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Mighty Movie Podcast: The Script That Kills: Austin Peck on The Blue Tooth Virgin

11/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A TV writer tries his hand at a feature film. His friend reads the script, thinks it's an ungodly mess of muddled symbolism and Freud 101 anxieties. "Be honest," the writer says.

This is the way friendships end, and mean, funny films about the deaths of such friendships are born.

In The Blue Tooth Virgin, Austin Peck -- best known to soap aficionados as Brad Snyder on As the World Turns -- plays the writer of said 2009-10-01-blueToothHeader_310.jpgscreenplay, not coincidentally called The Blue Tooth Virgin, while Bryce Johnson is his put-upon friend. Director Russell Brown, who also scripted, has structured the film as a series of two-character confrontations, bringing in friends, girlfriends, therapists, and Karen Black as a decidedly off-center script consultant to add their own feedback to the proceedings. The dialogue is crisp, funny, and frequently, happily, nasty, and the film speaks at once to those directly immersed in the machinations of the film industry, and to everyone who puts their creativity, and their egos, on the line.

Austin Peck gave me some good insights into fragility of the creative soul, and whether Karen Black can still deal gracefully with those who ask about the Zuni fetish doll. Click the player below to hear the interview.

EXTRA SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE

(Just to show I'm always thinking of you)

The rock documentary, Anvil! The Story of Anvil! is having its TV debut this Saturday, October 3, at 10 PM ET/PT on VH1 and VH1 Classic. In honor of the event, I figured I'd repost the interview I conducted with the film's director, Sacha Gervasi. Check out the doc -- it's a good 'un -- then listen to this ep to get some insight into how it all came together.

Or listen to it ahead of time. Go ahead. It's a free country.

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