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That moment with the Pin's mom is really funny, in such a weird way. You're caught up in this heavy crime story, and it suddenly reminds you these arekids we're dealing with.
There's also a moment in the scene with the vice principal, where he makes reference to a parent/teacher conference. I really worried those things would snap the audience out of the story. But then, when I saw it with an audience, that stuff seemed like a real relief for them. We were finally acknowledging the strangeness at the heart of this film.
How much did the script change during all the years you were shopping it around?
There was one major rewrite, but that was pretty much it. I have storyboards we made in 1997, and I dig them out now and they're remarkably close to the finished film.
Didn't you cut about 10 minutes from the film after it screened at Sundance?
Yeah. I was surprised to find out it'd been that much cut, because mostly I just cut lines here and there. Seeing it six or seven times with an audience, I thought the film worked, but I decided to speed it up.
Emelie de Ravin is wonderful in this. Did she do your film before or after she hit it big onLost?
Just before. She was telling me she was about to leave for Hawaii to be on this crazy show. You know, I have another weird association with Lost. I went to high school with Jorge Garcia, the guy who plays Hurley on that show. You know, the big guy? I knew him; we were in a talent show together.
It must've been completely surreal when that show became such a sensation overnight, to have these two people you knew suddenly on the cover ofTV Guide and all that.
This whole experience has been surreal, Sundance and the whole thing. It's still hard for me to believe we finally got the film made, and people are seeing it.
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