy
Dunphy, who becomes a working-class hero entirely against his
will. Hatosy read for the filmmakers in a Los Angeles audition.
"We'd seen a lot of people but then in comes Shawn Hatosy
with his crooked teeth and this big smile of his and that was
it," says Corrente. "He turned out to be a real angel
to work with."
"They were very interested in my teeth," laughs Hatosy.
"They barely cared about my reading; they just wanted me
to open my mouth. Then they said: 'Your teeth are pretty ugly
for an actor, but they're perfect for Dunph.' It was a strange
audition. They just kept telling me jokes and cracking me up as
if they were auditioning for me. I thought, these are the funniest
bunch of guys I've ever met.''
Hatosy was already hungering for a role in the film having previously
experienced the script. "OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE was simply the
funniest script I'd ever read," he says. "It was a coming-of-age,
fish-out-of-water story set in the 70s that made you laugh yourself
sick. I begged and pleaded with everybody involved to get an audition.
Of course, at the time I had no idea that these were the same
guys who did 'Dumb and Dumber' and 'Kingpin."'
While the comedy floored Hatosy, he was also drawn to the story's
underlying complexities. "Peter Farrelly's novel is remarkably
dark for such a funny guy. He puts Dunphy through a hell of a
lot in life: facing love, betrayal and death all in one year.
I loved the idea of taking this kid who basically only knows the
five bums he's played stick ball with all his life and throwing
him into this high-class atmosphere where everyone's very worldly
and rich. But the great thing about Dunph is that he figures it
out. He gets his ass kicked a little bit but then he figures it
As with auditioning, Hatosy went through some unconventiona
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